Sustainable Compassion

Deepen Your Capacity to Care for Yourself and Others


Brooke D. Lavelle, John Makransky

June 23-25, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
CE Credits available

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

This weekend is for everyone who cares for others—especially within their family and community, such as aging parents, children with special needs, or neighbors and relatives requiring assistance.

It is in our nature to want to offer compassionate support to those we care about, yet it can oftentimes deplete us. How do we ensure our own well-being while being able to care for and nurture others?

Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) is a successful approach that helps you tap into the power of the unconditional care within in a way that is deeply healing and sustaining for you and empowers you to be strong and compassionate for others.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • To recognize links between effective self-care and the ability to offer care sustainably to others
  • The importance of the interrelated modes of care—receiving care, self-care, and extending care—and methods for each
  • Techniques to relieve stress, avoid burnout, and become more present to others by connecting with a replenishing source within yourself
  • Tools for strengthening your compassion practices in daily life.

As a result of this empowering weekend, you will be able to offer the best of yourself in meaningful ways to the people in your life, without fatigue and burnout.

Faculty Bio

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.

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.

Why Attend

  • Relax and sink into the support of a retreat focused on self-care practices that you can do at home to ensure you don’t burn out while caring for others.

  • Gain tools for sustaining your own health and vitality as you support and help others in your life, including aging parents and children with special needs.

  • Dive deeply into your inner resources to access a sustainable force of compassion for yourself and others that will buoy you during rough times.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.


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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