Cultivating Mindful Compassion
An effective, practical, interactive small-group program offering tools and techniques to help you cultivate acceptance and compassion for self and others.Enroll in Course
"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:
- Discovering, exploring, and growing (cultivating)
- Present moment awareness and choosing to live our lives intentionally every day (mindful)
- Extending our innate kindness toward, appreciation of, and concern for self and others (compassion)
- Compassionately engage your inner critic by embracing acceptance for self and others
- Enhance vitality by recognizing and harmonizing with your body’s natural energy flow
- Strengthen your ability to be present and resilient in the face of difficulty, responding rather than reacting
- Reduce rumination by settling your mind, expanding awareness of the current moment, and cultivating positive thoughts
- Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices into everyday life
Resulting benefits include:
- Reducing criticism and judgment for self and others through enhanced acceptance and compassion
- Releasing mental or emotional blocks by moving toward peace, resilience, and creativity while dissolving anxiety and depression
- Increasing your capacity to authentically engage, communicate, and collaborate in relationships, both at home and at work
- Reinforcing your self-awareness, your ability to stay present, and the strength to make appropriate choices when feeling overwhelmed
- Augmenting your job satisfaction and fulfillment and living a more peaceful, nurturing life at home or with family
- Instruction of meditation techniques including seated meditation, mudra meditation, qigong, moving meditation
- Large group discussion around a variety of themes related to acceptance and compassion for self and others
- Small group/pair exercises pertaining to the week’s theme
- Guided meditation audio tracks for daily use which help develop kindness, empathy, acceptance, and compassion
- Real-world informal practices to help you maintain daily compassionate thoughts and actions
Appropriate for those who are learning meditation for the first time, or wish to continue to develop their skills.
This is NOT a SELF-PACED course.
Two Ways to Join the Program:
- Weekend Retreats on Samish Island, WA
- 7-Week Small Group Online Course via Video Conference
Weekend Retreats on Samish Island, WA
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
7-Week Online Small-Group Course
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:
- Remember to Focus on the Positive
- Notice When Self-Critical Stories Arise, and Reminds You to Redirect Your Thoughts
- Discover Peace of Mind and Reinforces Resilience
The technical stuff:
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.
Weekend Retreats: Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Samish Center for Mindful Compassion, Samish Island, WA (non-residential)
- August 18th & 19th
- October 20th & 21st
7-Week Interactive Online
All listed times are Pacific Time
Wednesdays September 5th – October 17th
- Mid Day 11:00am – 1:00pm
- Afternoon 2:00pm – 4:00pm
- Evening: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
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.
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 aspects of 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.
StartWelcome! Read This First. =)
StartModule 1: Let's Get Started & Mudra Meditation Video (15:17)
StartModule 2: Self-Appreciation -- Learning How to Genuinely Like Yourself, Getting Comfortable in Your Own Skin
StartModule 3: Self-Acceptance -- Exploring the Differences Between Self-Esteem and Self-Acceptance
StartModule 4: Self-Compassion -- Leaning Into the Difficult Times
StartModule 5: Extending Acceptance and Compassion to Loved Ones and -- Techniques for Communicating Compassionately
StartModule 6: Extending Acceptance and Compassion to Common Humanity -- Exploring our Biases
StartModule 7: Active Compassion