Being with Dying and Compassionate Care

Being with Dying and Compassionate Care

    with Joan Halifax Roshi, PhD

International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP)

November 7-11, 2011           Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand

~ For professional and family caregivers, people with life-limiting illnesses, and those who wish to explore dying and death.

Exploring how we can help make the experience of dying be more gentle, peaceful, and conscious can have far-reaching consequences on how we live and our fundamental values and world view. This program is an endeavour to inspire a gentle revolution in our relationship to dying and living, a means for people to explore the meaning of death in the experience of their own lives and through the experience of each other, and to develop an approach to death that is kind, open and dignified. In being with dying, it is possible that we can see death and know life in terms of compassion and awakening. In gently caring for the dying, we can more peacefully and wisely care for the living and for life itself.

This program offers a unique opportunity to learn and practice contemplative perspectives and practices on death and dying, relationship centered care, and work with psychological and spiritual issues related to death and dying. It will focus on a radical new model of compassion developed by Roshi Joan Halifax. We will be working with contemplative practices and perspectives inspired by Buddhism. The retreat includes teachings, contemplative practices, discussion, small group exercises, and council practice.

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, has been in the end-of-life care field since 1970. She is co-author of “The Human Encounter with Death” and author of “Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death,” among her many publications. She is founder of The Ojai Foundation, the Upaya Zen Center, the Upaya Institute, the Project of Being with Dying, the Upaya Prison Project, and on the Board and a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute. She was an honorary Research Fellow of Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard, a recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship in visual anthropology, is a Visiting Scholar and Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and is a pioneer in the end-of-life care field. She has taught at many medical institutions around the world.

Fees include all meals and accommodation at IWP’s center: 8,000 baht for people in the global south and sliding scale of $300-$350 for people in the global north.

For more information and to register, contact by October 15, 2011. For more information about the work of Roshi Joan Halifax and Upaya Institute, visit