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

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week evidence-based, highly participatory program. Research on MBSR consistently demonstrates positive outcomes for a wide variety of challenges including highly stressful work or family circumstances, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Attitudes of kindness, openness and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration with each week centering on a theme to support the individualized application of mindfulness to daily life. 
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Free Public Lectures

The Roots of Helping, Sharing, and Caring

How do human beings become caring beings? This presentation offers answers from research with young children, whose sensitivity to other people’s feelings increasingly drives their helpful assistance even as their understanding of ingroup-outgroup discrimination is growing. We also consider the social experiences that influence the tension between social exclusion and shared understanding in early childhood.

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Courses and Workshops

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week evidence-based, highly participatory program. Research on MBSR consistently demonstrates positive outcomes for a wide variety of challenges including highly stressful work or family circumstances, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Attitudes of kindness, openness and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation and self-exploration with each week centering on a theme to support the individualized application of mindfulness to daily life. 

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From Ally to Antiracist: Cultivating and Committing to Action in the Face of Life’s Obstacles

In this course, we will lead participants through a series of weekly mindfulness action-exercises that address obstacles and translate antiracist values into everyday action. Each week, we will share important research findings from psychological science that provide the foundations for exercises that cultivate growth, awareness, empathy, and action. Participants will collaborate with their peers, building community and trust as they share their goals and challenges with each other. Through direct and compassionate dialogue, participants will develop skills needed to address racism in the moment and apply the principles of anti-racism in their day-to-day lives.   

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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: Fueling Our Self-Compassion as We Support Others

This session will explore ways to tend to ourselves, through a variety of options including compassionate images and phrases during our meditation, and other resources to access in the day-to-day.

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Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion or “MSC” is an empirically-supported program developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. This 6-week version has been adapted as an intimate online offering. In this 6-week program, participants will meet once a week for 1.5 hours and will learn MSC skills through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion, and home practices. No experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.

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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: Exploring Compassion Practices

This session will introduce a series of brief practices to nourish both self-compassion and compassion for others. These soothing practices can soften our hearts, facilitating a sense of connection and ease.

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