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April 20 Compassion Cultivation Training (series)

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and for others. This program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and neuroscience researchers. CCT integrates contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion as well as traditional contemplative practices.  

Cultivating compassion is built on the foundation that humans have a natural capacity for compassion. However, everyday stress, social pressure and life experience can make it difficult to fully express this capacity. Cultivating compassion develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action when possible, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges.  Cultivating compassion can also support one’s own health, happiness and well-being. Preliminary research suggests that CCT and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress and anxiety, and foster connection with others.

The 8-week course consists of two-hour weekly classes with a variety of activities supporting the cultivation of compassion. These activities include meditation, in-class discussions, in-class exercises and practices in your daily life.

Space is limited to 12 participants.  We ask that participants commit to attending all 8 sessions.

Dates/Time:  Consecutive Mondays, March 30 through May 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Keck Science Building, 380 Roth Way, Room 187.
Instructors: Nanja H. Hansen, LPCC and Margy Lim, MFT are counselors at the Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center and are Certified CCT teachers.
Registration: Click here to register for this free workshop series.


April 21 Mind, Body, Spirit Moms

Come join us for a lunchtime holistic health and wellness group for moms to inspire, celebrate and support each other with the important work we do everyday as moms. We will practice mindfulness meditation, mindfulness-based yoga, authentic sharing and community building activities. Moms with kids of all ages and in various stages of motherhood are welcome to attend.

No prior experience in yoga or mindfulness is necessary. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat if you have one, and feel free to bring a friend!

Instructor: Krassi Harwell, certified yoga instructor working in the Bay area since 2001, Thai massage therapist, Hakomi counselor, and DONA-certified doula since 2005. Krassi is also the mother of two children.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 14June 2.

Location: Escondido Village Center (AKA Rainbow School),
Common room, 140 Comstock Circle (see campus map»)

To Register: Visit the HIP website and search for Class Code mbsm-02. Note: FREE for all Stanford postdocs and their partners; contact healthimprovement@stanford.edu for special registration instructions.

Co-sponsored by HIP and the WorkLife Office. Eligible for BeWell Berry and STAP funding.

April 22 Payday

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