Authentic Presence

Training IN Contemplative End-of-Life Care

Authentic Presence training was developed by a team of health and social care professionals to help family and professional caregivers stay well while meeting the deeper emotional and spiritual needs of dying patients or loved ones.

Our online courses and workshops teach contemplative-based tools and resources to support all caregivers in:

  • reconnecting with sources of joy, purpose, spirituality and wholeness,

building a strong foundation for resiliency, and

  • deepening caregiver knowledge and skills.


Being present is an essential skill in the art of caring for the dying.

- Kirsten DeLeo, International trainer and author of Present Through The End

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For Professionals

Cultivating Compassionate Presence

8-week online training

For professionals and trained volunteers serving in all fields of care.

This course teaches contemplative tools to reduce stress and support resiliency. It offers resources to build presence with patients and families and practical pathways for sustaining a compassionate attitude. CE’s available.


Mindful Awareness in End-of-Life Care

8-week online training

For professionals and volunteers serving patients at the end of life.

This course supports students to respond to the emotional, existential and spiritual needs and concerns of dying patients, communicate about death and guide families through this challenging time. CE’s available.


Authentic Presence Immersion

8-day residential retreat

For professionals and trained volunteers serving dying patients and families.

Our in-person immersion retreat offers a unique opportunity to experience the principles and practices of contemplative-based end-of-life care. Learn and be in community with peers and with leaders in the field of end-of-life care. CE’s available.


For clinicians, this is a training in the fundamentals of therapeutics - listening with our heart open, being fully attentive, fully present.

- Dr. Ira Byock, MD, International leader in palliative care and author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible

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For Family Caregivers


Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves

8-week online course

For family caregivers and laypersons caring for a loved one. This course offers tools for nurturing self-care and contemplative resources such as mindfulness, meditation and compassion methods to support caregiving.


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