Compassion Cultivation Training

The 8-week training developed at Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)

When faced with difficulty and stress, we can meet life with steadiness and respond from a place of courage and resilience. 

Stress and struggle are a natural part of life. We train people and groups to move through life and its challenges with a steady mind, from a place of connection and inner strength. 


What does Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) look like? 

CCT is an 8-week course, including: 

  • Weekly 2-hour class, with lectures, discussions, & in-class interactive exercises
  • Daily meditation practices that progress from week to week
  • "Homework" to help you move new practices into long term habits


What effects can I expect? 
While everyone will have their own unique experience, research has shown CCT can lead to: 

  • Happiness
  • Calmness
  • Acceptance of emotions as they are
  • Self-acceptance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Self-caring behavior
  • Compassion for self and others
  • Openness to receiving compassion from others


Course Details 

Date: Every Saturday from September 7, 2019 to October 26,2019 
Time: 10am - 12pm 
Location: Pensinsula Family YMCA, Multi-Purpose Room 1877 S. Grant Street, San Mateo, CA 94402 
Special registration cost through the YMCA is $100 (regular cost is $395) and includes course instruction, materials, and guided meditation recordings. No YMCA membership needed, the event is open to everyone.

General Information: 


About the Instructor

Sandra's mindfulness meditation practice has been profoundly transformative in her personal and professional life. After taking CCT in early 2018, she decided to become a CCT Teacher herself. "Compassion can be the antidote to our polarized world, let's be more compassionate in our homes, cities, countries, and across the globe."