Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in Spanish and Portuguese

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


The Contemplative Psychotherapy Program (CPP) is the leading certification program in the West for integrating mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices and Buddhist psychology with contemplative psychotherapy and current neuropsychology. This offering is available globally in 4 locations.

The program consists of 2 online live retreats, 30 pre-recorded weekly classes, and biweekly live video conferences.


The program startswith a weekend retreat where Nalanda Institute Director Dr. Joe Loizzo, together with program Co-directors Mar Aige and Pilar Hurtado, provide intensive instruction in the foundations of contemplative psychotherapy and either mindfulness or compassion meditation, depending on the year. There is an additional retreat in February led by Nalanda Institute core faculty.

Semesters are composed of weekly 90-minute class videos recorded in New York (accompanied by text or audio Spanish and Portuguese translations), weekly readings, meditation practices, enhanced by biweekly online meetings moderated by Mar Aige with Drs. Hurtado and Loizzo on Wednesdays, 12–1:30PM ET. Meetings include group discussions, guided meditations, review of material, and case consultations.


The curriculum is taught over two years and may be studied separately or in any order, as per the Nalanda teaching tradition. One year is dedicated to Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and the other to Compassion-based Psychotherapy.

Mindfulness Year

The Mindfulness year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology, meditation practice, and socially engaged ethics into contemporary cognitive, dynamic, relational, interpersonal, and intersubjective therapies, coaching, education and related fields. Areas of study include:

  • foundations of Buddhist Psychology and ethics
  • neuroscience of meditation
  • clinical applications of mindfulness: mechanisms of change and effects
  • contemplative psychotherapy: integrative nuances
  • meditation practicum: instruction with core faculty

Compassion Year

The Compassion Year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology, compassion practice, and socially transformative ethics of the Nalanda tradition into contemporary self-psychology, narrative, somatic, gestalt and transformational therapies, coaching, education and related fields. Areas of study include:

  • transforming the mind for social engagement and healing
  • self-analysis, self-compassion, and giving-and-taking practices
  • embodied practice of role-modeling imagery for self-transformation
  • embodied breathwork and open awareness practices
  • meditation practicum: instruction with core faculty

Who is this program for?

Part of the richness of the program is the remarkably broad range of professions represented—all oriented toward integrating healing practices into their professional discipline. Psychologists, social workers, counselors, educators, yoga and meditation teachers, art therapists, clergy, coaches and others in helping professions are encouraged to apply.You will join a community of peers and mentors and become part of a global network for lifelong learning, inspiration, and development.


The annual tuition fee of $2,500 (2200 euros) includes 8 months of classes, online retreats, and most reading materials. We offer flexible payment options and a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need. Note that refunds or credits are not issued after the initial retreat.

Application information

Applications are now open for the Mindfulness Year starting Fall 2022. Contact Mar Aige for additional information.

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The most complete team of experts ever assembled on these topics will teach you to weave contemplative psychology, insights and practices into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life.

The faculty is comprised of leading Buddhist scholars, practitioners, world-class meditation teachers, pioneering mindfulness and compassion researchers, and renowned clinicians.

Core Faculty and Directors: Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD (Nalanda Institute Director); Mar Aige, BFA, MA, RYT (Co-Director, CPP in Spanish & Portuguese); Pilar Hurtado, MD, MS (Co-Director, CPP in Spanish & Portuguese); Pilar Jennings, PhD; Sharon Salzberg; and Robert Thurman, PhD.

Past and present guest lecturers include: Mark Epstein, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, Chris Germer, Lama Rod Owens, Roshi Joan Halifax, Geshe Lobsang Negi, Richard Davidson, Stephen Porges, Rick Hanson, Jan Willis, Paul Fulton, and Ethan Nichtern.

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The Nalanda Institute Certificate in Mindfulness-based and Compassion-based Contemplative Psychotherapy is awarded to those who complete all the requirements of the curriculum of their year, including attending or watching the retreats and classes, offering two meditation teachbacks, keeping a daily meditation practice, and creating a capstone project.


For more information, contact Mar Aige, Co-Director, CPP in Spanish & Portuguese

Nalanda Institute’s founder, Joe Loizzo, congratulates Laura Sabaté for having completed the program.