Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT)

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT)

Training (and Teacher Training) for well-being, engagement, and purpose: learning to live mindfully and compassionately, with resilience, perspective and energy.


This is a complete, evidence-based training method of building resilience and well-being of mind, heart, and body using mindfulness and compassion practice as well as healing imagery and breath-work. Since it includes a broad range of insights and skills taught separately in other trainings, it offers the most effective way for individuals and groups to get fully introduced to the health benefits of contemplative stress-reduction and compassionate living.

The curriculum integrates timeless contemplative skills with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and integrative medicine, and is taught in a secular, experiential learning format that is not faith-based but is compatible with all faiths, including atheism/agnosticism.

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Research studies conducted at the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell with women recovering from breast cancer treatment found that the Nalanda Institute Compassion-Based Resilience Training improves quality of life, reduces biomarkers of stress, lowers social emotional and role stress, enhances overall functioning and resilience, and markedly decreases post-traumatic symptoms including intrusive thinking and traumatic avoidance.

  • Compassion-Based Resilience Training students on retreat with Joe Loizzo

Who is this training for?

This training is for anyone wishing a comprehensive training method for building resilience, including living mindfully and compassionately; cultivating well-being, and transforming stress while helping others. Our research has shown that it is especially effective at building resilience in people with higher levels of chronic stress, such as people facing major illness or trauma, health providers, humanitarian aid workers, caregivers and teachers.

The Nalanda Institute also periodically offers a year-long certification program that prepares lay and professional participants to teach this training.


This training consists of eight weekly modules that introduce and teach mindfulness, insight, compassion, imagery, and breath-energy work:

Module 1: Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness

Module 2: Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity

Module 3: Breaking Free of Confusion with Open Awareness

Module 4: Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing

Module 5: Reparenting Reactive Emotions with Self-Compassion

Module 6: Cultivating Love and Care: Reaping the Harvest of Well-Being

Module 7: Compassionate Imagery and Expression: Modeling a Larger Self and Life

Module 8: Breath-Body Flow: Inspiring a More Positive Life

CBRT Teacher Training

We also offer a year-long program for those who want to teach the training in clinical, humanitarian, educational, business and/or underserved community settings. The teacher’s program includes an initial and final retreat, along with monthly interactive zoom supervisions with Dr. Joe Loizzo. Participants are encouraged to practice teaching peers as well as others in their community and/or professional life. Graduates earn a certificate of completion from Nalanda Institute. Requirements for the training include a daily meditation practice for at least two years and some familiarity with the positive health benefits of contemplative living.

Meet our current CBRT certified teachers.


The 8-week training, as well as the year-long teacher’s program, are offered periodically. If you’re interested in upcoming trainings or teacher’s programs, please contact Fiona Brandon,


Nalanda Institute Director: Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD; CBRT Director: Fiona Brandon


For further information, download our CBRT brochure.

What they are saying

Read what our workshop participants have said about the program:

  • “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.”
  • “It gave me even more than I hoped for. I took the training because of my fears, but it also helped me relate to my husband. It helped give me a purpose. I feel so grateful.”
  • “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] and learn from Dr. Loizzo.”
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  • ”I have a new outlook now with the meditation. It made me a new person in dealing with my cancer. It helped me to slow and get off the spinning wheel.”
  • “In combination with learning about the science of meditation, I learned to meditate in a way that alleviates anxiety…The benefits are great—beyond estimation.”
  • “It has made a subtle but huge difference in almost every area of my life and has given me hope which I never expected to have that I can change, and handle challenges in a way that satisfies me more.”
  • “Although I have done some form of mindfulness practice for years, the study jump-started me into beginning a more serious meditation practice.”

Application information / Contact

For additional information on both the 8-week program or the teacher training, please contact Fiona Brandon,

Excellent, wonderful, mindful experience that has reduced a great deal of stress. Dr. Loizzo, the group, and the openness of the sessions have changed my life for the better.

— Workshop participant

It’s amazing how quickly the time has flown…We are so grateful for the trainings you and your team brought to us. It’s been a transformative journey for so many of us. With gratitude…

— Ismini Georgiades, PhD, Clinical Coordinator, Rebecca School