Michael Kearney MD, has been working in palliative care and hospice for over thirty years. He is currently practicing in Santa Barbara, California. His new book, “The Nest in the Stream: Lessons from Nature on Being with Pain,” will be available in February 2018.
Michael is a physician specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, with over 35 years experience. He trained and worked at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, and subsequently worked for many years as medical director of Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, Ireland. He later worked with Professor Balfour Mount at McGill University in Montreal, where together they introduced a program of healing (as whole person care) into the undergraduate medical curriculum, and as medical director of The Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death in Bend, Oregon. He is a founding partner of Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara and works as medical director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and with the Community Palliative Care Program. He also works as associate medical director of Serenity House with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.
Radhule Weininger PhD, MD, is a clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology.
Her book, “Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion,” was published by Shambala publications in July 2017.
In 1981, taking a much-needed break from medical school, I went to live in India and subsequently Sri Lanka. I stayed for about a year, living in a monastery. Having no previous knowledge of meditation and its inherent gifts, that journey is where I began my own path of meditation practice and study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology. I’ve continued my practice, traveling our world extensively, and maintain a practice as a psychologist/psychotherapist integrating Western and Buddhist psychology.
For many years now, Jack Kornfield has been my mentor. I have been enriched by my studies with him, as he is an immensely skillful teacher, but because he is also a psychologist, has an astute understanding of the predicament of human emotions, entrapments of the mind, and how to relieve psychological as well as spiritual suffering. From him, I have learned the importance of kindness, compassion for oneself and for others.
Praise for the speakers
“There is no healing without heartwork, intimately tending to the wounds we’ve been avoiding for so long. In this powerful and beautiful book, Radhule Weininger will help you find the courage, pathways, and clarity needed to embrace this life with love.”
“Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my day. I found the speakers touched the core of where I was at, in particular Michael Kearney”
“Really enjoyed the day. Lots of information and feel I will be processing it for some time. Speakers came across experiential, knowledgeable and practical. Impressed.”
“Kearney’s work is deep, thorough, risky, elegant and poetic. He is an exemplar for all those who come to realize that self-healing is a necessary condition for helping others to be healed. It is a win-win bargain.”