“It’s so rare to be able to gather with others who recognize the spiritual dimension of human suffering and the deep desire of patients and caregivers for wholeness and healing. This symposium recognizes these needs and inspires and trains us to approach care through a contemplative lens. We all benefit from this one-of-a-kind experience.”

-Dr. Craig Blinderman, Division Chief, Adult Palliative Medicine Columbia University Medical Center/New-York Presbyterian Hospital

Featuring thought leaders in health and spiritual care and groundbreaking community organizers, this singular event offers an exceptional opportunity to learn from and connect with individuals who are at the forefront of healthcare innovation.

Through keynote addresses, experiential learning, workshops, and conversation, you will gain insight into best practices and developing expertise. You will learn new ways to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing and increasingly strained healthcare system, sharpen your caregiving skills, find equilibrium, and stay resilient. Through this work you will contribute to the evolution of effective relationship-centered care.

NYZCCC’s pioneering work — to transform the culture of care through contemplative practice, meeting illness, aging, and death with compassion and wisdom — shapes what you will experience at this symposium.

“The symposium is a powerful way for all of us to benefit from NYZCCC’s experience and expertise and leave better equipped to carry out and enjoy the work we do.” —Caitlin Etsudo McElroy-Cox, Nurse Practitioner

At The Garrison Institute—a grand monastery-turned-retreat center perched high above the Hudson River—you will enjoy a peaceful and beautiful environment for learning, meditating, and restoring.

Keynote speakers include Amy Berman, Dr. Ira Byock, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Jasmine HillSensei Koshin Paley EllisonFrank Ostaseski, and Sebene Selassie.


Are scholarships available?
Scholarships are available on a need basis.  Please contact Katherine Gray at Katherine@zencare.org or (212) 677-1087 for more information.

Who should attend the symposium?
Social workers, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, chaplains, CNA’s, healthcare advocates, mental health professionals, hospice workers, community leaders, volunteer and family caregivers and other health and spiritual care providers.

CEU and CME Credits

13.75 hours CEU credits are available for social workers and nurses.

20.25 hours of CME credits, provided by Atlantic Health System, are available for physicians.

Credit Information for Social Workers
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0192. The number of clinical social work continuing education contact hours is 20.25.

Credit Information for Nurses
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

About New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care  

Transforming the way we meet illness, aging, and death is the work of NYZCCC. Now in its 11th year, it uniquely brings together the three core elements of providing care, training caregivers, and supporting contemplative practice.

NYZCCC defines contemplative care as a multi-faith, relationship-centered approach to care that draws on the contemplative practice of the caregiver as the primary source of wisdom and loving action. We dare to be brave and creative, becoming intimate with our own suffering in order to alleviate the suffering of others.

NYZCCC’s ZenCare team provides care at New York City healthcare facilities helping to ensure that no one dies alone, and provides one-on-one direct care at end-of-life, as well as grief and bereavement counseling on a sliding scale so no one is turned away.

We have created an extensive educational curriculum accredited by New York State Education Department and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Through a partnership with New York Theological Seminary, NYZCCC established the first accredited Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program in the country. We also offer an extensive compliment of workshops, classes, lectures, retreats and meditation opportunities.

About The Garrison Institute 

The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization committed to harnessing the power of contemplative wisdom and practices — from many traditions, and in many contemporary contexts — to build a more compassionate and resilient future for all. Located in a renovated former monastery on the Hudson River just an hour north of Manhattan, the Institute’s retreat facility provides a place of refuge, reflection, and restoration for thousands of people from all walks of life. Their programs explore the intersection between contemplation and engaged action in the world as they work to incubate new fields, build networks, and develop new pathways, rooted in a mix of both spiritual and secular understanding, that lead to deep and lasting social transformation.

Please register for the 2018 Contemplative Care Symposium through the Garrison Institute website.



  • Amy Berman

    Amy Berman is a Senior Program Officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation. She heads the Foundation’s Integrating and Improving Services grants, focusing on the development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults. She also directs a number of collaborations with federal partners such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Administration for Community Living. Ms. Berman openly shares her experiences living with Stage IV breast cancer. She has presented to the Institute on Medicine and has authored numerous pieces about her health care choices, palliative care and implications for patients, practice and policy. She has been featured in Forbes and on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. She also blogs on the Hartford Foundation’s HealthAGEnda site (www.jhartfound.org/blog) and can be followed on Twitter as @jhartfound and @notesonnursing.

  • Ira Byock, MD

    Ira Byock, MD is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, based in Torrance, CA. Dr. Byock is Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire from 2003 through July 2013. Dr. Byock has authored numerous articles on the ethics and practice of care. His research led to conceptual frameworks for the lived experience of advanced illness, subjective quality of life measures, and effective life-completion counseling. His leadership in development of groundbreaking prototypes for concurrent care of people through the end of life has been foundational to advancing patient-centered care. Byock’s first book, Dying Well, (1997) became a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. The Four Things That Matter Most, (2004) is used as a counseling tool widely by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. The Best Care Possible (March 2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. More information is available at Ira.Byock.org

  • Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell

    Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. The organization delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. In order to bring the work to a broader audience, he co-developed the Foundations in Contemplative Care Training Program. Chodo is part of the core faculty for the Buddhist Track in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He teaches in the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship.
    Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher. He has traveled extensively in the U.S teaching in various institutions as well as bearing witness to the suffering of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Chodo's public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. His passion lies in bereavement counseling and advocating for change in the way our healthcare institutions work with the dying. His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Tricycle, Parabola and other media outlets. He is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher with the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association.

  • Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN

    Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, which offers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and Zen practice. He has served as the co-director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine and as the chaplaincy supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, on Faculty of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School. Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. Koshin is the author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up (Wisdom Publications, 2019). He is also the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Tricycle and others. Through his six years of training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association as well as clinical contemplative training at both Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and NewYork Presbyterian Medical Center which culminated in his roles as an ACPE Certified Educator, chaplain, and Jungian psychotherapist. He began his formal Zen training in 1987, and he is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher by the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  

  • Jasmine Hill

    Jasmine Hill is a writer, educator, organizer and Ph.D candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. She is a National Poverty Fellow at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and co-editor of Inequality in the 21st Centurywith David B. Grusky (Westview Press 2017). As a sociologist and researcher, she studies the social determinants of health which most impact low-income communities of color. Since 2014, Jasmine has served as an advisor and research consultant to the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA), a faith based initiative that assists the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of families managing advanced illness. The ACCA relies on an expanding network of 14 churches in the Bay Area to help thousands of patients and caregivers navigate the health care system and reduce inequities in care. She is proudly the daughter of Reverend Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, the founding executive director and community activist behind the ACCA. Before graduate school, Jasmine worked as a non-profit consultant on issues ranging from to the school-to-prison pipeline and domestic violence. She currently lives and collects data in the Greater Los Angeles area.

  • Frank Ostaseski

    Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher, visionary founder of the Metta Institute and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. He has established a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care, trained thousands of clinicians and caregivers and accompanied over 1000 people through their dying process. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

  • Sebene Selassie

    Sebene Selassie is a meditation teacher and certified Integral Coach®. She has been studying Buddhism since majoring in Comparative Religious Studies as an undergrad at McGill University. For over 20 years she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not–for–profits. Her work has taken her everywhere from the Tenderloin in San Francisco to refugee camps in Guinea, West Africa. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Sebene is a breast cancer survivor.

  • Andrea Fink

    Andrea KoNin Fink, LCSW, is a per diem chaplain at both Regional Hospice in Connecticut and Northern Westchester Hospital. Additionally, She is a Certified Meditation Instructor, Certified Death Doula, End of Life Caregiver and private practitioner in End of Life Care and Care Giver Support. As a social worker she spent nearly four decades working with families experiencing loss, trauma and unresolved grief.  Andrea completed Foundations of Contemplative Care in 2013 and two units of CPE at NYZCCC and is a formal student of Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell. Andrea earned her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1978 and is mother of two children, Sarah and Dan, and grandmother to twins.

  • Eddie Gonzalez

    Eddie Gonzalez has a keen interest in the dance between inner and outer life, the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell each other. He joins the On Being Impact Lab after a decade of work around stories and spiritual care, most recently at StoryCorps, where he worked across the United States and Canada to help individuals and organizations create space for reflective conversations through community-based storytelling and audio recording projects. Before StoryCorps he was a hospice chaplain and received his clinical pastoral education while earning an M.F.A. in creative writing.

Eddie believes deeply in the power of collaboration and will be based in New York City, connecting the growing ecosystem of projects, leaders, and listeners as well as developing meaning-making products for the On Being community. He feels most alive when he’s gathering around the table with friends and family, reading and writing, or exploring the outside world on foot.

  • Linda Hochstetler, MSW, RSW

    Linda Hochstetler is an educator and specialist in end of life issues related to illness, death, dying, and loss. She trained as a social worker and is certified in Palliative Care from Humber College, and has extensive experience with grief, loss, and palliative care. She is currently employed as a Social Worker at Bethell Hospice, the only 10-bed residential hospice in the Central West LHIN. She provides psychosocial support to residents with life-limiting illnesses and their families. She works collaboratively with the clinical team to ensure that they receive high-quality palliative care in a culturally and spiritually diverse way. She is also involved in volunteer training, as well as organizing and contributing to education and training events for staff, volunteers, and community persons. She worked previously as Education Facilitator for PalCare Network of York Region providing education and training to volunteers and staff on hospice palliative care topics. Linda has hosted 16 Death Cafes around the GTA, and engages with a large network of professionals working in improving end of life options. She presents regularly at conferences and symposiums throughout North America. She is known for her enthusiastic and engaging style of presentations that encourages discussion and honest reflection of meaning at end of life.

  • Nazira Jaffer, BSC, MHA, MBA, CHE

    An innovative health care executive with a proven track record of producing outstanding results in planning health care services and programs, health, quality and safety programs, strategy and change management, improving care, service, project management and performance through engaging service providers, consumer groups and stakeholders across jurisdictions. Possesses over 20 years’ experience in senior positions responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of operational and strategic plans in large multi-site unionized environments internationally, both in the public and private sectors. Nazira has worked internationally in East Africa, South Africa, India, Pakistan, China and Japan, not to mention Canada. She has assumed various roles including CEO of the Aga Khan Hospital in Kenya. She is currently the Executive Director of Bethell Hospice in the Central West LHIN. She has served on various boards including the Ontario Gerontology Association, Retirement Regulatory Authority Council and Vice Chair of the Aga Khan National Care for the Elderly in Canada. She is currently training to become a surveyor for the international CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation.

  • Cyndi Lee

    Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching.  Founder of NYC’s OM yoga Center (1998-2012), a mecca for yogis worldwide, Cyndi now teaches throughout the US, Asia, and Europe.  Her root guru is the Tibetan master Gelek Rimpoche, and she has been ordained as a lay Buddhist chaplain by Roshi Joan Halifax. Cyndi’s upcoming book, Taking Refuge in Your Body, reflects her current focus on the integration of yoga, meditation and resiiency work, and its application to caregivers, chaplains, nurses, social workers, therapists, teachers and others. Cyndi has taught “The Resiliency Practices of Yoga and Buddhism” in weekend and one-day workshop form at international venues including Kripalu Institute, Shambhala Mountain Center and Yoga Sky Berlin. She is the author of five other books including the classic yoga text: Yoga Body Buddha Mind; the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind, and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice.  She is a regular contributor to numerous publications including Yoga Journal, Real Simple and Lion’s Roar. Current on-line offerings include Restorative Teacher Training, Meditation Teacher Training, and Sustainable Vinyasa.  www.cyndilee.com

  • Leigh Leibel

    Leigh Leibel is a journalist and internationally recognized authority in the field of mind-body medicine for supportive cancer care and disease prevention. She has a clinical practice in Integrative Oncology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City where she designs evidence-based mind-body protocols for cancer patients across the care continuum to help manage conventional treatment side effects and improve clinical outcome.  Ms. Leibel has a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from S-Vyasa University in Bangalore, India, and is a 2018 alumna of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Summer Program: Principles and Practices of Cancer Prevention and Control. She was the founding Executive Producer of CNN Accent Health, a television network located in physician waiting rooms reaching over 12 million patients each year with healthy lifestyle programming. 

  • Dominica Lizzi

    Dominica F Lizzi, LCSW, LMSW, is a Doctoral Candidate at Smith College School for Social Work. She has over a decade of experience serving terminally ill patients and their families in both homes and hospitals, as well as working as a bereavement counselor for those in the community who  endured sudden and traumatic losses. Dominica has been considered a pediatric specialist and has worked with many terminally ill children and their families. Currently, she is a lecturer at Columbia University School for Social Work and is a curriculum developer for Smith College School for Social Work. Her doctoral research focuses on examining Social Works' historic participation in enabling health care and social disparities as a means to ensure ethics and diligence in future policy and practice. She resides in Hudson, NY where she sustains a small private practice serving the under and uninsured. 

  • Jonathan Prescott

    Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a non-profit dedicated to helping people become compassionate caregivers.  Jonathan’s career as a hospice, cancer-care, and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions.  His trainings help people learn to use listening, balance, boundaries, and presence as therapeutic tools.  

  • Francine Rainone

    Francine Rainone is a Buddhist with training in the Zen, Insight and Vajrayana traditions. After years as an academic philosopher and later as an acupuncturist and herbalist she became a physician. Board Certified in Family Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, her life’s work has been to bring compassion and joy into daily life. Her work experience includes primary care settings, hospitals and nursing homes. She has taught undergraduates, graduates, residents and Fellows.

  • Rami Shami

     Rami Shami has been serving in Hospice Palliative Care for nearly 3 decades. His love for this holistic field has allowed him to exercise his passion within such capacities as direct care, senior leadership, accreditation, training and education, and program development. Rami is privileged to have served with a multitude of Hospices and currently applies his skill and experience as an Accreditation Reviewer for Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, as well as the Manager of Volunteer Services for Hospice Toronto and Journey Home Hospice (a hospice for the homeless), and an independent consultant for end-of-life training and education.  While harvesting a conviction that everyone should have access to quality Hospice Palliative Care, Rami strongly advocates and intimately supports the development and growth of programs and services for those travelling the journey of a life-limiting illness and their caregivers. 

  • Andrea Sherman, PhD

    Andrea Sherman, PhD, is a gerontologist, educator, trainer and End of Life Doula. As an educator her focus is on palliative and end of life care, caregiving, creativity and aging, transforming long-term care, lifecycle transitions, and veteran-centered-care. She is the co-author of Transitional Keys: Rituals to Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults and has created rituals that span the lifecycle from birth to dying. She has also created rituals to support caregivers through the stages of caregiving.  As an educator she taught and developed curriculum for the Bronx VA GRECC, The National Center for Creative Aging, the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers at NYU College of Nursing, and Elders Share the Arts. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America, and chaired the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Society.  Andrea is a graduate of the New York Zen Center Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Program, teaches meditation, and studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Phakchok Rinpoche. 

  • Susan Srigley

    Susan Srigley, PhD, is Professor of Religions and Cultures at Nipissing University in Northern Ontario, Canada. Her area of research is religious ethics and literature and she is the author of two books and numerous articles on the American writer Flannery O'Connor. She has been a palliative care volunteer for the past 16 years and she offers training sessions to new volunteers on death, dying and spirituality with her local palliative care association. She teaches a number of university courses on death and dying and she is currently writing about the importance of the humanities for palliative care. She leads regular "death café" meetings in her community

MEDICAL DOCTORS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Medical Society of New Jersey through the joint providership of Atlantic Health System and New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Atlantic Health System designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 20.25  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Atlantic Health System is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

SOCIAL WORKERS: New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0192

This program is approved via NY State Board Offices for Social Work for 13.75  clinical social work continuing education contact hours.

NURSES: This program approved for 13.75  contact hours from NE-MSD CNE, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation.


  • Describe, integrate and demonstrate how contemplative care approaches can be used to improve communication between palliative/hospice care providers and their patients and families.
  • Describe, integrate and demonstrate how contemplative care approaches can be used to improve the assessment and management of spiritual-existential concerns in patients with advanced, life threatening, or terminal illnesses.
  • Identify team stressors, signs of clinical burnout, and their management using a contemplative care approach.
  • Explore ways in which a contemplative practice can facilitate self-care and a healthy work-life balance.


Professionals working in palliative and hospice care, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers.


To provide the most effective palliative and end-of-life care possible.
To encourage leading researchers, physicians, spiritual care providers and patient advocates to learn from each other and grow as healers.
To share contemplative best practices and experiential teachings, while collectively beginning work toward common standards of practice.


Amy Berman, Ira Byock, MD, Rev. Robert Chodo Campbell, Rev. Dr. Koshin Paley Ellison, Jasmine Hill, Frank Ostasesk, Sebene Salassie


There are no disclosures at this time.


There is no commercial support for this activity.

This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of The Medical Society of New Jersey(MSNJ) through the joint providership of Atlantic Health System and New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Atlantic Health System is accredited by MSNJ to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Atlantic Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Fourth Biennial Contemplative Care Symposium
November 8-11, 2018 at The Garrison Institute
Program Schedule



  • Welcome, Opening, Keynote w/ Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell (Meditation Hall)


  • Closing and Meditation w/ Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell (Meditation Hall)



  • Morning Meditation w/ Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison (Meditation Hall)


  • Morning Keynote w/ Dr. Ira Byock, “Death and the Meaning of Life” (Meditation Hall) 


  • Morning Keynote Q&A w/ Dr. Ira Byock (Meditation Hall) 


  • Morning Keynote Workshop w/ Dr. Ira Byock, “Contemplating Community as a Verb” (Meditation Hall)
  • Morning Workshop w/ Rami Shami, “The Community Weave of Interconnectivity” (Appalachian Room)
  • Morning Workshop w/ Francine Rainone, “SADL: The Spiritual Activities of Daily Living & How They Can Help Us Care for Others” (Heritage Room)


  • Meditation and Dharma Talk 


  • Lunch and Personal Time 


  • Afternoon Keynote w/ Jasmine Hill & Dr. Jill Joseph, “Re-envisioning a Community of Care” (Meditation Hall)


  • Afternoon Keynote Q&A w/ Jasmine Hill & Dr. Jill Joseph  (Meditation Hall)


  • Afternoon Keynote Workshop w/ Jasmine Hill & Dr. Jill Joseph  “Bridging the Gap Between Health Delivery Systems, Community Organizations and Faith-Based Communities in Managing Advanced Illness” (Meditation Hall)
  • Afternoon Workshop w/ Cyndi Lee, “Taking Refuge in Your Body” (Appalachian Room)
  • Afternoon Workshop w/ Andrea Sherman & Andrea Fink, “Everyday Rituals and Practices for Caregivers” (Heritage Room)



  • Morning Meditation w/ Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison (Meditation Hall) 


  • Morning Keynote w/ Frank Ostaseski, “Don’t Wait” (Meditation Hall)


  • Morning Keynote Q&A (Meditation Hall)


  • Morning Keynote Workshop w/ Frank Ostaseski, “Compassion and Appropriate Response” (Meditation Hall)


  • Morning Workshop w/ Dominica Lizzi, “The Science of Severed Attachment; the Bereft Brain and Implications for Grief Counseling” (Appalachian Room)


  • Morning Workshop w/ Leigh Leibel, “Changing the Experience of Pain Through Mindful Breathing: An Experiential Workshop for Clinicians and Caregivers”(Heritage Room)


  • Meditation and Dharma Talk


  • Lunch and Personal Time 


  • Afternoon Keynote w/ Amy Berman, “The Mythology of Serious Illness” (Meditation Hall) 


  • Afternoon Keynote Q&A (Meditation Hall)


  • Afternoon Workshop w/ Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, “Resilience Training” (Meditation Hall) 
  • Afternoon Workshop w/ Susan Srigley, “Teaching Death and Dying: Cultivating Death Ambassadors in the University Classroom” (Heritage Room)
  • Afternoon Workshop w/ Linda Hochstetler & Nazira Jaffer – “Social Work Practice in Residential Hospice: Resident and Family Needs Prediction by Performance Scale” (Appalachian Room)


  • Music Performance by Michelle Pirrett (Meditation Hall) 



  • Morning Keynote w/ Sebene Selassie, “Conscious Values vs Unconscious Conditioning: Getting Real About Implicit Bias in Ourselves and in Healthcare” (Meditation Hall)


  • Morning Keynote Q&A w/ Sebene Selassie 


  • Morning Keynote Workshop w/ Sebene Selassie, “We Are All Biased: Using Mindfulness to See and to Bridge the Gap Between Conscious Values and Unconscious Conditioning” (Meditation Hall)
  • Morning Workshop w/ Eddie Gonzalez, “The On Being Project: Creating Space for Our Stories – Community Projects of Meaningful Conversations” (Heritage Room)
  • Morning Workshop w/ Jonathan Prescott, “Listening With the Body: Presence and Intuition as Therapeutic Tools” (Appalachian Room)


  • Closing Meditation w/ Sebene Selassie, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell (Meditation Hall) 


  • Lunch


  • Departures 
The Fourth Biennial Contemplative Care Symposium
Scholarship Application 


We are now accepting scholarship applications for the Fourth Biennial Contemplative Care Symposium!

To submit your materials, please download and complete the attached application and send your materials to Katherine Gray at katherine@zencare.org. Please write in your responses to each question in the text field, including the multiple choice answers.

Please note we cannot guarantee funding to everyone who applies due to having limited capacity and multiple applicants. Scholarships will be awarded on need-basis. If you have been selected for a scholarship award, we will reach out to you directly.

If you have any questions while filling out the application or scholarships in general, please reach out to Katherine Gray at the above email at anytime.

We hope to see you there! Click here for the scholarship application.