Living with Dying
Living with Dying
with Cheryl A. Giles, Jonna Goulding, Chris Berlin, Barbara Waldorf, Jean Ashland
Friday, September 22  5:00 pm - Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Road, Springfield, NH 03284

The last day to register for this program is September 14th.

This retreat will provide palliative and end-of-life care professionals (RN, SW, MD, chaplains, volunteers) a restorative weekend of mindful self-care practices in the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire to foster resilience in working with the dying. Emphasis will be given to developing tools for self-care through compassion and training in contemplative approaches to address burnout, compassion fatigue, empathic distress and other work-related stressors. Goals of this weekend will be to reconnect with the core of one’s caring and to build community and networks for continued support. CME and CEU credits provided at an additional cost.

Tuition $200 (This cost can be waived in cases of financial hardship. If you'd like to request this assistance, please use the "Special Requests" section of the registration form when you register and make your deposit.)

CME/CEU Credits (optional) $50

Total cost for the weekend includes chosen accommodation plus tuition and CME/CEU credits, if applicable. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Instructor Bios

Cheryl Giles, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School where she teaches courses on spiritual care, contemplative care of the dying, and anti-racism practices for ministry. Her research interests are fostering relational wisdom in ministry, identifying the role of risk and resilience in developing healthy adolescents, and exploring the nature of contemplative care of the dying. A core faculty member of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative at Harvard, Cheryl received training in end-of-life care from the Being with Dying program at Upaya Zen Center. She is the co-editor of The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (Wisdom Press, 2012).

Jonna Goulding, MD, is a Board certified specialist in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Director of the Department of Palliative and Spiritual Care at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont, as well as being Hospice Medical Director at Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice. She was a rural family doctor for seventeen years before devoting her practice to care of the seriously ill and dying. She received her MD from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Her interest in contemplative care of the dying developed over the six years she was a learner, then faculty member, in the Being With Dying retreat at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The role of arts and the humanities in growing and sustaining compassion for patients and colleagues is a special interest for her: she sustains herself by playing music, and supports others by being a storyteller at regional and national palliative care conferences.

Chris Berlin, M.Div., is an instructor in spiritual care and counseling, clinical chaplaincy, and Buddhist ministry at Harvard Divinity School where he also serves as vocational counselor to Buddhist graduate students. Chris has previously served as a full-time chaplain at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston where he received extensive experience teaching meditation and mindfulness to patients and clinicians alike, as well as integrating meditation practice into his work with the dying. He also offers mindfulness training and chaplaincy services to residents in a prominent senior living community outside Boston. As a lay teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Chris also offers various workshops and retreats in the Greater Boston area and maintains a private practice in spiritual counseling. He is a contributing writer to The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work, edited by Cheryl Giles and Willa Miller, and has written about resilience in spirituality and contemplative practice. Chris received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and also has a degree in Buddhist and Hindu religions and psychology from UC Santa Barbara in California.

Barbara Waldorf, BSN, MPH, is a professional nurse with thirty years of domestic and international experience in pediatric and psychiatric nursing as well as teaching public health and nursing at a local college. She received a BSN from UMass/Boston and MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, with a concentration in International Health. A long time meditator, she is currently working with the Foundation for Active Compassion and the Courage of Care Coalition. Her particular interest is in how compassion training can be incorporated into training for nurses and health care workers and she is now researching this at Mclean Hospital.

Rev. Jean Ashland, is an interfaith chaplain and is ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by Roshi Joan Halifax. Jean is engaged in hospice and hospital-based chaplaincy in Belfast, Maine, where she lives with her husband Hank. One of her interests is caring for the caregiver and she has offered compassionate care training to both nurses and hospice volunteers. Jean has also been a healthcare provider for almost 30 years with a doctorate in the field of speech language pathology. In this capacity, she has provided care to medically fragile children in acute care hospital settings that has informed her spiritual practice and contemplative care for individuals who are seriously ill or dying.

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge strives to offer retreats in a manner that is non-cost prohibitive and inclusive to persons of all means. If the full retreat cost would create an undue financial burden, we encourage persons to apply for scholarship and work-study. Whether one needs to request aid to defer a large or small portion of the cost of a retreat so as not to incur a financial burden, we strive to accommodate you.

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