WELCOME: Mindful Compassion Training

October 19th – December 7th 2021 // 8 weeks // Live Online

Registration open until 4:00 PM MT on October 19th 2021

About This Program

Compassion opens and expands our minds and hearts, inspiring kindness and altruistic behavior. Current research suggests that compassion can be intentionally cultivated to enhance personal well-being, resilience, and capacity to benefit others. This is because training in compassion reduces empathy fatigue, improves emotion regulation, and fosters healthy social connection.

Naropa’s WELCOME Training offers a pathway to foster mindfulness alongside loving kindness for yourself, loved ones, and even the difficult people in our lives. Drawing on scientific research findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as practices and teachings from Buddhism, WELCOME provides a multifaceted view of the power and potential of compassion. Throughout this 8-week course, you will be introduced to a series of experiential practices, receive informative suggested readings, and engage in compassionate “fieldwork” to integrate compassion into your personal, social and professional life.

Key topics include: Mindfulness · Self-compassion · Loving-kindness · Empathy · Resilient compassion · Embodiment · Burnout · Is compassion always nice?


Program Format

  • Weekly synchronous class sessions online via Zoom.
  • One half-day weekend retreat online via Zoom.
  • Downloadable video lectures, recorded guided meditations, and readings provided to promote asynchronous learning.
  • Registration will remain open until 4:00 PM MT on October 19th 2021

Program Schedule

This course is offered live online via Zoom. Zoom meeting links will be provided after registration.

Weekly Sessions:

Tuesdays | October 19th – December 7th 2021 (No class Nov 23rd) | 6:30-8:30pm Mountain Time

Half-Day Retreat:

Saturday | December 4th 2021 | 9:30am-1pm Mountain Time

Program Cost

  • General Public Rate: $200.
  • Naropa Faculty, Staff, Alumnx, and Students: Please reach out to the Registration Office (registration@naropa.edu) to inquire about cost and registration. Naropa community members will be registered as auditors in REL-190 Special Topics: Mindful Compassion Training, and will not be registered for WELCOME through Extended Campus.


Erika Berland

Erika Berland is a dancer, performer, Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering(R), Registered Movement Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist. She was a founding faculty member of the MFA: Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University (2004-2020) where she developed and taught a two-year curriculum integrating movement, somatics and meditation.  She has presented her workshop, "The Physical Art of Sitting", based on her book of the same title published in 2017, throughout the US along with workshops internationally in movement and Body-Mind Centering®.  She has been a member of the teaching team for the Mindfulness Compassion Initiative since the program's launch in 2017.

Carla Burns, MDiv

Carla Burns, MDiv, is an Instructor in Naropa’s Core College, and Graduate School of Psychology, with an emphasis on the exploration of loving-kindness through the wisdom of the body, emotions, and the elements. She is particularly passionate about the ways in which contemplative practice communities can come to understand and hold multiple ways of being and knowing, and how we embody and utilize space as a means to personal, collective and cosmic liberation. In addition, she is certified Mindfulness Instructor at Naropa University, she co-developed Naropa’s Embodied Mindfulness in Teaching Training program and is the Program Manager for the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.

Jordan Quaglia, PhD

Jordan Quaglia, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Cognitive and Affective Science Laboratory, and Research Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. His research, supported by funding from Mind and Life Institute and John Templeton Foundation, has been featured in leading scientific journals and books, and relies on a range of tools, from neuroscientific measures to virtual reality, to study topics such as mindfulness and compassion. For more about Jordan: www.JordanQuaglia.com

Charlotte Z. Rotterdam, MTS

Charlotte Z. Rotterdam, MTS, is the Director of Naropa University’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education and an Instructor in Naropa’s Core College, Graduate School of Psychology and Graduate Religious Studies Department. Charlotte directs Naropa’s Compassion Initiative and co-developed and co-teaches Naropa’s Mindful Compassion Training. She consults with the University of Colorado’s Institute for Behavioral Science to integrate compassion practices into their RISE (Resilience in Schools and Educators) program. For more about Charlotte: www.naropa.edu/cace www.skymind.us

For more information on Extended Campus, please email us at extendedcampus@naropa.edu.