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.


Window Into Mindful Caregiving

We welcome you into our Guest House as we gather to discuss our Mindful Caregiver Education. This free informative evening serves as an introduction to our unique approach to compassionate end of life care, a glimpse of our educational offerings, and an opportunity for self-discovery through a sample module exercise.

This evening will benefit those who wish to:

  • Learn more about Zen Hospice Project
  • Engage more deeply in a conversation about death and dying
  • Gain support as a caregiver
  • Develop a career in caretaking
  • Deepen a mindfulness practice
  • Connect with like-minded people in shared situations
  • Gain understanding of the importance of self-care

 

Learning to improve our own caregiving abilities is an opportunity to better ourselves as human beings. This growth process enhances all our relations, including with our own selves.


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.