Events & Classes

We are committed to serving as a resource and partner in promoting the well-being of children and families through evidence-based programs, workshops and courses. Many of our workshops are six or eight weeks long, and are offered once per quarter.

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Courses and Workshops

Mindful Self-Compassion

A scientifically-based program that enhances physical and mental well-being, as well as relationships with others. Participants will learn ways to apply awareness and self-kindness in their daily life through experiential exercises, short talks, and interactive group discussions.

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RAIN

In this four-week program, participants will learn RAIN, an empowering meditation practice designed to help you deal with life’s stresses and difficulties. Popularized by the well-known author and meditation expert Tara Brach, the practice of RAIN helps build the capacity to widen the window of tolerance for managing emotional tangles. Using mind-body practices, RAIN fosters emotional healing by gently encouraging you to turn toward your own vulnerabilities with loving awareness and self-compassion.  

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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: “What Is Home?” a Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation

In this session, we will invite tools that can help anchor our state of mind as we navigate volatility and uncertainty. We will start with grounding breathing techniques drawn from the yogic tradition and will follow with a compassion meditation inspired by Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). CCT is a program designed to strengthen resilience, increase connection with others, and provide a general sense of well-being.

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Finding Calm – Strengthening Bonds Through Self-Kindness

Finding Calm offers a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn mindful-based skills to help reduce stress, enhance strong bonds, explore mindful self-compassion and encourage balance.

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Tools for Teens: Stress Management and Emotional Resilience

Based on the evidenced-based curriculum of Mindful Self Compassion for adolescents, the Mindful Schools curriculum, and principles of positive psychology; this 8-week experiential program for teens provides practices and tools to manage stress, increase feelings of happiness and well-being, and promote emotional resilience. In each weekly session, we will discuss concepts related to well-being and do a variety of practices, including mindfulness practices, intentional movement, and creative projects.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program originally designed over thirty years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The course has a basis in eastern psychology and is very applicable to modern secular life. Mindfulness is the practice of sustained focus, self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation with an accepting, open, and kind attitude.

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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: Mindful Self Compassion: Tender and Fierce

Attributes of comforting, and soothing typically come to mind when self-compassion is mentioned. Yet, self-kindness encompasses an expansive range of qualities. Dr. Kristen Neff proposes the various “Yin” and “Yang” features that portray an inclusive and complementary understanding of Mindful Self-Compassion. Scenarios will be discussed and practices will be offered to deepen this understanding.

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Free Public Lectures

Child and Family Well-Being As We Emerge From COVID-19: A Multi-Disciplinary Conversation About How to Support Children and Families After the Pandemic

A conversation with experts from the Evans School of Public Policy, School of Medicine, College of Education, and the Department of Psychology about how children and families are doing currently in the (aftermath or waning days) of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what is needed going forward to address the impact of the pandemic on children’s health, social-emotional well-being, and academic outcomes.

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Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Intensive

In this workshop, 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 integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.

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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: Cultivating Gratitude

Noticing what we are grateful for and cultivating practices of gratitude can ease anxiety and increase our feelings of connection. This session will include a guided gratitude meditation, a discussion of the benefits of gratitude and an introduction of several gratitude practices that can be used throughout our daily lives.

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