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The Science of the Brain Meets the Power of Love and Compassion
It is our belief that love and compassion are necessary to save our species.

What if you could learn how to harness the power of both your brain and your heart?
Each of us possesses immense power which when harnessed allows us to manifest our potential and lead the life we were meant to lead. 

The reality is that leading with an open heart and with compassion oftentimes seems to conflict with living in the modern world.

We will show you how by cultivating compassion you can transform your life.
​​​​​​​And when you transform yourself, you can transform the world.

Watch what's in store for you at this amazing retreat:

Dr. James Doty, Director and Founder of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)
James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), of which the Dalai Lama was the founding benefactor. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He leads a multi-disciplinary groups of scientists investigating the neuroscience of empathy, compassion and altruism and is the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. Dr. Doty is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discovery the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. He is also an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist serving on the board of a number of health-related companies and non-profits.
What is at the core of our humanity?

Discover Answers to Life's Most Important Questions

You have many opportunities that are within your power to positively affect another person. What and how do you need to change to realize your greatest potential as human being? With the practice of guided self-inquiry and ritual formation, you will connect with your authentic self and develop a practice for achieving your deepest aspirations.


What do you want to experience in your life?


What is the area you want to grow in your life?


What is the contribution - the impact - that you want to make in the world with your life?

True meaning fuels consistency and transformation.

Featured Speakers
Dr. James Doty, MD
Dr. Monica Bucci, MD
Victoria Brill, MA, CHT
Robert Cusick
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What Happens Each Day at The Ritual of Compassion Retreat

Powerful Lectures

Research is showing quantitative evidence that supports compassion results in decreased levels of stress, promotion of the immune system and increase of your brain neuroplasticity.

You can expect to:

  • Learn how the latest science of compassion can enhance your health and wellbeing

  • Master the power of mind-body connection as a tool to regulate your emotions and stress response

  • Understand the neurobiology of empathy and altruism to improve your relationships

Compassion Meditation

As a daily practice, you will meditate under the guidance of a CCARE Certified Sr. Stanford CCT™ (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor allowing your body, mind, heart, intellect, and spirit to learn to be in harmony.

You can expert to:

  • Learn key practices of compassion training to help you enjoy a deeper level of calm and relaxation

  • Experience guided meditations to move beyond your ego’s turbulence into peace and awareness

Cognitive Behavioral and Hypnosis Practice

Participate in Cognitive Restructuring and Hypnosis Guided Sessions under the guidance of psychotherapist and certified therapeutic hypnosis practitioner, to bring union and harmony of your conscious and subconscious self, into every aspect of your life.

You can expect to:

  • Learn the tools to access your subconscious mind to connect with your intuition
  • ​​​​​​​Master the practice of intention to improve your decision making and leadership skills
  • ​​​​​​​Understand the science of cognitive behavioral therapy to overcome anxiety and depression

Come together with like-minded individuals and fellow seekers. You’ll share your journeys, create friendships. While our individual light is powerful by itself, when we come together, we manifest loving-kindness and compassion into the world.

You can expect to:

  • Connect in an intimate setting with like-minded individuals to share your growth and progress

  • Develop long-lasting relationships that will enrich the quality of your life


All meals are mindfully planned by the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Meals will be prepared fresh using locally sourced ingredients. 

This retreat includes:

  • 2 light breakfasts

  • 2 nutritious lunches

  • 1 festive dinner

“At the core of our humanity is compassion. Intuition tells us and science confirms that when you practice compassion with intention it positively impacts not only yourself but everyone around you. It also results in one recognizing that to be happy and have a meaning in life we must be of service to others.”

What the World’s Top Thought Leaders Say About Dr. James Doty
"From the moment in his childhood when a simple act of kindness changed the course of his own life to his founding a center to study compassion at Stanford University. Jim Doty's life illustrates how each of us can make a difference. We can make the world a more compassionate place."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Nobel Peace Prize winner

"Dr Doty teaches us with his life, and the lessons he imparts, some of the most important of all: that happiness cannot be without suffering, that compassion is born from understanding our own suffering and the suffering of those around us, and that only when we have compassion in our hearts can we be truly happy."
Thich Nhat Hanh 
Zen Master, global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist
"Jim was open heartedly guided to start practicing that aligning when he was twelve and trusted it enough to never lose the thread completely, even in the hardest of times. Behold what is emerging now." 

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Founder of the Center for Mindfulness, Health Care and Society and of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

"True healing is both biological and spiritual. When you experience love and compassion, your body shifts into homeostasis and self-regulation. When you heal yourself, you heal others. The reverse is also true. Your acts of kindness and compassion are the true healing of the world.  Dr James Doty shows you the way."
Deepak Chopra, M.D.

​​​​​​​Physician and Alternative Medicine Pioneer, Bestselling Author