Michelle Becker, LMFT|Monica Hanson: Compassion Cultivation Training at 1440 Multiversity

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Compassion Cultivation Training

A Special 5-Day Immersion

January 27 - February 1, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$750 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Compassion: defined as the sympathy and concern we feel for the losses and sufferings of others. But how do we muster more compassion? How do we care for people without feeling burdened or burning out? How do we let compassion increase our strength and well-being? How do we infuse more of it into our schools, workplaces, and institutions?

Join Michelle Becker, LMFT and Monica Hanson—masters in the study and practice of compassion—in this 5-day intensive version of the Compassion Cultivation Training program, developed by Stanford University. Through large and small group discussions, experiential exercises, meditation, and self-reflection, you will learn:

  • Practices and techniques to settle and focus the mind, strengthen self-compassion, and elevate self-kindness
  • How to maintain proper boundaries and safely extend compassion to others
  • To courageously connect, even when circumstances are difficult
  • How compassion can transform difficult relationships, beliefs, or ways of being in the world.

Come experience the joy of recognizing our shared humanity. Leave with the skills for living a more compassionate life and for sharing these practices with others.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Michelle Becker, LMFT

    Compassion for Couples developer, Mindful Self-Compassion teacher

    Michelle Becker, developer of the Compassion for Couples program, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in San Diego, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based approaches to psychotherapy. In addition she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs.

    Michelle is a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and cofounder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally, especially in regard to relationships, healthcare, and the workplace. She particularly delights in supporting compassion teachers.


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    Monica Hanson

    Specialist in the study and practice of compassion

    Monica Hanson is founding faculty of the Compassion Institute and teaches, and trains others to teach, the Compassion Cultivation Training program developed by Stanford University School of Medicine. A senior teacher at Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), she focuses on compassion as a choice and a core value, compassion-led change, and compassion with difficult others.

    Monica has taught meditation to corporate and healthcare professionals, teachers, families, and people experiencing chronic pain and stress. She is trained in mindfulness, nonviolent communication, and therapeutic yoga from Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Center.

    Monica contributed to the development of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Teacher Training certification program in 2011, and in 2013 she led a research study for Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, looking at the effects of compassion training, chronic pain, and the impact on significant others. In 2017, she began a collaborative effort to identify and exchange emerging best practices in teaching compassion.

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  • Why Attend
    • A compassionate attitude can significantly reduce distress in difficult times. This makes it a profound resource for managing and strengthening our relationships to ourselves, others, and the world around us.

    • Compassion Cultivation Training combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research. Utilize science- and wisdom-backed strategies for a more compassionate approach to life. <br /> <br />

    • The world is calling us to connect with one another’s pain—to understand each other’s suffering. Learn how to do this authentically, heart intact.

    • Learn how to bring your experience in this training to the communities, groups, organizations, and schools you are a part of.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Below is your daily schedule for your stay during your program. You will always be able to attend the meals and activities shown between your program sessions. You will also have opportunities to experience Healing Arts, walking trails, and many other campus amenities throughout your stay. To schedule a treatment at Healing Arts call 844-544-1440, ext. 304 or email [email protected]Click here to view our current menu: 

    Opening Day

    2:15 pm

    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm

    Luggage storage is available

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    6:45 – 7:15 pm 1440 Guest Welcome Session (optional)

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Program Session


    6:45am – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    Breakfast at Kitchen

    9am – 12 pm Morning Program Session

    12pm-2 pm Lunch at Kitchen

    2:30pm – 5:30 pm Afternoon Program Session

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Optional Events or Program Session

    Closing Day

    6:45am – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9 am

    Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9am – 11:00 am

    Morning Program Session

    12:00pm NOON Checkout Time

    11:30am – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—

    Departure day lunch is included in your stay.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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