Mindful Compassion Training

Live Online Class Sessions: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm MT // Oct 18th-Dec 6th, 2022
Live Online Half-Day Retreat: Saturday 9:30am-1:00pm MT // Dec 3rd, 2022

“Compassion reveals to us that helping others versus helping ourselves need not be a tradeoff – through compassion, we can do both."
- Jordan Quaglia, PhD, WELCOME Instructor

Program Overview

In this 8-week, 15-hour course, you will learn how to intentionally cultivate self-compassion and compassion for others as a means of enhancing well-being, improving resilience, and bolstering one’s capacity to benefit others. Guided by a team of expert Naropa University instructors, you will explore an integrative approach to mindful compassion training that blends cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology with practices and teachings from ancient wisdom traditions.

Utilizing experiential exercises, informative readings, and compassionate “fieldwork” activities, you’ll uncover how intentional, mindful compassion creates sustainable change–including through neuroplasticity–transforming the mind and brain’s response to empathy fatigue, emotional dysregulation and social challenges. You’ll also learn how the benefits of this training extend and ripple far beyond the practitioner, increasing collective well-being in tandem with your own.

Join us for WELCOME and discover the power of compassion, as well as unique and pragmatic ways to foster mindfulness and lovingkindness for yourself, loved ones, and even the difficult people in your life.

We're Advancing the Science of Compassion

With support from Extended Campus, Naropa University's Cognitive and Affective Science Lab is conducting an online research study examining compassion training's effect on personal and social well-being.

Thanks to your incredible support, applications to participate in the study are now CLOSED! We encourage you to learn alongside our study participants by registering for the WELCOME course.

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What Will I Learn?


Participants will learn...


    • How compassion training empowers us to take charge of our own neuroplasticity, and use the mind to change ingrained patterns and behaviors to those more consistent with our highest values.


    • Self-guided mindfulness and embodiment practices designed to improve emotional regulation, reduce empathy fatigue, bolster capacity for altruism, and shift conventional understandings of active compassion.


    • Why cultivating lovingkindness for the difficult people in our lives is vital to an enduring and holistic compassion practice. 


    • Practical methods for integrating mindful compassion into your personal, social, and professional life.

Program Format and Schedule

The title WELCOME is an acronym, with each letter outlining a specific aspect of mindful-compassion that will be explored in this course. Each class session has been carefully crafted to highlight a unique facet of mindful compassion, provide the scientific underpinnings of that facet, and offer contemplative practices for participants to engage what they have learned.

This 8-week course is offered from October 18th-December 6th, 2022. Class sessions are held via Zoom every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm Mountain Time, with an exception of November 22nd for Fall break. In addition to weekly class sessions, there is a half-day Zoom retreat on Saturday December 3rd, 2022 from 9:30am-1:00pm Mountain Time. 

Pricing and Registration

Program Pricing:

Standard Price: $200

Senior Price: $180

Seniors: Please email extendedcampus@naropa.edu to request a discount code.

Naropa students, staff, faculty, and alumnx: 
This iteration of WELCOME: Mindful Compassion Training, is designed for members of the public, and is not credit bearing. If you wish to audit, receive academic credit, or utilize Employee Tuition Benefits for this program, please contact the Registrar’s Office and inquire about registering for REL-190 in Fall 2022. If you have further questions, or would still like to register for this Extended Campus program, email extendedcampus@naropa.edu.

Meet Your Instructors


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, 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 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, 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, 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