Continuing Education Programs for Therapists and Social Workers

Continuing Education for Therapists and Social Workers

The following courses and workshops meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.) They present innovative techniques that help manage physical and emotional pain and enhance overall well-being. Some of these techniques and approaches can be directly applied to help clients. We are often told by participants, however, that the greatest benefit comes from providing the therapist themselves tools to stay clear and balanced in the clinical setting.

The course list below gives dates, times, and short descriptions. Following each course description is the name of the Certificate Program or Programs that the course is part of (in parentheses). Clicking on the Program name will take you to a full description of the Program. The costs shown below apply when the courses are taken individually; costs are lower when courses are taken as part of a Certificate Program.

Saturday workshops begin at 10 AM, conclude at 4:45 PM, and include a vegetarian buffet lunch. Classes and workshops are open to those with all levels of experience in meditation. A full refund is given if a program is cancelled or a student is unable to attend.

Please register in advance so that we can have the necessary paperwork ready for you.


September 2014 Program

September Courses

Nyingma Psychology

Nyingma psychology offers unique insight into the human situation and innovative ways to ease emotional discomfort.

NPR103 Dream Yoga and Authentic Communication
Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 PM (September 4-25)

The Tibetan practices of dream yoga can heighten awareness and enhance our ability to communicate more fully—both with ourselves and with others. Each session in this class will include guided instruction in dream yoga. Complementary meditations will also be introduced that heighten awareness and stimulate insight. Discussion will focus on increasing the ability to hear and say what is true: to discover ways of authentic communication based on mutual respect and appreciation.

Cost: $72. Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Open to all levels of students.


NPS107 Insights from Buddhist Psychology: Learning to Care for Ourselves*
Mondays, 8-9:30 PM (September1-22)

Our attitudes, emotions, and concepts shape who we are and determine what we do more surely than any outside influence. Recognizing their power and discovering their inherent changeability are keys to truly caring for ourselves. Insights from Buddhist psychology help us navigate our inner landscape, providing essential practices for well-being.

Cost: $72. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Mary Gomes. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Hidden Mind of Freedom. Open to all levels of students.


Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)

The gentle movement, massage, and breathing practices of Kum Nye promote physical and emotional health as they bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual.

KNR104 Kum Nye to Balance Feelings
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 PM (September 3-24)

Gentle movement practices expand and balance feelings, harmonizing body and mind. A sense of deep fulfillment arises as students connect more fully with their senses.

Cost: $72. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. This gentle introduction to Kum Nye is suitable for the beginning student, but will also help the more advanced student deepen experiential understanding of body and mind.


KNR109 Kum Nye Self-Massage: Healing Power of Touch
Fridays, 8-9:30 PM (September 5-26)

An introduction to self-massage. Students will learn how to sensitize the hands to feeling and how to apply the slow, flowing strokes of Kum Nye massage to face, hands, and feet.

Cost: $72. Instructor: Santosh Philip. Open to all levels of students.

September Workshops

Tasting Relaxation (
KNR405), September 6

The relaxation that comes through Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practice is like rich nectar that flows through the body and feelings. This workshop presents practices that allow us to “taste” this deep relaxation.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. Suitable for all levels of students.


Joy and Spaciousness (KNR406), September 13

Gentle Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) movement and breathing practices enhance a sense of spaciousness and develop joyous feelings. Practicing mostly outdoors, we invite the beauty of nature to foster and expand inner joy.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. Suitable for all levels of students.

Loving Yourself, Loving Others (NPS411), September 27

Love moves beyond self and obligation to manifest more broadly in our actions, and joy stabilizes into equanimity that removes fear and empowers commitment. Tarthang Tulku, Joy of Being.


In order to love others fully, we must learn to love ourselves. Then we find an unending source of unconditioned love that we can freely share. This workshop presents classic Buddhist teachings that expand love, compassion, joy, and equanimity beyond all boundaries.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and the Nyingma Psychology faculty. Suitable for all levels of students.


Fall 2014 Program

Fall Courses to be announced.


Fall Workshops 

NPR401 Dream Lotus Evening, October 17, 7-9 PM

The images which emerge from dream awareness will intensify our waking experience, allowing us to see more of the nature of existence. Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind.

Instructions for dream yoga practice will be given, along with practices that relax tension in the throat area. This evening workshop opens the doors to vivid transformative experience.

Cost: $30. Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Suitable for all levels of students.


NPS406 Activating Joyous Feeling, October 18

By stimulating and directing positive, joyous feelings we can change the essence of our inner patterns and experience. When positive or joyous feelings and attitudes pass through each organ and circulate throughout our whole system, our physical and chemical energies are transformed. In other words, we have the opportunity to recreate our bodies through positive energy. Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.


Meditation, awareness, and movement practices awaken and expand joyous feelings. You will learn exercises that distribute deep feelings of joy through both body and mind.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Santosh Philip. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Gesture of Balance and Kum Nye Relaxation. Suitable for all levels of students.


NPR409 Transitions as Teachers, November 1

Times of transition present unique opportunities to make fundamental changes. Although they are universal, the most powerful transitions—death, illness, loss—are often deeply feared. This workshop presents ways to cultivate an awareness of both small and large transitions as natural forces of creativity with great potential. Letting go of the fear of transformation, within transitions we discover new beginnings and vast possibilities.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Elissa Slanger and Sylvia Gretchen. Suitable for all levels of students.


NPS407 Transforming Personal History, November 8

In every time and place throughout history, people have been lifted out of their daily routines by moments of beauty when they sensed the wonder of being alive in this world. Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom.


Habits and patterns intertwined with painful past memories often prevent us from enjoying the freedom and beauty that the human body and mind offer. It is possible to skillfully touch these memories in a way that cuts through their power to restrict us. Practices from Knowledge of Freedom can help transform personal history from a source of pain into a wellspring of renewal.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Jack van der Meulen. Suitable for all levels of students.

KNR412 Inner Alchemy: Transformation through Tibetan Yoga, November 15

Remarkable transformation occurs through Kum Nye, mobilizing the body’s natural healing as it literally remakes the physical body. The movement exercises introduced in this workshop stimulate the flow of subtle energy that can lead to amazing changes in body and mind.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Jack van der Meulen and Donna Morton. Suitable for all levels of students.


Please call (510) 809-1000 or email us at to register or for more information.


Typical Workshop Schedule

10:00 AM Instruction Session

11:30 AM Tea Break

12:00 PM Instruction Session

1:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch

2:00 PM Instruction Session

3:30 PM Tea Break

4:00 PM Instruction Session

4:45 PM Workshop Concludes