Hemera Contemplative Fellowship

Thanks to an grant from the Hemera Foundation, Natural Dharma Fellowship
is pleased to offer fellowships to support individuals for 2021 online and residential retreats.

The long-term vision of these fellowships is to create an ever-expanding network and community of individuals whose personal and professional lives are informed and supported by contemplative practice.

To that end, Hemera Contemplative Fellowships support and promote personal and contemplative development. The primary intent of these fellowships is to enable persons committed to service, who have never attended a meditation retreat or who have not attended a meditation retreat of longer than one weekend, to deepen and develop their contemplative practice.

Support is available up to 75% of the retreat cost. Hemera Contemplative Fellowships do not support travel expenses to or from the retreat center. Please be aware that not all of our retreats are available for funding. In order for a retreat to qualify for a fellowship, it must be primarily a meditation retreat. Individuals are eligible for one fellowship-supported retreat per year.

Using mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices, Natural Dharma Fellowship’s retreats provide a deep, educational environment where individuals can learn to cultivate compassion both for themselves and for others; to develop focused awareness and relaxation; and to enhance their professional capacity. The goal of such retreats is to enable participants to take the training and knowledge they have gained, and apply these strategies and practices in their private and professional lives.

Please read the requirements listed in the Eligibility section below before you apply.

  1. Choose the retreat and register using the program fee option listed in the Program Cost section of the retreat.
  2. Fill out the Hemera Contemplative Fellowship application.  (click the Apply button below).

Application Note:  The fellowship cannot be evaluated without both of the above items being received. Once all information is received, you should hear the results of your award within one week.
Important Note: If you are awarded a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship, we ask that you commit to attending the retreat for which you applied. Should you need to cancel for any reason, please notify us immediately. Cancellations without notification may result in forfeiting your eligibility for a Hemera Fellowship for the following year. By applying for a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with the Hemera Foundation.
  • The amount of fellowship awards is based on the Program Fee option in our three-level pricing system. Please be sure to choose the Program Fee option when you register for a retreat if you are also applying for a Hemera Fellowship. If a fellowship is awarded, the amount of the award will be refunded.
  • If paying the Program Fee option creates a financial hardship, please contact the registrar to discuss the situation.
  • Individuals who have never attended a meditation retreat longer than two days, or who are new to retreats offered by Natural Dharma Fellowship, are eligible for up to 75% funding.
  • Individuals who have previously attended at least one meditation retreat longer than two days, or who have previously received a Hemera Fellowship, are eligible for up to 50% funding.
  • Need-based funding may be available to support up to 100% of retreat costs.
  • Those who can afford to pay for any portion of their retreat are welcome to do so. This allows funding to be available for more fellows.
  • Individuals are eligible for one fellowship-supported retreat per calendar year.
  • In no case may the fellowship award exceed the actual costs of the retreat.
  • Please note: Fellowship funding does not support travel expenses, teacher dana, or fees for CEU’s or CEC’s.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a commitment to service — a deep desire to devote oneself to serving others through their profession.

Applicants must work full-time in their field, although for 2021, an exception may be made if the applicant’s work schedule has been affected by the pandemic.

Professions Eligible for Hemera Contemplative Fellowship’s include:

Health Care Professionals

  • Physicians/Doctors and Physician Assistants
  • Nurses and Nursing Assistants
  • Orderlies and Medical Technicians
  • Medical Assistants and Direct Care Staff
  • Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants
  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Therapists (Physical, Occupational, Massage, Radiation, Speech, Recreational, Music, Art) and their corresponding Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Hospice Staff
  • Chaplains
  • Medical School Students

Educators

  • Pre-K through college

School Administrators and Staff

  • Principals
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Advisors
  • Nurses
  • Librarians
  • School Safety Officers

Artists

  • Full-time visual, performance, writers, multidisciplinary artists

First Responders

  • Police
  • Firefighters
  • EMT’s
  • Paramedics
  • 911 Dispatchers
  • Disaster Response Teams

Military

  • Active Duty
  • Reservists
  • Veterans

Others

  • Public Defenders
  • Legal Aid Attorneys
  • Victim Advocates
  • Human Rights Advocates
  • Employees working for any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or private foundation.
  • Employees working in direct human services (government or private). Examples: health and human services, child protective services, workforce development.
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