Compassion Cultivation Training

Fall 2019 Compassion Cultivation Training Class Series 

Facilitated by Diane Hetrick and Shayla Collins

Select Wednesdays: October 16, 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 11, 18

6:30-8:30pm at Prospect Congregational UCC Church, 1919 E. Prospect St, Capitol Hill location

Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion and is offered in a secular presentation.

The training includes:

  • Mindfulness: Daily meditation, visualization and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy and compassion.
  • Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.
  • Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action.

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Each of us can nurture and grow our compassionate instinct, like a plant carefully cultivated from a seed. This process requires patience, steady care, proper tools and a supportive environment.

About the Instructors

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. and the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford.. More at:

Shayla Collins, a native Seattleite, has participated in many mindfulness and compassion sessions in her quest to learn more, and she caught Diane’s attention as an enthusiastic and embodied learner. She is faculty at the UW Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disorders and facilitates community groups around the Seattle area.

Class series will be offered on a donation basis.  For further information, or for information how to register, please contact: