"With people like you, who are willing to share their knowledge, I have hope that the whole world can become a more peaceful and loving place."
~ Bonny McMahon
Compassion arises from an awareness of distress in self or others, an emotional resonance with that distress, and a desire to take action to help alleviate the distress.
At one time or another, we all face difficult and/or stressful situations. We all suffer in some way. Everyday stress, social pressures, and life experiences may make it difficult to fully express compassion. However, humans have a natural capacity for loving-kindness and compassion.
Broadening beyond mindfulness, the benefits of compassion meditation are profound. You will find contentment and a sense of joy that radiates outward to your loved ones, friends, even co-workers. A compassionate and accepting attitude, toward self and others, noticeably reduces distress in difficult times and builds a strong foundation of resilience.
This program combines the essence of mindfulness and compassion with awareness of our internal energy (qi). We explore methods for intentionally choosing and deepening self-acceptance, self-appreciation, and compassion for self and others. Through instruction, discussion, and use of practical techniques, we explore ways to cultivate a vibrant, authentic, and positive life. This, in turn, allows us to better relate to self and others.
Blending Buddhist and Taoist philosophy with contemporary psychology and research, this curriculum draws from Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training and my 20+ year Taoist meditation practice.
Cultivating Mindful Compassion is:
This is NOT a SELF-PACED course.
Two Ways to Join the Program:
Deeply immerse yourself into this content during a weekend retreat. We'll cover Modules 1-4 on Saturday and Modules 5-7 on Sunday.
We meet 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Weather permitting some of our discussions will be held while walking on the beach or in the nearby forest.
The retreats are non-residential, and many rental options are available on the island as well as in nearby communities.
"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for giving me the tools and helping me to have the courage to show my light and to be grateful and kind. It’s just amazing the work that I’m continuing to do and that I did with you in the weekend workshop. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
~ P. Salinas
We'll meet together weekly for 7-weeks in 2-hour sessions. Think of it as a 7-week facilitated and focused Mastermind group.
What in the world do you mean when you say “let’s meditate online”? How can that be effective at all? How does it work… do we just listen to you like in a webinar? Aren’t we trying to stay away from devices if we’re trying to be in the present moment?
I hear these questions quite often, so I wanted to explain a bit.
I’ve been facilitating meditation online since 2012, and I’ve found the experience is really similar to taking classes or meditating with a group in person. It feels a little odd at first to have your face on the screen, but it creates an unexpected sense of connection, as if you’re really looking at the speaker eye to eye.
I've found the richest insights come through conversations between students. As everyone is learning and growing, questions can be asked of one another regarding experiences.
Meeting together via video conference allows easy access to the class. You can join from the comfort of your own home, or if you’re traveling during a multi-week program you can join from the road. You don’t even need to spend time commuting to meet up with others.
Committing to a Regular Meditation Practice Helps You:
Zoom is the platform we'll use. Each person in the group speaks and listens, just as if we were in a classroom together.
It is not a one way feed; it is multi-way. All you need is a device (computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone) that has (or is connected to) a camera, microphone, and speakers. Opportunities to mute or turn the camera off, as well as type into a chat box and screen-share, are also available.
Connecting is easy. After registering, a few days before class begins, you’ll receive a link. Simply click the link at the appropriate time. Download the Zoom program or app once, then voila, we’re connected. We'll use the same link each week.
Using technology this way also gives us all an opportunity to practice patience, as sometimes glitches do happen or background noises arise, but they are ultimately resolved.
Even though we are not sharing the same physical space we’re sharing the same intention, to connect be present, connect with our internal wisdom and heart, and connect with each other. As we connect with our internal energy, it flows outward to others in the group just as if we were in the same room.
We live in a device driven society. Using electronics to explore new ideas, rather than creating a distraction, leverages technology to further our growth.
"This class has given me insight into the many subtle ways in which I have compromised compassion for myself. What a gift to be able to say authentically and clearly, “no thank you.” To feel and understand that I’m not being selfish when I desire healthy alone time to recharge my batteries. To be able to say NO without feeling selfish and guilt ridden. That is the biggest gift I’ve received from this course.
The second is the subtle awareness of when I’m being cynical and self-critical instead of accepting situations. knowing I can “do my best and let go of the rest” has created a great sense of freedom.
I’m confident I will carry and practice these lessons learned and relearned while going forward in daily life. Thank you so much Amy."
~ P. Wenke
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. If you join an online course you will receive your Zoom link a few days before the start of the series.
Location: Samish Center for Mindful Compassion, Samish Island, WA (non-residential)
All listed times are Pacific Time
Wednesdays March 7th – April 18th
Tuesdays June 5th – July 17th
Wednesdays September 5th – October 17th
Choose the time that suits you best when you enroll.
"Thank you so much for offering such a magnificent meditation program. You are a wonderful teacher, and your program is one of the best I ever experienced. Your course is thoughtful, fruitful, and has been created with love and intelligence. You have put ideas together in a way I’ve never heard before.
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 aspects of both my longtime Taoist practice and Compassion Cultivation Training.
I want to help you build a life that you truly love.
To learn more about me and how this course evolved, click here.