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As we inevitably face the personal, collective and institutional challenges of aging and dying, patients, families, and healthcare professionals are exploring new ways of enacting contemplative care.

 
Thursday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
Naropa University, Boulder CO

 

 

 

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$310 – Super Early Bird Special; ending soon

Full price $390

Limited Tickets

Call (518) 362-7672 or

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Full Conference Registration Includes Thursday Opening Reception, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Events
Special Pricing Available for Students, Faculty, Seniors and Veterans
Special 1-Day and Single Event Only Opportunities
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Conference Focus Questions

 

How can we better understand aging and dying?

 

How can contemplative practices like mindfulness help us care for ourselves in any situation?

 

What systems of care and community are emerging that can offer us holistic approaches to aging and dying?

 

 

Keynote Speakers

BJ Miller, MD

BJ Miller, MD

The Civic Responsibility of Dying Well

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Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco; Former Executive Director, Zen Hospice Project.

Vassar Byrd, MA

Vassar Byrd, MA

Engage, Empower, Grow: A Model Community for Older Adults

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CEO of Rose Villa Senior Living

Sensei Joshin Brynes

Sensei Joshin Brynes

Giving Life to Life: Bearing Witness to Birth, Old Age, Sickness and Death

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Dharma Teacher and Vice Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

Judy Lief

Judy Lief

Stop, Look and Listen: Re-Grounding Practices for Contemplative End-of-Life Care

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Buddhist Teacher & Author on Mindful End of Life Care

Elaine Yuen, PHD

Elaine Yuen, PHD

Hearing the Cries of the World: Compassion Training to Meet Contemporary Challenges

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Associate Professor & Chair, Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University

Featured Workshop Speakers

John Eric Baugher, PHD

John Eric Baugher, PHD

Death educator, researcher, and end-of-life caregive

Megan Carnarius, RN

Megan Carnarius, RN

Author and owner of Memory Care Consulting, LLC.

Kim Mooney

Kim Mooney

End-of-life consultant and owner of Practically Dying, LLC.

Kirsten Deleo

Kirsten Deleo

Teacher, Spiritual Care & Authentic Presence Programs

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PHD

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PHD

Professor, the Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair, and Director, the Watson Caring Science Center at University of Colorado

Victoria Howard, PHD, LPC

Victoria Howard, PHD, LPC

Counselor, Teacher, Writer and Researcher in the Field of Aging

Diane Israel, MA

Diane Israel, MA

Psychotherapist, Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology at Naropa University.

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe

Former editor-in-chief of Yoga International and managing editor of Yoga

Arlene Samen, NP

Arlene Samen, NP

President and Founder, One Heart World-Wide

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Additional Workshop Speakers

Sue Lembeck-Edens & Lynne Katazmann

The CALM Program: A Community Approach to Learning Mindfully in Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Amy Agape, PhD

How Contemplative Practices Support Dying Consciously: Views From My Deathbed

Kitty Edwards

Living and Dying: No Regrets

Kathy Emery

Full Presence Caregiving: The Windhorse Basic Attendance Approach

Andrew Koch

Working with Wellness: The Transitioning and Godspeed Caregiver

Sean Cunningham & Michelle Lasota

The Nurse with the Purple Hair: Have a Conversation that Matters (film trailer and discussion)

Deborah Edwards-Steinmann

Conscious Caregiving: Resilient Self Care Practices

National Council on Aging

Aging Mastery Program

Naropa Faculty/Students

Expressions of Aging and Death Through the Arts

Misa Terral, Nucike Matarazzo, Nicole Setty & Annie Seidman

Grief Ritual Workshop

Presentation, Discussion and Workshop THEMES

Contemplative Caring for Self & Other

This theme will address how contemplative approaches to clinical practice, modalities and outcomes address experiences of aging and end of life – for individuals as well as their families and caregivers.

Structuring Systems of Care

Here we will consider age collectively – through healthcare institutions and intentional communities, as well as how ethics and insurance may influence decisions, quality of life, and wholeness.

Creative Supports for Living & Dying

The arts, music, and embodiment practices have a unique role in bringing support, meaning, and sometimes closure, to diverse and challenging life experiences.

Outcomes and Benefits

Hear presentations from nationally known experts in aging and end-of-life care who combine mindfulness with engagement in systems of care.

Experience a range of contemplative practices that support a healthy body and mind for self and others.

Connect with a growing community of clinicians, family members and the public interested in developing new paradigms of care.

Platinum Sponsor

A Special Thanks! Major gifts in support of our conference are received with much gratitude.

Working Toward Human Flourishing

The Hemera Foundation, established in 2007, is a Bermuda based charitable organization. The Hemera Foundation supports innovative organizations and initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society.

* View all sponsors and partners here.

Who is the Conference For?

 
Health care professionals, patients, friends and family, as well as the general public are welcome to join us at this ground-breaking event.

Who is the Conference For?

 
Health care professionals, patients, friends and family, as well as the general public are welcome to join us at this ground-breaking event.

Who is the Conference For?

 
Health care professionals, patients, friends and family, as well as the general public are welcome to join us at this ground-breaking event.

“Sometimes our vision manifests in ways we could not have imagined. I left the 2016 contemplative conference, Reimagining Death: Changing the Way We Care, feeling inspired in a very grounded way, reconnected, and uplifted. I warmly invite you to join this year’s conference, consciously journeying with one another completely and richly towards compassionate approaches to aging and dying.

