Compassion Cultivation Training (8 weeks)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Diane Hetrick

Compassion Cultivation Training (8 weeks)

6:00pm - 8:00pm
CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Register here. 

Tuesdays, March 5 – April 23, 2019  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Course Description

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) 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

In this course, individuals will learn how to:

  • Increase kindness and compassion for themselves and others
  • Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience, and creativity
  • Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
  • Sharpen their ability to focus and pay attention 
  • Access a variety of self-care and techniques

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassion 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. 

Class Schedule

8-Class Sessions: Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, March 5- April 23, 2019 

Course Fees and Scholarships 

     $320, regular registration

     $325, registration with a certificate of completion for CEU’s (see below for more details)

Additional options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $230, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email 
  • A limited number of scholarships 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 first day of class. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.

**NEW** UW Affiliate Discounts

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

Continuing Education Credits

Pay an extra $5 at registration to receive a Certificate of Completion for 16 credit hours for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. We can not guarantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states. Please note: the fee for requesting a Certificate of Completion for credit hours AFTER the course begins is $20. 

About the instructor

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: