ANAMCARA APPRENTICESHIP offers a contemporary model of training for caregivers of every background—whether lay or professional. The purpose of the program is to deepen the quality of relationships and enable caregivers to become a “compassionate companion” through all the stages of living and dying. The Apprenticeship Program applies the tools and lessons from the classic sacred art of living and dying traditions in all aspects of life, particularly aging, loss, serious illness, and at the end-of-life. As a result, apprentices will re-introduce time-tested wisdom and skills within the modern culture of hospice, healthcare and faith communities of all traditions— as well as
in our educational and social institutions.
ANAMCARA are compassionate companions in living and dying. Anam Cara [pronounced aun-im-KAHR-ah] is an ancient Gaelic term meaning “soul friend” [Anam = soul; Cåra = friend]. The program draws from many wisdom traditions but especially from Celtic spirituality. Historically, the anamcara was a companion and mentor throughout life. This unique, holistic model of support and care contributed to one of the world’s earliest healthcare and hospice movements more than a millennium ago. The legacy of the “sacred art of living and dying” [known in the West as the Ars Moriendi] was a remarkable, holistic approach to suffering that understood healing and wellness in terms of the whole person: body, mind, emotions and spirit.SACRED RELATIONSHIPS have the potential to transform suffering and bring meaning and healing to oneself and others. How we are with ourselves, with each other, with the earth and with the Divine affects everything that we do and are in the world. When the heart and soul of the caregiver are aligned with clinically-proven best practices, “the art, science and practice of sacred relationship” becomes a transformative model for healing.