Empowerment, Resilience, and Self-Care for Nurses and Teachers

Professional Development - Career Development

Susan Bauer-Wu, Tish Jennings

August 6-11, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights
CE Credits available

$460 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

As caring professionals, nurses and teachers face similar joys and challenges in serving their communities. This week, you are invited to dive into the experience of true relaxation and nurture your heart through evidence-based practices that will support you in your complex and stressful work environments.

With mindfulness as a solid foundation, we will create fertile ground to cultivate authentic compassion that can buoy and empower you. As practices and ways of being, mindfulness and compassion can rekindle meaning, joy, and passion to sustain nurses and teachers on their professional path.

Both Susan Bauer-Wu and Patricia Jennings come with decades of experience—as professionals who have worked as university professors in these fields, as leading researchers on contemplative practices, and as teachers of mindfulness-based interventions and other contemplative approaches. They bring to this workshop practical and nuanced suggestions for real-world applications of these practices, as well as information on the science showing the effectiveness of these practices.

Among the skills and insights to help you access calm and clarity, you will learn:

  • Tuning in (bringing awareness to breath, body sensations, thoughts, and emotions)
  • Lovingkindness and open awareness meditations
  • Looking and listening practice
  • Mindful communication.

You will leave feeling renewed, refreshed, supported, inspired, and empowered with skills for your own self-care as well as tools to incorporate into your work settings, whether at the bedside or in the classroom.


Faculty Bio

Susan Bauer-Wu

Susan Bauer-Wu is an accomplished nurse leader and mind-body researcher, as well as a warm and gifted teacher with a distinctive background as a meditation practitioner and instructor.

As the Tussi and John Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and the director of the Compassionate Care Initiative‰—both at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing‰—Susan‰’s teaching and research focus on secular, contemplative approaches to fostering resiliency in health care and higher education.

She is passionate about teaching students and health-care professionals how to bring mindfulness practices into their daily lives and into the lives of those they serve. As an adjunct professor in UVa’s Department of Religious Studies and as a member of the UVa Contemplative Sciences Center, Susan has received many significant distinctions and awards, serving on a number of review panels for prominent organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health.

She is currently on the Research Advisory Council of the Mind & Life Institute, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. In addition to her many academic publications, Susan is the author of the book Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness.

Tish Jennings

Tish Jennings, an associate professor of elementary education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, is an expert in mindfulness and teaching and an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning.

Her specific emphasis is on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student learning.

As senior director of the Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the Garrison Institute, Tish led the team that developed the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers) curriculum, a mindfulness-based program for teachers designed to reduce stress and promote improvements in classroom climate and student academic and behavioral outcomes.

As research assistant professor at the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University, she conducted a federally funded study demonstrating that CARE improves teachers‰ general well-being, health, emotion regulation, efficacy, and mindfulness. A study currently underway is examining CARE‰’s effects on classroom climate and student academics and behavior.

In addition to research, Tish has more than 22 years of classroom teaching experience.

Why Attend

  • Master evidence-based, time-honored tools for stress-reduction that you can use in your workplace to benefit yourself and those you work with.

  • Deeply relax this weekend and connect with like-minded professionals to experience the support and compassion of your wider community.

  • Expand your repertoire of self-care practices to boost your immune system, calm your nervous system, and support overall well-being.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    Must be a teacher or a nurse, either practicing or in training.

  • Experience Level

    Some experience required.

  • CEs Available


  • Recommended Reading

    Mindfulness for Teachers, Patricia Jennings

    “The Mindful Nurse.” American Nurse Today, 10(9), 12-13,43, Howland, L., & Bauer-Wu, S. (2015) https://www.americannursetoday.com/mindful-nurse/

  • Special Interest to

    Nurses and teachers


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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