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Compassion Cultivation Training© with Laura Banks
Sep 13, 2020 - Nov 8, 2020

Recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm what wisdom traditions have taught for ages: compassion is a heartfelt awareness of suffering and a willingness to respond skillfully which can be deliberately learned, practiced, and strengthened. In fact, a growing body of research shows that training in compassion for self and others offers a wide range of benefits including improving relationships, supporting health and well-being, and reducing stress, depression, and anxiety.

Join Laura Banks for Compassion Cultivation Training©, an eight-week program designed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, to explore the power of compassion and discover your fearless heart. Learning to face the universal challenges of life with compassion can greatly reduce suffering and transform the very things that we thought would break us into the most resilient and beautiful parts of who we are.

the online Compassion Cultivation Training© takes place in real time in a virtual classroom environment, and includes:

  • A two-hour weekly class for eight weeks that includes meditation, science and poetry, group discussion, and in-class exercises.
  • Large and small group discussions to share learning experiences
  • Guided meditation to improve awareness
  • Listening and communication exercises to build compassionate interactions
  • Access to online guided meditations to support a daily practice of developing loving kindness, empathy, and compassion.
  • Practical applications to explore and develop compassionate thoughts and actions in real life

Compassion Cultivation Training© is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and others. This includes parents, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, therapists, executives, public servants, and people in a wide range of professions and life contexts.

Learn more at:
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Thupten Jinpa, Lead Author, Compassion Cultivation Training©


Laura says:

“I love Willow Street Yoga (WSY) and am delighted that we are able to take this long-planned session of CCT online. WSY has been my yoga home for nearly twenty years and so much of what is good in my life has grown on the mat in their beautiful studios. I am honored to partner with them as they creatively rethink what it means to bring people together to practice yoga and more during a pandemic.

For Yoga Alliance (YA) registered yoga instructors, completion of this training will earn you 16 contact hours in the Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics (YPLE) education category with YA.

Curious? Check out the FREE Intro class on Saturday, Aug 15, 10–11:30am!


***This training meets online via Zoom. Please register by Friday, September 11th to receive all meeting information prior to the first session date.

Sep 13, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
3:00 - 5:00pm
Oct 18, 2020 - Nov 8, 2020
3:00 - 5:00pm