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Sustainable Compassion Training

Event Description

In our helping roles, we are called to constantly extend care to others, yet this often comes at a cost to those in helping professions. How can we learn to extend care in sustainable ways?


March 10, 2017 – March 12, 2017


All Levels

Silence Level


What is is?

Sustainable Compassion Training is a method designed to help all people who care for others within their family, work and community life realize a power of unconditional care from within that is deeply healing and sustaining. Contacting this power helps us become more fully present to ourselves and others, and nourishes a strong, active form of compassion that is not subject to ’empathy fatigue’ and burnout.

Sustainable Compassion Training highlights our need to experience ourselves as objects of care and compassion in order to extend care and compassion widely to others. For those purposes, Sustainable Compassion Training meditations cultivate three interrelated modes of care.

These modes are:

  1. receiving care
  2. extending care to others
  3. deep self-care

In this two-day workshop, we will:

  • Explore the science of care and compassion
  • Practice methods for receiving care, extending care, and enhancing self-care
  • Learn techniques to relieve stress, avoid burnout, and become more present to others, by connecting with a replenishing source of care in ourselves
  • Consider ways of strengthening our compassion practices in daily life
Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 10 March 2017 to 12 March 2017

Already Registered? Prepare for your Group Retreat Want to offer Service? Volunteer to be Course Liaison

Teacher Bio

 Khensur Rinpoche

John Maransky, Ph.D

John Macransky is an Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College. He is co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and of the Courage of Care Coalition, and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening Through Love. For the past fifteen years John has focused on sharing ways to cultivate sustainable care and compassion with teachers, healthcare givers, social workers, psychotherapists, as well as those who work with prisoners, the hungry, and the dying. The materials he uses have been adapted from Buddhism in newly accessible ways.
 Lorne Ladner

Brooke Lavelle, PhD

Brooke Lavelle is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. She is also Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life’s Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative and a co-developer of the Call to Care program for teachers and students. Brooke has developed and led compassion and mindfulness-based programs in various education and health care settings.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
Option A Option B
Main Dormitory $238.00 $310.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $258.00 $330.00
Private Room $358.00 $430.00
Private Room SHARE OPTION $220.00 $290.00
Cabin $428.00 $500.00
Cabin SHARE OPTION $230.00 $320.00
10% membership discounts are applicable for members.
Level 1: One Student $110.00
Level 2: Two Students $220.00


Financial Aid is Available

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at