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.

Instructor: Danielle Schuman-Olivier

Instructor: Danielle Schuman-Olivier

Mind in Labor: A Childbirth Workshop

3-Day Non-Residential Workshop with Danielle Schuman-Olivier, CNM, MSN

Dates: Friday, February 8, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Saturday, February 9, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Sunday, February 10, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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 our labor and delivery experiences. The Mind in Labor workshop is a time to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold.

Workshop Location: CHA Cambridge Hospital, Learning Center A&B, 2nd Floor, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Cost: $315 per couple Early Bird Rate until January 1, 2019
$345 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. 

Note: This workshop requires a minimum of 7 couples

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4-Day Group Leader Training: Mindfulness Training for Primary Care


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Learn basic mindfulness group leading skills for clinical settings, and build the foundation to deliver Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC), the 8-week, trauma-informed, therapeutic mindfulness intervention. MTPC is an insurance-reimbursable mindfulness program shown to be effective for helping primary care patients with anxiety, depression and stress increase their capacity for health behavior change, self-compassion, body awareness, and emotion regulation.

Dates: March 15 - 18, 2019. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
Cambridge Hospital - Learning Center A/B, 1493 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Cost: Early bird registration until Feb 15: $800
Regular registration (Feb 16 - March 8): $1000
Registration closes March 8.
Registration includes a bound copy of the MTPC manual.
Scholarships available for CHA staff, Massachusetts OBOT clinicians, underrepresented minorities, and those with financial need:
CE credits: Pending for social workers, nurses, and psychologists. If you are interested in CMEs or other forms of continuing education credit, please contact to see what may be possible.

Prerequisites:  1) Fill out the application form (see below). You will be contacted by February 1 about your application status. 2) Complete a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course (check here for added January MBSR course dates); 3) Willingness to commit to a daily mindfulness/compassion practice for at least 6 months following the training and while leading groups.  

It is not necessary to have a clinical degree to attend the training. However, in order to lead MTPC as a clinical treatment and bill to insurance, you must be a licensed mental health or primary care clinician.  

After the training: Individuals who complete the training will have basic skills required to lead mindfulness groups in a variety of settings, including clinical settings. Those wishing to lead the specific MTPC intervention will be required to pair with MTPC faculty for weekly mentorship for the first two groups that they lead following this training. Individuals who have co-led two groups with mentorship may apply for Level 1 Certification which will certify them to lead without mentorship in the future.

Application form: Click Here!

If you are interested or have questions, please contact us! | 617-591-6132

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: Monday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, September 2018 through June 2019
Location: alternating locations: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central St, 2nd floor, Somerville, MA 02143 and Harvard University, Mt. Auburn Room 2nd Floor, Smith Campus Center, 1350 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

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Teacher Training (MBCPTT)


A robust, year-long program with the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation. If you or others within your community may be interested in learning to teach Mindfulness-Based Childbirth (MBCP), feel free to reach out with questions, find more information at Applications for the program are now open.  

If you are moved to apply, the online application is available here: MBCPTT Application.