Contemplative Caregiver Course

Term 1: January 31 to May 10
Term 2: May 15 to August 15
Term 3: August 22 to December 6

Embedded with Buddhist teachings, this course engages individual, family and paid caregivers in contemplative practices and care methods through eleven months of coursework. Participants from a diverse range of backgrounds are welcome—from nurses to yoga instructors to lawyers, mothers, clergy and psychologists. All who attend this course share an intention to develop greater skill and confidence in caring for people who are aging, sick and dying.

San Francisco Zen Center Dharma teachers serve as core faculty for the course, which is led by Jennifer Block, the former Education Director at Zen Hospice Project. Along with guest faculty, the faculty guide participants in an integral learning experience, incorporating contemplative, didactic, creative and experiential elements to cultivate the skills of contemplative care. Upon completion of all 3 terms, participants receive a certificate as a Contemplative Caregiver. Prior experience with Buddhism is not necessary. Continuing Education Units are available.

Upon completion of all three terms, participants receive a certificate as a contemplative caregiver. Prior experience with Buddhism is not necessary. Continuing education units are available.

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Video: Course Introduction  ↓

Read about one Contemplative Caregiver’s experience here.

Video: In the Words of Our Participants  ↓

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