Responding with compassion


Responding with compassion 2024

Being Present

“The practices given are lifelong tools which everyone should be aware of”


This course is a follow on from the Being Present Indepth Mindfulness training and starts with building self-compassion into basic mindfulness practice. Through compassionate imagery and mindful self-compassion, we cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource, from which we can approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive.

We then approach the self-critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning and always finding fault in what we do.  What it would be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive and to live life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self-criticism?

In the course of the journey we move from self-compassion towards compassion for others. Exploring practices which help us find balance and perspective beyond our narrow preferences.

Generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, responding appropriately to pain and suffering while also appreciating the good things in our lives, integrating compassion into all that we do. As there is a strong emphasis on the experiential nature of the course, there are home practice suggestions between the sessions that include regular compassion practice and daily life exercises.

This course takes place over three weekends, or over one weekend and a 5-day retreat, spread out over a six month period. It aims to enable participants to develop their mindfulness practice by training in compassion.

The course is themed over the three parts:

  1. Self Compassion
  2. Compassion for Others
  3. Compassion in Action

“I feel this is a journey and not an end point – the learning is so rich and experiential” (From a previous participant)

***Participants must have completed the Being Present training.

Book individual parts here:


Book and Pay Part 1 Start 30th January to 12th March 

Book and Pay Part 2 Start 26th March to 7th May

Book and Pay Part 3 Start 21st May to 2nd July 

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