A Day of Compassion Cultivation Practice

One Day Workshop

Diane Hetrick , Magdalena Szpala

About this Event

This workshop has been postponed. Please contact ccfwb@uw.edu for information. 

This workshop will offer simple yet powerful compassion practices and exercises that you can weave into your day. We will introduce the exercises through short discussions, spend time experiencing a variety of practices, and reflect through interactive discussions.

Cultivating compassion can be challenging at times. Practicing in a spacious and supportive environment, with others, can be particularly helpful. This Day of Compassion Cultivation will include didactic information, guided 20-30 minute meditations, time for written reflection, partner exercises and sharing, along with group discussion and embodied movement practices. 

Key topics covered include information and meditations focusing on the three flows of Compassion:

  1. Compassion for Oneself
  2. Compassion for Others
  3. Receiving Compassion from Others. 

We will be offering some of the latest brain science on working with our autonomic nervous system to stay present and open, rather than overwhelmed or shut down, as we engage in these practices, so they are more readily accessible in our lives.

Cost (includes CEU’s)

Fees for this workshop are based on a sliding scale honor system. We ask people to be mindful and compassionate when selecting a price. CCFW does not generate revenue from our events; revenue, minus minimal administration costs, goes directly to the instructors.

  • $140 Supporting: Help make compassion courses accessible to others in our community with limited financial means. This fee covers the cost of the course and allows CCFW to offer subsidized fees.
  • $110 Sustaining: This fee covers the actual cost of the course. Please select this price if you are able to pay the full cost of the course.
  • $80 Community: This is a reduced fee to help make the course accessible to people who have limited financial resources, and work with children and families. This fee does not cover the full cost of the course and is subsidized by people paying at the Supporting Level.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 

Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. 4 CEUs are available for this workshop. We cannot guarantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.

About the Presenters

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Diane Hetrick

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives. Diane completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. 

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Magdalena Szpala

Magdalena Szpala is an experienced facilitator and Senior Sustainability Advisor for a social housing agency in British Columbia. In the last 15 years, she has led many educational sessions in a variety of settings including businesses, the public sector, and non-profits. She has been teaching the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program since 2013. Magda is passionate about offering the CCT program as a way to build inner resilience to face personal and global challenges. She received her master’s degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from Hull University, U.K. She has also studied the non-violent martial art of Aikido for the last ten years and holds a first-degree black belt.