We are being called to care with increasing resolve and commitment to realize a more just, compassionate world.
Though we live in trying times, we at Courage of Care firmly believe that we have the capacity to wisely, fiercely and creatively respond to the enormous social, economic and environmental challenges before us from a radical stance of love and compassion that helps us work for and on behalf of all.
Many of us are already hard at work on this path.
Some of us support our caring and social service professionals, activists, community leaders, parents and others sustain and flourish in the work by helping them deepen their capacity for love and compassion. Others of us support individuals, institutions and organizations to develop their transformative capacity by helping them develop a critical social analysis and tools for transform complex systems.
We see tremendous power and potential in integrating these approaches.
Our collective liberation is contingent upon our ability to recognize and transform to the inequitable, unjust and oppressive systems in which we are embedded. Our freedom is also contingent upon our ability to develop our personal capacity for love, care and compassion. If we do not work to uproot or transform our own internal processes of othering and oppression, we may end up inadvertently recreating the very structures of violence and domination we wish to dismantle.
Thus we believe that this work requires an integrated strategy--grounded in love and compassion--that integrates tools for both personal and social transformation. Our programs at Courage of Care are designed to support and empower us all to co-imagine and co-create more just, compassionate communities by helping us learn to:
1) ENVISION more caring and meaningful communities and systems;
2) LOVE in more sustainable and compassionate ways;
3) SEE the systems and structures that inhibit our capacity to connect in just, equitable ways;
4) HEAL from collective forms of trauma and oppression and the loss of community; and
5) TRANSFORM systems and strategize capacity building necessary to realize and sustain our shared visions.
These five stages serve as “blueprint” for Courage of Care’s work. Our diverse team of leaders--with years of experience in education, health care, social work, trauma-informed care, contemplative studies, and social activism--works to help individuals, communities and organizations realize their courageous, caring potential by offering training, consulting and advocacy services. We hope you will join the movement.
What We Do
We offer online courses, in-person workshops and retreats, and advanced trainings to support individuals, communities and organizations. Our team also offers specialized programs for educators, parents, social workers, health professionals, organizers, activists and contemplative teachers.
Who We Serve
We acknowledge the reality of the toll that social justice work can have on people and organizations, including physical and emotional stress and exhaustion, poor physical health, and low work morale, ethical lapses and organizational dysfunction. To do this work often means to encounter violence, poverty, and all the ills that comprise human suffering.
Part of the challenges are systemic, Dominant cultural paradigms have yet to provide practical and effective tools for how helping professionals are to sustain themselves in this work, thereby perpetuating the belief that burnout is an inherent part of doing the job – a defacto occupational hazard.
We believe that all beings are endowed with tremendous and tireless capacity for care, compassion, and good; and that with wisdom, these gifts can be shared with others in sustainable and sustaining, rather than debilitating and draining, ways. We provide concrete practices and skills, including meditation and peer support, to both heal and evoke this deep potential in all, achieving sustainability and balance in social justice work.
Caring for children is one of the most important jobs in the world. Yet parents and educators are rarely given the support and tools they need to sustain the work they do. We know that caring relationships are at the heart of our work with children and a prerequisite to raising compassionate adults. Sustainable Compassion is a comprehensive framework that integrates current research in neuroscience, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and developmental and social psychology. This approach aims to support educators and parents in deepening their self care along with their capacity for care and connection with others in order that they might: avoid burnout and overwhelm, enhance well being, and create community.
In addition to our Sustainable Compassion training, we also provide educators and parents with training in the basics of systems thinking and compassionate community building. Our goal is to help cultivate the tools needed for both personal and social transformation. We empower educators and parents with the personal tools to face inequity and oppression and the systemic tools to organize their communities toward more compassionate and equitable stances.
We affirm that the power of care and the practice of compassion are core values across the spectrum of the healthcare professions. Our aim is to empower healthcare providers to deliver the best that their training has to offer with a deep commitment to compassion for themselves and those they serve.
Healthcare delivery is equally an art and a science. Both of these aspects are inspired by a power of care that seeks to support the optimal physical and mental well being of others.
Currently, there are significant challenges for healthcare professionals worldwide. We aim to deepen our commitment to manifesting a power of care that drives all of our healthcare efforts, to inspire application of our creativity to the best and broadest solutions for the benefit of all in need and to support the confrontation of injustices in the healthcare delivery system with deep care for all involved.
We regard interfaith learning as a crucial aspect of spiritual development in this pluralistic world, and essential to foster mutual appreciation and care among diverse faiths and traditions.
Many in social service are called to and sustained in their work by their religious or spiritual practice. Yet very often, people in service are asked to bracket their beliefs in practices in professional settings.
Caring for others and our world requires a lot of commitment and motivation. To support such commitment, religious people may need to be informed by their own religion’s understandings of spiritual source(s) and practices of care and compassion. Those without religious or spiritual practice may benefit from learning from and through the world's diverse traditions of cultivating care and compassion for their own development and for the support of those they serve.
Our children are our future. We are inspired by the many young adult leaders called to action within their communities. We help our young adults harness their creative energy, intuitive knowledge and drive in service of our world.
We currently offer programs to empower teens to envision a world in which they can thrive, to articulate the conditions needed to build more caring and just communities, and to organize for effective change.
Through creative exploration, reflective practices and deep dialogue, we help teens develop the tools and knowledge to effect deep personal change, mentor and motivate their peers, and organize for effective and meaningful social change.
We believe that courageous, compassionate leadership embodies many forms, and that it is most effective when grounded in deep, loving contemplative practice and an unwavering commitment to liberation for all. We teach who we are, and if we are not doing our own personal work, that will reflect in our service efforts. And if we are doing deep contemplative work, but aren’t aware of the ways in which our capacity for care is limited by social and cultural conditioning, we may not realize our full potential. We also may end up perpetuating the very systems of oppression from which we aim to free ourselves and others.
We aim to support those leading organizations and initiatives committed to realizing compassionate, equitable systems and communities.