Excerpt from blog written by Tsultrim Datso, January 22, 2016”

Tsultrim Datso

“Naropa’s Conference on End of Life Care, “Reimagining Death and Dying,” directly addressed our pressing need to face, discuss and transform the way we handle death and dying. The content of the conference was a breath of fresh air – educational, approachable and inspiring. I urge anyone interested in being part of this important ongoing work to attend future gatherings.”

Sue Kranzdorf

Hero Dragon, LLC

Through Aug 31

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Through Dec 10

At the Door

$430

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Walk-ins
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* Box lunches ($15 each) available for pre-purchase only.
 

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education hours available for Nursing and Counseling Professionals.

Select either nursing CE’s or Counseling CE’s when purchasing “tickets” on main registration site. $22 fee applies.

Nursing hours provided by Boulder Community Health

Counseling hours provided by the National Board for Certified Counselors

Keynote Speaker Bios

BJ Miller, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco Former Executive Director, Zen Hospice Project

The Civic Responsibility of Dying Well

BJ Miller MD is an expert on palliative and end of life care. He is an advocate for a healthcare system that minimizes unnecessary suffering and maximizes quality of life. An Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Miller is also an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the country’s very first outpatient palliative care clinics. He was Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project from 2011- 2016. Among the various awards received, Dr. Miller won the William Osler Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the AAHPM/Project on Death in America Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award.

Vassar Byrd, MA

CEO of Rose Villa Senior Living

Engage, Empower, Grow: A Model Community for Older Adults

Equipped with a Master’s degree in Economics, Vassar began her career as an economist, but after ten years in the field, she chose to change her career entirely for the opportunity to work in nonprofit senior living. She obtained a Master’s degree in Gerontology at Naropa University and became CEO of Rose Villa, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, in 2006. Bringing both financial rigor and resident-directed perspective to her work, she focuses on building partnerships with residents to create vibrant emotional, social, and physical environments. She is passionate about the way we age, working to break down negative stereotypes and visioning senior living in new and innovative ways.

Sensei Joshin Brynes

Dharma Teacher and Vice Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

Giving Life to Life: Bearing Witness to Birth, Old Age, Sickness and Death

Sensei Joshin Byrnes is a dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center as well as its current President and Vice Abbot. Joshin is a student of Upaya’s founder, abbot, and guiding teacher, Roshi Joan Halifax and is a lineage holder in the Maezumi Roshi and Bernie Glassman Roshi family of Soto Zen and the Zen Peacemaker Order. Joshin directs Upaya’s Chaplaincy Training program and Upaya’s resident program. He is also leads social justice initiatives and Upaya’s Street Ministry. Among his professional roles he has served as the President and CEO of the Vermont and Santa Fe Community Foundations, and as senior vice president of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Judy Lief

Buddhist Teacher & Author on Mindful End of Life Care

Stop, Look and Listen: Re-Grounding Practices for Contemplative End-of-Life Care

Judy Lief is a Buddhist teacher who trained under the Tibetan meditation master Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She is the author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality. Judy is a founding faculty member of the Courageous Women, Fearless Living Cancer Retreat, held annually at the Shambhala Mountain Center. Ms. Lief has been active in the movement to bring a more mindful, contemplative approach to end of life care for over thirty years.

Elaine Yuen, PHD

Associate Professor & Chair, Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University

Hearing the Cries of the World: Compassion Training to Meet Contemporary Challenges

Elaine Yuen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University where she teaches courses on spirituality and ritual, ethics, and pastoral care. Dr. Yuen received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a healthcare chaplain and meditation teacher. She has taught national and international programs on caregiving, Buddhism, and creativity. Her current interests include exploring the relationships between ethics, social context, and contemplative modalities.

Event Schedule

Thursday December 7th, 2017

Evening

Friday December 8th, 2017

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Afternoon

Evening

Saturday, December 9th 2017

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Morning

Accommodations & Travel

Travel By Air

  • Boulder has many lovely hotels.
  • We recommend the following because they are conveniently located to the public bus that runs to the Nalanda campus
  • We arranged a limited number of special rate rooms at the Best Western

Other lodging options:

Sponsors & Partners

  • This conference is made possible with the support of our sponsor and partner organizations
  • For information about Sponsoring this Conference, contact Nancy Mathews at (414) 333-3140
The Hemera Foundation, established in 2007, is a Bermuda based charitable organization. The Hemera Foundation supports innovative organizations and initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society.
The Spiritual Care Programme offers non-denominational, contemplative-based care and education for people from all walks of life to discover their own inner resources for well-being and wholeness.

 

One Heart World-Wide (OHW) aim is to improve access to, and utilization of healthcare services to reduce the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality in the most remote, rural areas.
   The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

 

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, early childhood education, environmental studies, peace studies, psychology and religious studies. Buddhist-inspired and nonsectarian, Naropa University is rooted in contemplative education, a teaching and learning approach that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and the arts with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa was the birthplace of the modern mindfulness movement.

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Full Conference: $390
Last-Minute Pricing: $430 (After Dec. 1st)

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Conference Highlights

December 7-10, 2017

3-Day conference
Plenaries/Breakout Sessions
6 Keynote Speakers
12 Guests Speakers

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