CCI is seeking photos that answer one of two prompts: "How do YOU stay resilient?" or "What does resilience mean to YOU?"

The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 26. For more information on the criteria, recognition, and to submit your photo, please click here.

Resilient Nurses


Last year, the debut of Humankind’s Resilient Nurses program – heard on more than 100 public radio stations across the U.S. – ignited a national discussion about nursing, stress, and coping. Now, segments 3 and 4 in the series chronicle how nurses around the country are getting better at paying attention, keeping their reservoir of empathy full, and their compassion fully charged. And their stories are uplifting.
The Compassionate Care Initiative is proud to be sponsors of this important series. We hope you’ll listen to the latest installments online or tune in to your local NPR station over the coming weeks.


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

As a Ph.D. Student and an Instructor at the School of Nursing Michael Swanberg serves as one of our Faculty Ambassadors. His desire to go into nursing was motivated by a "peak emotional experience" in India. He ended up throwing his hands in desperation at the poverty and disease, and thinking 'I wish someone would help these people'.  It suddenly became clear that he had to be the change he wanted to see happen. Michaels asks, "What does it mean to have a socially-engaged contemplative practice?" For him, to be socially-engaged is to include ways of applying mindfulness principles and practices to areas of suffering such as addiction, health disparities, or end-of-life care. Michael has had experiences as a public school teacher in a Harlem neighborhood of New York City, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, and much more. His past informed his decision to enroll in the Ph.D. program. In addition to his twice daily formal meditation practice, running three times a week continues to be his meditative pastime, helping continually refine the connection between the mind and the body.

FREE Drop-in Sessions

No previous experience required; open to the public.

Mondays | 12:15-12:45 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Michael Swanberg or Julie Connelly

Tuesdays | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Sam Green

Wednesdays | 6:00–7:00 a.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Jonathan Bartels

Mondays | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Dorothe Bach

Thursdays | 12:00-12:50 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Mala Cunningham or Bess McHugh

Intermediate-level T'ai Chi
Thursdays | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Hiromi Johnson

Tuning In: Mindful Music
Thursdays (every other week; next one is 10/27)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Gene Donovan and Dallas Ducar (UVA Nursing Students)
Please bring your own instrument!

For other drop-in programs offered by UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center, UVA Medical Center and other groups, visit our activities page.

Pearl of the month

"What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space.... So building fires requires attention to the spaces in between, as much as to the wood." 

                                          --- An excert from Fire by Judy Brown