Compassion Cultivation Training at UW CCFW starts Feb 7

8 weeks. Wednesdays, February 7 – March 28, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Registration is required. Please register here.

What to expect: A two hour weekly class that includes discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises
Daily meditation practices to develop kindness, empathy, compassion for others, and self-compassion
Real-world “homework” assignments to practice compassionate thoughts and action

Course Description

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. A compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and can become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT, describes the program in these words: “What CCT aims to do is to make people become more aware and more connected with their compassionate nature so that their instinctive response to a given situation will come from that compassionate understanding standpoint rather than negative excessive judgement.”

There is a growing body of research which asserts the value of cultivating compassion. As a wholesome state of mind, compassion is essential to individual well-being. As an ethical orientation, compassion is also essential for sustaining rich nourishing relationships. As a social force, it is crucial for addressing global, socio-economic dilemmas.

Participants probe real-world questions such as: What is compassion? What blocks it? Are there limits to compassion? Is there a difference between empathy and compassion? If living from compassion is all it is cracked up to be, why is self-compassion so difficult? How do I enhance my resilience while decreasing worry? How do I jumpstart a sustainable meditation practice? How do I have more meaningful connections with family, friends and co-workers?

You will learn through instruction, meditation, mindfulness and experiential exercises how to cultivate the daily-life skills needed to strengthen the qualities of compassion, courage and resilience. We will discuss how you can “move your attention at will, and how attention is like a spotlight,” as Dr. Paul Gilbert says, “whatever it shines on is what becomes brighter in the mind…”

Not only has cultivating compassion been found to reduce the frequency and intensity of destructive emotions (such as anger and hatred), it is also a sustainable response to the suffering of others, and actually alleviates empathetic distress and burnout. Consequently, Compassion Cultivating Training is relevant to those in health and human services roles who regularly witness suffering in their work. The program is also of value to anyone challenged by suffering in themselves or in our world. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts. No previous meditation experience is required.

Class Dates: 8-week course
Wednesdays, February 7 – March 28, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Course Fees

$320.00 regular registration
$325.00: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEUs
$240.00 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number

Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) and Yoga Workshop, starts Tuesday February 6 on Mercer Island. Offered by Michelle Chambers and Maya Nader

What to expect:  
Each three-hour weekly session will include 2 hours of CCT and 1 hour of yoga asana. The 2-hour CCT format is comprised of meditation, review of related scientific findings, and exercises in group or self-discovery. The yoga portion of each session will offer mindful movement and breathing practices to encourage embodiment of the tools and concepts introduced in CCT.
Daily guided meditation to develop kindness, strength, resilience, courage, connection with others, and self-compassion. You will have permanent access to 8 guided meditations. No prior meditation experience required.

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)
CCT is an 8-week course that was developed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) to support adults who want to live a more grounded and meaningful life. The guided meditations offered in this protocol are derived from practices found in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition yet they have been adapted to an urban, modern life and are non-denominational and secular.

Step 1: Settle the mind
Step 2: Cultivate loving-kindness
Step 3: Develop loving-kindness and compassion for oneself. 2 sessions for this step as it is often the most difficult one!
Step 4: Establish our shared common humanity, recognizing Interdependence
Step 5: cultivate compassion toward all others
Step 6: Building resilience to recognize the pain and suffering, and facing it with a warm embrace. Last session is to integrate all the steps in one meditation Yoga and Mindful Movement
The Yoga practice offered in this workshop is specifically designed to accompany and enhance the CCT curriculum. It provides a platform for integrating loving-kindness and compassion into body, mind, and heart. This practice is accessible for all levels of practitioner, and no prior yoga experience is required.

COST: $360 for the whole workshop
8 sessions: Tuesday February 6, 13, 20, 27. March 6, 13, 20, 27.
Location: 5472 West mercer Way