Beyond Measure » T1: Principles & Elements of Contemplative Care
San Francisco Zen Center

January 23 to April 18, 2015           Tuition: $1,100.  Location: San Francisco Zen Center, SF, CA

  • This course has completed for 2015.  It will be offered again in 2016.  Please join our mailing list to stay in touch.

Topics include:  Tenets of Zen practice, mindfulness meditation, clarity and ease in the work place, compassionate presence, a variety of methods for infusing caregiving relationships with kindness and comfort, and an introduction to Zen rituals.

All who attend this course share the intention to develop greater skill and confidence in caring for people who are aging, sick, and dying.  No previous meditation or caregiving experience is required, although a willingness to practice meditation is required.  

This course combines face-to-face class interaction with activities that students complete in their homes and communities. This approach makes it easier for people to participate while balancing work and family commitments. San Francisco Zen Center Dharma teachers and guest faculty guide students in the following:

  • Education sessions with lecture, discussion, and experiential learning
  • Supervised instruction in mindfulness meditation
  • Integrative peer and faculty meetings
  • Comprehensive reading curriculum

Faculty: A core faculty of leaders from caregiving institutions and contemplative communities guide the course. Adjunct faculty are healthcare leaders, educators, and scholars. All faculty share a dedication to caring for people who are aging, frail, or approaching the end of life.

  • Jennifer Block is a Buddhist chaplain and educator who has developed education programs for Zen Hospice Project and the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.
  • Peter Van der Sterre is a Soto Zen teacher who teaches the Way of the Cook, in addition to being the proprietor of a residential construction business.
  • Jeffrey Schneider is a priest at San Francisco Zen Center, where he has lived, worked and practiced since 1978. The founder of the Zen Center recovery programs, he is currently the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator.

Who Attends: This course is designed for people who care for others, in whatever form that is personally or professionally relevant. We welcome participants from a diverse range of backgrounds—from nurses to yoga instructors to lawyers, mothers, clergy, psychologists, etc.

Continuing Education Credit: 
  30 Continuing Education (CE) credit hours are available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses, for an additional fee of $50.00.  For more information, please contact our Programming Department at

Accommodations:  Meals are provided for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.  Participants are responsible for travel arrangements and costs, including airfare and ground transportation.  Overnight Accommodations are not provided, though arrangements can be made to stay overnight at San Francisco Zen Center for an additional fee, click here for more info. There are also several hotels in the area within walking distance.

Enrollment:  An application is required for enrollment. Its purpose is to communicate the applicant’s readiness and motivation.  Unlike a job or college application, applicants need not worry about having specific skills, degrees, qualifications, etc. Most applicants are accepted into the program. Those with lives are enriched by other academic studies, extended periods of travel, or major life transitions are advised to carefully consider to their capacity for this time and energy commitment.

We appreciate that some people need support in discerning if this is appropriate for them. Indeed, choosing to enroll in a program such as this is a considerable investment of time and resources. Calls are welcome: 415-354-0360, and emails as well:

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