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Saturday, March 31

  • 7:45 – 8:45am Yoga – All Levels Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor
  • 9:00 – 9:30am Meditation within Medicine (following welcome) Joan Halifax, Roshi
  • 9:30 – 10:15am Communicating with Clarity Tony Back, MD
  • 10:15 – 10:30am Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15am Integrative Therapies in Cancer Care James Gordon, MD
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm Cultivating Compassion in Caregiving Joan Halifax, Roshi
  • 12:00 – 12:30pm Questions and Answers All presenters
  • 12:30 – 1:45pm Lunch Break
  • 1:45 – 2:30pm Evidence on Contemplative Practices: Insights in Relation to Caregiving Susan Bauer-Wu, RN, FAAN, PhD
  • 2:30 – 3:15pm Mindfulness Practices and Cancer Care Alejandro Chaoul, PhD
  • 3:15 – 3:30pm Break
  • 3:30 – 5:15pm Integrative Practices: How they fit into a healthy health care system and their contribution to the well-being of patient and caregiver All presenters
  • 5:15 – 5:45pm Closing Guided Meditation Alejandro Chaoul, PhD

Sunday, April 1

  • 7:45 – 8:45am Yoga – All Levels Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman
  • 9:00 – 11:00am Workshop Option 1: Movement and Drawing as Support
    Based on work Dr. Gordon teaches at the Center for Mind Body Medicine and throughout the world with cancer patients we will explore simple movement and drawing techniques that can serve as catalyst for healing and change for both patient and caregiver.
    James Gordon, MD
  • 9:00 – 11:00am Workshop Option 2: Mindfulness: A Doorway to Caregiver Resilience
    This experiential workshop will explore core components of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and other mindfulness techniques used by Bauer-Wu in teaching family caregivers and health professionals how to be more resilient and work within the ever-changing and complex situation of caring for others with serious illness.
    Susan Bauer-Wu, RN, FAAN, PhD
  • 9:00 – 11:00am Workshop Option 3: Meditation and Human Interaction
    A practical understanding of and a sampling of simple practices that facilitate a conscious approach to dealing with the stress and difficulties of communicating clearly when caring for others and yourself. This workshop is based on Dr. Back’s longtime work as an oncologist at Hutchinson Institute as well as work within the medical field as an expert on communication.
    Tony Black, MD
  • 11:00 – 11:15am Break
  • 11:15am – 12:30pm Workshop Option 1: Self Care as a Root for Caregiving
    Learning to strengthen one’s own ability to stay present with circumstances as they arise so that challenges of caregiving can be met head on. Yee, Saidman and Taylor will draw from work they do in training Urban Zen Integrative Therapists, including simple techniques appropriate steps needed to facilitate and improve self care through yoga, mediation and a fundamental understanding of essential oils and Reiki therapy.
    Rodney Yee, Coleen Saidman, Mary Taylor
  • 11:15am – 12:30pm Workshop Option 2: Practicing Mindfulness While Caring for Others
    Based on years of research and teaching of mindfulness-based practices to people living with cancer, Bauer-Wu will share practical ways to bring mindfulness into the care of patients and loved ones. These approaches will contribute to a more meaningful caregiving experience while enhancing the lives of those receiving your care.
    Susan Bauer-Wu, RN, FAAN, PhD
  • 11:15am – 12:30pm Workshop Option 3:
 Meditation with Tibetan Healing Sounds
    A meditation practice based on work Chaoul has done at MD Anderson which incorporates an experiential understanding of the internal landscape within caregiver and patient that facilitates healing.
    Alejandro Chaoul, PhD
  • 12:30 – 1:45pm Lunch Break
  • 1:45 – 3:00pm Concluding Session