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Mindfulness & Compassion Certificate Training For Healthcare and End-of-Life Professionals

This certificate training for health and end-of-life care professionals develops the skills of mindfulness and compassion in mediating suffering, illness and dying while also sustaining well being.


Our 2021 Program is now Full. Please check back for 2022 dates later or sign up for our mailing list here.



This program is made possible by the generosity of a community donor.

Upon Completion of the M+C Training, you will receive your Certificate of Attendance. This can be applied as a CE Credit. For More information on how to receive your Certificate if training dates are missed, please refer to our FAQ Below or Contact Us.

This program has opened my eyes that we can face suffering,
but still experience joy, and that we can lead with compassion without becoming overwhelmed by what we face.

  • Receive a comprehensive training in the foundations, theory, and practices of mindfulness

  • Learn compassion based approaches to alleviate suffering for self, patients and entire care team

  • Address the effects of empathy fatigue, burnout and moral distress, and explore the use of healthy empathy is sustaining well being

  • Learn about the latest neuroscience research on the efficacy and effects of mindfulness and compassion skills, pertaining to care-giving

  • Support your own mindfulness and compassion practice through our unique peer focused curriculum

Training Dates

Our live training runs from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm EST,  the following dates:

Module 1
Saturday January 23

Saturday February 20

Module 2
Saturday March 20

Saturday April 24
Module 3
Saturday May 15
Saturday June 12
Module 4
Saturday July 10

Saturday September 18
Module 5

Saturday October 16
Saturday November 13

Included in the Training

  • 10 live day long group trainings (60+ hours in total)
  • 15+ videos and downloadable audio lectures and guided mindfulness practices to support your learning
  • All live sessions will be recorded for participants to replay at any time
  • Access to our ongoing M+C resource library
  • Mentorship with faculty and peer support with your M+C Practice Pod

Further Info

Program Registration:
Maxine Iharosy, Program Coordinator 

Curriculum Details:
(Rev.) Andrew Blake, Program Director

Our cancellation policy can be viewed here.

If you have any concerns about attending online, need to miss a
live training date, or have
questions about our Payment
Plan options,
please reach out to us.


The M+C Module Details

Module 1:

 Being Present: The Roots & Practices of Everyday Mindfulness

Develop your mindfulness practice and learn everyday mindful skills

– Discover what mindfulness is, how it works and methods for practice. Establish or renew your goals for developing a daily practice

-Explore everyday mindfulness practices, like P.A.U.S.E., as well as Mindful Listening skills that develop presence and bring new awareness to work and life

-Understand the neural pathways of healthy and unhealthy empathy, and discern the differences between empathy, sympathy, empathetic concern and compassion.

-Integrate empirical research from neuroscience that reinforces how effective mindfulness is as a skillful means in reducing stress and increasing well-being.

-Understand the core principles and tenets of mindfulness from a Buddhist perspective.

Training Dates:

Module 2:

The Courage of Compassion: Cultivating Kindness and Befriending Distress

Study the psychological and scientific foundations and philosophical underpinnings of compassion through Eastern and Western views.

-Learn the difference between self and other compassion, how they work, and common obstacles.

-Examine how awareness and compassion for the self play a crucial role to improve or sustain the quality of care for others. 

-Practice self compassion to alleviate and understand empathy fatigue, burnout and distress.

-Identify how conditioned patterns from childhood can affect present day behaviour and care-giving.

-Explore the neuroscience of compassion as a trainable skill primed by mindfulness, and how this provides an inner stability in meeting the challenging states that accompany working with illness, suffering, loss, dying and death.

Training Dates:

Module 3:

Mindfulness & Compassion in Living and Dying Retreats.

Our day long retreats integrate theory into practice, and provide the space to experience the benefits of mindfulness

During these training retreats you will:

-Experience silence and the benefits of extended period of mindfulness practice.

-Build your mindfulness skills and explore various contemplative meditation practices and techniques as a means for exploring your inner awareness.

-Observe your relationship with silence and “non- doing” and also gain insight and clarity about how the practice deepens your sensitivity to what is important to you spiritually and personally.

-Contemplate our relationship with spirituality, death, afterlife, as well as  touch what is most meaningful to you in your life.

Training Dates:

Module 4:

Relational    Mindfulness & Workplace Collaboration

At the core of our mindfulness work is our ability to communicate skillfully inwardly to ourselves and outwardly to others, as we meet the challenges and distress that accompany this work.

-Explore Mindful and Non Violent Communication practices that evoke insight and wisdom into the power of language, and how this can transform our reactions into compassion by taking responsibility for our words.

-Meet the many faces of suffering, or “Edge States,” within our work relationships and by bearing witness to the truth of suffering and by turning towards complexity with acceptance and support from a community of like-minded caregivers.

