Saratoga (St. Andrew’s) – Fall 2015

Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT)

Learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others—and yourself.

Registration for this course is now open  (space is limited)

Instructor:         Robert Cusick 

Dates:                  September 8 – October 27, 2015

                              Eight Tuesdays | 6:00  8:00 pm

Location:             St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church | 13601 Saratoga Avenue | Saratoga, CA                             Course Fee:         $325

For information and to register please fill out the form below.

Course Description: 

Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training classes are currently being offered in 10 countries internationally and throughout the U.S.  CCT is a protocol designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others. This includes, caregivers, healthcare professionals, parents, educators and students, therapists, social workers, executives, public servants and others in a wide range of professions and life contexts.

While compassion is an innate quality, the process of cultivating compassion involves training our minds, developing specific skills in relation to others and ourselves, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions.

A compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.

CCT is an eight-week program designed to ‘cultivate’ the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. It integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion and was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.

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Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Stanford Certified Compassion Cultivation Training instructor and teaches CCT at Stanford and in multiple other venues. He studied in the Soto Zen tradition while in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practioner’s Program with Jack Kornfield and others. As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw and studied there with him for a number of years. He trained and served as a Zen Hospice Project end-of-life volunteer caregiver and currently serves at KARA in Palo Alto, where he provides individual bereavement support for adults and children and co-leads men’s grief groups. Robert is on the faculty of the Contemplative Caregiver Course at the San Francisco Zen Center. You can contact him at:

To Register:

Please read the waiver of liability and cancellation/refund policy below and electronically sign by selecting the checkbox for the waiver and selecting the checkbox for the cancellation/refund policy. Students must understand and complete the waiver and cancellation/refund policy in order to register for and attend CCT courses.

Waiver of Liability

I accept full responsibility for my health and voluntarily complete this Acknowledgment and Waiver of Liability. I understand and agree that the services and tools offered by Robert Cusick, Stanford University, CCARE and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) are not intended to replace or be substituted for medical or psychiatric care. It is recognized that the trainings may at times make participants feel vulnerable. CCT is not a therapeutic intervention for psycho-pathological disorders as defined in the DSM, and is not meant to be used as such. By completing this release and consent I assume all risk for any physical or mental consequences of participating in the course. By signing this release I also specifically and expressly agree to hold harmless, indemnify and release Robert Cusick, Stanford University, CCARE, CCT, and all training staff and each of their respective employees, partners, agents and associates from any and all liability for the results of the educational guidance that will be or has been provided. Moreover, I acknowledge that the particulars shared in this class by other participants are to be maintained as confidential. I will not blog or otherwise report on content shared in this class in any form of media. I also acknowledge that taking this course does not entitle participants to teach course content or represent themselves as affiliates to CCARE/Stanford University.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Full refunds may only be issued if your cancellation request is received no later than two (2) weeks prior to the first class session. A partial refund (minus a $75 processing fee) may be issued if the cancellation request is received between 2 weeks and 3 business days before the first class session. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than 3 business days before the first class session. All refund requests must be sent by email to:

Payment is required to complete the registration process. The course fee is: $325. When you click on the “Buy Now” button below it will take you directly to the PayPal website. You will get an email confirmation when your payment has been received and your registration is confirmed. Thank you.

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Or, to pay by mail:
Please make your check payable to Robert Cusick and mail to:
90 E. Portola Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022
For more information or if you have questions:
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