Compassion Cultivation Training
Learn and cultivate skills that help you train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions
What is Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)?
At one time or another we all face difficult and/or stressful situations. A compassionate attitude may notably reduce the distress we feel at these times and may become a profound personal resource. In Compassion Cultivation Training you will learn and cultivate skills that help you train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions as well as develop skills so you may better relate to others and yourself.
“Through this class it is becoming easier to deal with people I find to be difficult and to be compassionate towards myself (which was my main goal)”. ~ Mandy G.
CCT is an eight-week curriculum, facilitated in-person, designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion, and was developed at Stanford University Medical School’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.
Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT (principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985), 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 judgment.”
“Amy is a great instructor. She creates a supportive and effective learning environment for everyone. I’m aware I’ve kept a ‘protective shell’ around me much of my life and this class has helped me feel able to loosen that some and explore ways to feel less need for that barrier….although that is still going to take a lot of work. I think compassion for self was a very valuable aspect of the course for me. I felt it helped me grow in the area of forgiveness and setting personal boundaries, but with compassion rather than anger or defensiveness.” ~ Donna D.
Compassion Cultivation Training Course Details
The process of cultivating compassion involves training our minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to others and ourselves, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. The CCT training process includes:
- Daily meditation practices (via audio files for you to keep) which help develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion
- 8 two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises
- Real-world “homework” assignments to help you practice compassionate thought and action
In this course, you will learn how to:
- Increase kindness, compassion, and acceptance for self and others
- Move toward contentment and away from anxiety
- Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience, and creativity
- Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
- Sharpen your ability to focus and pay attention
- Strengthen your ability to be present with difficulty
- Embrace the courage to take compassionate action
- Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices into everyday life
- Balance life’s challenges with a positive outlook
If you can benefit from developing any of these skills, please join is for our next series.
You may purchase a course at any time and have immediate access to the guided meditations and supporting materials for each module.
However, we meet as a group at very specific times, as listed below.
Location: Samish Center for Mindful Compassion, Samish Island, WA
- Tuesday Evenings September 4th – October 23rd 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hi, I'm Amy Pattee Colvin
What Sparked the Idea for Cultivating Mindful Compassion
I'm an unshakable optimist, educator, and life-long learner dedicated to helping you discover fully and completely, that you are enough, even when you’re not perfect.
But, I wasn’t always an unshakable optimist. In fact, I was a fearful kid, with a low self-esteem, and often suffered from situational depression. But in the mid-90s I attended a weekend Taoist meditation workshop that led me to realize the powerful benefits of regular meditation and positive mindset.
Over the years, and via many hours of workshops and retreats, my life has unfolded in a remarkable and joyful way.
Augmenting my Taoist background, in 2014 I became a certified facilitator for Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training.
Cultivating Mindful Compassion blends the best aspect from both my longtime Taoist practice and Compassion Cultivation Training.
I Created This Business to Make a Difference.
I want to help you build a life that you truly love.
- I teach people how to become their own best friends, helping people embody self-compassion rather than holding it at an intellectual distance.
- I encourage people to recognize that taking care of themselves has an impact not only on themselves but on their loved ones and the world.
Start your journey with me because the world needs your light to shine.
To learn more about me and how this course evolved, click here.