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Heart-Smile Training: Compassion Begins with Smiling to Oneself

Date and Time: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: 1035 Cambridge St, Suite 21A, Cambridge MA 02141

Registration Cost: $50*

Research has shown that compassion meditation helps cultivate resilience and positive affects such as kindness, inner peace, and gratitude. Join us for a free information session or a half-day workshop to learn more! During these offerings, Ven. Misan, PhD, the founder and lead instructor of Heart-Smile Training (HST), will share on the topics of compassion, embodiment of kindness and the overall structure of HST. This training is focused strongly on interoceptive awareness (sensations and feelings in the body) and developing skills for compassion and self-kindness.

An 8-week course and teacher training for HST will be offered in 2020 at our Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Please contact us at if you would like to be notified when the dates and registration are posted.

This workshop is led by Ven. Misan Sumin and Assistant Teacher and Lead Researcher, Jina Kim

*Need-Based Scholarship Applications Available. CHA Employees and patients, please contact us at for more information about discounts.

Past Workshops


Search Inside Yourself 2-Day Program in Boston

Description: Our Center for Mindfulness and Compassion teams up with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) to offer Boston’s FIRST Search Inside Yourself (SIY) mindfulness and emotional intelligence program.

Learn powerful emotional intelligence skills for high performance and wellbeing. The Search Inside Yourself program teaches attention and mindfulness techniques that build the core skills for effective leadership.

This program can help you intensify your focus, manage stress, harness creativity and improve resilience. You will gain greater self-awareness, communication and leadership skills so you can thrive in your personal and professional life.

“SIY changed the way I deal with challenges. I actually remain calm in stressful situations, and colleagues look to me to find workable solutions to problems.”

“Every single last part of the training was life changing.”

Time & Dates: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5, 2019

Location: Harvard University, Student Organization Center at Hilles, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

CBCT ® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) for Caregivers:
Educators, Healthcare Providers, Parents and all Caregivers

Description: CBCT® has helped many caregivers 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 those in the care-giving professions.

Time & Dates: July 25-28, 2019

Thursday (6 pm – 9 pm), Friday (9:00 am – 5:00 pm),
Saturday (9 am – 5 pm), Sunday (9 am – 4 pm)

Location: 1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 21A, Cambridge, MA 02041

Cost: $650


  • Minority and need-based scholarships available:

  • 50% off for CHA patients and employees - email

  • Tuition Reimbursement available for benefits-eligible CHA employees.

    Please note: Space for this course is limited.

Instructors: Timothy Harrison, Emory University and Suzanne Westbrook, MD

Pilares de MBSR
(Curso de Mindfulness de 4 Semanas Basado en MBSR)

Instructores: Natalia Cepeda y Eugenio Garibay

Pilares de MBSR: Basado en el conocido curso MBSR (Reducción del Estrés Basado en Mindfulness), este curso te presenta prácticas de mindfulness para cultivar conciencia y relacionarte de manera sabia con cualquier conflicto de tu vida, sean problemas de salud, estrés, ansiedad, alimentación, o dificultad para el disfrute del día a día. En este curso se enseñarán los fundamentos de la atención plena y la meditación. ¡Da clic aquí para saber más sobre este curso!

Abierto a todos los niveles de experiencia con mindfulness y meditación, incluyendo principiantes.

Este curso está abierto para todos, incluyendo pacientes fuera de CHA.

Los participantes completarán un questionario y conectarán con los instructores para recibir una aceptación final al curso.

Detalles del Curso:

Día y hora: Lunes por la noche, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Fechas: Abril 22, 29, Mayo 6, 13 (2019)
Retiro: Sábado, Mayo 11 del 2019, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Lugar del Curso: Community Room, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Lugar del Retiro: 1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 21A, Cambridge MA 02141

Costo: $50
Becas disponibles para grupos minoritarios y según las necesidades, aplica en:
50 % de descuento para pacientes y empleados de CHA. - contáctanos en para saber más.

Natalia Cepeda está calificada como maestra de Reducción del Estrés Basado en Mindfulness (MBSR), y certificada como maestra por Mindful Schools. También es asesora por parte de Option Process® y maestra de yoga. Natalia comenzó sus estudios de meditación siendo pequeña en su país natal, Argentina; y ha pasado la mayor parte de su vida enseñando lenguajes a niños y adultos, y posteriormente yoga y mindfulness. Actualmente se encuentra enseñando en Cambridge Public Schools y centros para personas mayores.

Eugenio Garibay comenzó su práctica de meditación como un método para relacionarse mejor con los estreses del día a día y cultivar calma interior. Profundizando más en la práctica, y tomando cursos como el MBSR en México, Eugenio se dio cuenta de que la práctica lo ayudaba a ver con claridad la raíz de sus problemas, situaciones y comportamientos. Observando la importancia de esto, él se encaminó a compartir con otros la práctica de Mindfulness, calificándose como maestro de MBSR, y continuando su desarrollo con otros cursos como el Cognitively-Based Compassion Therapy y Mindfulness Educator Essentials.

Mindful Self-Compassion Retreat: Befriending the Inner Critic

Description: 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. During this half-day retreat, you will explore the practice of self-compassion and the challenge of accepting the self-critic, and its motivation (to keep us safe).  There will be opportunities to reflect on the self-critical voice which turns on the stress response, and how the self-compassionate voice would like to soothe us. 

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: 1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 21A, Cambridge MA
Cost: $85

Scholarships: Minority and need-based scholarships available:
50% off for CHA patients and employees - email
Tuition Reimbursement available for benefits-eligible CHA employees
Please note: Space for this course is limited.

Instructors: Jorge Armesto and Susie Fairchild