The most complete team of experts ever assembled in this field will teach you to weave contemplative psychology, insights, and practices into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life. Past guest faculty have included Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Tara Brach, Mark Epstein, Jan Willis, Roshi Joan Halifax, Rick Hanson, Chris Germer, Jasmine Syedullah, Richard Davidson, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Lobsang Rapgay, Dan Siegel, Ethan Nichtern and many others.
The most complete team of experts ever assembled in this field will teach you to weave contemplative psychology, insights, and practices into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life. Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Tara Brach, Mark Epstein, Jan Willis, Roshi Joan Halifax, Rick Hanson, Chris Germer, Jasmine Syedullah, Richard Davidson, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Lobsang Rapgay, Dan Siegel, Ethan Nichtern and many others.
The Contemplative Psychotherapy Program is a truly life changing experience that invites students to engage academic content, experiential practices and open-hearted discussions in a unique journey of contemplative learning and community. Here are just some of the vital benefits participants will gain:
Comprehensive grounding in all schools of Buddhist Psychology
Rigorous training in mindfulness, compassion and embodiment practice
An inclusive caring community that supports deep personal transformation
Immersion in the East-West dialogue around neuroscience, psychology and social justice
Mentoring in contemplative self-analysis for personal growth and professional practice
The full Contemplative Psychotherapy Program is taught over three years focusing on Mindfulness, Compassion and Embodiment respectively. Students, however, are not obligated to take all three years and may choose to take only the Mindfulness or Compassion programs. The Embodiment program is currently only open to graduates of both the Mindfulness and Compassion programs or with the permission of the instructor.
The Mindfulness Year
The Mindfulness year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology and meditation practice into contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, object-relational, interpersonal, family-systems therapies and related caregiving fields. Areas of study include:
The 4 foundations of 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
Meditation practicum: instruction with Sharon Salzberg
The Compassion Year
The Compassion Year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology, compassion practice and transformational approach of the Nalanda tradition with contemporary relational, intersubjective and systems approaches, somatic, polyvagal and gestalt therapies. Areas of study include:
Transforming the mind for compassionate social engagement
The neuropsychology of attachment trauma, implicit bias, and social stress-reactivity
Fourfold compassion practice, self-transcendent insight practice and the practice of embodied self-world transformation
Transforming the unconscious mind and nervous system for embodied social engagement
The neuropsychology of social stress and trauma, transformational affects, polyvagal theory, and positive psychosocial development
Meditation practicum: instruction with Bob Thurman
The Embodiment Year
The Embodiment Year offers an advanced in-depth study and practice of the transformational depth-psychology, embodiment practice and altruistic ethics of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, along two parallel yet linked practical application tracks.
The Embodied Psychotherapy track integrates embodied contemplative science and practice with contemporary self-psychology, depth-psychology, internal family systems, somatic, and trauma therapies. The Embodied Psychosocial Change track integrates embodied contemplative science and practice with social work, decolonizing education, social justice work, community organizing, non-profit and humanitarian aid work, climate justice and political activism. Areas of study include:
Transforming the unconscious mind and central nervous system for embodied compassion and altruistic engagement
The neuropsychology of transformational affects, autonomic regulation, and flow states
Embodied practice of role-modeling imagery for self-transformation and community building
Embodied breath-work and open flow awareness practices for healing the somatic dimensions of trauma, and for internalized racial, gender and other social trauma
Meditation practicum: instruction with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and core faculty
Who Is This Program For?
This program attracts a diverse group of individuals made up of health professionals, therapists, coaches, educators, caregivers and many others interested in integrating contemplative practice, cutting edge neuroscience, and contemporary psychotherapy into their personal and professional life.
Paulina Lamas (in Spanish)
Simone Marques (in Portuguese)
In the Fall of 2022 we will be offering two Compassion Year courses, the Mindfulness Year in Spanish and Portuguese, and the Embodiment Year. View the chart below for a side-by-side comparison.
The Compassion Year / Live Learning
Dates: September 2 – May 18
Opening retreat September 2 – 4 Meets weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:30pm PT / 6:00 – 8:30pm ET
Opening retreat September 16 – 18 Meets bi-weekly the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 – 2:30pm BRT, 6:00 – 7:30pm CET
Note: Our reference time zone is NY, meeting time may change for you during the course due to daylight saving time
Año de Mindfulness / programa híbrido con clases en vivo y grabadas en español y portugués Fechas: 16 de septiembre – 24 de mayo Retiro de apertura: 16 – 18 de septiembre Reuniones quincenales el primer y tercer miércoles del mes: 11 AM Mexico, 12PM NY, 1PM Brasilia, 6PM Europa Nota: Nuestro horario de referencia es Nueva York, la hora de reunión puede cambiar para usted durante el curso debido al horario de verano
Ano de Atenção Plena / Mindfulness / um programa híbrido com aulas ao vivo e gravadas, em espanhol e português Datas: 16 de setembro – 24 de maio Retiro de Abertura: 16 – 18 de setembro Reuniões quinzenais na primeira e terceira quarta-feira do mês: 11h México, 12h Nova Iorque, 13h Brasília, 18h Europa Nota: Nosso horário de referência é o de Nova Iorque, o horário das reuniões pode mudar durante o curso, devido ao horário de verão.