Before You Register

Before you register for the next Compassion Cultivation Training,  please read the details below.

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. 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:

  • Mindfulness: Daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion
  • Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups
  • Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action
  • Alumni Group: Course graduates are invited to on-going training and courses

Compassion Cultivation Training courses are educational and are not meant to treat psychological disorders. Participation in the course requires regular attendance and adhering to basic classroom policies; participants who miss more than two classes or otherwise disrupt the learning environment may be asked to withdraw from the course without a refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I want to register for a class but will need to miss a class or two. Is that ok?
A: We strongly recommend that students attend all classes. If you plan on missing more than one class, it is advised to wait and register for a course at a time when you’ll likely be able to attend all sessions. If you’ve already registered and know you will miss a class in advance, please contact the instructor.

Q: How much meditation experience is required?
A: No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.

Q: Is the CCT program like a therapy?
A: No. CCT program is educational and is not meant to treat psychological or other disorders. It is not intended to replace professional care.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Full refunds minus the processing fee ($25) will be issued if we receive your cancellation request any time before the course starts and also after the first class – as long as one of the facilitators is notified at least two days before the second class of the course.