External Event: Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Intensive

A four-week version of the popular eight-week Compassion Cultivation Training course, supporting you to build strength and resilience.

Dates and Times:
Tuesdays, May 11th through June 1st (5:00-7:00pm PT)
Tiered fee: $100 – $150

In this shortened format version of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training 8-week educational program, (CCT), you will have an experience designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others — ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being.

In this course you will learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others — and yourself. Drawing from the same content developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, this shorter course combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

Classes meet for 2-hours, once a week for 4-weeks.

Why Cultivate Compassion?

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to recover from or prevent burn-out.

It includes the development of:

  • The strength to be present with suffering
  • The courage to take compassionate action
  • The resilience to prevent compassion fatigue

Research indicates that compassion and self-compassion can improve overall well-being, increase joy, improve resilience, and create a sense of connection.

Meet Your Teachers:

Mary Doane – Mary, Zen Caregiving Project’s Senior Instructor, has been integral to the training and education programs of Zen Hospice Project for over a decade. Becoming a volunteer caregiver in 2005, Mary served for ten years at the bedside; five years each at Laguna Honda Hospital and the Guest House. Currently, she is the lead facilitator of our Mindful Caregiver Education courses, while also developing curriculum and mentoring newer instructors. She has facilitated our New Volunteer Training and previously served in the position of Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Mary completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and is certified by the Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) as a Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT©) Instructor.

Roy Remer – Roy, Zen Caregiving Project’s Executive Director, has been an end-of-life caregiver and educator since 1997. He trained with Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) to become a volunteer and served at the bedside for six years at the Guest House facility before serving for seven years on San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital’s Palliative Care Ward. Roy served on the ZHP board of directors from 2002 until 2008. In 2008, he completed a year-long end-of-life caregiver training at the Metta Institute in Sausalito, CA.

A dedicated practitioner in the Soto Zen tradition, Roy is a student at the San Francisco Zen Center. Roy is certified by the Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), and the Compassion Institute as a Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT©) instructor. Roy also guides wilderness-based rites of passage programs in partnership with EarthWaysLLC of Sebastopol, CA.

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