Covid-19 Message


DATE: March 17, 2020

As you are acutely aware the COVID-19 pandemic has upended everyone’s schedule in health care for multiple reasons.   Also, we are aware that this national and global COVID-19 health crisis is a constantly fluid and evolving situation.

The Ohio Dept of Health Medical Director stated that here in Ohio some models predict that cases may peak in late April to mid-May.  Thus, we made the decision to cancel the May 1-3, 2020 Tending the Flame Training Workshop. 

This type of workshop is not conducive to remote training. Tending the Flame curriculum relies on an immersion experience of large and small group work to model listening skills, compassionate presence, reflection, and training in self-care tools. Unfortunately, it is difficult to offer this experience via an online platform.

After discussion with Dr. Remen and the RISHI team we have decided to combine the July 15-19, 2020 Healer’s Art and Power of Nursing Faculty Development Workshop to include the Tending the Flame training.  We will work on the first 2 and 1/2 days of the workshop focusing on Tending the Flame which is adapted from the Healer’s Art Course and then, offer an additional couple of days of training for the Healer’s Art Course.

This is a time when health care professionals, residents, and students will be faced with demands coming from everywhere to respond to this crisis.  I do not need to share the list…you know those demands.  Also, as we deal with this crisis we are facing the realization that our colleagues may become ill from COVID-19.  These demands can lead to increased stress mentally, physically, and morally which can lead to burnout.

Now more than ever, there will be a need to create innovative safe spaces for sharing our stories and opportunities for reflection. RISHI will be working to assist you during this process to create those safe spaces.

Wishing you, your families, and your health care team to stay healthy while caring for patients during this COVID-19 health crisis.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at

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