courageous healers

“A dandelion is a community of healers waiting to spread.”

-adrienne maree brown

A program for all committed to personal and collective healing

Our Approach

Healing happens in community. Our year-long advanced training provides a deeply collaborative incubator for transformation that harnesses the tools of relational compassion practice, embodied wisdom, critical analysis, trauma-informed healing tools and restorative practice. 

Who It's For

This program is designed for all who wish to:

    • strengthen their relational compassion practice in ways that are sustaining and protective against burnout; 
    • identify ways in which systems of oppression inhibit our capacity for self-care and connection; 
    • integrate restorative tools for personal and communal healing; and
    • clarify and align their personal and professional work with their highest aspirations.

We believe our awakening is inextricably tied to others. In order to be of service to the project of collective liberation, we often need to commit to radical self-healing. We may also need to tend to our own traumas, wounds and internalized forms of oppression in order to be present to and of greater service to others and our world. 

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Audre Lorde

Program Dates

The program meets online on Tuesdays from **4-5:45pm PST/7-8:45pm** EST from late-September through May (*please note the updated time). It concludes with an in-person (or online) closing retreat in July, 2021. 

Online seminars:

*COURAGE Seminar: September 29-October 27
*R.eveal Truths Seminar: November 10-December 15
*I.nvest in Healing Seminar: January 19-February 16
*S.ense Alternatives Seminar: March 2-March 30
*E.mbody Beloved Community Seminar: April 20-May 18

In-person closing retreat: 

Exact location TBA: July 9-11, 2021

*please note we will hold the closing retreat online if it is not safe to gather in person during this time.

Our Team

We love this work! Meet our team of caring facilitators committed to both your personal healing journey and to building a community of courageous, compassionate and justice-oriented practice.

Brooke Lavelle

Ed Porter

Martin Vitorino

What It Costs

We offer a sliding scale registration fee for our courses and workshops in service of economic justice. We also offer payment plans as needed to support accessibility.

We understand that access to resources is a result of institutionalized white supremacy, capitalism and colonization.

A sliding scale fee structure allows white folks and others who have systematically benefited from these unjust and inequitable systems to practice reparations within our community by acknowledging Black, Indigenous and People of Color for their generations of stolen land and resources.

We also know that privilege is intersectional and that not all white folks have access to generational wealth or class privilege. We ask that you take your privilege and access to resources into account when determining your registration fee.

Full tuition is $3600. We ask white folks and 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 pay the full course fee. Paying the full fee helps us cover costs and make the program accessible to others with less financial resources.

Work exchange tuition is $2400. We offer several reduced fee tuitions annually based on financial need and skills offered. We encourage folks interested in work-exchanges to apply early as these slots are limited and fill quickly.

BIPOC tuition is $1200. We invite BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) folks to register at our scholarship fee. *Payment plans are available

Need more financial support? Let us know in your application. We are committed to work with you to make this training accessible. 

Payment Plans

We are a small organization and are helped by folks paying the full registration fee prior to the start of the program as they are able. We ask that folks with class privilege and access to professional development funds to please consider making a one-time payment.

We are also committed to helping folks with limited financial means to access the course in a sustainable way. Below we outline three payment plan options.

Full Tuition Payment Plan

We can offer folks committed to contributing the full $3600 tuition the following payment plan:

    • $600 due at registration or by September 18th, 2020
    • $300 per month October 1st 2020-July 1st 2021

Work-Study Tuition Payment Plan

We offer this reduced work study rate in exchange for 60 hours of service. We expect service to be completed within the first four months of training (e.g. Sep-Dec @ ~15 hours per month). We can offer work-study folks the following payment plan:

    • $400 due at registration or by September 18th, 2020
    • $200 per month October 1st 2020-July 1st 2021

BIPOC Tuition Payment Plan

We can offer the following monthly payment plan for BIPOC folks:

    • $200 due at registration or by September 18th, 2020
    • $100 per month October 1st 2020-July 1st 2021. *Folks wishing to begin payment plans upon acceptance can reduce their monthly payment

application Deadlines

Applications are now closed!

