Online Programs and Workshops

Online Programs and WorkshopsOnline Programs and Workshops

We offer our Window Into Mindful Caregiving and our Open Death Conversations online, so that anyone can participate.

Open Death Conversation: End of Life Contemplations

In this workshop we get in touch with the final stage of life. Doing so enables us to more completely prepare for our eventual end of life experience, from emotional reactions to practical considerations. Like dying, this session is not easy... but it is necessary.

Expanding on our Open Death Conversation: Evening Gathering, this workshop incorporates guided meditations and experiential exercises that in turn guide the discussions.

ODC:End of Life Contemplations is a guided journey into our own dying process. It is a wake up call to the reality of death, and serves to make more intimate our relationship with our own mortality. These practices help us view the full arc of our lives in a realistic way. They also promote compassion towards others who are going through the end of life experience.

Like the ODC: Evening Gathering, conversation remains the vital element of class. After each exercise we sit, integrate, and share our experiences one-on-one, in small groups, and together as a whole. As the day progresses, our discussions get deeper and our connections grow stronger.

Before the session closes we address Advance Directives and practical issues around end of life care. We consider what we may want for ourselves, how to assist others in receiving the care they prefer, and tools to get prepared.

The Open Death Conversation: End of Life Contemplations is special in serving as a peaceful retreat, a chance to deeply bond with like-minded people, and an opportunity for profound personal growth.

Topics explored include:

  • Loss Exercise
  • Guided Death Contemplation
  • Advanced Directives
  • Group Meditation

These 3 hour workshops are held from 10:00am until 1:00pm Pacific time.

The cost of admission to our Online End of Life Contemplations is $99 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us at education@zenhospice.org to request a reduced fee.


Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering

Our Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering is an excellent way to explore conversations dealing with end-of-life. An informal evening, held at our Guest House in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, brings people together from across the country to discuss topics relating to death. We offer a friendly atmosphere, comfortable seating and light refreshments.

The cost of admission to our Evening Gathering is $25 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us at education@zenhospice.org to request a reduced fee.


Mindful Family Caregiver Series

Zen Hospice Project is honored to announce a new offering Mindful Caregiver Education for Family Caregivers. In our thirty years of supporting individuals with serious illness, we have witnessed family caregivers tirelessly supporting their loved ones. We understand that the beauty of caregiving is also accompanied with exhaustion and anxiety, which often erode family caregivers’ well-being.

Fortunately, there are proven methods to enhance caregivers’ well-being that will strengthen them as they continue providing supportive care—with less stress, depression, and fear. Our program teaches practices that will help family caregivers maintain their health, reinforce their courage, and sustain their energy.

This series will be offered through a variety of different formats to suit the busy schedules of family caregivers. In-person sessions will also be complemented by free, online support sessions.

This course will focus on:

  • Being Present with Discomfort and Suffering
  • Preparing for End of Life
  • Creating a Meaningful Plan for Self-Care
  • Maintaining Healthy Boundaries
  • Mindful Communication

As a result of taking this class, you should experience:

  • More emotional and spiritual preparedness navigating through end-of-life
  • Practical ways to communicate more effectively with your loved one and family members
  • New ways to help your love one cope with their situation and/or suffering
  • Improvement in your own well-being
  • Less exhaustion throughout caregiving

More Mindful Family Caregiver participants share their own experience:
"The Mindful Family Caregiver Series has helped me experience being in the moment and in my body... to calm down when I’m
stressed and be aware of my breath."

"Your teachings allowed me to feel calmer. It has made me think about the importance of self-care and to implement a plan around it."

The fee for the online Mindful Family Caregiver Series is $60. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.