The Healing Power of Compassion

Training for Caregivers

Professional Development - Mindfulness Teacher Trainings

John Makransky, Brooke D. Lavelle

July 30-August 4, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$375 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


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.

Faculty Bio

John Makransky

John Makransky, author of the popular meditation book Awakening through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness, is associate professor of Buddhism and comparative theology at Boston College and cofounder of the Courage of Care Coalition and the Foundation for Active Compassion, organizations that train people in stable care and sustainable compassion.

Dr. Makransky serves as senior advisor for Kathmandu University‰ Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal and president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies and is the developer of the Sustainable Compassion Training model.

His academic writings focus on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, on adapting Buddhist practices to address contemporary problems, and on theoretical issues in interfaith learning. For the past 15 years, John has taught educators, health-care providers, social workers, psychotherapists, and those who work with prisoners, at-risk youth, the hungry, and the dying and has offered meditation workshops at Harvard Divinity and Medical Schools, Brown University, Emory University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and many other institutions.

Brooke D. Lavelle

Brooke D. Lavelle is cofounder and president of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Sustainable Compassion Training programs and support to individuals and communities in education, health care, and other areas of social service.

Her academic work focuses on the confluence of Buddhist contemplative theory and cognitive science, as well as the cultural contexts that shape the transmission, reception, and secularization of Buddhist contemplative practices in America.

At Emory University, Dr. Lavelle served as a lead instructor for several studies examining the efficacy of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), and has helped to create and adapt CBCT for children and adolescents in Atlanta‰’s foster-care system.

She has developed and taught yoga and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs for a variety of clinical populations and serves on the board of the Foundation for Active Compassion and as a consultant at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

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


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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