The Science and Practice of Compassion
taught by Dr. Robert Roeser and Margaret Cullen, LMFT
Compassion is the capacity to feel, and wish to relieve, the suffering of others. It is increasingly important in our society where high levels of personal and interpersonal stress exist, and also across the globe as we become more interconnected and interdependent. The purpose of this 2.5 day, science and practice retreat is to introduce participants to the science behind compassion and practices for cultivating compassion in their daily lives.
What you will learn: The seminar aims to provide a primer in compassion by engaging participants through intellectual, embodied and relational forms of learning. The specific aims of the seminar are:
- To weave together notions of wisdom and compassion, science and practice with regard to issues of self-care and care for others
- Explore recent findings from the contemplative science project on compassion, which examines the potential effects of engaging in contemplative practices on the body, mind, and our relationships with others and nature
- To educate the heart through compassion practices and exercises
- To do these all these things by engaging participants in direct experience of practice, presentations on the latest science on compassion, and discussion and dialogue of practice and science as a learning community
Friday July 11, 2014 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday July 12, 2014 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday July 13, 2014 from 10:00am - 3:00pm
$250 regular registration
$187.50 for UW affiliates paying through a UW budget
$90 student registration (please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for discount code)
About the Instructors:
The seminar will be jointly run by an applied developmental scientist, Dr. Robert Roeser, and an expert mindfulness and compassion instructor, Margaret Cullen. Robert and Margaret have worked together for over 7 years on bringing secular mindfulness and compassion trainings to educators in Canada and the United States and they will present findings and insights from some of their own collaborative work during the seminar.