Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers With Carla Uriarte And Gayla Marie Stiles

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Sunday, July 21, 2013
Garrison Institute

14 Mary's Way, Route 9D
Garrison, New York 10524

$750, inclusive of room and board and all program fees.

This training is for humanitarian aid and human rights workers who have completed at least one field deployment and who intend to re-deploy in the field in the future. 

You know what you want to accomplish during your deployment.
You’ve been immunized for measles, yellow fever, polio and rabies.

What have you done to ensure your
mental and emotional well-being?

Awareness, Balance, and Connection: The ABC’s of Resilience

Humanitarian aid work takes place in challenging – and often dangerous – contexts. Chronic stress, burnout, and the constant exposure to others’ suffering all take a well-documented toll on well-being and performance. You plan your work thoughtfully and carefully for maximum impact on the beneficiary population. Have you given equal thought to caring for yourself, to maintain your well-being and effectiveness in the field?


Contemplative-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) for Humanitarian Aid Workers

CBRT is an integrated, evidence-based intervention tailored to enhance the resilience of aid and humanitarian workers. Taught by an outstanding faculty, including internationally renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg and former and current aid workers, the program incorporates education, meditation, restorative yoga and bodywork, and community-building exercises to enhance and sustain physiological and psychological resilience. A substantial and growing body of evidence has demonstrated the effectiveness of the techniques employed in the CBRT program, which are grounded in cutting-edge research into human resilience.

Located at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, the program format provides ample time to enjoy the beautiful grounds on the banks of the Hudson River, and to hike on peaceful trails in the Hudson Valley.

The cost of the program is $750, inclusive of room and board and all program fees. Some scholarship assistance is available. Please contact Teri Sivilli for more information.

Program Details


Is this training for me?
CBRT was developed for humanitarian aid and human rights workers who have completed at least one field deployment and who intend to re-deploy in the field in the future. If you are committed to caring for yourself so that you can better care for others, CBRT is for you. (Note: At this time we can only offer training in English.)

What can I expect during this training?    
The three-day training in a retreat-like setting incorporates secular, non-religious meditation practices; education about the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind; restorative bodywork (yoga and other movement; no experience required, all body types welcome); facilitated discussions and exercises to help you understand and talk through your experiences and connect with your colleagues; and periods of free time in which you can walk, talk, or enjoy some time to yourself. Oh, and by the way: the food is delicious!

Why should I attend a CBRT training instead of going to the beach?
The beach can be very relaxing – while you’re there. But how long does it take to forget that you even had a holiday once you're back on mission? The ABC’s of resilience (awareness, balance and connection) you will learn in CBRT can be practiced in your daily routine, to help you find wellbeing and increased effectiveness amidst the ongoing challenges of your work and lifestyle.

What is expected of the participants?
We ask you to be present for the entire duration of the training, and to come with an open mind and an attitude of acceptance toward your fellow participants.

What happens afterwards? Are there plans for follow-up?
At the end of the program you will have learned effective resilience skills that you can immediately implement, and that will continue to benefit you for the rest of your life.