Celebrating over 20 years of changing the way we care

Who we are

The Spiritual Care Programme offers non-denominational, contemplative-based care and education for people from all walks of life to discover their own inner resources for well-being and wholeness.

It draws its inspiration from Buddhist contemplative tradition and its effective methodologies for deepening the human capacity for compassion, mindful awareness and authentic presence. It draws particularly from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, the work of the Dalai Lama as well as scientific research.

In our professional skills-training programmes, we offer an integrated approach to the practical, emotional and spiritual dimension of care for living and dying. Caregivers learn step-by-step how to apply and integrate mindfulness, meditation, and compassion training to strengthen their resilience and enhance their care.

To date, more than 40,000 professionals and volunteers from around the world working in all fields of medicine, social care, and education have attended skills-training programmes.

Spiritual Care is active in 10 countries and collaborates with universities, hospitals, and other institutions, offering a variety of residential and online courses.

To support people in need we have established Care Centres in Ireland and in Germany.

Why is it called spiritual care?

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The word "spiritual" refers to those aspects of life which give a sense of meaning, connection, integrity and hope. There are spiritual needs which are universal whatever our beliefs:

  • to love and make an authentic connection with others
  • to understand and transform suffering
  • to rely on a refuge or source of peace
  • to find a meaning in life.