Experiencing Compassion in our Daily Lives:
Living with Tenderness, Fierceness, and Wisdom
An 8-week skills-development course with Kim Voyle, Ph.D.
Eight Saturdays beginning April 18th
State of the art science has established that from the moment we are born until the moment we die, our experience of compassion will directly shape how healthy, happy and effective we can be. Increasingly, we find compassion to be a central and active process in psychological change and human well-being.
As the Dalai Lama has said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
The basis for this training has been developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert of the University of Derby, in the United Kingdom who has spent many years with a number of other psychologists researching ways to apply compassion to many areas of life including self-criticism, depression, worry, anxiety, management in organizations, and many other areas of human experience. He developed Compassionate Mind Training, a systematic mode of training the mind to cultivate mindfulness, compassion and the ability to take effective action to prevent and alleviate the suffering we find in our world an in ourselves.
This workshop will be focused around personal practice. It will enable people to gain personal experience of various mindfulness and compassion practices drawn from a combination of Western therapeutic and Buddhist approaches as outlined in Mindful Compassion (2013) by Paul and Choden. This practice workshop will introduce a range of breathing, body focusing and imagery practices in a step by step way that supports the development of a mindful compassionate self, and learning how to focus it for the benefit of self and others.
This is an 8-week course and includes an 82-page workbook created by Dr. Paul Gilbert.
Kim Voyle, Ph.D. has studied with Dr. Gilbert since 2010 was trained by Dr. Paul Gilbert to use the Compassionate Mind Training workbook. Dr. Gilbert has spent over 20 years finding a way to make compassionate practices available to all of us and has authored The Compassionate Mind and co-authored Mindful Compassion. She has also studied with many other Mindfulness and Compassion experts including Chris Germer, Ph.D., Kristin Neff, Ph.D., Steven Hayes, Ph.D., Pema Chodron, and others. Kim has also spent over 20 years learning compassion from Dr. James Finley author of Christian Meditation and Merton’s Palace of Nowhere.