Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to 28 Days of Tools for Mindful Caregiving

    • What to Expect

    • Benefits and Risks of the Practices

  • 2

    Let's get started!

    • Why we are here...

    • Mindfulness during our program

    • Aims and Intentions

    • How we approach our Aims and Intentions

    • What to expect over these 28 days....

    • Before We Begin...What Would You Like to Get Out of This Course?

  • 3

    Connecting with our Goodness

    • Week 1 : Connecting with our Goodness

    • Familiarizing yourself with the Triangle of Awareness

    • Setting up for the Body Scan

    • Guided Body Scan: 30 minute

    • Remembering our Loveliness

    • Radiating kindness: Understanding mirror neurons and the reverberation of self/other

    • Defining Stress

    • Stress Can Be NUTS!

    • Mapping Stress Reactions

    • Finding Ease

    • Exploring Empathic Distress

    • Defining Empathy and Compassion and Understanding Burnout

    • Relieving suffering

    • How is it going?

  • 4

    Finding Stability

    • Week 2 : Finding Stability

    • Copy of A Summer Day by Mary Oliver

    • How to sit

    • Mountain Meditation: Guided Practice

    • Stability within: The resting place we create when others need us

    • Mindful Eating

    • Just Show Up!

    • Using the Blob

    • Guided Practice - The 3 Step Breathing Space

    • Practice: 8 minute 3 Step Breathing Space (3SBS)

  • 5

    Being with Difficulty

    • Week 3 : Being with Difficulty

    • Mindfulness of Experience

    • Minding the Gap

    • What meditation is like... experiences with the mind

    • Coming Back: A walking practice

    • Porch Meditation

    • Go gently, my friend.

    • Folks gonna let you down

  • 6

    Deep Peace

    • Week 4 : Deep Peace and Lasting Confidence

    • Practice: Loving-Kindness Meditation 30 minutes

    • Helping, Fixing or Serving? Rachel Remen

    • The New Philosophy by Ann Copnell

    • Compassionate Action: A Crowd Funding Model to Change the World

    • Being who we are

    • Practices: STOP and Finding GRACE

    • Introduction to the Compass & Commitments

    • Compass Introduction: Skills and Knowledge & Compassion

    • The Compass and Commitments

  • 7

    Next Steps...

    • Maintaining connection

    • Helpful Supports

    • Caregiving Sanghas

    • Thank You For Your Feedback On Your Experience

What caregivers are saying...

Nourishing...

Linda, caring for an adult child with disabilities

The content was amazing and deeply meaningful. It was more than I expected ...and worth every minute! I felt so affirmed and encouraged and had some sanity restored as a caregiver. It was more than I expected in a GOOD way- like buying a meal and finding out dessert is added in!

We formed a WisdomWay Caregiving group!

Participants in Minnesota

In our last meeting, we talked about how we can apply the teachings and information in real, lived experience with people we are caring for, as well as in general, how to approach the "stop-where-am-I-now" in everyday life. We love the "Blob!"

I took a Mindfulness course through WisdomWay. It was transformative! We all work in stressful environments. The course taught me how to cope with life's various stressors, with calmness and compassion for myself and for others.

Bonus material

For a limited time, these bonuses are included in your 28 day journey!

  • WisdomWay Workbook

    Your 28-Day WisdomWay Journal will give you lasting inspiration, filled with exercises and writing prompts, guided practices and tools for everyday mindfulness.

  • Meditation Downloads

    You'll get a collection of mindfulness meditation downloads, including: - Body Scan - Mountain Meditation - 5 Minute Mindfulness Practices - Being with life - Porch Meditation - Walking Meditation - Loving Kindness ... and a guided practice for working with difficulties in relationships

  • Connection & Support

    You'll not only be invited to our online Caregiver Support calls and facebook group but also invite to sign up for office hours with Karen Laing, your teacher and the Founder of WisdomWay Institute.

Your Instructor

For a limited time, you'll be able to work in person with Karen at no extra charge.

CEO & Founder of WisdomWay Institute

Karen Laing

Karen Laing is the originator of the WisdomWay™ method of mindful caregiving and the Founder and CEO of WisdomWay Institute. She trained at Duke Integrative Medicine in mindfulness-based health coaching and is an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher.  Since 1994, Karen has cared for families in a variety of ways. She has worked as a midwife and lactation consultant, served as a perinatal educator, and has trained and mentored hundreds of providers. She served on the board of the National Association of Postpartum Care Services, where she helped to establish the first national standards for postpartum doulas. She is a blogger, a presenter at national conferences, and has led mindfulness retreats for parents and for professional caregivers.Karen believes that we have a basic goodness and desire to be in caring relationships with one another and that the skills of awareness and self-compassion, when tended, make us more resilient and effective in those relationships. From being with friends in their final days, serving as a professional and family caregiver, and parenting a child through a life-threatening eating disorder and depression, she has cultivated ways to be a 'midwife' to others. In her view, both care-giver and care-receiver hold the potential for healing and transformation when given these opportunities.Karen and her family live in Madison, Wisconsin.