Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2015


Zen Approaches to Aging, Sickness & Dying – May 22 to August 7
This course brings together Zen wisdom and compassionate care to meet the needs of people who are elderly, sick, and facing death. Whether you are a professional or family caregiver, you can learn to engage and express the qualities of an awakened heart – love, kindness, joy and equanimity – as you provide care.

Dynamics of Compassion Resilience – September 11 to December 5
This course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. Topics include: contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion, sustainable responses to suffering, self-compassion, and the power of intentional caregiving.

Principles & Elements of Contemplative Care – January 23 to April 18 (completed for the year) 
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As Buddhist teachings and meditation find an increasingly strong presence within various parts of American society, there is both an opportunity and a need to train people from all walks of life in the merging of contemplative practices with caring for those who are elderly, ill, or dying.  

Contemplative Caregiver Courses engage individual, family and paid caregivers in contemplative practices and care methods.  People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from each of the courses.  No previous Buddhist, meditation or caregiving experience is required.  All who attend  share an intention to develop greater skill and confidence in caring for others.

Each course can be taken separately.  Upon completion of all 3 courses, participants receive a certificate as a Contemplative Caregiver.  Continuing education units are available.


Video: Introduction  ↓

Read about one Contemplative Caregiver’s experience here.

Video: In the Words of Our Participants  ↓

The Contemplative Caregiver Courses are a collaboration between Jennifer Block, founder of Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care and San Francisco Zen Center, with Susan O’Connell,  President as the primary vision holder.  This curriculum will inform the Zen-inspired senior living community currently being developed by San Francisco Zen Center.