Compassion Cultivation Training

... develop your qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for others and for yourself

Enrolments are now close for the Compassion Institute’s Compassion Cultivation Training course (May – July) led by Dr Petrina Barson and presented in association with The Contemplary.


Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University. CCT is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for others and for oneself. The course integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. It will help you to deepen your understanding of compassion and your ability to access a compassionate state of mind in your everyday life. It will support you to explore your own blind spots and barriers to compassion in a safe environment.

As a wholesome state of mind, compassion is essential to individual wellbeing. As an ethical orientation, compassion is also essential for sustaining rich and nourishing relationships. As a social force, it is crucial for addressing global dilemmas.

Dr Petrina Barson is an experienced teacher of this international program, and one of the few in Australia certified to teach it. She has taught CCT to health professionals and the wider community since 2014.

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Dr Petrina Barson