The range of courses offered in the Featured Courses section of the Charter Education Institute stem from assisting individuals, teams and organizations around the world on understanding the mind and heart of a compassionate community and explore processes that create paths to design sustainable action plans to meet local, national and international challenges. In addition, just as many of us engage in different circles of culture and society, so does the Charter for Compassion. The Charter supports work in twelve sectors: art, business, education, environment, healthcare, interfaith (religion and spirituality), peace, science and research, social justice, social services, restorative justice, and women and girls. Consequently, course work is being desired and implemented in each of these sectors.
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4 week course + optional 2 week training course
The world has never been so connected — we communicate instantaneously via the internet, watch the world unfolding on 24-hour news channels, and get on a plane only to be thousands of miles away in a matter of hours. Yet, a virus of dissociation rages across the globe. Schisms have formed between nations, political ideologies, and religious beliefs. There is an inability to bridge these ideological divides.
But, deepening schisms need not be the end of our story. Within each of us is the power to bridge these divides and, in doing so, create a compassionate, nonviolent world. How do we begin? By recognizing that we are imperfect in an uncertain world. As a participant, dig deep into the roots of internal violence, develop a personalized nonviolent stance, build a nonviolent community of compassion, and articulate a message that reflects your life.
We can only transform the world though a message of compassion and nonviolence. This course includes a supplemental resource, Imperfect in an Uncertain World: On Nonviolence developed to ignite your nonviolent essence. Although some of the activities in the workbook are used in this program, participants are encouraged to strengthen their stance of nonviolence through additional workbook resources. Learn more about the course and register here.
CIT is a resiliency-informed program that cultivates human values as skills, so we can thrive as individuals, and a society, within a healthy environment. By learning skills to calm our bodies and mind, becoming more emotionally aware, learning to practice compassion for ourselves and others, as well as engaging with compassion in complex systems, we can build towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity. Those who receive a certificate in CIT are eligible to enroll in the CIT Level 1 Facilitator Training Program, which will be offered through the Charter for Compassion’s Education Institute in the spring. Learn more about the course and register here.
4 week course
Modern city life is often fast and crazy, full of stress and seduction. We find ourselves juggling work, friends, family and relationships. We might even wonder: is there any time left for me just to be happy?
This is all intensified during the holidays. Do you find yourself getting lost in all the preparations? So many presents to buy, so much food to organize and prepare—it can be hard to find any time to simply be quiet, let alone develop our capacity for compassion.
This course takes us through four steps to help us assess how we approach the holidays and to ensure that we bring the best of ourselves to the celebrations. When we are able to find some inner peace, and then reach out to others with kindness and appreciation our holiday season in the city can become something truly nourishing. Learn more about the course and register here.
This online course goes to the heart of what it means to live in a modern city and contribute to the greater good. It has been designed to support people in integrating compassion into all aspects of their lives as city dwellers—and to see what can get in the way. Each of us has the possibility to work with our habits and conditioning to find ways of becoming a truly compassionate citizen.
Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is needed. Learn more.