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Apply to the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Starting in September of 2018, the San Francisco branch of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science will be welcoming a new cohort of local and distance learners for the Contemplative Psychotherapy Program: the Mindfulness Year. Join contemplative psychology pioneer Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., Miles Neale, Psy.D., L.M.H.C and meditation master Sharon Salzberg for a historic program offering an intensive step-by-step learning experience integrating Buddhist psychology and meditation, with the most promising breakthroughs in contemporary neuroscience, health psychology, and psychotherapy.

Participants will receive cross-training in four discrete meditation techniques, direct access to world pioneers in the field and an ongoing process of mentoring and community that will immerse you in the inspiring new field of contemplative neuropsychology.

Participants who are encouraged to apply include Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurses, Physicians, Creative Arts Therapists, Educators, Yoga teachers, Entrepreneurs, Artists and others in helping professions.

The Mindfulness Year (Year One) provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology and meditation practices into contemporary psychotherapy, and related caregiving fields.  For more detailed information visit the Nalanda Institute’s web site.

Opening retreat led by Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., September 21-23, 2018 at the San Francisco Zen Center.

Intersession retreat led by Miles Neale, Psy.D., L.M.H.C., February 15-17, 2019 at the San Francisco Zen Center.

Bi-monthly cohort classes are held on Wednesday mornings 9:00am – 10:30am at the San Francisco Zen Center and via video conference.

For more information please contact Fiona Brandon, San Francisco Program Director at or visit

For more information about Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy, the latest book release from the Nalanda Institutevisit

Buddhist Psychology Case Consultation for Licensed Therapists

I am starting 2 Buddhist Psychology case consultation groups for licensed therapists.  The purpose of the groups will be to bring a Buddhist Psychology lens to your work with clients.  Buddhist Psychology concepts including emptiness, karma, selflessness, the 3 poisons (ignorance, attachment and aversion) and the cycle of dependent origination will be explored where appropriate in relation to your clinical work.

Each group will meet six times, with the potential to continue the groups if there is enough interest.  The maximum number in each group is 6 participants.  One group will meet in-person, the other via Zoom video conference.

Group 1 will meet Fridays 1:30 – 3:30pm PST in-person at my office in Noe Valley (January 26th, February 9th, February 23rd, Match 9th, March 23rd, April 6th).

Group 2 will meet Mondays 10:30 – 12:30pm PST by Zoom video conference (January 22, February 5th, February 19th, March 5th, March 19th, April 9th).

The consultation groups will have the following structure:

  • Opening meditation (The mediations will vary each week covering both mindfulness-based and compassion-based meditations.)
  • Brief participant check-ins
  • Two participants will each present a case for 45 minutes

The cost is $450 for six group meetings ($75 per group meeting).

If you are interested in joining one of the groups, please email me at

Fiona Brandon, LMFT has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Psychology and an active meditator for over a decade.  She completed the four year program in Buddhist Psychology from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, as well as their two year Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy.  In 2016 she became the San Francisco Program Director for the Nalanda Institute’s Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy.  To learn more about the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science visit