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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.

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care's mission, to transform the culture of care through contemplative practice, meeting illness, aging, and death with compassion and wisdom, is at the heart of this symposium. You will meet thought leaders, healthcare advocates, professional caregivers, spiritual care providers, community leaders, innovators, and dedicated volunteers from around the country who, like you, are on the front line of our rapidly changing and increasingly strained healthcare system. 

Through experiential learning, keynote addresses, workshops, conversations with your colleagues at dinner, in the hallways, and as you walk the beautiful grounds at the Garrison Institute, a renovated monastery located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, we will come together to build a community of care.

"It is rare to gather with others who recognize the spiritual dimension of human suffering as well as the deep desire of patients and caregivers for wholeness and healing. This symposium recognizes these needs and will inspire and train us to approach care through a contemplative lens.  We will all benefit from this one-of-a-kind experience."

-Dr. Craig Blinderman, Division Chief, Adult Palliative Medicine Columbia University Medical Center/New-York Presbyterian Hospital

Indeed, a precedent has been set that relationship-centered care has utility to support critical life transitions. Within this modality, caregivers are more able to meet the needs of their patients, while addressing their own need for resilience and ease. 

Who should attend?
Social workers, nurses, physicians, healthcare advocates, hospice workers, volunteer and family caregivers, researchers, chaplains, physician assistants. 
13.75 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 13.75.

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 13.75 contact hours. 

Keynote Speakers
Amy Berman, Dr. Ira Byock, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Frank Ostaseski, Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, 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. 

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Scholarships are available on a need basis.  Please contact Katherine Gray at or (212) 677-1087 for more information.


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 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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
Dorm Room$885.00
Double Room$930.00
Single Room SOLD OUT$1,005.00
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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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