Sharon Salzberg, Gina Sharpe and Cheri Maples: People Who Care for People – Tools for Resiliency

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A program of the Garrison Institute’s Wellness Project


Salzberg, Sharpe, and MaplesOpen to the public; especially for anyone in helping professions or a caregiving role

Many in helping professions, such as first responders, domestic violence shelter workers, human rights workers, nurses, therapists and teachers, serve populations experiencing trauma, loss or dislocation. Often these same people are caregivers to ailing parents, demanding children, co-workers and partners. People Who Care for People draws on the experience of the Institute's Wellness Project, which has brought contemplative-based trainings to some 400 front-line workers and administrators in domestic violence shelters, and whose curriculum is being adapted for other helping professionals and caregivers. It explores various dimensions of resiliency in response to stress, burnout and secondary trauma. It offers tools for resiliency, healing skills and coping strategies that help cultivate balance and compassion for oneself as well as for others.

In addition to the retreat leaders, Wellness Project faculty Gayla Marie Stiles and DaRa Williams will conduct training in yoga and meditation suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please go to the registration page for more details.

Read Meditation: The Key to Resilience in Caregiving by Sharon Salzberg, Huffington Post, November 19, 2010.

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971 and has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindess and compassion (the Brahma Viharas). She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She co-founded the Garrison Institute’s Wellness Project and serves on its Leadership Council. She is the author of The Force of Kindness; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience; Lovingkindess: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and A Heart as Wide as the World. She is also co-author with Joseph Goldstein of Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course in How to Meditate (audio). For more information on Sharon Salzberg's teachings, please visit

Video: Sharon Salzberg on retreatsVideo: Sharon Salzberg describes the value, purposes and effects of attending a retreat, particularly a retreat at the Garrison Institute. About three-quarters through the video, she previews the People Who Care for People retreat and the work of Cheri Maples and Gina Sharpe.

Gina Sharpe co-founded the New York Insight Meditation Center and currently serves as a Guiding Teacher and President of its Board of Directors. She was born in Jamaica and immigrated to New York at the age of 11. Before retiring from the practice of law, she was a corporate litigator and corporate lawyer and served as an executive in the fields of venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. Trained in a joint Teacher Training Program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society, she teaches at various venues around the United States including Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, Mid America Dharma, Garrison Institute, Asia Society, Tibet House, the New York Open Center, the Katonah Yoga Center and a maximum security prison for women.

Cheri Maples is a dharma teacher and organizational consultant and trainer. In 2008 she was ordained a dharma teacher by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, her long-time spiritual teacher. For 25 years Cheri worked in the criminal justice system, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, head of Probation and Parole for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and as a police officer with the City of Madison Police Department, earning the rank of Captain of Personnel and Training. Cheri has also been an active community organizer, and she has incorporated all of these experiences into her mindfulness practice. Cheri's interest in criminal justice professionals comes from learning that peace in one's own heart is a prerequisite to providing true justice and compassion to others. Her initial focus was on translating the language and practice of mindfulness into an understandable framework for criminal justice professionals. Cheri's work has evolved to include other helping professionals - health-care workers, teachers, and employees of social service agencies - who must also manage the emotional effects of their work, while maintaining an open heart and healthy boundaries. Learn more at



January 27th, 2011 3:00 PM   through   January 30th, 2011 3:00 PM
Phone: 845.424.4800
Open to the public

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