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2018 East Bay Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)


Jan 17, 2018 – 7:00 PM

(on various days)

830 Bancroft
Berkeley, CA 94720 Map

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Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training comes to Berkeley! Make 2018 a year of love, empathy and compassion with Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), an 8-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Classes meet for a 2-hours, once a week for 8-weeks and daily meditation home-practice is assigned. Learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others—and yourself. COURSE OUTLINE The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The training includes: MindfulnessGuided daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to be done at home to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion CourseworkA weekly 2-hour class that include lecture, discussion, meditation, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups AssignmentsReal-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action Alumni GroupCourse graduates are invited to a free monthly drop-in session at Stanford University for group discussions and updates on the latest compassion research WHO SHOULD ATTEND Compassion Cultivation Training is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others. This includes: Parents and caregivers Educators Healthcare professionals and therapists Executives and managersPublic service leaders and employees Public service leaders and employees Individuals seeking to increase awareness and mindfulness People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from this program. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training. WHY ENROLL? Compassion training extends beyond helping one feel more empathy and concern for others. It includes the development of: The strength to be present with suffering The courage to take compassionate action The resilience to prevent compassion fatigue These qualities support a wide range of goals – from improving personal and work relationships to making a positive difference in the world. Compassion training can also support one’s own health, happiness, and well-being. Preliminary research suggests that the CCT course and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others. TIME, PLACE AND PRICE Rudramandir830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 947107:00-9:00pm, Every Wednesday from Jan 10 – Feb 28 (8 weeks) $275 by Nov 1$325 by Dec 1$375 Until the Training begins To keep a sense of supportive community and connection, class size will be limited to 24 participants only. This training is expected to fill up quickly, so register soon. We have one scholarship and one volunteer position open for those with financial need. TRAINER BIO MARY DOANE Mary Doane is a Stanford University certified facilitator of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). After more than ten years of service as a volunteer bedside caregiver, Mary works with Zen Hospice Project as Mindful Caregiver Education course leader, training facilitator and volunteer program coordinator. Mary has trained with the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and is a graduate of Mills College. ABOUT THE HEART CENTERThe Heart Center is Bay Area based organization offering public workshops, trainings and online resources designed to bring more love into the world. By strengthening heart qualities like empathy, compassion, kindness, gratitude and generosity, we can all become better at loving and in turn, better at living. Learn more at ZACH BEACH, MAZach Beach, founder of The Heart Center, is committed to building a world based on unconditional love and connection. He does that as a teacher, yoga and acroyoga facilitator, poet and writer, helping people lead happier and more loving lives. Author of the forthcoming book The Seven Lessons of Love and the poetry collection Drinking Roses on Sunday, Zach regularly leads Power of Love Yoga retreats, workshops and teacher trainings. With an MA in East-West Psychology, Zach is also an certified Yoga Teacher, Sex Educator and Thai Massage Bodyworker. Learn more about Zach at WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING “The practice of cultivating compassion has infused peacefulness into my hectic life, and I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to teach it to others. Knowing the psychological and physical benefits we gain from compassion fuels my fire to spread the message.”Sara Schairer “During the 8-week CCT course and CCARE teacher training program, I have learned new ways to recognize and access the presence of compassion both within myself and externally. These new discoveries have given rise to a fundamental change in perspective. In addition, it’s a gift being able to wish myself the same unconditional friendliness that I happily offer others.”Robert Cusick, long-time meditator “Compassion – it’s not what I thought … literally! The training was a wonderful opportunity to join a group of people who chose to come together with a focused interest in compassion. [The training] helped to anchor the spirit of compassion at the forefront of my daily practice. It helped clarify the distinctions between compassion, empathy, and sympathy and awakened a way of seeing compassion as a strength and a wise way of being in the world.”John McElyea “I signed up for the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training because I vigil with dying hospital patients and wanted to know more about strengthening compassion and preventing burnout in the healthcare setting. I truly found the course life-altering: It taught me how to better nurture my soul and extend patience and kindness to others – and it gave me a renewed sense of purpose and meaning.”Pamela Goyan Kittler “Compassion is so needed in our complex world today. We must harness our leaders everywhere to lead more compassionately into the flux, uncertainty, and change of all organizations. The Compassion Cultivation Training 8-week course gave me new skills and a way of being in my daily work that is beyond mindfulness.”Ann Badil

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