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Mindful Compassion Training Workshop

  • Community Church of St Mark 100 Hodgkinson Street Clifton Hill, VIC Australia (map)

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The Mindful Compassion Training Workshop is designed to provide individuals, health professionals and caregivers with an
introduction to some of the key skills and concepts involved in self-compassion, mindfulness, and compassion for others.  This workshop is also an opportunity for people with previous training to revisit and refresh their compassion practice, or to broaden their orientation from ‘other’ focused compassion to self-compassion, or vice versa.

In this workshop you will engage in learning, discussion, and experiential exercises that are designed to help you intentionally cultivate compassion for self and others. In addition to exploring the personal benefits of compassion practice, you will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of compassion training for health care professionals and caregivers, such as supporting resilience and self-care, enhancing empathic communication with clients, and promoting a culture of kindness in the workplace.

This workshop is led by two highly experienced teachers and is based on two internationally recognised mindfulness-based compassion-training programs:

• Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

• Mindful Self-Compassion Training (MSC), developed at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in collaboration with the UCSD Center for Mindfulness

DATES/TIMES: Saturday 19th May 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday 20th May 9:00am-4:00pm

FEES: The following fees including catering for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided by the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre:

Full Fee: $350

Members Fee* $315

Refresh and Extend Fee** $275

Refresh and Extend Fee for Members $247.50

*Members of the Contemplary get a 10% discount on all workshops, courses and retreats

**The Refresh and Extend fee is for people who have previously participated in either a Mindful Self-Compassion program or a Compassion Cultivation Program organised by the Contemplary


Bursaries are available for Concession Card holders and others facing financial obstacles to participation.  To apply for a bursary write to Charles Potter at explaining your circumstances.


Dr Petrina Barson is a certified and senior teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program originating at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. CCT is a program which draws from traditional contemplative practice and the science of mindfulness and compassion. She has been teaching CCT to medical students at the University of Melbourne since 2014. She is currently involved in research into outcomes of this program amongst medical students and is an Honorary Fellow in the Department of General Practice. She is a long-term member of a progressive Christian community, which inspires and supports understanding of compassion.

Dr Amy Finlay-Jones, BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD is a certified teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training program through CCARE at Stanford University and is trained to teach the Mindful Self-Compassion program through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. She is passionate about supporting health professionals to cultivate sustainable compassion and integrate mindfulness practices into their work.