Our distance learning courses are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and family caregivers, no matter where they are in the world.
Our classes are facilitated by caring, experienced instructors and held by our US team who will help answer your questions and get you registered. Topics are introduced and made available on a weekly basis. Students can enjoy and engage in the course materials at a time convenient for them.
Each week features an inspirational lecture, instructor-facilitated discussions, guided meditations to support and deepen personal practice at home, and readings and resources. There are several interactive elements of the course, including a virtual “Tea Break” to further connect and network with others. You do not have to be online at any specific time; rather, you can watch, listen, reflect, post and discuss insights with instructors and fellow students at any time.
Participants typically spend 1.5 hours per week in the study and discussion of course materials. To take full advantage of the contemplative self-care practices that are being presented, participants are encouraged to set aside an additional 15-20 minutes per day for their own personal meditation and reflection. Professionals seeking CEs are expected to participate in the weekly discussions.
Our certificate course, Authentic Presence - A Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care offers a new dimension in whole patient care, namely awareness of the effect of the state of mind of the care-provider. It embraces the deeper aspects of the human experience of both the patient or client and the care-provider. Each course in the certificate program offers caregivers effective tools to discover their own inner resources for well-being and wholeness building a strong foundation to accompany patients and clients through critical and painful times.
Cultivating Compassionate Presence, Mindfulness and Awareness in End-of-Life Care and Authentic Presence - Immersion and Integration program make up the components to the Certificate Program. Each of these modules can be taken individually or all (3) completed for a Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care.
Cultivating Compassionate Presence is a 8-week skills-training course based on our Compassion and Presence professional training curriculum. It is relevant for professionals working in all areas of health care, social work, and psychology. This course may be taken as an introduction or as a continuation and support for bringing the contemplative care approach into one's work and life. CE's available. For information about upcoming courses and to register, see calendar listing below.
Mindfulness and Awareness in End-of-Life Care is a 8-week online course. Responding effectively to the needs of patients remains an on-going professional and deeply personal challenge. Mindfulness and Awareness in End-of-Life Care offers the opportunity to learn resources that support you towards developing greater resilience in your life and work, and enhance the way you offer compassionate care. This training focuses on cultivating presence and mindfulness, and deepening your natural capacity for compassion, so that you can remain present, spacious and stable in the face of suffering. For information about upcoming courses and to register, see calendar listing below.
Authentic Presence Immersion - Retreat and Integration Program is an 8 day residential retreat with a 10-week integration period supported by the faculty. The retreat together with the integration period offers the unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the practice and integration of contemplative methods; to connect with one’s own resources of well-being and wholeness while expanding one’s professional skills and knowledge. CEU’s available. For information about upcoming courses and to register, see calendar listing below.
Authentic Presence - A Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care for healthcare Professionals. The certificate program, offered since 2003, consists of three modules:
CEU’s & Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care available. Read more
Caring for Others Caring for Ourselves is an 8-week course for people who are caring for a family member, friend or loved one, or who anticipate doing so in the future. The course teaches you how to use contemplative resources, such as mindfulness, meditation, and compassion reflections to nurture your own self-care and strengthen your resilience. It supports you to accompany another with greater skills and clearer communication, and shows ways to address and heal difficult relationships. For information about upcoming courses and to register, see calendar listing below
In the middle of all the "to do's" and the challenges, here was a course that was helping me participate in it all in a conscious, clear, loving way!
The methods taught in this course are very powerful and have really shifted myself around my husband and his journey. We have had some really deep conversations and even breakthroughs in our relationship during this time. He is entering another phase of his illness that is bringing up a lot of fear, and using the techniques allows me to be with him without having to fix it. Just loving and assisting where I can.
Caring for another one always means to care for myself, too. Caring for myself is the foundation of everything else but it is often not much noticed. This course helped me a lot to look at myself, to understand and work on me, to find all I need and wish to give to others inside of me. What an experience!