The Healing Power of Compassion

Training for Caregivers

John Makransky, Brooke D. Lavelle

July 29-August 3, 2017

Saturday-Thursday, 5 nights

See below for
accommodation rates.


Program Description

In our professional caregiving roles, we are expected to constantly extend care to others, be fully present to them, see them in their deep worth, dignity, and potential, and help them find their hidden strengths. Yet we are never trained to do this for ourselves or cope with the suffering and difficulties we encounter. The cost is the depletion of our own energy and health, leading to burnout and empathy fatigue.

Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) is a proven approach that helps us find a sense of inner safety and deep replenishment from which to be more sustainably and compassionately present for ourselves and for others. It invites us into authentic relationship with our own feelings and allows us to access an unconditional power of care from within.

In this life-enhancing professional retreat, you will learn:

  • The theory and practice of cultivating sustainable care and compassion through three modes of care
  • How to transform the suffering you encounter in your empathy for others into an increasing power of care and compassion
  • How to make your compassion inclusive and renewable so that you are not repeatedly overwhelmed by the challenges you face
  • How to stay in touch with the essential humanity of everyone involved in the personal and social structures that caregiving takes place within.

You will return home replenished and empowered, with strong, active skills to support you in an ongoing way, so that you can thrive personally and professionally.

Why Attend?

  • Learn techniques to alleviate burnout and empathy fatigue as a professional caregiver.

  • Dive deep into a retreat experience to acquire and benefit from nourishing and rejuvenating self-care practices.

  • Tap into the deep, renewable source of compassion within to sustain your own energy when offering support and help to others.

  • Access your inner wellspring of renewable energy to stay healthy and vibrant as you offer compassionate care at work.

  • Share with a community of professionals the challenges and creative solutions for sustainable caregiving.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Those in the helping, healing, and care-giving professions

Program Faculty

John-Makransky-2016hs-web.300x400John Makransky

John Makransky, author of the popular meditation book Awakening through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness, is associate professor of Buddhism and comparative…


Brooke-Lavelle-2016hs-web.300x400Brooke D. Lavelle

Brooke D. Lavelle is cofounder and president of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Sustainable Compassion Training…



Accommodations, meals, and campus activities rates, per person, for all program nights:

Pod: $700
Standard single: from $875
Standard double: from $800
Traditional: from $950
Suite: from $1,650

Taxes apply.

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