Mindfulness and Compassion Practitioner and Facilitator Training

with Radhule Weininger, Ph.D. & Michael Kearney, MD

Mindfulness and Compassion Practitioner Certificate

Deepen your own practice and learn how these approaches can be most effectively shared with others! If you are a therapist, health-care professional, teacher, in spiritual ministry, if you work in senior care, with immigration, with those incarcerated, or if you are a caretaker of others in any way, you will find this program highly valuable. You will gain a solid foundation in mindfulness, compassion, gratitude and forgiveness practices, learn about the connection between mindfulness and emotional regulation, learn how to connect deeply to other than human nature and are supported in bringing what you learned back into your engagement with life. You can receive a Practitioner Certificate, which assists you in deepening your own practice and serve family and friends.

Module I: Laying the Foundations of Practice
Dates: January 20 from 9:30-4:30, January 21, 28 and February 4, & 11 – from 2:30 – 6:00 pm
Module II: Cultivating Emotional Balance
Dates: March 10 from 9:30-4:30, March 11, 25 and April 8, & 15 – from 2:30 – 6:00 pm
Module III: Engaged Compassion
Dates: May 12 from 9:30-4:30, May 13, 20 and June 3, & 10 – from 2:30 – 6:00 pm

The cost of each Module is $300.00.
18 CE’s for Psychologists, MFTs, nurses and social workers available.
Registration is available online at La Casa de Maria

Mindfulness and Compassion Facilitator Certificate

This year-long program provides training, support, internship, and supervision, to those who want to teach these practices to the communities with whom you work. Successful completion of this program provides a Mindfulness Facilitator Certificate.

After obtaining the Practitioners Certificate of Completion you will engage in the Mindful Facilitators Program. Radhule and Michael will be joined periodically by guest teachers providing a greater variety of information and skills. This additional program is from July to December culminating in a Silent Meditation Retreat.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
Group Meetings and Practice Sessions: Group training sessions will be scheduled every other week for 2 hours. Minimum attendance is 10 classes. The group meeting dates/time will be set to best meet the teachers and the group’s availability.
Weekly Dharma Sitting: Attendance at a Dharma One sitting once a week.
Mentorship: A monthly phone call or meeting with a teacher to check in about the program, report about your experiences and challenges in offering spiritual care, and to explore your Dharma practice in relation to the work you are doing.
Internship: You will engage in a practicum where you initiate a mindfulness class with a minimum of 1 hour per week, in the venue of your choosing to share and demonstrate your growing skill set. Students should begin researching volunteer options.
Retreat: A mandatory 5 Night Mindfulness Meditation Retreat from December 4 – 9, 2018 at Mount Calvary Monastery that will be held in silence providing the experience of extended silence and additional practice as a teacher. A voluntary weekend retreat is also available at the Center for Spiritual Renewal from August 24 – 26, 2018 for additional practice or make-up for missed times.

The cost of the Facilitator Training is $800.00
Deposit of $150.00 to La Casa de Maria ($50 will be applied to each Module, non-refundable)
In addition, the cost for the Residential Retreat is $740.00

Registration Instructions: Attached is further M&C Training Programs 2018. Complete and return the Application.

CEUs for Psychologists, MFTs, nurses and social workers available.

Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, medical doctor, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology, is the founder and guiding teacher of the One Dharma Sangha, as well as the resident teacher of mindfulness practice at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California.  Her book Heartwork: Practicing of Self-compassion, with a forward by Jack Kornfield, has been published by Shambala Publications.

Since 2003, Radhule has presented at numerous national conferences and seminars, including the Contemplative Care Conference organized by the New York Zen Center at the Garrison Institute, the UCSF Palliative Care team, as well as internationally, in Ireland, Canada, Austria, and Japan.  Known for her work in bridging Buddhist and Western psychology, she continues to receive invitations to speak at conferences worldwide.  In the coming year, she will speak at conferences in Japan, India, and Spain.

After completing medical school in Muenster, Germany, Radhule went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1990 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.  She has completed extensive training in Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Jungian psychotherapy, as well as Embodied Imagination and Dream Tending.

While pursuing her educational degrees, Radhule dedicated herself to a rich spiritual path.  From 1980-81, she studied Buddhist meditation practice at Black Rock Hermitage, Sri Lanka.  For the following two years, she lived and practiced at the Center of Unity “Schweibenalb” in Switzerland.  Since 1986 she has participated in regular long-term retreats with Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Since 2011 she has spent each summer in Dharamsala, India, studying the connecting points between Buddhist and Western psychology.

In 2010 Radhule completed a six-week training on Cultivating Emotional Balance in Thailand with Buddhist scholar Dr. Alan Wallace and eminent researcher on emotions Dr. Paul Ekman.  For the past twelve years, she has been mentored by meditation teacher and psychologist Jack Kornfield (A Path with Heart) who has guided her Buddhist practice as well as her study of how Western and Buddhist psychology intersect.

Radhule has published several articles and book chapters on themes such as trauma survivor groups.  In her doctoral studies, she completed extensive research on interventions to heal trauma.  As a psychologist and victim advocate, she served on a review board of the Franciscan friars on issues of abuse and trauma.  As part of Survivor International, Radhule worked with survivors of political torture, and in the late eighties, she led a group for survivors of the AIDS crisis.  In 2009, she was the co-author of an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA – the most widely read medical journal in the world) on mindfulness preventing burnout and vicarious traumatization in palliative care and hospice doctors.

Currently, Radhule has a flourishing psychotherapy practice, combining Buddhist and Western psychology.  She teaches three meditation groups per week in Santa Barbara, as well as monthly retreats, as well as the annual “Cultivating Emotional Balance” and “Awakening Bodhichitta” training, including Mindfulness and Compassion Facilitator training at UCSB and La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara.

Michael Kearney, MD.

Michael Kearney has over 35 years experience of working as a physician in palliative care. Since his early twenties, Michael Kearney has been seeking to bridge his medical and spiritual studies. He completed a one-year spiritual director training at Heathrow College in London in 1985 and worked for one year in L’Arche/France in a spiritual community serving those physically and mentally disabled. Having been practicing meditation since his early twenties, he has been following since 2005 the mediation teachings of Alan Wallace and has been mentored by Buddhist scholar and social activist Joanna Macy and Native American teachers Wolf and Lisa Wahpepah.

He has been interested in combining medical treatment with approaches that enhance the innate healing of body and mind and has written two books, which explore these issues (Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death, and Healing, and A Place of Healing:  Working with Nature and Soul at the End of Life). In 2009, he was the lead author on an article on self-care of physicians working at the end of life, published in JAMA.  He has just finished a book, The Nest in The Stream: How to be with our Pain, which offers a new spiritual model of self-care and resilience.   He lives in Santa Barbara, California where he works with Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara.  He is Medical Director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and at Serenity House, an inpatient hospice unit with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.