Spiritual Care Program

The Spiritual Care Program aims to inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at death and care for the dying and the whole way we look at life and care for the living.

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The Spiritual Care Program offers non-denominational, contemplative-based education for people from all walks of life to discover their own inner resources for well-being and wholeness. It draws its inspiration from Buddhist contemplative tradition and its effective methodologies for deepening the human capacity for compassion, mindful awareness and authentic presence, particularly from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, the work of the Dalai Lama, as well as scientific research.

In our professional skills training programs, we offer an integrated approach to the practical, emotional and spiritual dimension of care for living and dying. Caregivers learn step-by-step how to apply and integrate mindfulness, meditation, and compassion training to strengthen their resilience and enhance their care.


Why is it called spiritual care?

The word “spiritual” refers to those aspects of life which give a sense of meaning, connection, integrity and hope. There are spiritual needs which are universal whatever our beliefs:

  • to love and make an authentic connection with others
  • to understand and transform suffering
  • to rely on a refuge or source of peace
  • to find a meaning in life.


Professional Skills Training

Our flagship course is called Authentic Presence – a Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care for Healthcare Professionals. It consists of 2 online modules and one 8-day residential retreat. The online modules are Cultivating Compassionate Presence and Cultivating Mindfulness and Awareness in End-of-Life Care. The residential module is called Authentic Presence Immersion Retreat, followed by a 10-week integration webinar online where students are mentored by faculty members.

Learn more on our website!


Please consider making a donation to The Spiritual Care Program online or by check.

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You can make checks payable to ISI with The Spiritual Care Program included in the memo and send checks to ISI:

101 Brookwood Ave. Ste #204
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


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