Our Programs


As a growing and vibrant center, CMC has a number of mindfulness and compassion-based programs for all facets of life. Many of our programs are open to all members of the community, with certain programs specific to professionals, CHA staff or CHA patients. Programs are held both at our Center for Mindfulness & Compassion and in the metro-Boston area. 

Overview of Upcoming Programs

Past Programs


Mindfulness and Biofeedback for Resilience and Self-regulation: In this 2-Day course, participants will learn how to help themselves and their clients to increase resilience and ability to self-regulate through the skills of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion integrated with psycho physiological principles of biofeedback. The course will provide participants with hands-on experience with mindfulness and biofeedback. We will cover specific applications of mindfulness and biofeedback techniques in increasing resilience and self-regulation with the goal of improving client outcomes. For course schedule overview, click here.

“Together, mindfulness and biofeedback provide us with a powerful approach to optimizing our ability to self-regulate and increase resilience in the face of life challenges.” This workshop is open to all in the community. No meditation or biofeedback experience required. Biofeedback devices and hands-on training will be available as part of the workshop. 

Dates: June 2-3, 2017 - 2-Day Non-Residential Workshop, 8:30 - 5:30 pm
Location: Harvard SOCH Community Room, 59 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Instructor: Inna Khazan, PhD


Mindful Self-Compassion for Pain Workshop Practical Tools for Alleviating Pain About 50 million adult Americans suffer from some sort of chronic pain. When we feel pain, we instinctively tense up and worry about it. The opposite, mindfulness, is a simple mental practice that can bring significant relief to those suffering from pain. Recently, self-compassion has been identified as a key ingredient in mindfulness that makes it so successful. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is powerfully associated with mental and physical wellbeing, including reduced pain. Contrary to popular belief, research shows that self-compassionate people are emotionally stronger, kinder, happier, and they cope better.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Instructors: Chris Germer, PhD and Susan Pollak MTS, EdD

CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) offered over 4 days in April and May in partnership with Emory University. CBCT® is a meditation-based method and through progressive exercises, this training helps gain insight into how one's attitudes and behaviors support or hinder compassionate response. This immersive 12-year-old highly researched program that has been shown to help: increase the ability to bounce back from stressful events, improve the ability to read emotions, improve sleep, change the way the brain processes suffering, demonstrated to help avoid burnout, decrease depression and loneliness and increase hopefulness. Open to all: this program is designed for the general public. No meditation experience required.

CBCT® 4-Day Training Dates: Friday, April 14 & Saturday, April 15, Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am-5:00 pm (including hour break for lunch)
Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Instructor: Timothy Harrison, Assistant Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership

Mindful Practice in Medicine: Weekend Retreat Workshop and Post-Workshop Webinar Course specifically designed for health care professionals, this program offers tools to bring mindfulness to your work as a healthcare provider and in everyday life. Mindfulness training has been shown to promote vitality and enhance resilience. In the face of constant stress and immense ongoing change in our lives and work, this event offers an opportunity to practice mindfulness and find support among others in the healthcare community. This evidence-based retreat and webinar series applies mindfulness training to common challenges facing healthcare professionals. The original Mindful Practice program was tested with a gold-standard RCT, reporting reduced burnout and increased well-being with results published in JAMA. This workshop is designed for both beginners and those who already have a practice.

Dates: Saturday March 18 & Sunday March 19, 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm both days followed by Four Webinar Sessions: Wednesday evenings March 29, April 5, April 26 and May 10, 5:30 – 7:00pm via videoconference
Location: MMS Headquarters Conference Center at Waltham Woods, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
Course Directors: Ron Epstein, MD, Mick Krasner, MD, and Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

Mind in Labor Workshop For expectant mothers and a support in their life to learn through this 2-day workshop how to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold.  Open to: expectant mothers and a support in their life (spouse, partner, family member, doula etc)

Dates: February 10-12, 2017, Friday, February 10, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Saturday, February 11, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Sunday, February 12, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: CHA Cambridge Hospital Learning Center A/B
Instructor: Danielle Schuman-Olivier CNM, MSN

Drop-in Mindfulness & Compassion Sitting for CHA Community **ongoing offering** An opportunity to care for yourself and be in quiet community. Free and open to all CHA staff members, trainees, volunteers and patients. No RSVP necessary, we welcome you to email us at cmc@challiance.org if you have any questions.

Dates: Every Monday and Friday, 12:00 - 12:15 pm
Location:  CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville MA 02143 2nd Floor Community Room

8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) **ongoing offering** Over 30,000 people worldwide have completed the MBSR Program and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. Learn tools to foster mindfulness - reduce stress, enhance resiliency, and face the challenges of everyday life in this 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion.  All levels of experience with mindfulness and meditation are welcome. 

Dates: Orientation (required): Monday, January 23rd, 2017, 8-week Course:  Mondays, January 30th- March 20th, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville MA 02143 2nd Floor Community Room
Instructors: Suzanne Westbrook, MD and Jody Daniels, MBA

Mindful Lunches **ongoing offering** Cambridge Health Alliance staff, employees, trainees and volunteers are welcome for a Mindful Lunch at no cost to enjoy lunch, build community across disciplines and deepen understanding of mindfulness through discussion and experiential exercises. Lunch will be provided at no cost with option to bring own food, vegetarian options available.

Dates: Final Monday of the month: January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 29, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location:  CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville MA 02143 2nd Floor Community Room

Cultivating Compassion Connection Half-Day Alumni Workshop Open to MSC, MBSR and MTPC 8-Week Course Graduates, this retreat offers an opportunity to join in community, focusing on cultivating a compassionate connection with yourself and others. Open to: graduates of 8-week mindfulness or compassion-based courses (MBSR, MSC, MTPC)

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:30-2:00 pm - One Day Retreat Workshop
Location: Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 2nd Floor Community Room, 26 Central St, Somerville, MA 02143
Instructors: Cecilia Fernandez-Hall Phd, Elyse Simon, MA

Annual Benefit Celebration: Fostering Communities of Light All are welcome! On Friday, January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Evening) we will gather in grounding practice, discussion and community to reflect on fostering light within ourselves and our communities, including a special focus on children, families, and schools with keynote speakers Chris Germer PhD and Metta McGarvey, EdD

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harvard College Student Organization Center at Hille (SOCH) 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138