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August 2019

Public Tour | Memorial Church

August 25 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability. Admission Info Public tours do not require a reservation…

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September 2019

Public Tour | Memorial Church

September 1 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability. Admission Info Public tours do not require a reservation…

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Health Improvement Program (HIP) Registration Opens

September 10 12:00 am

Fall registration opens at 9 a.m. BeWell participants who have taken the 2019 SHALA are eligible for two, discounted Fitness classes. All Fitness and Healthy Living classes are Berry-eligible, and several Healthy Living classes are available as an Engagement option. HealthySteps to Wellness participants earn 50 points for participating in a class. Healthy Living classes are open to everyone, and Fitness classes are open to Stanford University faculty, staff, benefits-eligible family members (over age 18), retirees, benefits-eligible postdocs, SHC and…

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October 2019

From the Middle Kingdom to the Wild West

October 6 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Orchestra Now, conducted by Jindong Cai  2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the Transcon-tinental Railroad across the U.S. From 1862-1869 some 20,000 Chinese laborers, the vast majority of workers, built the rail line through the Sierra Nevada and across the Nevada and Utah deserts, enduring terrible extremes of winter and summer and other brutal working conditions. In commemoration, the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University and the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music…

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Chucho Valdés

October 18 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jazz Batá  One of the most important exponents of Afro-Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés is spending his 70s touring the world. His father, famed pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdés, left Cuba in 1960. Father and son had little contact until shortly before Bebo’s death at age 94 in Stockholm. Valdés’ album, Jazz Batá 2, features piano and batá, an hourglass-shaped Yoruban drum, and a song called “100 years of Bebo”—a salute to Chucho’s father’s centenary this year.

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AI Ethics, Policy, and Governance

October 28 12:00 am

HAI’s October 28-29 conference on AI Ethics, Policy, and Governance at Stanford University will convene experts and leaders from academia, industry, civil society, and government to explore critical and emerging issues related to understanding and guiding AI’s human and societal impact. Through plenary discussions, breakout sessions, and workshops we will explore the latest research, delve into case studies, illuminate best practices, and build a global community of research, policy, and practice committed to ensuring that AI benefits humanity.  Questions to…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Tarika Lovegarden

October 30 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Rejuvenate from your life source and inner being by discovering how to become centered in the moment—Here-Now— using your senses as a doorway. Learn to set your worries aside, unplug from non-stop thinking and enjoy a peaceful, clear mind. Instructor: Tarika Lovegarden, is an author, founder and meditation teacher at Lovegarden Meditations, and an instructor at the Health Improvement Program. About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Mary Raftery

October 30 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Mary will lead a guided mindfulness meditation that helps center the mind and support awareness of our inner “weather report.” All meditators are welcome, including anyone with prior expereince, or no experience. Instructor: Mary Raftery, former Executive Director at Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, is a meditation teacher through Residential Education.  About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings and evenings throughout the week at locations…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Diana Brady and Sarah Johnson

October 30 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Join Diana Brady and Sarah Johnson in a Guided Meditation held in the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Sanctuary, a beautiful and sacred space to experience interior silence. Please note: Allow time to register as a visitor at the hospital reception desk prior to this session. Instructors:  The Rev. Diana Brady, BSN, M.Div., BCC. Diana serves as the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. She has been a chaplain at Packard since March of 2013, primarily…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Kafunyi Mwamba

October 30 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Rev. Dr. Kafunyi Mwamba will lead participants in Guided Healing Touch Meditations to activate your own capacity to transmit healing energy for yourself and others to support physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellness. Instructor: Rev. Dr. Kafunyi Mwamba is a PhD Candidate in Palliative Care with Lancaster University, United Kingdom. He is currently a Palliative Medicine Chaplain here at Stanford Health Care with Spiritual Care Service under Rabbi Lori Klein. He is a Certification Candidate in Healing Touch with Healing…

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CBD 2019: Contemplative Skills for P.E.A.C.E. with Tia Rich, PhD, Director, CBD

October 30 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome to the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit. In this session, we will begin to experience renewal, peace of mind and well-being by pausing to quiet the striving mind, engage the senses, relax and replenish. We will explore the fundamental role of contemplative practices in creating a life of sustained excellence, service, joy, compassion, wisdom and health — a life lived fully. Learn practical evidence-based contemplative skills for enjoying the power of the pause. Activities will cultivate the 5 states of…

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CBD 2019: Sound Based Contemplative Practice with Mirabai and Friends

October 30 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

This concert focuses on calming the mind and creating an experience of deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. The leader will sing a Sanskirt word as a mantra, and the audience sings it back. This is known as Kirtan, the ancient contemplative practice of singing the names of the divine. Kirtan is a form of Bhakti Yoga, a spiritual path and practices within Hinduism focused on loving devotion towards a personal god. So often, our…

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National Geographic Live

October 30 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

David Guttenfelder “A Rare Look – North Korea and Cuba”  For more than 20 years, National Geographic photojournalist David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Jeffrey A. Martin

October 30 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jeffery Martin will lead a Guided Meditation focused on cultivating a personal sense of well-being and developing tools for personal transformation in daily life. This session will include short examples of several meditation practices to introduce participants to the fact that different practices offer different benefits.  Instructor: Jeffery A. Martin, PhD, is a founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being. He spent the last 10 years…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Tia Rich, PhD, Director, Contemplation by Design and ME Schnaubelt

