Authentic Presence Immersion

8-day residential skills training in the contemplative approach to end-of-life care for professionals and trained volunteers.


Irish Faculty

Kirsten DeLeo, Ann Allegre, MD, Chantal Bergers, MD Katie O’Connell and John Douglas

US Faculty

Kirsten DeLeo, Ann Allegre, MD, Angela Anderson, MD, Pam Russel, LMSW and Youske Eto, LMSW


This training offers the unique opportunity for immersion in the principles and practices of contemplative-based care and the art of being present for seriously ill and dying people.

The training is led by an international team of health and social care professionals and spiritual care educators. Students will explore the deeper dimensions of living and dying using a variety of learning modalities, including individual, group and interactive work, as well as lectures. Students gain direct experiential knowledge of mindfulness and other contemplative resources to enhance self-care, therapeutic relationships and communication.

This training is accredited and offered in the US and Ireland.

In addition to the residential training, the US training offers an 8-week integration period of bi-weekly webinars and one-on-one mentoring by Authentic Presence faculty.



Contemplative Practice & Contemplative Care

  • The contemplative approach to end-of-life care

  • Contemplative methodologies to cultivate greater compassion and wisdom

  • Reflections on impermanence and death

  • Self-care for caregivers: recognizing burnout, and contemplative practices for building resilience and cultivating self-compassion

  • Deepening genuine compassion to improve therapeutic relationships

  • How to create a peaceful environment in different settings

  • Caregiving as spiritual practice

Training in contemplative listening and communication

  • Extensive training in the methods for ‘Contemplative Listening and Communication’ and their practical applications

  • ‘Council’ - a model for family and bereavement support and team meetings

Assessing and responding to the needs of the dying

  • The practical, psycho-social and spiritual needs

  • Responding to complex care situations

  • Healing relationships and methods for resolving unfinished business

  • Addressing the deeper dimensions of life and death

  • Recognizing and addressing spiritual pain

  • Preparing for death

  • Supporting those who don’t consider themselves spiritual or religious


  • The process of bereavement and the spiritual dimension of bereavement

This course is part of our Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care Program.

I have learned more through this course than in all of my other training.
— Jan Buchanan, Hospice Chaplain, graduate

CE contact hours


The course has been approved for continuing education contact hours by the Association of Professional Chaplains and by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15607. The Association for Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC CT and FT program.

Next training: May 30 – June 7, 2020

Light on the Hill, Van Etten, New York, Unites States of America

Price: $2450 ( includes $1020 for room and board )
20% discount for students in the Authentic Presence certificate program.
10% discount for 3 or more enrollees from the same organization.


API 2019 has been approved for GP credits and study leave days.

Next training: October 5 – 12, 2020