About Contemplation by Design

Contemplation by Design (CBD) is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary program designed to encourage all members of the Stanford community to enjoy the power of the pause.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the greater Stanford community are given opportunities to pause from their high-level of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit.

Research has shown that contemplative practices enhance well-being, professional fulfillment, concentration, memory, learning, creativity, happiness and relationships. CBD provides opportunities for everyone in the community to experience the benefits of contemplative practice.

Quarterly, CBD classes, lectures, workshops, concerts and mixed media events are offered all around campus to provide skill-building experiences that further balance, tranquility, resilience and creative excellence.

Annually, the week-long CBD Summit brings the Stanford community together in recognizing the importance of quieting the thinking mind and refreshing oneself through quiet contemplation. CBD Summit events include the BeWell annual campus-wide Contemplative Pause and Carillon Concert, research presentations on the neuroscience of contemplation, skill-building in contemplative practices, and refreshing contemplative experiences offered through performances by Stanford arts groups, as well as through contemplative walks in the natural beauty of the Stanford campus.


2018 Press Articles
  • Make Time for Contemplation In a new book, English Professor Blakey Vermeule examines modern stresses in light of ancient debates about balancing action and contemplation.
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Tia Rich, Ph.D.

Founder and Director, Contemplation By Design

Manager, Resilience and Stress Management Programs,
Health Improvement Program, Stanford Prevention Research Center,
Stanford School of Medicine

Interview with Tia Rich about Contemplative Practices
Meet Tia

Hiroshi Ishii-Adajar

HIP Health Education Program Coordinator

Health Improvement Program,
Stanford School of Medicine
Meet Hiroshi

Laurie Ausserer

HIP Health Education Program Manager Coordinator

Health Improvement Program,
Stanford School of Medicine
Meet Laurie

CBD Collaborators

The Health Improvement Program (HIP) staff make CBD possible. CBD also is created through wonderful collaborations between HIP and the staff from other Stanford programs and departments. These include: BeWell, the Office For Religious Life, the HELP Center, the Worklife Office, Health and Human Performance, iThrive, the Office of Student Affairs, Residential and Dining Enterprises, Stanford Arts, the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies, Hillel@Stanford, the d.school, the Office for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Storytelling Project, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, CCARE, Medicine and the Muse, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and Bing Concert Hall.

CBD Participants

CBD participants make the programs of CBD come alive through their meaningful and fulfilling experiences made possible by contemplative practices.

CBD participants include Stanford faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, medical center staff, physicians, nurses, alumni, retirees, family members of Stanford employees, and community members of the San Francisco Bay Area.

We look forward to meeting you in a CBD program!

Stanford Health Improvement Program

The Health Improvement Program (HIP), housed within the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) models the science of healthy living by using translational research to promote wellness. Our primary work involves Stanford University faculty and staff, but our programs are shared and utilized around the world. HIP aims to create a culture of wellness and increase employee productivity by empowering individuals to be self-managers of their health while also encouraging them to support the wellness efforts of others Wes Alles, Ph.D. is the HIP Director. HIP provides health education classes and group fitness classes, and advocates policies that support environments conducive to healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Stanford Prevention Research Center

The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), a division of the Stanford University School of Medicine, is a consortium of renowned experts who are world leaders in investigating ways to prevent disease and promote health. Their work is focused on identifying the most practical, science-based solutions for addressing some of society’s most pervasive—and preventable—health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions and to raise the standards of scientific investigation that matters for health. SPRC investigators are collaborating on numerous, long-term projects designed to translate research into effective ways to promote well-being at every stage of life.

Contemplation By Design
Health Improvement Program, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Stanford School of Medicine
3300 Hillview Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304
fax: 650-498-4828

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