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Compassion Cultivation Training 2019

  • Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library 182 Saint Georges Road Fitzroy North, VIC, 3068 Australia (map)

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Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is a program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for others and for oneself.  CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. CCT is an eight-week program developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. The program was developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.

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 and nourishing relationships. As a social force, it is crucial for addressing global, socio-economic dilemmas.

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 empathic distress and burnout.  Consequently, Compassion Cultivation Training will be particularly relevant to those in health and human services roles who regularly witness suffering in their lives and work.  More broadly, the program is of value to anyone challenged by suffering in themselves or in our world.

The Contemplary is pleased and grateful to be able to bring this program to our community, facilitated by the only Stanford-qualified trainer on the east coast of Australia, Petrina Barson.


$690, or $620 for concession card holders.
There is a 10% reduction for Contemplary Members


Anyone who wishes to attend but is unable to pay the full fee is encouraged to apply for a bursary by writing to, explaining their financial situation. Please note that the availability of bursaries is dependent on donations and the number of full-fee enrolments.


Dr Petrina Barson MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, BA (Hons), Grad Dip MHS. Certified Compassion Cultivation Training teacher (Stanford CCARE). Petrina Barson lives in Thornbury. In addition to being a CCT teacher, she is a mother, a doctor, a poet and an activist on issues of climate change and refugee rights. The thread that runs through all these domains is her passion for compassion, and her deep conviction that we have more in common than divides us. She loves teaching the CCT curriculum because it provides a practical pathway for strengthening our compassion, while fully apprehending the barriers to compassion and helping to dismantle them. She has been teaching CCT to medical students at the University of Melbourne, and to health professionals, since 2014. She is a long-term member of a progressive Christian community, which inspires, supports and tunes her approach to compassion. She understands compassion to be an innate human capacity which transcends all religious and cultural divides.