October 30 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Gather around a warm fire in the crisp night air to complete your day with a meditation practice grounded in natural elements. This guided meditation will enliven all five of your senses through exploration of the five natural elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. This practice will include exploration of the transformative power of fire and the role of the breath in igniting the energy (the fire) in our bodies, especially in the solar plexus and abdomen, and distributing…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Tarika Lovegarden

October 31 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Rejuvenate from your life source and inner being by discovering how to become centered in the moment—Here-Now— using your senses as a doorway. Learn to set your worries aside, unplug from non-stop thinking and enjoy a peaceful, clear mind. Instructor: Tarika Lovegarden, is an author, founder and meditation teacher at Lovegarden Meditations, and an instructor at the Health Improvement Program. About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Kafunyi Mwamba

October 31 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Rev. Dr. Kafunyi Mwamba will lead participants in Guided Healing Touch Meditations to activate your own capacity to transmit healing energy for yourself and others to support physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellness. Instructor: Rev. Dr. Kafunyi Mwamba is a PhD Candidate in Palliative Care with Lancaster University, United Kingdom. He is currently a Palliative Medicine Chaplain here at Stanford Health Care with Spiritual Care Service under Rabbi Lori Klein. He is a Certification Candidate in Healing Touch with Healing…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Sri Yellapregada

October 31 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Sri will lead guided meditation on present moment awareness with expressions of gratitude, supported by light music. All levels of meditators are welcome. Instructor: Sri Yellapregada, Senior Privacy Program Manager at the Stanford University Privacy Office. About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings and evenings throughout the week at locations on the main and satellite Stanford campuses. Participants are offered the opportunity to experience and learn about contemplative practices…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Robert Cusick

October 31 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Robert Cusick will lead participants in a guided meditation session on the theme and intersection of “mindfulness in the service of cultivating compassion for self and others.” Instructor: Robert Cusick is a Certified Sr. Stanford CCTTM (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor, Grief Counselor at Kara and a lecturer in Stanford’s Wellness Education program in the Division of Health and Human Performance. About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings and…

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CBD 2019: Mindful Yoga in Windhover with Tia Rich, PhD, Director, Contemplation by Design

October 31 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Mindfulness and breath are central to yoga. They are also central to Stanford’s beautiful contemplative space, Windhover. Begin your morning in the serenity of Windhover; join us for a mindful practice. The practice wil begin with sun salutations, and flow into standing and floor poses while helping you to listen to your body, and compassionately and wisely respect your capabilities. Suitable for all levels. PLEASE NOTE: Please bring your yoga mat. Tia Rich, PhD, Director, Contemplation by Design (CBD), has…

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CBD 2019: Living From Open Awareness — “Waking Up” as the heart of contemplative life

October 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With Dustin DiPerna With a blend of both theory and practice, this session will explore how fundamental shifts in identity and awareness serve as the foundation for a contemplative life. Together, we will discuss the implications of recent findings in the neuro-scientific study of advanced meditative states. We will examine how shifts in awareness can become persistent traits rather than simply temporary states. And we will explore a few basic tools you can use to bring meditation practice into your…

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November 2019

CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Lakshmi Tayyebi and Vera Michalchik

November 1 7:45 am - 8:30 am

In the practice of meditation Baha’is believe that human progress and the unity of humankind would not be possible without reflection and contemplation. When “meditation is bathed in the inner light and characterized with divine attributes, the results are confirmed”.  We will guide a meditation on the oneness of creation, using phrases that reflect and bring our attention to the unity of humanity. Instructors:  Lakshmi Tayyebi is an Application Analyst in the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University. Over the…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Mark Abramson, DDS, DABOP, DABDSM, DABOM, FAACP, TMJ,

November 1 7:45 am - 8:30 am

This guided meditation takes one through the practice of mindful awareness using the awareness of breathing as an anchor for staying in the moment and tuning into the sensory experiences of the body, of sounds, and even of thoughts that arise as one pays attention within oneself. Instructor: Mark Abramson, DDS, DABOP, DABDSM, DABOM, FAACP, TMJ, and Dental Sleep Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Director of Stanford Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic. …

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Fred Luskin

November 1 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Practices will focus on enhancing the positive qualities of awe, gratitude, and compassion. Instructor: Fred Luskin, PhD, Director of the Sanford University Forgiveness Project, Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford, Professor at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Affiliate Faculty member of the Greater Good Scuence Center.  About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings and evenings throughout the week at locations on the main and satellite Stanford…

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CBD 2019: Shuttle to Carillon Concert from and to SRWC for the Contemplation by Design Summit

November 1 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

If you work at SRWC, you can easily enjoy the Contemplation By Design Carillon Concert and Community-wide Pause at Hoover Tower and Meyer Green by taking this free shuttle from SRWC and back to SRWC. REGISTER for the FREE SHUTTLE from and back to SRWC through the Stanford Ticket Office: tickets.stanford.edu. Space is limited and granted to SRWC faculty/staff who register until the shuttles are full. Registration opens September 10th. The Hoover carillon bells ring again this year to signal…

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