Workshops and Trainings

CMC brings the principles of mindfulness and compassion into the heart of our communities by offering programs at our center and working in collaboration with local organizations, schools, agencies, and individuals from our communities. See details below for upcoming mindfulness and compassion-based workshops and events.


Monthly Lecture Series

Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series: offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion of Cambridge Health Alliance, and David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services.


Dates: First Monday of the Month, Evenings, September 2017 through June 2018 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: alternating locations: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central St, 2nd floor, Somerville, MA 02143 and Harvard University Bock Room, 6th floor, Smith Campus Center, 75 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Open to all - 2 Continuing Education Credit Hours available for each lecture for a cost

Donation-based event - $15 for Continuing Education Credits


Summer Retreat in Compassion:
A Compassion Retreat for Practice, Forgiveness, Connection and Gratitude

Half-Day Retreat: Re-connect with your own capacity for forgiveness and gratitude. Using skills and practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion program, this workshop will provide the opportunity for practice and guided activities reflecting on gratitude and forgiveness. This is an opportunity to take time to care for yourself with mindfulness and self-compassion! 

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: Cambridge Hospital Learning Center A/B  1493 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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Open to all with a mindfulness-based practice

$75 Registration; 3 CE credits available for Psychologists and Nurses for $20.  Lunch will be provided. See registration page for details on Continuing Education.


Compassion Training for Healthcare Providers

 Timothy Harrison

Timothy Harrison

CBCT ® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) for Therapists, Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, and other Healthcare Providers: CBCT® has helped many healthcare providers to gain increased resilience to stress and to cultivate a more sustainable sense of compassion for oneself and for others. CBCT® is a structured sequence of meditation exercises designed to strengthen mental stability, deepen awareness and understanding of thoughts and emotions, and support the growth of our inherent capacity to care for others. The aim of the practices is to generate and sustain a more robust, inclusive, and warm-hearted responsiveness, while protecting from the side effects of empathetic distress, burnout, and secondary trauma that are all-too- common for healthcare professionals.
Dates: July 19-22, 2018 Thursday (6 pm – 9 pm), Friday (9:00 am – 5:00 pm), Saturday (9 am – 5 pm), Sunday (9 am – 4 pm)

Location: Cambridge Hospital, 3rd Floor Learning Center A/B, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

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Some familiarity with meditation is recommended to take this training, open to all and recommended for healthcare providers

$450 Early Bird Registration through Friday, May 18; $500 Saturday, May 18 through course start. 20 CE credits available for nurses, social workers and psychologists for $100. See registration page for continuing education details.


Mind in Labor Workshop

        Danielle Schuman-Olivier

       Danielle Schuman-Olivier

3-Day Non-Residential Mindful Childbirth Workshop: Often pain and anxiety are our greatest challenges in childbirth. Learning to use our mind to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in labor and delivery experiences. This Mind in Labor workshop is a time for expectant mothers and a supporting partner to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold.  This Workshop is offered in partnership with Mindful Birthing Boston. No mindfulness experience required.

Dates and Times:  Friday, September 14, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday, September 15, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday, September 16, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Cambridge Hospital at Cambridge Health Alliance, Learning Center A & B 2nd Floor, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA , 02139

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Open to expectant mothers - participants encouraged to bring the person who will be supporting her at the birth--either a partner, family member or doula

$265 per couple Early Bird Rate until July 14, 2018; $295 per couple (participants encouraged to bring the person who will be supporting her at the birth--either a partner, family member or doula). The cost of registration includes the book Mindful Birthing, by Nancy Bardacke, 2012, and audio recording of meditations. 


Please check back for more information about upcoming professional trainings. For a list of past Professional Trainings offered through our center, please visit our Programs Overview page.