"Fostering Compassion: One Breath, One Pause, One Community"
March 21, 2018 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

This webinar will walk the audience through many nuanced, complex-but-simple practices of compassion. Nurses Jonathan Bartels and Tim Cunningham will join Schwartz Center Chief Medical Officer Beth Lown for an hour of storytelling, laughter, and stories from the front lines of care at a Level One Trauma Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bartels, a 2017 Schwartz Center NCCY Award finalist, will discuss in-depth his work in developing the now internationally practiced “Medical Pause,” while Cunningham, the Director of the University of Virginia’s Compassionate Care Initiative, will discuss how the CCI is driving research on the Pause and other hard-to-measure aspects of compassion.

RESILIENT NURSES - Episodes 5 & 6 Available!

Since 2014, CCI has sponsored RESILIENT NURSES, a public radio documentary series heard on more than 78 NPR stations, nationwide on SiriusXM satellite radio, and downloaded more than 11,000 times.

Throughout the series, award-winning producer David Freudberg, takes a no-holds-barred look at the challenges faced by those in the nursing profession, RN burnout, and the many ways some nurses are harnessing the power of mindfulness and resilience to fight it. Episodes 1 through 4 are available here.

Now, in two additional productions, Freudberg examines nursing’s future, and how nursing schools like UVA’s are preparing new nurses for the difficult, if exhilarating journey ahead.


Got resilience? Why teaching clinicians to be mindful and resilient makes for more compassionate, safer, higher quality care -- and how the Compassionate Care Initiative does it. Watch our new video to learn more.

Ambassador Spotlight

Although the benefits are well-known, there are not many (if any) in healthcare that have time to participate in a day-long retreat or even a regular 30-60 minute contemplative practice. So, Clinical Ambassador and FEAP Consultant Anna DeLong has been working on producing some short, guided practices to be shared within the UVA Medical Center and our community at-large.

When you have a few minutes, take some time to explore what she has offered. More will be added to the site soon, but let her know if you have any requests.

FREE Drop-in Sessions

All of our drop-in sessions are free and open to the public. Attend as your schedule allows. No previous experience required!

For cancellation information, due to illness or weather, visit our Facebook page.

Meditation | 12:15-12:45 p.m. | McLeod 2025
Led by Michael Swanberg or Julie Connelly
Yoga | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | McLeod 2010
Led by Esther Lozano
Meditation | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Alexander Technique | 1:30-2:00 p.m.
The Studio, Health Sciences Library
Led by Betty Mooney
Mindfulness Meditation | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | McLeod 2025
Led by Sam Green

Meditation | 6:00-7:00 a.m. | McLeod 2025
Led by Jonathan Bartels
Yoga | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | McLeod 2010
Led by Teddi Sipe (Feb. & May) and Mala Cunningham (March & April)
Meditation | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Alexander Technique | 1:30-2:00 p.m.
The Studio, Health Sciences Library
Led by Betty Mooney
T'ai Chi | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | McLeod 2010
Led by Hiromi Johnson
Yoga | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | McLeod 2010
Led by Dorothe Bach

Pearl of the month

"Even after all this time / The Sun never says to the Earth / <<You owe me.>> / Look what happens with a love like that - / It lights up the Whole Sky.

                                          --- Hafiz