A Weekend Intensive into the Heart of Compassion – San Francisco JAN 2016

In this weekend intensive, you will be offered practices to arose your untapped capacity to cultivate compassion, inquire into what blocks its expression and learn processes to open your body, mind and heart to the possibility of choosing compassion — as a response to life’s challenges.

REGISTRATION for this course is now CLOSED.

– Space is Limited –

For information and to REGISTER please fill out the form below  

  • Instructors:      Robert Cusick & Neelama Eyres
  • Dates:                January  9 & 10, 2016 | Saturday & Sunday 
  •                              9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location:           Fort Mason Center | 2 Marina Blvd | San Francisco, CA 94123
  • Course Fee:       $275 – $325 – $375  “Sliding Scale”   (If you can pay at the higher rate, please do so as this will help allow others with financial challenges to attend.)



Scientific studies suggest that a kind and compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Through instruction and the interactive nature of the processes incorporated in this workshop, you will have opportunities to cultivate new ways in which to access, recognize, and strengthen compassion and empathy as a response in your life.

In this workshop, participants will explore questions about the nature of compassion relevant to the ebb & flow of their own real-world daily life experiences. The content of the course is holistic, meaning various modalities have been woven into its design to address the multiplicity of levels and richness that is our shared human experience. Workshop processes include: Guided compassion techniques, movement and breathing exercises, meditation exercises, contemplative practices, inquiry, and emotional clearing work — all designed to release that which blocks your ability to access love and open the heart of compassion.

A Weekend Intensive into the Heart of Compassion is exactly that: A 2-day workshop intended to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness in and for oneself and others. It combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology, scientific research and experiential processes that can help you both allow and understand the many different ways compassion can be experienced — in order to lead a more compassionate life. While not the same, the inspiration for this “Weekend Intensive into the Heart of Compassion” grew out of the Compassion Cultivation Training course developed by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine.


ROBERT CUSICK trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a Certified Stanford CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor. He studied in the Soto Zen tradition 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 multi-year Dedicated Practioner’s Program with Jack Kornfield and others. As a former monk, he ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw and studied there with him for a number of years. He currently provides bereavement support for adults and children at Kara, in Palo Alto, where he teaches and co-facilitates trainings for Kara’s Adult, Youth & Family, and Community Outreach programs. Robert sits on the board of directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

You can contact him at: info@thecompassiontrain.com

NEELAMA EYRES received her degree in Comparative Religion from the University of Rochester in 1993. She is co-founder, facilitator and lead trainer of The Inner Journey Institute, a non-profit organization that has delivered transformational seminars across the US, Canada and Europe since 1999. Her background includes the study of Eastern spirituality and Western psychology, facilitating meditation and yoga retreats, personal growth workshops, counseling homeless people, teaching children, coaching men, women and couple, and co-authoring a book on compassionate Divorce. Neelama studied the Diamond Logos Work under Faisal Muquaddin, where she acquired a unique blend of psychological and spiritual techniques to help people access their true nature and inherent essential/spiritual states. Her extensive travels throughout Southeast Asia and India have given Neelama an extraordinary depth of experience in Eastern spirituality which, like her extensive studies of Western traditions, is reflected in her work. She trained with Dr. Brian Weiss, in 2008, in Past Life Regression Therapy.  This therapeutic technique has equipped her to help people resolve traumas from early childhood and former lifetimes, so they can live their full purpose and potential.

You can find out more about Neelama at: http://innerjourneydc.org 


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 and Neelama Eyres 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. “A Weekend Intensive into the Heart of Compassion” 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 and Neelama Eyres 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 2-day workshop 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 or with Robert Cusick and Neelama Eyres.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Full refunds may only be issued if your cancellation request is received no later than December 26, 2015 (two (2) weeks prior to start of the workshop on Jan 9, 2016. 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 info@thecompassiontrain.com.

Payment is required to complete the registration process.

The “Sliding Scale” course fee is: $275 – $325 – $375.  (If you can pay at one of the higher rates, please do so as this will help allow others with financial challenges to attend.) 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 contact:

  • Robert at: info@thecompassiontrain.com or Neelama at: info@neelama.com