WORKSHOPS

We love hosting space for folks to dive into deep practice in supportive, honest community! Please join us at any of our day-long, weekend or week-long intensives this year. And be in touch if you would like to request a special workshop for your community or organization.

February 7-9 | Garrison, NY

Maintaining Joy and Hope in Dark Times | Rabbi Sheila Weinberg & Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D.

February 15 | Ithaca, NY

Getting Wide, Staying Open: Responding to Our World with Fierce, Loving Integrity | Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. and Gail Philips

March 15 | Portland, OR

Staying Grounded and Committed In Hard Times | Ana Hristic LCSW & Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D.

April 25-26 | Los Angeles, CA

Staying Grounded and Loving in Turbulent Times | Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. & Martin Vitorino, Ph.D.

July 19-24, 2020 | Garrison, NY

The Courageous Path of Collective Liberation | Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D., Juliana Santoyo, M.Ed., Martin Vitorino, Ph.D., Kelly Conroy Moore, Ph.D. Ed Porter, M.A., M.S., Abra Vigna, Ph.D., Gail Philips, Cara Snajczuk

Maintaining Joy & Hope in Dark Times

February 7-9, 2020 | Garrison, NY

Rabbi Sheila Weinberg
Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D.

It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected and hopeful in dark times. War, violence, poverty, growing economic inequity, rising corporate greed, grave social injustices, and an impending massive ecological crisis threaten the well-being and survival of all. It is critical that we find ways of coming together collaboratively to address these issues, and to do so in ways that promote care, justice and equity, and protect against burnout. 

We help people on the front lines of caring and social service professions and organizations sustain in the work by providing training in our relational compassion approach. We need caring, resilient and resourced people who can guide us forward in these challenging times. While we need more folks who can do the truth-seeing and truth-telling in our service professions and our social justice movements, we must work to counterbalance our awareness of pain, stress and suffering in the world with our capacity to celebrate and center life-giving qualities of joy and pleasure. This is not a call to put on rose-colored glasses, but to help us remember there is always more than suffering here. There is love and beauty all around. 

Our work at Courage is oriented around this seeming paradox. We are committed to helping people stay in touch with the fact of suffering while also not losing sight of the truth of beauty, love and deep ‘okayness’ in this world. We see this as the core of spiritual practice, service work and social activism. 

Through contemplative and somatic practice, reflection, journaling, movement and play, we will explore practices that help us learn to:

    • LOVE in more nurturing, joyful ways;
    • SEE the profound interconnectedness of all things and develop a greater appreciation of our agency and potential to effect change; 
    • HEAL from burnout, secondary trauma, hopelessness and despair and reconnect to fundamental sources of joy; 
    • ENVISION the beautiful world we know is possible by reclaiming our capacity for hope, imagination and creativity; and
    • ACT in responsive, life-giving ways that affirm the beauty and sacredness in and around all of us.

Presenters

Rabbi Sheila Weinberg is a faculty and board member at Courage of Care. She has served in multiple capacities in the Jewish community, and over the last 25 years has introduced meditation into the Jewish world as a form that can enliven and illuminate Jewish practice, ideas and community. She teaches mindfulness meditation and yoga in a Jewish idiom to lay persons, rabbis, cantors and other Jewish professionals and was a founder and senior and teacher for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Weinberg has written extensively on a variety of subjects including Jewish spirituality, social justice, feminism and parenting. 

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. Brooke holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and Cognitive Science from Emory University, an M.A. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. She is a consultant to the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies AMA Project in Potsdam, Germany and is co-developing curricula and pedagogy to support sustainable systemic transformation. Brooke now splits her time between Berlin, Brooklyn and the Bay Area and travels regularly to lead Courage workshops and retreats in the US and abroad.

Location and Dates

The retreat will be held at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY. The retreat will begin on Friday, February 7th at 7pm and conclude by noon on Sunday, February 9th.

Registration

There is a two-step registration process for this program.

Step One: Determine your sliding scale program fee below. The sliding scale program fee is to be paid directly to Courage of Care via paypal (brooke@courageofcare.org). Please note the name of the event in your payment.

Supporter: $295

We ask those with class privilege (eg raised in middle-upper class homes and/or making over $62,000 per year), access to financial resources and/or access to organizational professional development funds to please consider paying the full course fee. This practice of solidarity giving enables us to continue to create content and to provide scholarship support to others with less financial resources, thereby building and strengthening our community.

