Compassion Immersion: 3-4 | 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

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(If the class is filled but you would like to secure a place on the wait list, please complete and SUBMIT the ONLINE application. Indicate, in the Inquiry section of the application,“WAIT LIST.” If a space opens up, wait-listed applicants will be notified in the order of  placement on the Wait List. Please, do NOT continue on to the PayPal section and do NOT make a payment or mail a check until you are notified that there is a space available and you want to finalize your registration. )

Instructor:       ROBERT CUSICK 

Dates:                 09/25 – 11/20, 2019 | HOLIDAY BREAK | 01/15 – 04/08, 2020 

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

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

Course Fee:    $595

Course Description: 

In the Compassion Immersion: 3-4 six month course, we will continue to deepen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for others and for ourselves. Like Stanford’s CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) and the Compassion Immersion-2 series (both prerequisites for this course), CI: 3-4 will make use of traditional contemplative practices, contemporary psychology, evidence-based scientific research and experiential processes to help recognize and understand the various different ways compassion can be known as a direct experience. With this as our core intention, we will once again co-create a safe container in which we can explore our own personal and societal blocks to compassion and build resilience and confidence in our ability to be with places that challenge us with the feelings of vulnerability. Our focus will be on further developing practical skills for accessing compassion and empathy, as a response to the demands of our personal and profession day-to-day lives, and on learning how to be receptive to compassion as a primary motivator for our behavior in own relationships to others and to ourselves.

Evening Cohort (E):  

Meets bi-weekly (every other Wednesday) from 7:00 – 8:30 pm for 5-sessions beginning on Sept 25 – Nov 20, 2019, with a break during the HOLIDAYS.

Classes resume on Jan 15 – Apr 8, 2020 for 7-sessions.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people per cohort.

The intention underpinning this new immersion is to create an environment of safety and focus in which participants can continue to open to the transforming power of compassion in their lives. Over the course of six months, we will have the luxury of time, the time to share and explore how we can personally and collectively make mindfulness and compassion the core orientation in our day-to-day relationships. The intention of the course is to serve as a vehicle for fostering the recognition of our direct pre-verbal (felt) experience of compassion, which we can connect to in flow of our lives and relationships. It will include deepening our 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!

Another  key component of this next-tier training for Alumni of CCT and the Compassion Immersions-2 and 3 courses is to cultivate closer personal connections and friendships within the greater ‘Immersion cohort’ and for individual participants to be mentored, supported and receive on-going feedback from the instructor, as needed. In brief, we will co-create this new immersion by continuing to engage in contemplative and meditative practices, deep personal reflection, and by sharing our own experiences and insights and supporting each other. In this way, we build trust in our own enormous potential and capacity to interact and relate to the worlds we live in and a sense of confidence that we can transform ourselves and society by bringing more compassion into those worlds.

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, empathy, kindness, generosity, goodwill and love − as a developing default response to the ever-present challenges that characterize our common shared human experience.

This will be a closed group. As you know, Space is limited. I invite you to register only if you are genuinely serious and passionate about continuing to deepen 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 Centers 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: 3-4 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: 3-4 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: 3-4) or the prerequisites for this course, Stanford University’s CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) and Compassion Immersion-2.

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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