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The Healing, Sustainable Power of Compassion Training

Training for Professional Caregivers

July 30 - August 4, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$375 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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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.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Brooke D. Lavelle, PhD

    Cofounder of the Courage of Care Coalition

    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.

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  • 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/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Special Interest To

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

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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