The medicine most essential to our healing and freedom is compassion—caring for ourselves and all beings. While compassion arises naturally, the flowering of full, mature compassion—Radical Compassion—requires training.
In this program, you’ll learn RAIN (recognize-allow-investigate-nurture), an applied meditation for cultivating mindfulness-based compassion. Beginning with our inner life, we’ll widen the circles of compassion through a sequence of short talks, guided meditations, and interpersonal meditations and reflections. The weekend will include time for questions and sharing.
The program will be valuable to both lay and professional populations, and includes introductory to intermediate levels of instruction.
In a safe and respectful space, you will be invited to bring the RAIN meditation to places where you feel emotionally stuck. Through this practice you’ll discover how radical compassion can help reduce self-judgment and blame; release limiting fears and beliefs; and reconnect you with your natural wisdom, creativity and kindness.
Learning techniques that cultivate mindfulness and compassion enhances all therapeutic skills learned during clinical internships, and adds to the practical tools that clinicians can provide to their patients. There are many styles of meditation, and different techniques have varying efficacy, depending on the difficulties clients are facing. This presentation describes both the utility and the contra-indications of the various techniques, and provides case examples of how to match meditation strategies appropriately with different patients.
This training will help clinicians develop mindfulness and self-compassion toward their own patterns of reactivity in therapeutic settings as well as providing tools to their clients that serve emotional healing. Clinicians will learn powerful techniques for working with clients to reduce shame and enhance capacity for self-care, and develop an expanded understanding of empathy and compassion, along with experiential tools that can be applied in diverse settings to enhance resilience and reduce burnout.
The program content goes beyond interventions supported by contemporary scholarship in the very vital domain of unconscious bias and the violence of dominance in our broader society. We explore the suffering of creating what I call “unreal others”, from an evolutionary, psychological and spiritual perspective, and how practices of mindfulness and compassion serve to evolve us to a recognition of interdependence. While there is initial research into mindfulness and the reduction of bias, this is still in a very early stage.
Participating in these days will naturally ripple out beyond your personal life: On a global level, radical compassion frees us from unconscious bias and the pain of separation, allowing us to serve the healing of our society and our living earth.
Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:
- Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN by Tara Brach
Please note there is a special schedule for this course:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.||Workshop|
|9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight
Stay With Us
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.
A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).
2 nights commuter fee
The commuter fee includes the full benefits of our unique Accommodations & Meals Package, excluding the cost of accommodations. A list of local Local Hotels and Inns is available.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Certificate of Attendance : $25
Credit Hours: 11.75
Agenda and Professional Objectives: Download PDF
|ACCME - Physicians (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education)||$80|
|APA - Psychologists (American Psychological Association)||$80|
|BRN/ANCC - Nurses||$50|
|SW-NYS - Social Workers and Counselors of New York State (NY)||$50|
Please check back for professional course objectives.