The Power of Mindful Resilience: Cultivating Compassion for Life

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Diane Hetrick and Magdalena Szpala

The Power of Mindful Resilience: Cultivating Compassion for Life

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

One day workshop.
Register here

Course Description

In order to successfully navigate all the stresses and challenges of our lives, we need resilience.  Resilience helps us bounce back from difficult situations and even grow stronger and wiseras a result.  When combined with the qualities of mindfulness and compassion, you can experience a greater sense of stability and flexibility to live a life with more presence and fulfillment. These are all skills that can be learned and cultivated.

In this workshop, you will learn:

Tools and practices of mindfulness, resilience, and compassion.

  • What are the core principals? How are they interrelated?
  • Why are these useful traits to cultivate? And, how do we cultivate them?
  • Why self compassion is an essential component, and some of the reasons why this can be a challenge for us.
  • How to tap into your own internal and external resources to develop more resilience and joy in the face of stress and the uniquely challenging times we live in.

This secular workshop is derived from the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program, developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University. It is taught by two certified CCT teachers, Diane Hetrick and Magdalena Szpala. This workshop will include mindfulness practices (meditation, awareness, breathing and mindful movement), along with lectures, discussions, and class exercises. It will integrate traditional contemplative practices with contemporary neuroscience and research on mindfulness, compassion and resilience.

This workshop is suitable for those who have already taken the CCT training and want to explore more, as well as for new participants. No prior meditation experience is required. 


Date and Time

Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop Details

The workshop is Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00PM. Participants will have a 75 minute break for lunch from 11:45 - 1:00. There are several places to eat within walking distance of CCFW or feel free to bring your own lunch: you are welcome to use the kitchen which has a refrigerator and a microwave. The workshop will be limited to 25 people.

Workshop Registration Fees:

Full day workshop: $140.

If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:

  • Income-based reduced rate is available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. The reduced rate is $110. For more details, please email: 
  • Scholarships: A limited number are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at:  Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the workshop. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.  

UW Affiliate Discounts

  • 20% discount for UW Faculty & Employees. Use your UW email address to register, include department name, office, and position.
  • 25% discount if paying with a UW budget number. UW Budget number is required at registration.

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. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives.

She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. More at: 

Magdalena Szpala is an experienced facilitator and Senior Sustainability Advisor for a social housing agency in British Columbia. In the last 15 years, she has led many educational sessions in a variety of settings including businesses, the public sector, and non-profits. She has been teaching the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program since 2013. Magda is passionate about offering the CCT program as a way to build inner resilience to face personal and global challenges. She received her master’s degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from Hull University, U.K. She has also studied the non-violent martial art of Aikido for the last ten years and holds a first-degree black belt.