Sustainer: $195

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $62,000 per year and/or raised in working class homes) or with limited financial resources or recent financial hardships to consider paying our supporter fee. This enables us to cover basic course development and to provide ongoing community support.

Student/Scholar: $95

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $24,000 per year), extreme financial hardship and/or those representing traditionally marginalized identities to register at our scholarship fee.

***Should you need more support, please do not hesitate to ask! We do believe it is important for everyone to contribute to our community, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Let us know what you need to make the event possible. 

Step Two: Complete your room and board registration directly through Garrison at the following link: https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/event/courage-of-care-reclaiming-the-joy-in-service-maintaining-love-hope-in-dark-times/

Getting Wide, Staying Grounded: Responding to Our World with Fierce, Loving Integrity

February 15, 2020 | Ithaca, NY

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D.
Gail Philips, M.A.

It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected, grounded and loving in the work for justice. And it also takes a great deal of practice! 

In this day-long workshop, we will engage somatic and contemplative practices that help us learn to: 

    • center, resource and reconnect through relational compassion practice; 
    • recognize our “stress shapes” or habitual embodied patterns that show up in challenging contexts; 
    • heal and transform our “stress shapes”; 
    • embody a more compassionate, grounded stance in the midst of conflict. 

This program is open to all people willing to engage in personal and communal healing work. No prior experience necessary. 

Presenters

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating the co-creation of a more just, compassionate world. Courage’s diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-generational team provides training and consultation in relational compassion practices, anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods and systems tools to social service and caring professionals, as well as to educational, spiritual and human rights organisations. 

Gail Philips is a faculty member at Courage of Care. Gail was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, raised and educated in Santiago, Chile, and now lives in Ithaca, NY. She has a bachelor in Social Sciences and a masters in Sociology from the Univerdad Católica de Chile (2009). With over 16 years of experience in yoga and meditation study and teaching, Gail is passionate about leading embodied compassion and social justice trainings with the Courage team.  She now splits her time between Nepal and Chile.

Location and Dates

The workshop will be held at a private home in Ithaca, NY. The exact location will be shared with registered participants. 

The retreat will run form 9am-5pm on Saturday, February 15th. Light vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be offered. 

Registration

We offer a sliding scale registration fee for our courses and workshops in service of economic justice. 

Supporter: $145

We ask those with class privilege (eg raised in middle-upper class homes and/or making over $62,000 per year), access to financial resources and/or access to organizational professional development funds to please consider paying the full course fee. This practice of solidarity giving enables us to continue to create content and to provide scholarship support to others with less financial resources, thereby building and strengthening our community.

Sustainer: $95

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $62,000 per year and/or raised in working class homes) or with limited financial resources or recent financial hardships to consider paying our supporter fee. This enables us to cover basic course development and to provide ongoing community support.

Scholar: $45

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $24,000 per year), extreme financial hardship and/or those representing traditionally marginalized identities to register at our scholarship fee.

***Should you need more support, please do not hesitate to ask! We do believe it is important for everyone to contribute to our community, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Let us know what you need to make the event possible. 

Please let us know if you have any access needs upon registration.

 

Maintaining Joy & Hope in Dark Times

March 15, 2020

Ana Hristic, LCSW
Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D.

It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected, grounded and loving in the work for justice. And it also takes a great deal of practice! 

In this day-long workshop, we will engage somatic and contemplative tools that help us practice to:

    • center, resource and reconnect through relational compassion practice;
    • recognize our “stress shapes” or habitual embodied patterns that show up in challenging contexts;
    • begin to heal and transform our “stress shapes”;
    • embody a more compassionate, grounded stance in the midst of stress, burnout and systemic limitations.

This program is open to all people willing to engage in personal and communal healing work. No prior experience necessary. We have found this curriculum to be especially beneficial for those who spend time in the social service or social justice arenas, including teachers, social workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, community advocates, and organizers.

Presenters

Ana HristićMA, LCSW is a core faculty member with the Courage of Care Coalition. As the training coordinator for Trauma Informed Oregon, Ana specializes in providing programming and consultation to organizations and providers on topics related to implementing trauma informed care. Ana has years of direct service experience working with children, teens, and families in special education, acute residential care, therapeutic wilderness camps, foster care & adoption, and outpatient behavioral health. Ana’s work and facilitation is also informed by years of affiliation with the Foundation for Active Compassion, as a meditation student and teacher.

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. Brooke holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and Cognitive Science from Emory University, an M.A. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. She is a consultant to the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies AMA Project in Potsdam, Germany and is co-developing curricula and pedagogy to support sustainable systemic transformation. Brooke now splits her time between Berlin, Brooklyn and the Bay Area and travels regularly to lead Courage workshops and retreats in the US and abroad.

Location and Dates

The retreat will be held on Sunday, March 15h from 9-5pm at a community center in Portland, OR. Light vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Registration

We offer a sliding scale registration fee for our courses and workshops in service of economic justice. 

Supporter: $145

We ask those with class privilege (eg raised in middle-upper class homes and/or making over $62,000 per year), access to financial resources and/or access to organizational professional development funds to please consider paying the full course fee. This practice of solidarity giving enables us to continue to create content and to provide scholarship support to others with less financial resources, thereby building and strengthening our community.

Sustainer: $95

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $62,000 per year and/or raised in working class homes) or with limited financial resources or recent financial hardships to consider paying our supporter fee. This enables us to cover basic course development and to provide ongoing community support.

Scholar: $45

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $24,000 per year), extreme financial hardship and/or those representing traditionally marginalized identities to register at our scholarship fee.

***Should you need more support, please do not hesitate to ask! We do believe it is important for everyone to contribute to our community, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Let us know what you need to make the event possible.

Please let us know if you have any access needs upon registration. 

Staying Grounded and Loving in Turbulent Times

April 25-26, 2020 | Los Angeles, CA

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D.
Martin vitorino, Ph.D.

It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected, grounded and loving in the work for justice. And it also takes a great deal of practice! 

In this day-long workshop, we will engage somatic and contemplative practices that help us learn to: 

    • center, resource and reconnect through relational compassion practice; 
    • recognize our “stress shapes” or habitual embodied patterns that show up in challenging contexts; 
    • heal and transform our “stress shapes”; 
    • embody a more compassionate, grounded stance in the midst of conflict. 

This program is open to all people willing to engage in personal and communal healing work. No prior experience necessary. 

Presenters

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating the co-creation of a more just, compassionate world. Courage’s diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-generational team provides training and consultation in relational compassion practices, anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods and systems tools to social service and caring professionals, as well as to educational, spiritual and human rights organisations. 

Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. is the Deputy Executive Director at InsightLA. He is also a researcher and educator who teaches classes and facilitates workshops that promote well-being among LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Martin’s innovative self-love teachings are designed to counter stigma, shame, and internalized bias around SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression).  Martin incorporates elements of positive psychology and contemplative practices to help LGBTQ+ folks nurture inner wounds and revel in their resilience. At Courage of Care, Martin applies an LGBTQ+ conscious lens to the receiving, extending, and self-care modes of sustainable compassion. Martin also facilitates trainings on best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ young people in systems of care.  He holds a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.

Location and Dates

The workshop will be held at Benedict Canyon Retreat House in LA.. 

The retreat will run form 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Light vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be offered. 

Registration

We offer a sliding scale registration fee for our courses and workshops in service of economic justice. 

Supporter: $295

We ask those with class privilege (eg raised in middle-upper class homes and/or making over $62,000 per year), access to financial resources and/or access to organizational professional development funds to please consider paying the full course fee. This practice of solidarity giving enables us to continue to create content and to provide scholarship support to others with less financial resources, thereby building and strengthening our community.

Sustainer: $195

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $62,000 per year and/or raised in working class homes) or with limited financial resources or recent financial hardships to consider paying our supporter fee. This enables us to cover basic course development and to provide ongoing community support.

Scholar: $95

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $24,000 per year), extreme financial hardship and/or those representing traditionally marginalized identities to register at our scholarship fee.

***Should you need more support, please do not hesitate to ask! We do believe it is important for everyone to contribute to our community, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Let us know what you need to make the event possible. 

 

summer intensive

july 19-24, 2020

GARRISON INSTITUTE

The Program

This week-long intensive is designed for all who want to practice deeply and honestly in community for the purpose of personal and collective liberation. We will deepen our compassion practice, understand the roots of oppression, learn tools for transforming trauma, and engage restorative healing practices.  

