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Fourth Biennial Contemplative Care Symposium, Building a Community of Care

Contemplative Care Symposium

Join leading experts in palliative, hospice, and contemplative care to discover how contemplative care techniques can improve healing and reduce suffering. Presented by New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Garrison Institute.

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, in partnership with The Garrison Institute, presents the Fourth Biennial Contemplative Care Symposium, Building a Community of Care, Thursday-Sunday, November 8-11, 2018.

Featuring thought leaders in health and spiritual care and groundbreaking community organizers, this singular event offers an exceptional opportunity to learn from and connect with individuals who are at the forefront of healthcare innovation. 

Through keynote addresses, experiential learning, workshops, and conversation, you will gain insight into best practices and developing expertise. You will learn new ways to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing and increasingly strained healthcare system, sharpen your caregiving skills, find equilibrium, and stay resilient. Through this work you will contribute to the evolution of effective relationship-centered care. 

NYZCCC’s pioneering work — to transform the culture of care through contemplative practice, meeting illness, aging, and death with compassion and wisdom — shapes what you will experience at this symposium. 

“The symposium is a powerful way for all of us to benefit from NYZCCC’s experience and expertise and leave better equipped to carry out and enjoy the work we do.” —Caitlin Etsudo McElroy-Cox, Nurse Practitioner

Keynote speakers include Amy Berman, Dr. Ira Byock, Jasmine Hill, Sebene Selassie, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, and Frank Ostaseski.

As part of the 2018 Symposium, Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler will perform a special reading of her work and Sound Practitioner Michelle Pirrett will be performing and playing her singing bowls. 

Who should attend?
Social workers, nurses, physicians, healthcare advocates, hospice workers, volunteer and family caregivers, researchers, chaplains, physician assistants. 
20.25 hours of CME's and CEU's credits available for eligible doctors, nurses, and social workers. 
CME application currently in process with Atlantic Health System.  

Social Workers 
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0192. The number of clinical social work continuing education contact hours is 20.25.

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium is approved for 20.25 contact hours. 

Keynote Speakers
Amy Berman, Dr. Ira Byock, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Frank Ostaseski, Jasmine Hill, Sebene Selassie and more… 

About New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care  
Transforming the way we need illness, aging, and death is the work of NYZCCC. Now in its 11th year, it uniquely brings together the three core elements of providing care, training caregivers, and supporting contemplative practice.  

NYZCCC defines contemplative care as a multi-faith, relationship-centered approach to care that draws on the contemplative practice of the caregiver as the primary source of wisdom and loving action. We dare to be brave and creative, becoming intimate with our own suffering in order to alleviate the suffering of others.

NYZCCC's ZenCare team provides care at New York City healthcare facilities helping to ensure that no one dies alone, and provides one-on-one direct care at end-of-life, as well as grief and bereavement counseling on a sliding scale so no one is turned away. 

We have created an extensive educational curriculum accredited by New York State Education Department and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Through a partnership with New York Theological Seminary, NYZCCC established the first accredited Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program in the country. We also offer an extensive compliment of workshops, classes, lectures, retreats and meditation opportunities. 

Click here to learn more.

Scholarships are provided on an as-need basis. To apply for a scholarship, please click here

This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) through the joint providership of Atlantic Health System and New York Zen Center. Atlantic Health System is accredited by MSNJ to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Atlantic Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you are interested in commuting for a single day, please call our Senior Registrar, Carling Devin, at (845) 424-4800 x106, to register.


Scholarships sponsored by:
11/8/2018 3:00 PM - 11/11/2018 12:00 PM
Garrison Institute Route 9D At Glenclyffe Garrison, NY 10524

Pricing Information

Registration OptionFee
Commuter Rate (no Bedroom)$735.00
Dorm Room$885.00
Double Room$930.00
Single Room SOLD OUT$1,005.00
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Total Fees by Room Choice.

Late Registration Fee

Online registration for this event will close the day before the start of the retreat. Late registrations may be accepted on a case-by-case basis; there is a $50 late registration fee.

Cancellation Policy

This policy applies only to retreats for which Garrison Institute collected registration fees directly from guests. For cancellations made at least a week in advance of the start of the retreat, we assess a $50 cancellation fee. For cancellations made within a week of the event, in addition to the $50 processing fee, we will assess a fee of $40 per day for the length of the retreat to cover our direct costs for food, which will have already been ordered. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made after 4pm the day before the start of a retreat.

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