Compassion Based Resilience Training

Compassion Based Resilience Training (CBRT)


CBRT is an evidence-based modular training that teaches the science and skills people need to reduce stress, build resilience, and cultivate lives of well-being, engagement, and purpose in our ever more interdependent world.

The training 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.

CBRT was developed in 1998 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 has been continuously implemented for over 20 years.


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.


1. Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness

2. Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity

3. Breaking Free of Confusion with Open Awareness

4. Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing

5. Disarming Social Bias and Reactivity with Equal Empathy

6. Healing Reactive Emotions and Beliefs with Self-Compassion

7. Cultivating Prosocial Emotions with Wise Give and Take

8. Embodying a Resilient Self and Life with Caring Imagery

How does the training work?

We will meet 8 times between [DATES]. Each one of the sessions 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 on a daily basis at home (or as often as possible).

Weekly schedule (Tuesdays)

5:00 pm EUA, PST

7:00 pm Central México

7:00 pm Bogotá

8:00 pm Santiago de Chile

9:00 pm Brasilia


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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 Training for?

The training 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 training of particular interest.


Adrián Villaseñor Galarza

Adrián is an integral ecopsychologist, international facilitator, author, academic contributor, ritualist, and contemplative practitioner. He holds a master’s degree in Holistic Science (UK) and a doctorate in Ecology, Psychology and Consciousness (USA). He has trained in various therapeutic modalities, including contemplative psychotherapy (USA) and systemic and transpersonal therapy (Spain, Mexico).

Adrián’s work is considered a Latin American reference when it comes to Deep Ecology, Ecopsychology and Earth-based Spirituality. His work is inspired by his experiences with native traditions of the Americas, his contemplative practice, and his animistic sensitivity (click here to learn more).




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