Compassion Immersion-2 | Fall 2019 – Winter 2020 | Menlo Park Cottage Series

Is it really possible for us to choose empathy and compassion in the face of life’s inevitable and ever-present challenges? In this 6-month course, a limited number of participants will have the opportunity to co-create a vibrant learning community in which to further cultivate and deepen how they understand, connect to and sustain compassion – as an intentional response – in the ebb and flow of their day-to-day lives and relationships.


Menlo Park

Fall 2019 – Winter 2020

Registration is Open

Instructor:        ROBERT CUSICK 


Dates:                 TUESDAY Evening Sessions: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

                                  10/01 – 11/26, 2019 | Holiday Break | 01/07 – 03/31, 2020


                                  WEDNESDAY Evening Sessions: 7:00 – 8:30 pm   

                                  10/02 – 11/27, 2019 | Holiday Break | 01/08 – 04/01, 2020


Location:          1840 Camino de los Robles  |  Menlo Park, CA 94025

Course Description: 

Compassion Immersion-2 is a 6-month course designed to deepen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness in oneself and for others. Like Stanford’s CCT, Compassion Cultivation Training (the prerequisite for this course), CI-2 will likewise include additional traditional contemplative practices, evidence-based scientific research, contemporary psychology, and experiential processes to help participants recognize and understand the many different ways compassion can be known — in order to experience a more compassionate life. To this end, participants will explore individual and societal blocks to compassion and hone practical skills for gaining access to compassion and empathy as a response to the needs and demands that we know all too well and that are inextricably a part of our personal and profession daily life experience.

Tuesday Evening Cohort

Meets bi-weekly (every other Tuesday) from 7:00 – 8:30 pm for 5-sessions beginning on Oct 1- Nov 26, 2019, with a break during the HOLIDAYS.

Classes will resume again on Jan 7 – Mar 31, 2020 for 7-sessions.

Evening Cohort

Meets bi-weekly (every other Wednesday) from 7:00 – 8:30 pm for 5-sessions beginning on Oct 2 – Nov 27, 2019, with a break during the HOLIDAYS.

Classes will resume again on Jan 8 – Apr 1, 2020 for 7-sessions.

Enrollment is limited 

Over the course of six months, we will have the time necessary to share and explore how we can personally and collectively make mindfulness and compassion the core orientation and motivating force in our day-to-day relationships. The intention underpinning this ‘Immersion’ is to provide a small cohort of students with a safe and focused environment. The course is designed to serve as a vehicle for fostering a recognition of our direct felt experience of compassion, which we connect to in the flow of our individual lives and relationships. It will include deepening the practices of giving and receiving compassion to and from others and, of equal importance, a further honing of self-compassion by learning how to give and ‘receive’  compassion to and from ourselves. Easier said then done! 

An important component of this 2nd-tier training for Alumni of the Stanford 8-week CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) is to develop close personal connections and friendships within the ‘Immersion cohort’ and for participants to be mentored, supported and receive on-going feedback from the instructor. In brief, we will co-create this compassion immersion by engaging in deep personal reflection and by sharing our experiences and insights and supporting each other. In this way we build confidence and trust in our own enormous potential and capacity to transform how we interact and relate to the worlds we live in.

Through instruction and the interactive nature of the processes incorporated in this course, you will have opportunities to cultivate new ways in which to recognize, access, and strengthen compassion and empathy − as a response to the ever-present challenges that characterize our shared human experience.

This will be a closed group. Space is limited to 20 students per cohort. I invite you to register only if you are genuinely serious and passionate about deepening these heart practices in your own life.


Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a Stanford Lecturer and Certified Sr. Stanford CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor. He teaches at Stanford University, the University of CA, San Francisco (UCSF), Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and in numerous other venues nationally. As a former monastic, he undertook extensive study and practice in multiple contemplative traditions and ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, training with him from 2003 to 2012. He provides bereavement support for adults and children at Kara, in Palo Alto, where he co-facilitate residential retreats for fathers grieving the loss of a child and teaches ongoing trainings for Kara’s Adult Services Programs. Robert sits on the board of directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. You can contact him at:


Payment is required to complete the registration process.

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 the 6-month Compassion Immersion-2 course.

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 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. Compassion Immersion-2 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 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 of Robert Cusick, this course (Compassion Immersion-2) or the prerequisite for this course, Stanford University’s CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training).

Cancellation/Refund Policy

A full refund will be issued if your cancellation request is received no later than three weeks (21 days)  prior to the first class session. A partial refund minus a $95 processing fee will be issued if the cancellation request is received between three (3) weeks and five (5) business days before the first class session. Cancellations within five (5) business days of a course will not be eligible for a refund, however, we are happy to offer you a one-time transfer of your registration to another course, if space is available.

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Payment is required to complete the registration process.

Course Fee: $595

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