Announcing ACT 2021

"I am thrilled to announce a much needed offering in the world of compassion! This new 11-month Applied Compassion Training will equip you with the skill-set you need to become an exemplar of compassion in real-world settings. This

is a must- take training that addresses our need for an applied compassionate response to a broad spectrum of challenging real-world situations.

Graduates of this program are going to change the world!"

James R. Doty, M.D., FACS, FIC 

is a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at

Stanford University and founder and director of CCARE (the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education), an affiliate of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute.

"The ACT program is comprehensive, experiential and uses evidence-based approaches to teaching, learning and practice to ensure that you are fully prepared to lead, facilitate, and model applied compassion in your professional workplaces, communities and with your families and loved ones.


In the Applied Compassion Training, you will develop competency and skills in the areas of applied compassionate leadership, communication, collaboration, coaching and facilitation, as well as in your personal and professional relationships.


The Applied Compassion Training is for anyone who wants to be a change agent in our world."

James R. Doty, M.D., FACS, FIC 

Watch the below video to learn more about the

important work of CCARE at Stanford University

2021 Program Overview:

Over the course of this 11 month program, we will meet virtually for 3 immersion retreats online. Due to the experiential nature of these retreats, live participation is required online. These virtual immersion retreats are highly interactive. The retreats are scheduled at the beginning of the program, mid-way through, and at the end of the training, in the Pacific Time zone.


If public health and travel guidelines permit, we will also offer an in-person retreat option, onsite at Stanford University on the same dates, in addition to the virtual retreats. We anticipate being able to notify participants of this additional option 12 weeks prior to each immersive retreat date. 

I. Virtual Immersion Retreat #1 Online

January (see dates below):  Becoming an Ambassador of Applied Compassion © 

II. Online Monthly Teaching Modules: 5:00-7:00pm Pacific Time Zone via Zoom

February: Mindfulness in the Service of Applied Compassion © 

March: Triggers: Cultivating a Skillful Recognition and Response © 

April: Resiliency: Empathy/Compassion © 

May: Unconscious Bias and Compassion © 

​June: Compassionate Leadership © 

III. Online Small Group Mentoring Calls via Zoom

NOTE: These are smaller groups that meet online monthly with one of the ACT Instructors via Zoom.  Specific dates/times TBD at the beginning of the 2021 program by your mentor.

IV. Virtual Immersion Retreat #2 Online: 

July (see dates below): Compassionate Coaching, Communication & Facilitation ©


V. Monthly Modules Continued:

August: Designing Systems for Compassion © 

September: Compassionate Forgiveness and Reconciliation © 

October: Applied Compassion: Bringing it into the World! © 

VI. Virtual Immersion Retreat #3 Online: 

November (see dates below): Applied Compassion in Action, Capstone Presentations and Certification Ceremony

ACT 2021 Program Details:

Tuition: $6995


NOTE: Tuition does not include food or lodging

Dates for our 2021 Immersion Retreats


January 8-10

July 9-11

November 5-7

Cohort Two (Now OPEN for Registrations)

January 29-31

July 9-11

November 12-14

Hours for our Retreats: 

Friday: 4:00pm-7:00pm Pacific Time Zone 

Saturday: 9:30am-6:30pm Pacific Time Zone (with a break for lunch)

Sunday: 9:30am-5pm Pacific Time Zone (with a break for lunch)

Location for Retreats: Virtually Online, with the option of

in-person retreats at Stanford University campus if health

and travel guidelines permit.

Dates for our online Modules: TBA

More questions?  Please click HERE for our FAQ's

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