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October 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - October 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

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with Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science


The Mindfulness Year in Switzerland

Nalanda Institute’s two-year Contemplative Psychotherapy Program integrates mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices and Buddhist psychology with contemporary psychotherapy and neuropsychology. The program spans 2 years — one devoted to Mindfulness and the other to Compassion – and starts on Friday 22 October with a weekend online retreat. Students may start in either year. This fall marks the beginning of the Mindfulness Year in Switzerland, in partnership with Landguet Ried, Center for mindful living, in Köniz, Switzerland.

Our faculty is comprised of leading Buddhist scholars, practitioners, world-class meditation teachers, pioneering mindfulness and compassion researchers, and renowned clinicians. The program is led by Drs. Joe Loizzo and Pilar Jennings. Our esteemed meditation experts are Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman. Guest faculty include Lama Rod Owens, Rick Hanson, Jasmine Syedullah, Christopher Germer, Paul Fulton, Ethan Nichtern and others.

Join us starting October 22nd!

The deadline to apply is October 1st … apply today!

Who is This Training For?

Social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, physicians, creative arts therapists, educators, graduate students, and other professionals in the helping professions are encouraged to apply.

The Program

The curriculum is taught over two years. One year is dedicated to Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and the other in Compassion-based Psychotherapy. Participants may enter the program in either year. This fall marks the start of the Mindfulness Year in Switzerland.

The entire course and retreats will be taught in English. Some of the curriculum core texts will be provided in German. Further, the Swiss local Director, Diego Hangartner, will assist participants with any language-related issues during the course and in-between sessions.


This year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology, meditation practice and socially engaged ethics into contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, object relational, interpersonal, family-systems and somatic therapies and related caregiving fields. Areas of study include:

  • foundations of Buddhist psychology and ethics

  • fourfold mindfulness, loving kindness, and self-compassion practices

  • traditional and contemporary models of stress and trauma

  • the neuroscience of meditation, plasticity and memory reconsolidation

  • clinical applications of mindfulness, loving kindness, and self-compassion

  • unlearning implicit bias, developing radical acceptance and positive social engagement

  • contemplative psychotherapy: mindfulness-based methods and integrative nuances

  • meditation practicum: video instruction with Sharon Salzberg and supervision from Joe Loizzo, Diego Hangartner and Rahshaana Green


October 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
October 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm