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CACE Events and Trainings

CACE Events and Trainings

Compassion Training


Maitri Space Awareness Teacher’s Training Program

CACE Contemplative Education Colloquia explore topics in contemplative education by engaging Naropa faculty from various disciplines to share and discuss their relevant teaching methodologies, research and insights. While focused on contemplative pedagogy, these monthly colloquia are open to all members of the Naropa community and the public. For more information, contact Charlotte Rotterdam.

Upcoming Events


Naropa Compassion Training: March 6 – May 1, 2017

(An 8-week Public Program)

Dates: Mondays, March 6 – May 1, 2017. No class March 27.
Times: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Naropa Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe, Classroom 9235 (2nd floor)
Cost: $195
Naropa Faculty and Staff: $95
Students: $50 (scholarships available to Naropa students; please contact Charlotte Rotterdam, crotterdam@naropa.edu)


Compassion is one of the great human virtues, the ground and basis for altruistic behavior. Modern scientific research suggests that compassion can be fostered and trained, both to benefit others and to enhance personal well-being, happiness and resilience.

This program draws on mindfulness and compassion practices from wisdom traditions, in particular from Buddhism, as well as the findings of neuro- and social science. The training is deeply experiential and introduces contemplative practices through which you will explore the emotional quality of various forms of compassion and related behaviors. Our study is supported by readings on modern and ancient views on compassion as it functions within the individual, groups and communities.

The training will expand and refine your understanding of compassion and identify ways to support compassionate behavior in your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Self-compassion
  • Loving-kindness
  • Empathy
  • Resilient compassion
  • Somatic (embodiment) compassion practices
  • Staying attuned to the suffering of others while avoiding burn-out
  • Is compassion always nice?
  • The relevance of compassion in the professional arena – human services, health care, business, education, and others.

The course is taught by a team of Naropa University faculty who draw on their decades of teaching mindfulness and compassion practices within a variety of disciplines, including psychology, counseling, Buddhist studies, and the arts.

judith simmer-brown  Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies

charlotte rotterdam Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, Instructor, Core College/CACE Director

gaylon ferguson Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Dale Asrael  Dale Asrael, MA, Associate Professor, Mindfulness-Based Counseling

Ericka Berland  Erika Berland, BPS, Instructor, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance

Paul Bialek  Paul Bialek, MA, Assistant Professor, Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology

Jane Carpenter  Jane Carpenter, MA, Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology