Celebrating over 20 years of changing the way we care

What Professionals Say About the Program

Angela Anderson
“No words of comfort can reach parents nor take away their pain when they lose their baby. ...I was trained to do, to fix ... I was astounded when I realized that being present is actually a skill that I can learn and practice. ... To be present in those heartbreaking moments, I know I am offering the best of me to my patients. This does not deplete me, but nourishes me.”
 ~ Angela Anderson, MD, graduate of the Contemplative End-of-Life Care Program
 
James Duffy
“A contemplative approach to end-of-life care opens patients and clinicians to remarkable healing and transformation. As a palliative medicine clinician at several prestigious academic medical centers, I have witnessed the powerful impact these trainings have had upon our ability to meet the needs of dying patients and their families. The practical but profound skills developed through the Naropa program will radically enhance your ability to provide more effective and compassionate care for your patients. They will also enliven your passion for your work as a healer and nurture your own flourishing.”
 ~ James Duffy MD, Professor of Psychiatry, MD Anderson Cancer Center,
Fellow, John P McGovern Center for Health, Healing, and the Human Spirit, University of Texas
 
“Instead of finding a solely academic program, I found myself fully engaged on a personal level, which opened my whole understanding of life and of death. The contemplative and compassion practices taught were the tools I was familiar with, but it was through the program, that my experiential understanding of them provided the transformation. I became more open and accessible to my clients; the barrier created by my own hope and fear around illness, death and dying was removed. Now I know the meaning of those practices and the healing opportunities they offer.”
~ Janice Smith, psychotherapist, graduate of the Contemplative End-of-Life Care Program
 
“I gained from this course a re-emergence of my passion towards caring for the elders. The teachings, and especially the meditations, have rekindled my compassion and what I consider my purpose in this life: to serve the elders and assist people as they prepare for death. Teachings on impermanence and compassion have re-awakened a part of me and my basic goodness has emerged. All this has taught me a new way to understand and manage the pain and suffering that often comes with end of life care work. I’m now much more aware of the changes I desire to make in how I live my life. Because I can more easily let go of past issues too, there’s now space for joy and celebration in my life. I feel a new freedom! ”
 ~ Sarah Schumann, Nursing Home Administrator
 
"This program may be the most important I have ever taken. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to skillfully bring a deeper dimension of spiritual life to their caregiving."
~ Dennis McCann, St. Vincent’s Medical Center