About the Retreat

Our world is on fire. War, violence, poverty, growing economic inequity, rising corporate greed, grave social injustices–institutionalized racism, mass incarceration, and so on–and an impending massive ecological crisis threaten the well-being and survival of us all. It is critical that we find ways of coming together collaboratively in ways that promote care, justice, equity, in order to address suffering and help us survive and thrive.

This of course is not news. Many people and communities long have been engaged in care work for the world. Faith leaders and healers from various spiritual and religious traditions have been calling us to learn to love for centuries. Social justice leaders have called us to learn to love as a means of empowering transformative and sustainable spiritual activism. And people from a variety of sectors, including psychology, education, urban planning, economics, and conflict resolution, have also been working to develop more caring, civically engaged citizens and more just, responsible organizations that serve us all.

We stand on the shoulders of all of these caring leaders, activists, concerned citizens and loving parents who have come before us. Courage aims to honor and uplift various ways of knowing, being and doing transformative change work.

Our work is not only oriented against oppression or suffering. Yes, our world is on fire, but there is love and beauty all around. Humans embody an extraordinary capacity for love and creativity even in the face of seemingly endless forms of suffering. It is critical that we do not lose sight of this truth — staying in touch with the beauty and life giving qualities of this world are critical for our sustainability and our capacity to dream for a better world.

Our work at Courage is oriented around this seeming paradox: We are committed to helping people stay in touch with the fact of suffering while also not losing sight of the truth of beauty, love and deep ‘okayness’ in this world. We are committed to helping all of us carry on. But more than that, we are committed to helping folks not only survive, but also to dream, to imagine, to co-create something even better — the beloved community. Our retreat is therefore designed to help us learn to:

1) LOVE in more compassionate, sustainable ways;

3) SEE the systems and structures that inhibit our capacity to connect in caring, equitable ways;

3) HEAL from collective forms of trauma, oppression and the loss of community;

4) ENVISION more caring and meaningful relationships, organizations and systems; and

5) ACT in ways that transform our relationships and help us build more meaningful, responsive and engaged communities.

WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR?

Anyone who cares about our world and has a strong desire to practice honestly and deeply in community. 

PROGRAM FEES AND REGISTRATION

We offer a sliding scale registration fee for our courses and workshops in service of economic justice. 

Sponsor: $1000

We ask those with class privilege and access to financial resources to consider paying our sponsor fee. These registrations help us make our sliding scale and reduced options possible and sustainable. Thank you in advance for your generosity! (And if you have the means to support others tuition or travel, wonderful! Please consider making a separate tax-deductible donation scholarship fund: http://courageofcare.org/campaigns/support-courage-2/)

 

Sustainer: $800

We ask those with class privilege (eg raised in middle-upper class homes and/or making over $62,000 per year), access to financial resources and/or access to organizational professional development funds to please consider paying the full course fee. This practice of solidarity giving enables us to continue to create content and to provide scholarship support to others with less financial resources, thereby building and strengthening our community.

Supporter: $600

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $62,000 per year and/or raised in working class homes) or with limited financial resources or recent financial hardships to consider paying our supporter fee. This enables us to cover basic course development and to provide ongoing community support.

Scholar: $400

We invite those with less class privilege, extreme financial hardship and/or those representing traditionally marginalized identities to register at our scholarship fee.

Should you need more support, please do not hesitate to ask! We do believe it is important for everyone to contribute to our community, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

*Registration is a two-step process.*

Step one: Select your program registration fee above and send a payment to Courage of Care via paypal (brooke@courageofcare.org). Be sure to make a note that the payment is for the summer retreat.

Early bird registration: Take $50 off of your program registration fee if you register on or before March 1, 2020!

Please note our cancellation policy: Once you have registered via paypal, cancellations must be made in writing to brooke@courageofcare.org. Prior to June 1st, program fees will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. On or after June 1st, cancellations will only be refunded (less the $100 processing fee) if we are able to reach our maximum registration and fill your spot in the training.  No refunds will be given for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat.

Step two: Choose and register for your accommodations via the Garrison Institute. Please be sure to review their registration and cancellation policies.

“Out of a great need
We are all holding hands
And climbing.
Not loving is a letting go.
Listen,
The terrain around here
Is
Far too
Dangerous
For
That.”

 

-Hafiz

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