Hemera's Contemplative Fellowships for Health Care Professionals (CFHP) provide financial support for full-time health care professionals to attend meditation retreats at many different centers throughout the U.S. Meditation retreats provide a supportive training environment in which individuals can cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and personal well-being, qualities which can extend into their professional lives and improve workplace culture.
The long-term vision of the Contemplative Fellowships for Health Care Professionals program is to build a community of fellows, both online and in person, whose professional lives are informed and supported by contemplative practice.
If you are new to meditation or have never attended a retreat longer than a weekend, you are eligible for full funding. At most centers, applicants who have previously attended a meditation retreat longer than a weekend are eligible for fifty percent support, with need-based support available beyond that.
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There is no single application deadline; instead, prospective fellows should apply directly to the retreat center they are interested in attending for the particular retreat they would like to attend. Certain retreats at each center are eligible for fellowship funding. Please carefully review the fellowship application details and other information on the retreat center's website so that you have a clear idea of what is involved in applying for a fellowship for the retreat you select. We strongly recommend applying early, while there are still fellowships available at the center you're interested in.
To be eligible for CFHP support, applicants must be employed full-time in a health care field working primarily with patients/clients or overseeing other healthcare professionals, or are enrolled full-time in a medical school or training program.
Examples of Eligible Roles (all of these must be full-time)
- Dietitians and Nutritionists
- Therapists (Physical, Occupational, Massage, Radiation, Speech, Recreational, Music, Art) and their corresponding Assistants
- Social Workers
- EMTs and Paramedics
- Medical School Students
- Physician Assistants
- Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
- Nursing Assistants, Orderlies and Medical Technicians
- Medical Assistants
- Direct Care Staff
- Dental Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
We partner with the following retreat centers for Contemplative Fellowships for Health Care Professionals. Please check with individual retreat centers for availability:
- Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, California and New York
- Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT
- Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush, NY
- Dharma Ocean, Crestone, CO
- Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
- Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA
- Karme Choling Retreat Center, Barnet, VT
- New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, New York, NY
Visit our online community forum to read, join, and create conversations with other health care professionals interested in contemplative practices.