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caitlin Burbidge

"Courage is fantastic! The group leaders thoughtfully move between holding space for personal, interpersonal and societal pain while encouraging us to understand and work alongside that pain towards something greater. The team is present and accessible and funny. The curriculum is current and poignant and stirring. I am at once terrified and galvanized by the capacity of my own heart: Courage is there to hear all of it!"​

blake Colaianne

"Our world feels more disconnected than ever before, and I’ve hit a point in my career where I need to do something about it. I need to be part of a force for good. Through Courage of Care, I’ve learned the science of compassion, the art of caring, and the power of community. I feel like I’m part of a team of change-makers who want to grow personally and grow together. I feel like I’m part of a force for good. My goal is to transform Education in a way that schools become communities of care and connection. I want to help educators and students see our shared humanity and develop the qualities of compassion. I really believe that Courage of Care has given me both the tools and the energy to do this work."

Jason San

"I joined Courage because I was drawn to the community and chance to explore a better, more compassionate sense of self. Courage strengthened my tools of self-reflection and anti-oppressive practice while also providing me an opportunity to collaborate with professionals and community leaders to better understand what compassion and justice would like like in our organizations and institutions. The wonderful people over at Courage coupled with the material we studied also helped me uncover and overcome some deep rooted personal trauma. This program has been deeply transformative and I highly recommend it to anyone who is dedicated to altruism or the service to others."

who takes this training

*Concerned Citizens
*Diversity and Inclusion Directors *Trainers
Clinicians, Coaches and Counselors
*Social Workers
*Community Activists and Organizers
*Restorative Justice Practitioners
*Anti-Oppression Trainers
*Environmental Activists
*Contemplative Teachers and Practitioners
*Graduate Students
*Artists & Creatives

What Folks Do With the Training

Folks go on to do extraordinary projects that incorporate the principles of the Courage of Care approach. Some highlights include:

    • building compassionate, just school communities
    • teaching relational compassion in diverse faith communities
    • strengthening their coaching practice
    • writing new books!

Learn more at the links below!

Colombia Peace-building project

sustainable compassion for university students

relational Compassion course for the jewish community

Compassionate Parenting and compassion in schools

Talk with Us

Want to talk with someone from our team about the program to see if it’s the right fit for you? Check out our Facebook events for news on upcoming online info sessions. Feel free to also reach out for a one-on-one info session. 


Is this a certification program?

No. We are happy to offer you a certificate of completion for the training upon request, but this training does not “certify” you to teach Courage’s model. On our view, it takes years to develop the capacity to teach this work, and that level of training cannot be completed in one year. We do believe this training will help you in your life and work and that you will be able to weave the learnings from this program into your personal and professional life.  We are also interested in moving away from the highly transactional certificate world, and instead are interested in building a community of practice. 

what are the pre-requisites?

Attendance at our summer intensive is strongly preferred, but not required. We strongly encourage you to take an in-person or online training or webinar with us before applying to the program.  There will be a required pre-course for white folks prior to the start of the program.

why different registration fees? And can i get financial support?

Yes! We practice an economic justice model with our sliding scale tuition. We ask folks 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 pay the full course fee. This practice of “solidarity giving” enables us to continue to run these trainings and to provide scholarship support to others with less financial resources, thereby building and strengthening our community.

What will i learn to do? What do you teach?

Our work draws on various methodologies, pedagogies and practices. We incorporate relational compassion practice, trauma-informed healing work, anti-oppressive pedagogy, systems thinking, creative practices and movement work. We will help you integrate these practices into your life and work as part of your own healing process. 

Why the focus on love and compassion?

To be clear, we don’t think love alone will save the world. We need clear seeing, healing, and action. But if we are not careful, and if our work and practices are not grouned in love, we risk replicating the harmful oppressive structures we aim to transform in the name of justice. This is why we see love and compassion and care as foundational to the work. 

What do you mean by contemplative practice?

Contemplation means to become familiar with. Any practice that helps us become more familiar with our minds, our bodies, our feelings and our relationships might fall under what we call “contemplative”. Contemplative practices are one component of our healing toolbox.