Summer 2016 Compassion Cultivation Training (8 weeks)

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maya Nader

Summer 2016 Compassion Cultivation Training (8 weeks)

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Registration is required. Please register here.

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.

Class flyer

Class Schedule

8-Week Course, Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00pm, July 21 - September 8

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. 

Course Fees

$275.00 regular registration
$280.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$206.25 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number
Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email

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