Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Contemplative Psychotherapy New York City

Two-year training integrating time-tested mindfulness and compassion practices in Buddhist psychology with evidence-based western psychotherapy and neuropsychology.


The New York City program consists of live retreats and live classes held at Tibet House NYC, as well as an online learning option for those residing outside of the area.


The New York City program begins each Fall with a 4-day weekend retreat in New York, where core faculty, Dr. Joe Loizzo, Dr. Pilar Jennings, Helen Park and Geri Loizzo provide intensive instruction in the foundations of contemplative psychology and either mindfulness or compassion meditation (depending on the year).

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Semesters are comprised of weekly classes on Thursday evenings from 6 – 9pm at Tibet House US. Classes typically start with a guided meditation and group discussion leading into the weekly lecture. An annual concluding dinner in New York City celebrates classmates’ capstone projects.


Social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, physicians, creative arts therapists, educators, graduate students, and others  in the helping professions are encouraged to apply.

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Preference may be given to those who are established in their clinical practice, who have had at least some exposure to meditative practices, and who wish to deepen their awareness of contemplative-based practices and their clinical applications.

According to the Nalanda teaching tradition, this training can be entered in either year. For those wishing to enter the program in the Compassion Year, acceptance is contingent on applicants’ professional experience and on familiarity with Buddhist thought and mindfulness/yoga practice. Accepted applicants will be invited to attend a review course to prepare for the Compassion Year training. New participants who graduate from the Compassion Year are invited to continue in the next cycle of the Mindfulness Year.

Online learning

Online learning for the New York program includes access to the audio and video recordings of each class (posted 4 days after the live class) on our secure student portal, and bi-monthly Online Learners’ Conferences hosted by Joe Loizzo and Helen Park. In order to be eligible for the certificate, students must complete all the requirements for live participation, as well as attend the Online Learners’ Conferences.


Tuition for in-person participation is currently $5,500 per year. Tuition for the distance learning option is $4,500 per year. Tuition includes retreat expenses. A small number of scholarships and flexible payment options are available based on financial need.

Please note that no refunds or credits will be issued once classes begin in the fall.

Application information

The application period for Fall 2020 Compassion Year is now open. Apply here


Helen H. Park,

Each week the teachers and the group reminded and inspired me to be increasingly present with my clients and in my life. The meetings helped me to bring a more expanded and wise perspective to whatever I was working with that week. I feel honored to be part of such a special community of people.

—Kelly Zanetich, PhD, Clinical Psychologist