-Address the impact of our workplace environments including moral distress and horizontal/vertical aggression

-Build our empathy and compassion muscles in addressing conflict and difficult workplace conversations.

Training Dates:

Module 5:

Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion into   Whole-Person Care   

  In our final module, we integrate our training skills into a relational view of care-giving: where we can meet the unacceptable with greater acceptance, the complicated with greater ease, and the incurable with lovingkindess.

Explore Systems Thinking as an approach to transform how we look at problems rather than at the issues.

-Navigate how we can bring our mindfulness and compassion into our experience in teams. How do we experience ourselves as leaders and team members? What is our growing edge in working with others?

-Identify the resources we need to sustain ourselves in the face of systemic challenges and maintain our integrity and self care. 

-Collectively explore how we can maintain our practice and take these skills forward into the “real” world.

Training Dates:

Additional Materials:

  • 15+ videos and downloadable audio lectures and guided mindfulness practices to support your learning

  • All live training days will be recorded for participants to replay at any time

  • Lifetime access to our ongoing M+C resource library, including any bonus material added to the course

  • 1:1 Mentorship with faculty

  • Accountability and peer support with your practice-pod, 2-3 others from the training

Quotes from our past M+C participants

“…has helped me in working with my colleagues and within a hospital structure more than I would have anticipated, both in learning to step into my role/having agency and also in having greater compassion for healthcare teams.”

“…I find now that when I experience any difficulty in my professional role, I am more often returning to self-compassion as the ground from which I sort out the difficulty.”

Meet Our Faculty for 2021

(Rev.) Andrew Blake, RP

Andrew is Co-Founder of Sarana Institute, Buddhist Chaplain, Registered Psychotherapist, Director of the Mindfulness and Compassion Training Program, and ongoing faculty member for the Mindfulness in Nature Retreat, read more

Agnes Wong, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Dr. Agnes Wong is Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Psychology at the University of Toronto, and an active staff Ophthalmologist at The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, read more

Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW, ExAT

Lysa Toye is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Master’s-trained Social Worker with a collaborative certificate in Palliative and Supportive Care, read more




Our Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to currently be working in health or EOL care to apply?

Our certificate training is designed to best serve those who currently work in health or end-of-life care fields, or who are undergoing study and apprenticeship soon to be fully hands on.

Such as: Registered Nurses, Doctors, Hospice Workers, Social Workers, Death Doulas, Grief Counsellors, Chaplains, Mental Health Professionals, Physical Therapists.

Each participant brings their unique background of service and experience. If you’re not sure this certificate training is for you, please email us at info@saranainstitute.org with your detailed intentions for registering.

Is there a cancellation policy for the M+C Training?

Yes! It’s all here on our Cancellation Page. If you enroll and send in your fees, and decide not to attend, please consult the Cancellation Policy.

Are payment plans available?

Yes! We require a minimum of $200 as a deposit. After we’ve recieved your application and deposit, you will be contacted to set up a payment plan schedule that suits your needs. Payments must be completed by Decemeber 31, 2020.

What do I do if I need miss a live session?

All of our live sessions will be recorded.  if you are absent for a training date, your peer support group, faculty, and the recordings, will help you “catch up”. If recieving your Certificate of Attendance is important for you to obtain CE Credits, you will need to make up the missed session the following year. The Certificate of Attendance is only issued to those who attend all Training Dates. Our Retake fee is $100 per missed Module, or $50 per missed training date. If you know you will need to miss multiple live sessions it is best to contact our Program Director, (Rev.) Andrew Blake, prior to registration to inquire further.

What is Sarana Institute?

Sarana Institute is a Registered Canadian Charity. Our mission is to provide Mindfulness + Compassion Training to sustain our caring for self, other and the earth. Our Mindfulness + Compassion Certificate Training for Health and EOL Professionals is our flagship training. Previously, this has been run in person in Toronto, Ont. Due to concerns around Covid-19, we have adapted our program to be delivered online. We are passionate to serve our health care community, to help you sustain your caregiving in increasingly complex systems.

Our program fee has been reduced by the contribution of a generous community donor. We are so thankful we can continue to share this work with you.


Get in touch with us.

Testimonials & Quotes from past participants

“I think that it is really sinking in that I really have to show compassion for myself – that I cannot be forgotten in the process of the work we do.” 

“What I learned is that my presence and my actions make a difference in the lives of others, perhaps more than I realized.”

 “I have been able to give compassion to myself-to see how much I give, to express gratefulness to myself for my commitment to my work and for being “me.”  This is completely new for me.”

“This training is a gift to me personally and in my work life. I’m more accepting of my vulnerability—I see in others too. I see now that others in my workplace are suffering and I’m more able to be compassionate towards them.”

Sarana Institute

A Registered Canadian Charity.





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