Compassion Based Resilience Training

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT)

Online Course

June 21 to August 9, 2022

Depending on interest, the course is most likely to be offered in Spanish. Connect with us for further details.

Nalanda Institute’s Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) is a complete, evidence-based method of training the resilience of mind, heart, and body we need to sustain lives of well-being, engagement and purpose in our interdependent world. It was developed and tested at the university hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, where it has been offered continuously since 1998.

The course empowers people to develop a more resilient mind, heart, and body by combining skills taught separately in other trainings—mindfulness, compassion, imagery, and breathwork—into one step-by-step introduction, providing the most cost-effective way of learning of the full spectrum of mind/body research and contemplative skills.

The course was developed by Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, Founder and Director of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science by integrating timeless techniques of contemplative self-regulation from India and Tibet with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and optimal health.


The training consists of eight classes of 90 minutes each, composed of meditations, presentations, and dialogue, in a contemplative, intimate, and respectful atmosphere. Each class serves as an exploration of each of the 8 modules of the training.

8 sessions of 90 minutes

Once a week. The sessions are recorded for future consultation.

Student Manual

Weekly practices

and audio recordings.


June 211. Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness
June 282. Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity
July 53. Breaking Free of Confusion with Open Awareness
July 124. Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing
July 195. Disarming Social Bias and Reactivity with Equal Empathy
July 266. Healing Reactive Emotions and Beliefs with Self-Compassion
August 17. Cultivating Prosocial Emotions with Wise Give and Take
August 98. Embodying a Resilient Self and Life with Caring Imagery

How does the course work?

We will meet 8 times between June 21 and August 9. Each session lasts 90 minutes and is offered via Zoom (virtual platform).

Between classes, participants have access to the student manual and the corresponding activities, which are put in practice at home (as time allows).

Weekly schedule (Tuesdays)

  • 4:30 pm EUA, PST
  • 6:30 pm Central México & Bogotá
  • 7:30 pm Santiago
  • 8:30 pm Brasilia

Research & Applications

Research studies conducted at Weill Cornell Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine with women recovering from breast cancer found that CBRT reduces biomarkers of stress, improves quality of life, lowers social-emotional and cultural role stress, enhances resilience and overall functioning, and markedly decreases post-traumatic symptoms including intrusive thinking and traumatic avoidance. Ongoing studies of the training are underway.

Who’s the Course for?

The course is open for anyone interested in cultivating a more contemplative life with an increased capacity for self-knowledge, health, and wellbeing. Therapists, psychologists, and health and teaching professionals will find the course of particular interest.


Adrián Villaseñor Galarza

Adrián is an integral ecopsychologist, academic professor, contemplative teacher, author, and ritualist that received his doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA (USA). Adrián is the founder and director of the Bioalchemy Institute and the Work That Reconnects Latin America, author of a handful of books, and has been engaged in transformative education for the last 17 years.

In his work and research, Adrián has focused on the confluence of Eastern liberation teachings, Earth-based traditions, and Ecopsychology, resulting in an integrative framework for self-discovery, healing, and regenerative action. Adrián assists groups and individuals in their healing journeys in both English and Spanish.


The cost of the course is $250.00 USD for Latin American students, and $350.00 USD for people in the global North.

  • If you sign up with a friend (2 people), each will receive a $25 USD discount.
  • If you are interested in joining and don’t have the financial resources to do so, please contact us.

There’s a minimum of 12 people registered for the course to run.


Complete these two simple steps to register: