Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Contemplative Psychotherapy Zaragoza, Spain

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


The Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Program 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.

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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. The Spanish version of the program is directed by Drs. Joe Loizzo and Javier García Campayo. Program guest faculty includes Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Pilar Jennings, Stephen Porges, Rick Hanson, Mark Epstein, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, Chris Germer, Roshi Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, Paul Fulton, Ethan Nichtern, and others.


The Spanish program starts every October with a weekend retreat presented by our collaborator Dr. Javier García Campayo, who along with the director of the Nalanda Institute, Joe Loizzo, provides intensive instruction. There is also an additional retreat in March led by different members of the Nalanda Institute faculty and guest lecturers including Pilar Jennings, Sharon Salzberg and Scott Tusa.

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The semesters are composed of weekly class videos of approximately 2 hours recorded in New York with translations in Spanish, translated weekly readings, and daily meditation practices, and are enhanced by biweekly online meetings with Dr. García Campayo, Dr. Loizzo or other teachers. These web meetings include group discussions and a guided meditation practice. Capstone projects are shared at an annual conclusion meeting with Drs. García Campayo and Loizzo.

Who is this training for?

This program is for health professionals, therapists, coaches, educators, caregivers and anyone in a helping profession interested in integrating contemplative practice, cutting edge neuroscience, and contemporary psychotherapy into their personal and professional life.

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Part of the richness of program is the remarkably broad range of professions represented—all are oriented toward integrating healing practices into their professional discipline. We have had marriage/family therapists, private-practice psychotherapists, psychiatrists, coaches, educators, graduate students, yoga instructors, acupuncturists, Christian reverends, corporate professionals, and hospital-institutional physicians and psychiatrists.

You will join a community of peers and mentors and become part of a global network for lifelong learning, inspiration and development.


The curriculum is taught over two years. One year is dedicated to Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and the other to Compassion-based Psychotherapy. Participants may start the two-year program in either year:

Mindfulness Year

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

  • history of Buddhism and Buddhist psychology
  • fourfold mindfulness, loving kindness, and self-compassion practices
  • traditional and contemporary models of stress and trauma
  • the neuroscience of meditation, plasticity and memory reconsolidation
  • clinical applications of mindfulness, loving kindness, and self-compassion
  • unlearning implicit bias, developing radical acceptance and prosocial engagement
  • contemplative psychotherapy: mindfulness-based methods and integrative nuances
  • meditation practicum: instruction with Sharon Salzberg

Compassion Year

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

  • foundations of Buddhist systems theory and social psychology
  • transforming the mind for compassionate social engagement
  • the neuropsychology of attachment trauma, implicit bias and social stress-reactivity
  • fourfold compassion practice, role-modeling imagery and breath-body flow practice
  • transforming the unconscious mind and nervous system for embodied social engagement
  • the neuropsychology of transformational affects, polyvagal theory, and flow states
  • compassion-based therapies, embodied therapies, and integrative nuances
  • meditation practicum: instruction and group supervision with Robert Thurman and Scott Tusa


The annual registration fee of 2,200€ includes retreats in Zaragoza as well as all materials. We offer a limited number of scholarships and flexible payment options granted according to the applicant’s financial situation. Note that no refunds or credits will be issued once classes begin in October 2019.


Director: Dr. Joe Loizzo

Core Faculty: Pilar Jennings, PhD; Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD; Javier García Campayo, MD (Zaragoza).

Guest Faculty: past and present guest lecturers have included Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, 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, Mariana Caplan, 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 the initial retreat, course exercises, meditation teachbacks, daily meditation practice, and capstone project.


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Dr. Joe Loizzo, founder and director of Nalanda Institute, congratulates recent graduate Laura Sabaté.