June 27, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Ann Hollar, M.Ed. and Grace Schlitt
Cultivating Leadership through Creativity and Mindfulness (for teens)
10:00am - 2:00pm daily  »  CCFW

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Come explore leadership through creativity and mindfulness.

A mindfulness practice develops a sense of inner balance allowing our unique intuition, creativity, and passion to emerge.  A creative practice unlocks personal confidence, power and presence through exploration and experimentation. Together, creativity and mindfulness are invaluable leadership tools, fostering an atmosphere where ideas are accepted, uncertainty is embraced, and innovative solutions emerge. 

Leading from the inside out.

During the week we will explore:

  • Making mistakes
  • Shifting perspectives
  • Unpacking the stories we tell ourselves
  • Listening to our fears
  • Being comfortable with our inner landscape
  • Finding new paths to innovation
  • Learning how to strongly engage others
  • Using intuition to guide problem solving
  • Nurturing passion and compassion
  • Finding our unique inner power
  • Empowering others

During the week we will practice mindfulness and creativity through fun games, quirky improv, and engaging projects. Come prepared to make sense out of nonsense and order out of disorder. You will leave with an expanded sense of self and others, which will allow you to lead with inspiration, passion and compassion.

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas, but to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel valued.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson

Class Details

Classes will run from 10:00am - 2:00pm each day, Monday through Thursday. Please bring a sack lunch; there is a refrigerator at CCFW if needed.  Class size:10 - 20 participants. This course is intended for high school aged teenagers (14-19 years old).

About the Instructors

Ann is a mindfulness instructor in Seattle.  She has a M. Ed from the University of Washington. Her thesis focused on “Mindfulness in Education: The Secular intersection of Buddhism and Neuroscience.” She currently teaches mindfulness to parents, teachers and students in both public and private elementary, middle, and high schools, along with a UW undergraduate course.  Ann is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor through Mindful Schools. Her personal integration of mindfulness is constantly being kept alive via interactions with her three teenaged boys.

Grace is an architect with over 25 years experience and a practicing artist. She has taught architecture and creativity workshops to students young and old within Seattle Public Schools, Lake Washington Girls Middle School and the University of Washington Honors Program. Grace is committed to fostering creativity as this builds greater understanding of differences, develops connections with others and strengthen communities. 


Our goal is to increase the accessibility of mindfulness and compassion training for individuals who have limited resources to obtain such opportunities. Our Mindfulness Outreach Fund allows us to offer both 50% and 100% scholarships for community members to aid in the cost of registration fees for our mindfulness courses. To apply for a scholarship, please review and complete the application form at

*Note: Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify. Applicants who are already registered for the course unfortunately cannot be considered for a scholarship. 

If you are able to pay more, we encourage you to please consider donating to our Mindfulness Outreach Fund. If you would like to make a donation towards our scholarship fund, please visit​


July 7, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Courses and Workshops
Maya Nader
Summer 2016 Compassion Cultivation Training
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00pm  »  CCFW

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Course Description

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week course designed to enhance the qualities of strength, courage, and resilience. We meet once a week for 2 hours to learn how to integrate meditation into our urban, busy lives. Through in-class interaction, we pause and reassess the business -and meaning- of our lives.  Scientific research and contemporary psychology on compassion reconnect us to our innate compassion and inform a more mindful state of mind. We engage in group exercises and discussions to seek ways to let our empathy arise without feeling overwhelmed. The program was developed at Stanford University Medical School’s CCARE by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.

Research indicates that CCT increases compassion for others, from others, and for self. It also:

  • Increases Mindfulness skills, self-efficacy, care for self and others, and mind wandering toward pleasant topics.
  • Decreases worry and mind wandering onto unpleasant topics.

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Class Schedule

8-Week Course, Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00pm, July 7 - August 25

Class size: 6 - 15 participants

Please note: CCFW requries a minimum of 6 participants to run this class. If we must cancel this class due to under enrollment, you will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the start date and you will receive a full refund. 

About the Instructor

Maya is a certified CCT instructor by CCARE, Stanford University. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Maya earned her B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. She moved to the US in 1989, at the height of the Lebanese war. As she continued her quest for peace in her country and region, Maya obtained a Master’s degree in Communication and Marketing from Boston University. She speaks French, Arabic, and English and is grateful for the cultural richness these languages encompass. Through this lens, Maya views compassion as a bridge between cultures and religions and as the cornerstone of a more peaceful world. In her teaching CCT, Maya continues to practice self-help and assist others in broadening compassion, which ultimately creates opportunities for peace. More on Maya at