• Campground Site – $80.00
  • Shrine Hall Room (Shared) – $100.00
  • Shrine Hall Room – $150.00
  • Commuter – $70.00
  • Online – $70.00

Location: Samye Hermitage New York

Address: 412 Glimmerglen Road, Cooperstown, NY, USA

Contact: [email protected]

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Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying: Weekend Workshop

With Tsunma Jamyang Donma, RP, CRPO, Andrea Sherman, PhD and Lori Solensten, MS

August 2 - 3, 2024

Join us for our Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying Annual Retreat, dedicated to giving compassionate care at the bedside, on August 2nd & 3rd. This retreat is offered both in person and virtually on Zoom.


Learn skills for caring for yourself as we care for others.


Join us in the exploration and development of deep contemplative practice, presence, gentleness, and connection while caring for others.


Learn how we can support the dying and the bereaved so that death has meaning, tenderness, and compassion.

Are you a caregiver, a health professional, or someone with an aging or ailing family member? Samye Hermitage in Cooperstown, New York, is offering ongoing annual training and support to caregivers. Come join us on our beautiful land. Take refuge in the sanctuary of care and compassionate reflection with peers as we explore this healing journey we call life.

This year, we will explore the work of Zen Hospice Founder Frank Ostaseski and his groundbreaking contribution, “The Five Invitations.”

Within The Five Invitations are lessons distilled and gleaned over a lifetime of serving compassionately at the bedside, offering guidance that points to the work as a radical path to transformation.

The Five Invitations:

  • Don’t wait
  • Welcome everything, push away nothing
  • Bring your whole self to the experience
  • Find a place of rest in the middle of things
  • Cultivate “don’t know mind”

These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis. They guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness.


Schedule Details:

Day 1 — Noble Living (Friday, August 2, 2024)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM:
Introductions / Overview
Speakers: Peter, Andrea, Ani J.

  • Peter welcomes everyone and introduces Samye Hermitage and the sanctuary that it is.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM:
Guided Meditation: 3 Minute Breathing Space
Speaker: Ani J

  • Focus on the Body, Vagus nerve, and introducing Ani J.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM:
Noble Living
Speaker: Andrea

  • Introducing the text “The Five Invitations,” its relevance to end of life care, the impact on hospice care, and some background about the author.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM:
Noble Living: First Invitation – Don’t Wait
Speaker: Andrea

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM:
Talking Stick

  • A greeting circle to get to know each other, introducing a simple ritual into the space.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM:
Group Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM:
Deep Body Scan and Spaciousness Practice
Speaker: Ani J

  • Introducing Refuge and Motivation (from Radically Happy).

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM:
Invitation 2: Welcome Everything
Speaker: Andrea

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM:

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM:
Invitation Three: Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience
Speakers: Andrea & Ani J

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM:
Stories from the Edge
Speaker: Lori Solensten

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM:
Questions and Answers
Speakers: Lori, Ani J, Andrea

Day 2 — Noble Caring (Saturday, August 3, 2024)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM:
Introductions / Overview
Speaker: Andrea

  • More on “The Five Invitations,” its relevance to end of life care, the impact on hospice care, background about the author, and perhaps a story or stories for reflection. Introducing the Contemplative Framework.

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM:
Contemplation Practice: The Three Directions of Forgiveness
Speaker: Ani J

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM:
Invitation Four: Finding a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things, Creating Sanctuary
Speakers: Andrea & Ani J

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM:
Shamantha/Insight: Cultivating the Spacious Aware Mind
Speaker: Ani J

  • The importance of what we bring to the bedside.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM:
Invitation 5: Cultivate Don’t Know Mind
Speaker: Andrea

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM:
Group Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM:
Stories from the Edge
Speaker: Lori Solensten

  • A sharing of stories and experiences from both presenters and participants.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM:
Q & A and Closing Practice
Speaker: Ani J

  • Dance introducing passion, joy, connection. Introducing the concept of Dedicating Merit.


  • Copies of “Radically Happy,” “Awakening Dignity,” and “The Five Invitations” will be available for purchase.
  • This will be a hybrid retreat, allowing for both on-site and online participation.


Financial Support:

This retreat has been priced to cover the many costs that go into organizing such an event, which includes food, labor, supplies, and, of course, time. We strive to price our retreats to cover these costs, while leaving a modest amount of surplus to help us maintain our physical campus year-round.

We are also committed to making our retreat as accessible as possible, so for those who are in need of financial assistance for either the online or onsite retreat, please send a message to [email protected] for details on how we can help.



Tsunma Jamyang Donma, RP, CRPO
Tsunma Jamyang Donma, RP, CRPO is a certified clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor. She serve as Lead for Spiritual & Religious Care and The Mindfulness Project at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and is an ordained Buddhist nun. Tsunma provides ongoing support to patients, families, and staff, as well as on-call throughout the hospital as needed. She is also an active supporting participant in the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at SickKids. Originally of the Anglican Christian faith, she took ordination as a Buddhist nun, within the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana tradition. Tsunma has over 25 years’ experience in…
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Andrea Sherman, PhD
Andrea Sherman, PhD, is a gerontologist, educator, trainer and end-of-life doula, and is co-author of Transitional Keys: Rituals to Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults. She is Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and New York Academy of Medicine, former Curriculum Consultant to the Bronx VA, and National Center for Creative Aging, and teaches Aging for Beginners at Westchester Meditation Center. As an educator her focus is on palliative and end of life care.
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