Compassion Cultivation Training is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion, and was developed at Stanford University Medical School’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. You’ll learn how to: engage your inner critic with compassion by embracing acceptance for self and others; enhance vitality by recognizing and harmonizing with your body’s energy flow; reduce rumination by settling and focusing your mind; and learn techniques for communicating authentically and from the heart. Classes include meditation, lecture, discussion, in-class partner and small group listening and communication exercises, as well as audio recordings of guided meditations. Amy Colvin has 20 years of Taoist meditation experience, is a certified facilitator of Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training program, and has been facilitating meditation since 2011.