Volunteer Training

Zen Caregiving Project New Volunteer Training Update

Working with the dying, you are constantly reminded of what matters: love, kindness, generosity, and our interconnectedness.” ~ Roshi Joan Halifax

Zen Caregiving Project will soon be taking applications for our Spring 2020 New Volunteer Training, to be held in April. The core training — an intensive 40 hours over ten days — is not oriented towards acquiring skills, so much as asking participants to examine and reflect on their own histories of loss and grief. By exploring our relationship to these issues, we become familiar with our own stories of suffering, enabling us to become more comfortable with the suffering of others. In other words, by becoming intimate with our own losses, our fears, and insecurities, we are more fully able to connect to the loss of others. We learn to connect through our shared vulnerability. This reflects the fundamental Buddhist teaching of interdependence and the Zen Caregiving philosophy of mutuality of service.

Please note that our open enrollment period runs until February 28th, and notification of the status of your application will not be sent out until mid-March. Applicants are required to attend all training sessions, including the Ongoing Sessions. We also ask participants to commit to a full year of service, volunteering one five hour shift per week on a regular schedule.

The application form for the New Volunteer Training will be live and accessible here on Monday, December 16th.

Zen Care Giving Project Spring 2020 New Volunteer Training Dates

Core Training

Wednesday & Thursday, April 15 & 16 (Evening Sessions), 5:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturdays & Sundays, April 18, 19, 25, & 26 (All Day), 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Ongoing Training (Third Tuesday Evening of the month)

Tuesday, May 19th, 7 PM – 9 PM

Tuesday, June 16th, 7 PM – 9 PM

Tuesday, July 21st, 7 PM – 9 PM

Tuesday, August 18th, 7 PM – 9 PM

Tuesday, September 15th, 7 PM – 9 PM