March 18-20
A Weekend Workshop

Dr. Dan Rubin, PsyD,
Gregg Ruskusky, and
Patty Winter, RN

The workshop is a practical and experiential exploration of death and dying, grieving and living. Over the weekend we will look at our own personal relationship to death and dying, and explore the topic from western psychological, Buddhist, and practical perspectives.

When we open ourselves to the reality of life and death, we find the commonality of our condition, our grief, our mortality, our precious and fleeting life. We thereby benefit ourselves and strengthen our capacities to be with others as friend, family, and caregiver.

Through a combination of writing, story, meditations, and presentations, the workshop presenters open doors so that we might each discover and learn from what arises, and from each other, about dying, and living.

To register, click on the "REGISTER NOW" button on the right.

For more information, please contact: or call 503-325-2477

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011
9 am – 12 pm ~ DEATH
2 – 4pm ~ GRIEF

Sunday, March 20, 2011                               
9 am – 1 pm ~ PRESENCE

Registration: $60 includes all sessions
(individual session registration is not available)

Free to currently enrolled Maitripa College degree program students
(however, please register to reserve your space)

APA CE (American Psychological Association Continuing Education) credits: 11

(You will have the option to pay online or reserve now and pay at the door on the first day of the event)

The presenters offer their many years of experience with Zen and Tibetan Buddhist teachings, practices, and leading meditation, clinical psychology, nursing, Hospice, surviving cancer, mourning, and as workshop leaders.

Dr. Dan Rubin, PsD

Dr. Dan Rubin has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for 15 years and has taught classes on mindfulness since 2003. He has training in various traditional forms of Buddhism including Soto Zen, Vajrayana (Tibetan), and Shambhala Buddhism, as well as contemporary forms of mindfulness such as ACT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Dr. Rubin is psychologist in private practice where he works with adults, children, families, and couples. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The Art Institute of Portland where he teaches courses on psychology and creativity. His clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic illness and pain, stress reduction skills, anger and aggression, creativity, human diversity, mindfulness-based interventions, and Buddhist psychology. >more

Gregg Ruskusky

Gregg Ruskusky has taught “Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying” workshops at Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamsala, as well as worked with volunteers at Land of Medicine Buddha on Advanced Health Care Directives and “being with the dying”. 

He was as trained formally at Zen Hospice Project and in the year-long “End of Life Practitioner” Program at the Metta Institute and spent some time at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying and Destitute volunteering.  Also actively involved in the ongoing activities of the Metta Institute, Gregg is a cancer survivor and cared for his parents in the last year of their lives. He has completed several Lam Rim retreats at Kopan Monastery, and continues to practice the Dharma.

Patty Winter, R.N

Patty has been a nurse since 1986. She has been serving the dying, and worked as an administrator, case manager, and grief and loss counselor since 1994.

In 2002 Patty completed a year-long study in contemplative end-of-life care at the Metta Institute. Patty is currently an independent contractor who teaches end-of-life care and grief and loss classes to in-home care providers in the state of Oregon. She is the program coordinator for Metta Institute and has been on the faculty of Chalice of Repose since 2006.

In addition, Patty facilitates workshops on compassionate caregiving, and exploring grief and loss, and is a local Tai Chi teacher.


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