In order to serve their clients and causes during these uncertain times, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has adjusted to the new realities that come with COVID-19 by creating the illuminate Speaker Series, which addresses aspects of the pandemic and offers help to those who are struggling.

One way HSB is transitioning to serve is to provide helpful resources to the community and beyond as they relate to COVID-19 through this virtual series. This month, meditation pioneer, Sharon Salzberg will discuss Finding Resiliency in Challenging Times in a virtual format, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

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Salzberg is a meditation leader, teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, and is the author of 11 books, including New York Times bestseller “Real Happiness;” her seminal work “Lovingkindness;” and her newest book “Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World,” coming in September from Flatiron Books.

Salzberg’s talk will offer an opportunity to deepen an exploration of the resiliency of the human spirit. For many, being overwhelmed and stressed have become all too common. The balance of heart and mind is key, especially in the face of daily challenges.

Through the practice of meditation, three essential skills that cultivate balance are developed: concentration, mindfulness and compassion. During the event participants will look at these skills to move toward deeper care, for themselves and for others. The presentation will include a talk, guided meditation, and a panel discussion. This event is free but registration is required.

“We come together every month with speakers that give the community tools to help navigate COVID-19 through our illuminate Speaker Series. Sharon is one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara.

“Her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers and we hope everyone is able to take part in this event,” he said.

In January, the illuminate Speaker Series hosted award-winning medical journalist and author Katy Butler who presented Ritual and Resilience: Building Meaning and Connection in a World Turned Upside Down where individuals attended from all over the world.

Butler explored the value of rituals and shared examples from her book “The Art of Dying Well,” and showed the audience how to create simple homegrown rituals that create special meaning. She also facilitated an inspiring virtual ceremony to share in a feeling of community and timeless sacred connection.

The series continues through 2021 with Dr. BJ Miller in March, Dr. Sunita Puri in April, Jenée Johnson in May, and Nora McIerny in July. Pico Iyer will make a return in August.

Hospice of Santa Barbara thanks Natalie Orfalea Foundation and Lou Buglioli and Ridley-Tree Cancer Center for sponsoring this event.

For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call 805-563-8820 or visit