Tue, Sep 29 | Hotel Villa Zuccari

Flourishing as a Twenty-First Century Healer: Connecting to our Lineage, Ourselves, and One Another

Continuing Education Seminar, 24 CME / CE credits, September 29 - October 4, 2020
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Flourishing  as a Twenty-First Century Healer: Connecting to our Lineage, Ourselves, and One Another

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2020, 7:00 PM GMT+2 – Oct 04, 2020, 1:00 PM GMT+2
Hotel Villa Zuccari, Loc. San Luca, 06036 Montefalco PG, Italy

About the Event

Program Goal

Provide participants with contemplative clinical skills that will enhance both their therapeutic efficacy and their own capacity to flourish as healers.

Course Description

The twenty-first century healer stands at the crossroads of enormous, and unpredictable change. It has been estimated that the scientific medical database doubles every two months, and the power of our scientific medicine has grown beyond our own imaginations. As healers we stand at the center of this whirlwind of scientific change. Our role as healers has always been to create and hold a space safe where our patients can experience the benefits of our treatments, and also the inspiration of our healing presence. There has perhaps never been a time when our calling has been so challenging, and vital. 

The staggering increase in clinician burnout suggests that healers are struggling to sustain their calling. What does it suggest for our societies when our healers themselves experience such malaise?

Fortunately, our ancient healing wisdom traditions have provided us with an “inner technology” that can balance the genius of our physical sciences. During this workshop we will work together to explore these wisdom teachings and their relevance to ourselves, and our work as healers. 

During our time together, we will be invigorated as we:

1) Rediscover the story of our common healing lineage, and the powerful lessons of our elders.

2) Learn contemplative techniques for accessing our innate capacity for flourishing.

3) Explore clinical skills that will help us connect with, and inspire our patients.


24 hours of didactic and experiential sessions over 5 days. The material includes recent neuroscientific discoveries, ancient contemplative wisdom, and contemporary positive psychology perspectives.

Preliminary Program Outline

(Each session will begin and end with a contemplative practice relevant to session material)

Session One

  • Goals and Program Structure
  • Brief Overview of Clinician Wellness in the Twenty-first century
  • Setting our Intention: Contemplative Practice on Clarifying our Vision
  • The importance of Presence/Inner Refuge: Stillness as a doorway. 
  • Contemplative Practice on Stillness and Openness 

Session Two

  • The Healer’s Journey – Understanding our lineage and where we are on our own path to healing
  • Becoming our Own Best Friend – Working with Shame and Trust
  • Contemplative Practice on Self-Compassion

Session Three

  • The Lexicon of Healing -The Nature of Suffering and Healing
  • Being Present – Scientific and Contemplative Foundations

Session Four

  • The Attributes of a Healer
  • Contemplative Practice, stillness & attention, silence & awareness

Session Five

  • The “Yoga of Medicine” – The 5 Contemplative Clinical Practices that transform our work as healers
  • Our CPR (Creating Professional Resilience) plan


James Duffy MD FANPA FAAHPM DABMA – Professor of Clinical Psychiatry UCSF. Jim has been a full professor at several major medical schools including Cornell, and the University of Texas. He is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, integrative medicine and medical acupuncture. He is past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Medicine at the Texas Medical Center. He has published numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and textbooks. He has received teaching awards at Brown and UCSF and worked in the area of clinician renewal for almost twenty years. His intention is to facilitate an integral bridge between the ancient wisdom and scientific perspectives of healing.

Alejandro Chaoul PhD – Director, Mind Body Institute, Houston, Texas. Dr. Chaoul is the Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston, bringing a new approach for helping healthcare professionals flourish by reducing stress and burnout, and improving health, resilience and nourish the human spirit. 

He brings 20 years of experience at The University of Texas M.D. Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine. Since 1999, he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group meditation classes for cancer patients and their support system, has a meditation clinic consultation as part of the Integrative Medicine Center, and directs the education programs. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. 

Alejandro has taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and the Jung Center of Houston. In addition, he collaborates in the area of interfaith and contemplative practices at The Rothko Chapel and the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University. Since 1995, he has been teaching Tibetan meditation and Tibetan yogic practices under the auspices of the Ligmincha Institute in various parts of the U.S.A., Latin America and Europe. 

His research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life. He is the author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (SnowLion, 2009) and Tibetan Yoga for Health and Wellbeing (Hay House, 2018), and has also published in the area of religion and medicine, medical anthropology and the interface of spirituality and healing. Dr. Chaoul has recently been recognized as a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.

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