The Science and Practice of Compassion

11 July 2014 04:00 PM till 06:00 PM

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Event Description

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


Meeting Dates

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 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.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation so your spot may be made available to someone else. If you cancel up to 1 week prior to the event (7/4/14), you will receive a full refund, less a $5 processing fee. If you cancel within the week leading up to the event, you will receive a partial refund of 50% of your registration fee, less a $5 processing fee. Refunds unfortunately cannot be granted after the class start date.

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11 July 2014

4:00 PM

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Center for Child & Family Well-being
3903 Brooklyn Ave NE
United States

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University of Washington Center for Child & Family Well-being
The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes positive development for children and families by translating research for practical application.We share knowledge through education, professional training and outreach to the community.


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