Begins January 2013As Buddhist teachings and mindfulness practice find an increasingly strong presence within American society, there is both an opportunity and a need to train those who provide care so that they may sustain high-quality and patient-sensitive care while not becoming depleted, frustrated, isolated or burned out.
Underpinned by Buddhist teachings The Contemplative Caregiver Course engages individual, family, and paid caregivers in contemplative practices and care methods through eleven months of coursework.
Senior Dharma teachers Linda Ruth Cutts and Fu Schroeder serve as core faculty for the course, which is being led by Jennifer Block, the former Education Director at Zen Hospice Project. Along with guest faculty, they will guide participants in an integral learning experience, incorporating contemplative, didactic, creative, and experiential elements to cultivate the skills of contemplative care.
Participants from a diverse range of backgrounds are welcome—from nurses to yoga instructors to lawyers, mothers, clergy to psychologists. All who attend this course share the intention to develop greater skill and confidence in caring for people who are aging, sick, and dying. Experience with dharma practice is not necessary. CEUs are available.
Upon completion, participants receive a certificate as a Contemplative Caregiver.
Sessions 1-3 and 5-6 take place at City Center from Thursday afternoons to midday on Saturdays. Session 4 runs from Thursday afternoon to Sunday midday and is an overnight event at Green Gulch Farm.
*The practicum includes virtual supervision and direct caregiving practice in one’s workplace, home, or community.
Application fee: $0
Travel and accommodations are not included.
* A reduction off the tuition fee is available for a limited number of participants who cannot afford to pay the entire tuition.
For more a complete course description and application, visit:
Contemplative Caregiver Course at Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care. Applications are due by January 15, 2013.
ABOUTThis course is a collaboration between Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care and San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). This curriculum will inform the Zen-inspired senior living community currently being developed by SFZC and Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services. This community will be a Continuing Care Retirement Community and will be open to all.
We are seeking to develop community partnerships and information networks with local communities of caregiving, education, and contemplative practice. All inquiries are welcome.