Charter for Compassion Education Institute

With the Charter for Compassion at the heart of all we do, we invite all people to join us in making compassion the driving force as we work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow beings and help create a just economy and a peaceful global community. 
Our courses are authored by uniquely skilled contributors who share tools and strategies to cultivate self-compassion, compassion for others, and compassionate action. CEI is supported by tuition costs and as an arm of the Charter for Compassion, CEI contributes its net income to support the operations of the Charter.

We are excited about course offerings for 2018. We invite you to bring your proven skills, knowledge and courses to our global compassion classrooms. Let us know if you have a course that you would like us to consider. If so, please learn more and complete this quick online application for consideration with our panel. Click Here

The Charter Education Institute is looking for a volunteer who would love to join our virtual team to help support us with administration for our online education platform.  Please contact if you want to help us spread compassion training on a global level.

Featured Online Courses
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Starts 4/16/18  (Registration closed)
In today's stressful and complex world, we long for deeper meaning, purpose, peace of mind and success in all levels of our lives. We are surrounded by an amazing diversity of meditation teachers, spiritual traditions, yoga studios and psychological practices. Yet many of us are still searching for an approach to meditation that works for us - - one that helps us to become calm, healthy, happy, loving and wise - - one that helps us to compassionately relieve suffering of others.  

InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) is an 8-week course designed to help us to do just that. It is an integral, holistic, non-sectarian, seven-step process drawn from the world's great spiritual and secular traditions.


Starts 3/26/18  (Registration closed) 
Do you wonder how you, as just one person, can make any kind of difference in these uncertain times? This course goes to the heart of what it means to live in a modern city and contribute to the greater good. Each of us has the possibility to work with our habits and conditioning to find ways of becoming a truly compassionate citizen. This course will take you through the steps we need to take to learn how to realize our own potential and be of benefit in our city.
CEI WN course imageGrowing Words Of Compassion: Nature and Writing Practices To Love By
Starts 3/5/2018  (CLOSED)
This hands-on, multidisciplinary course will help students engage with their innate capacity for tender compassion. There is a strong emphasis on writing as well as exercises/activities to be completed out in nature. Students will also explore online resources, read articles, create symbols for compassionate action, and have a chance to reflect on their process and the resources provided. Assignments are designed to guide students toward an embodied practice of compassion that deepens in their lives long after the course has concluded.
 On Demand Courses
Please click on the course title to learn about these Open Access, Self-Study, Begin Anytime courses.

coping and thriving with catastrophe herohomeNEW! Coping and Thriving with Catastrophe
April 2 - May 10, 2018  
A new e-course by Mirabai Starr, Camille and Kabir Helminski, Rami Shapiro, Ed Bastian, Swami Atmarupananda, and Cynthia Bourgeault. From time to time we get reminded that not only do joy and good fortune happen, but also disasters. Fires, floods, blizzards, traffic accidents, catastrophic illnesses, wars: They seem so distant until they are suddenly bearing down on us or someone we love. This happened to friends of ours recently when La Casa de Maria retreat center in Montecito, California suffered from ash-and-soot damage from the Thomas Fire, followed by a devastating mudslide. Several buildings were seriously damaged or destroyed, and retreats and programs had to be canceled for months to come. 
Fortunately for La Casa, a group of esteemed interfaith teachers who have taught there over the years  have  come together to offer a benefit e-course to help the retreat center recover. And what better theme for them to choose than "Coping and Thriving with Catastrophe," as they -- along with others who treasure La Casa -- dig deep for resiliency and generosity in the face of these back-to-back disasters.
children Practicing Spirituality with Children
We all have been given a mission to be spiritual companions to our children, grandchildren, and young friends. There are many blessings to be shared across the generations. We also can do more to respect and cherish children's spirituality. How do they express it? Through creativity, mystical experiences, questions, goodness, free spirit, and much more.
stories Practicing Spirituality with Teaching Stories
For millennia, teaching stories have been used to convey the wisdom of the world's religions and spiritual paths. Sacred texts are full of them: the stories about God's activity in the Hebrew Bible, Jesus' parables about the kingdom of God in the Gospels, the epic accounts of the gods and goddesses in Hindu scriptures. From the oral traditions, we have tales about Buddhist teachers, Hasidic rebbes, Sufi dervishes, and Taoist masters; fables; fairy tales; even jokes.

(Open Access, self-study, begin anytime.)
The skills that contribute to the various components of Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, awareness of and interaction with others, and resilience) may be viewed as foundational skills for the development of compassion--in individuals, in families, in the workplace, in communities, and in the interconnected societies of people throughout the world.
Complimentary Course
Please enjoy this complimentary course that you can access at any time.
complimentaryOnline Dialogue Course (through Dialogue Institute)
An Online Course in Critical Thinking and Creative Compassion to Create Deep Dialogue
This course intends to meet a great challenge: to empower people to live in society with genuine respect and mutual care for self and others. Human relations break down when worlds collide. Violence and abuse arise in ethnic conflicts, racial hatred, gender issues, ideological confrontations, and ecological indifference. This course teaches content and skills that help transform these challenges into opportunities for a deepened sense of one’s own worldview and an awakened awareness of the worldviews of others who share a different worldview from one’s own.


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