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LGBTQ+ Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT)

We’re offering our evidence-based Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) exclusively to members of the LGBTQ+ community this September. The mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment practices taught in this 9-week course are power tools for coping with stress and cultivating well-being at both the individual and community levels. Learn the science and skills to shift from survival mode into thriving mode.

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Why Should I Take this Course?

The LGBTQ+ community faces unique stresses and traumas due to homophobia, transphobia, heteronormative social structures, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The practices offered in CBRT can help individuals better cope with the stress associated with discrimination and systemic oppression and can be potent antidotes to self-stigma stressors including shame, emotional dysregulation, and relational difficulties. 

About CBRT

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) was developed in 1998 by Harvard-trained Psychiatrist Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, Founder and Academic Director of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and it has been offered continuously since then at New York Hospital, and the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell. The program integrates timeless techniques of contemplative self-regulation from India and Tibet — mindfulness, compassion meditation, imagery and breath work — with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and optimal health.

About This Teacher

Chris Panzica, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice. He received his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He is a graduate of Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, a Certified Gestalt Therapist, and he completed the Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy program at the Center for Somatic Studies. He works with adults and couples and is also a clinical supervisor at Identity House. The benefits he experienced from his own meditation practice led to his interest in studying Buddhist Psychology and learning to teach others contemplative practices.

What You’ll Receive

Live and Online Trainings

  • Weekly 1.5 hour classes taught over Zoom
  • 2 guided meditations to provide rest and rejuvenation in each class
  • In-depth material review
  • Lively group discussions and smaller breakout groups
  • Access to free monthly meet ups for ongoing practice and support

In-Depth Course Materials

  • 17 pre-recorded lectures
  • 22 downloadable guided meditations
  • 130+ page student manual
  • Dedicated student website with additional supplementary scientific articles

Curriculum at a Glance


The training begins with four mindfulness-based personal healing modules that break the cycle of stress and lead to a more balanced and rejuvenated state of well-being.


Module I
Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness

Practice Body Mindfulness to reconnect with our inner lives and begin releasing the survival habits of stress, trauma and reactivity.

Module II
Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity

Practice Mindful Sensitivity to deepen the capacity for conscious self-regulation and cultivate balanced awareness.

Module III
Breaking Free of Stress with Mindful Awareness

Practice Mindful Awareness to cut through the mesh of reactive habits and stress instincts that normally block the full openness and clarity of our mind.

Module IV
Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing

Practice Mindful Insight to cut the roots of reactivity and grow proactive new ways of being in the world.


The training continues with four compassion-based relational healing modules that build resilience, prevent burnout and increase our capacity to care for ourselves and others.


Module V
Disarming Social Stress and Bias with Equal Empathy

Practice Equal Empathy to unlearn implicit social survival biases while deepening and expanding our sense of connection to others.

Module VI
Healing Reactive Emotions and Beliefs with Self-Compassion

Practice Self-Compassion to develop a wise, caring mind that orients to our common humanity.

Module VII
Cultivating Prosocial Emotions with Wise Give and Take

Practice Wise Give and Take to explore our boundless human potential for care and strengthen our social muscles of love, joy and equanimity.

Module VIII
Embodying a Resilient Self and Life with Caring Imagery

Practice role model visualizations to stretch our sense of self into a fully empowered, resilient and compassionate self.

What Participants Are Saying

I feel much happier and able to cope with life’s changes. I feel so grateful to have been able to participate in the [training].

I loved the feeling I had during and after each meditation session. I also felt a great sense of community with the other [participants] present.

Schedule

Dates: Wednesdays, September 21 – November 16, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm ET

Where: Live online via Zoom

Program Registration

Tuition: $499
Our goal is to make CBRT more accessible. We offer a sliding scale ($349 – $649) for our programs.

Please choose your option upon checkout:

Supporter: $649 (for those with more than enough financial resources)

Regular Price: $499 (for those with sufficient financial resources)

Supported: $349 (for those with limited financial resources)


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to participate in this training?

You will need a computer with Zoom installed. We also recommend a comfortable and quiet space for the meditations.

I can’t make the course times, will you offer courses at another time?

We are always offering new courses. Please join our waitlist to be notified when we’ve opened registration for a new training.

How much time will I need to put in every week?

Students participate in 1.5 hour weekly live online meetings, plus 10–15 minutes of mediation at least 2–3 times per week.

Can I download the class materials (audio and video)?

Students can download audio files, the student manual and supplemental reading materials. Videos are not downloadable.

Do you offer full scholarships?

Nalanda Institute offers sliding scale tuition. At this time the Institute does not offer full tuition scholarships.  

If I miss a class, are there make-up classes?

There are no make-up classes, but instructors record every session and will make that recording available to you after each class. In addition all of the course materials and meditations are available to you online.

Is there homework? How much?

Between weekly meetings students are encouraged to practice the assigned mediation 2–3 times per week. The meditations are generally no longer than 10–15 minutes.

Is this course aimed at novice or experienced contemplative practitioners?

Practitioners of all skill levels will benefit from the guided meditations and group discussions. There are also instructional videos for all practices.

Can I pay in installments?

Nalanda Institute asks that all students pay in full prior to the first class.

What is the refund policy?

Tuition is non-refundable once the class starts.  

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