Contributions from supportive individuals like you enable us to continue to offer quarterly classes in a variety of contemplative practices, as well as the free, week-long annual Contemplation By Design Summit.

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To make a tax-deductible gift use the following link. Please indicate in the "special instructions/other designation" box that the gift is to support Contemplation By Design. Please click here to make a gift using a credit card.

For questions about giving online, please contact:
Medical Center Development
Phone: 650.725.2504

Stanford University is a non-profit organization and gifts are tax deductible.

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To make a tax-deductible donation by check, please fill out this donation form donation form and send it with your check to the address provided on the form.

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Mail Your Check to…

Contemplation By Design
Health Improvement Program
3300 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304

You will receive a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible donation.

For more information please email or call Tia Rich, CBD Director at 650-725-9930.

Contemplative practices can help everyone. Thank you for your support.

Participants' Testimonials
  • "The CBD Summit was a profoundly meaningful week. I feel more connected to myself as a whole person. I never thought mind-body-spirit practices mattered to me, but the CBD programs showed me how these contemplative topics are relevant to my work, my personal life and my health. I also experienced the fun and joy of doing the P.E.A.C.E steps with other people."

  • "The annual Stanford Carillon Concert and Campus Contemplative Pause made me feel content and centered. I look forward to this experience each year and it renews my commitment to practicing contemplation as part of my healthy lifestyle."

  • "Thanks for making me aware of the health benefits of a contemplative pause. The CBD P.E.A.C.E. concert in Bing was memorable and inspiring. Hearing the performers’ stories about how they take the contemplative pause and practice the P.E.A.C.E. steps inspired me and will help me to do the P.E.A.C.E. practices in my life."

  • "It was nice to see so many others participating in CBD programs and to know that there is support for contemplative activities within my work life."

  • "I loved the CBD session Mindfulness and Design Thinking—so inspirational. The panel leaders and speakers were phenomenal. It changed the way I approach my work and studies. Thank you SO much for doing this. Please keep up the good work!!!!!"

  • "I LOVED the Carillon concert and Campus Contemplative Pause. It was extremely beneficial to my wellbeing. I am very appreciative for the experience and hope to be able to attend the next annual Contemplative Concert. Thank you so much!!!"

  • "The CBD Introduction to Meditation and P.E.A.C.E. skills class was fabulous. I wish I could have a recording of it so I can listen often. I felt grateful to the university for planning such an event for all of us, including faculty, employees and students together. I felt happy, motivated and refreshed for my work after that CBD experience."

  • "I appreciate having these events available so I am reminded to relax, reflect and renew— CBD gives me opportunities and skills to do be my best self!"

  • "I attended the CBD P.E.A.C.E. walk with a friend who liked other CBD programs and invited me to join him. I must admit I was not too excited about going and preferred to lay around and watch TV, but I am REALLY GLAD I went. I felt more grounded and aware after the P.E.A.C.E walk. We did each step of “P.E.A.C.E.: Pause, Exhale, Attend mindfully, Connect with nature, self, and others and Express authentically. What I learned about myself is going to help me better deal with the anxiety I’ve been feeling. The CBD experience was very relaxing and helped me to slow down my racing thoughts and agitated body. I am grateful and plan to explore more contemplative practices while at Stanford."

  • "My experience with the CBD program has inspired me to incorporate mediation into my life. The CBD class I took made me think about how at Stanford I’m always on the go and I don’t give myself time to appreciate my body, or feelings, or to be self-aware. It was really powerful to be given time to stop and take a moment to slow down. I think this program should continue because it creates awareness and skills for self-care and resilience."

  • "I would definitely recommend CBD experiences to other people. It was incredibly refreshing and worthwhile. The CBD class gave me an experience of rest and time out of my busy schedule. Throughout the class we explored ways to take a break, engage with nature, and to contemplate; pause from our many activities of school, work and social life; to relax; to exhale and breathe, listen, notice and observe—to experience CBD's gift, the power of the pause."

  • “I found a lot of peace and enjoyment during my Contemplation By Design (CBD) class. I think it was very beneficial because I am always stressing out about school and my duties playing on our varsity football team. I think pausing the rushing of my busy dynamic life to reflect on life really helped me. This is important for people of all ages, but especially important for people college age. College is just such a fast-paced lifestyle—from academics to athletics to social lives. It is good to just take a step back to reflect and enjoy how beautiful life is and how fortunate I am to be at a place as magnificent as Stanford. So I am grateful Stanford offers CBD to help us slow down and be grateful— to learn contemplative practices and to enjoy our lives."

  • "Experiencing CBD’s P.E.A.C.E steps for meditation was a really cool experience because I left the activity feeling very happy! I thought I would feel relaxes and present, which I did, but I didn’t expect to also feel so happy. I think I will incorporate a contemplative practice in my everyday life."

  • "Meditation I’ve done before has taken me in, to be the observer. The P.E.A.C.E. process uniquely also helped me to come back out, holding on to my open heart and clear wise mind. The CBD P.E.A.C.E walk for me was an experience of flowing; travelling into our spiritual center and back out with equanimity to express what comes from the heart."

  • "P.E.A.C.E. really enlightens my mind. Contemplation By Design is a good program for me as graduate student with a very fast paced life. So stressed are we—focused on study, career, relationship, etc. that we seldom have time for self. It is highly important that we enjoy CBD’s Power of the Pause. Luckily CBD’s P.E.A.C.E. offers an approach. made up of five steps: pause, exhale, attend, connect and express. In my opinion, the first two steps detach us form the daily life demands, making ourselves totally relaxed. In the third step we observe ourselves and the nature around us, and the last two steps bring us back into the full array of our lives with a calm center to watch what is happening and be able to make wise compassionate choices for how to express our thoughts and feelings."

  • "Just as the founders of Stanford emphasized the importance of mind-body-spirit by placing a sanctuary at the center of the campus, CBD and P.E.A.C.E. focuses on and supports the mental, emotional and spiritual health of the Stanford community. Thank you."