Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Accelerated Training

          Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease—a system where Eastern healing techniques support Western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.  In 2009, the Urban Zen Foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) with a mind toward realizing this vision. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative care.

          Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, UZIT trains members of the healthcare and yoga communities to provide its cluster of therapeutic support services to people facing illness, injury or stress, those in and out of a hospital setting, including senior care facilities, hospice, nursing schools and as well as serving staff at secondary schools. Its curriculum is uniquely designed to address the classic symptoms associated with illness: Exhaustion, Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia and Constipation (PANIC™). More than 750 students have completed the program, which includes a minimum of 50 hours of clinical rotation in a hospital or healthcare setting or in private or out-patient settings.

          Visit the Urban Zen website for more information on this inspiring work.

UZIT Accelerated Training

          This application-based accelerated program in is designed for individuals who are already established in one or more of the Urban Zen modalities (yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, essential-oil therapist, doctor, nurse, or other allied medical professional).

          Lectures and practice sessions include training in the 5 Urban Zen modalities and how to layer them to alleviate the symptoms of PANIC™ (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation):

  • Yoga Therapy including in-chair and in-bed movement, restorative yoga, breathing practices and guided meditation/body scans

  • Reiki includes Level 1 reiki training for self practice and for use in clinical setting

  • Essential Oil Therapy training and practice with 10 therapeutic-grade essential oils including Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense and other special blends. Participants will learn benefits and contra-indications for each essential oil.

  • Nutrition including nutritional information as a form of self-care for UZITs.

  • Contemplative Care training and practice in the ability to stay present, calm and effective in the midst of suffering.

          The UZIT program equips therapists with the necessary tools to avoid the burnout that is rampant in the nursing and care-giving communities. UZITs learn techniques of grounding, relaxation and restoration in order to be present as they serve. As Roshi Joan Halifax says, “Healthcare without self care is sick care.”

          All graduates of the program will be certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapists.


Program Dates

Five-Day Module
Thursday, March 23: 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday, March 24: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, March 25: 2:00-8:00pm
Sunday, March 26: 12:00-5:00pm
Monday, March 27: 9:00am-5:00pm

Three-Day Module
Friday, April 28: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, April 29: 2:00-8:00pm
Sunday, April 30: 12:00-5:00pm

A Day at New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC)
Friday, June 9: 9:00am-5:00pm

Four-Day Module
Thursday, June 15: 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday, June 16: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, June 17: 2:00-8:00pm
Sunday, June 18: 12:00-5:00pm

UZ Workshop with Colleen & Rodney
Date TBD


          Master Teachers: Rodney YeeColleen Saidman YeeRobert Chodo Campbell, and Koshin Paley Ellison
          Lead Trainers: Mary-Beth CharnoKeely Garfield and Kari Harendorf


          The cost of the training is $3,750. Students can take advantage of our monthly payment plan: $1500 upon acceptance + 3 subsequent monthly payments of $750. If you pay in-full by February 15, 2017, the cost of the training is $3,500. An additional 3% administrative fee is incurred for credit card payments. Please read the Program Overview (PDF) for details of additional expenses and cancellation policy.

How to Apply

          Before applying to this program, please download this UZIT Program Overview for comprehensive details about program commitments, certification, tuition coverage and technological requirements.

          To apply for this program please complete this online application. Payment of a $50 application fee is required to complete the application, which can be done online. Alternatively you may download and complete this application form (PDF).

          Please contact Program Director Jenny Hudak with questions about this program or your application.