Celebrating over 20 years of changing the way we care

Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves

8-week online course for family caregivers and anyone who cares for a loved one

Accompanying an aging parent, ill partner, child or friend can offer profound opportunities for personal growth and transformation, as well as challenges. This on-line course shows you, step-by-step, how to use contemplative resources, such as mindfulness, meditation, and compassion reflections to inform and nurture your own self-care and the support you give.

Join this course whether you are caring now, or anticipate caring for a loved one in the near future. Receive support from a community of like-minded people and learn effective contemplative methods to:

  • Nurture your sense of inner well-being and confidence to stay present with an open heart.
  • Strengthen your resilience to prevent stress and to heal exhaustion.
  • Understand and heal difficult relationships.

The course draws from contemplative practice, particularly from Buddhist contemplative practice, the acclaimed classic The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, the work of the Dalai Lama, other Buddhist and Christian contemplatives as well as contemplative neuroscience. It is suitable for people of all faith traditions and people who do not identify with a particular spiritual tradition. No previous experience in meditation is required.

Each week features an inspirational lecture, instructor facilitated discussions, and guided meditations to support and deepen personal practice at home. The study of course materials will involve about one hour per week. To take full advantage of the contemplative self-care practices that are being presented, participants are encouraged to set aside 15-20 minutes per day for their own personal meditation.

How does it work?

Materials are made available every week so that you can enjoy and engage in them at a time that is convenient for you. Each week features an inspirational lecture, instructor-facilitated discussions, and guided meditations to support and deepen personal practice at home. You do not have to be online at any specific time; rather, you can watch, listen, reflect, and post and discuss insights with instructors and fellow travelers at any time.

The study of course materials will involve about 1-1.5 hours per week. To take full advantage of the contemplative self-care practices that are being presented, participants are encouraged to set aside 15-20 minutes per day for their own personal meditation.

Weekly Topics

Week 1
Being on the Journey
Introduction to the Contemplative Approach and the Practice of Mindfulness of the Body

Week 2
Let's Take a Break
The Healing Power of Meditation - Practical Application and Benefits

Week 3
How to Make Ordinary Tasks Meaningful
Sustaining a Compassionate Attitude

Week 4
Beyond Suffering
Reflecting on the Nature of Suffering

Week 5
Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves
Finding our Balance – The Practice of Loving Kindness

Week 6
"I don't know what to say!"
Unblocking Communication with a Loved One

Week 7
Finding Forgiveness
Healing Relationships

Week 8
Caregiving as Spiritual Practice
Simple Steps to Continue Practicing in Life and Work