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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Start Date: 7/29/19
Registration Opens: 6/17/19
What better way to cultivate compassion than by traveling, whether be across town, in a different community or abroad? It’s getting out of our comfort zone; traveling with intention, openness, and mindfulness; embracing other cultures; and acting compassionately. We will discuss all aspects of compassion, noting different is not wrong, review selective compassion vs. unconditional compassion, and more! We will key in on Ted Talks, poetry, photos, and perspectives of philosophical, educational, and spiritual leaders. You can engage in off-line discussions, reflective writing, and guided meditations…and share your stories of travel and compassion. Come join us in this informative and fun course! Click here to learn more about the course.
Where the Compassion Movement Gathers: Creating Sacred Space in Local Communities
Tap a new resource for local compassion movements:
Four one-hour live seminars led by Teresa Cowan Jones
Save the dates: Coming in August!
Gathering regularly to connect deeply with others in your local community is critical to create the inner fuel needed for social action and compassion work. This course offers profound yet simple, small and large group models of coming together to generate both inner resources and trust – the spiritual and social capital -- necessary for collaboration and collective leadership. The word sacred indicates that which we hold dear in terms of human meaning and values, and is the linguistic bridge needed to reunite us as humanity – and to our humanity – so that we can feel empowered by our unity in diversity. Take away this step-by-step, downloadable practical guide of contemplative activism full of models and practices, in secular language, that helps us more deeply connect with ourselves and each other, which is the “glue” for city coalitions and initiatives to “stick.” Join us in drawing upon secular, humanistic and wisdom traditions to build a social architecture for compassionate cities.
Back by Popular Demand!
Awakening the Sage Within
Registration opens: 5/13/19
This interactive workshop will introduce Sage-ing® concepts including life review, forgiveness, and issues surrounding our mortality. Designed for anyone in their late 40's and older, the course will explore the impact of our beliefs about aging and the role of spiritual development as we create personalized plans for our elder years, including serving others and leaving a legacy. The workshop is designed with three objectives that will provide each student with tools to create their own personal Sage-ing journeys. They are: considering and choosing new ways and options in aging; understanding and experiencing how forgiveness can be liberating and how it’s an essential component in aging well; and recognizing the value of and applying a (nonsectarian) spiritual approach to aging. Click here to learn more about the course.
Registration Open! Limited Space!
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. Learn more about the course and register.
Who is this course for?
This course provides a systematic way for groups to deepen their experience of compassion and experience its impact on both an individual and community level. It helps people to become acquainted and to establish common ground, and a shared vision.
What is the course about?
Participants are invited on a journey of exploration to discover how to manifest our natural tendency for compassion as sustainable compassionate action.
Is your group needing some deeper conversations on compassion to spark your next steps?
Deepening your hands-on understanding of compassion will help to inspire ideas of where and how you want to implement your ideas
Throughout the course participants will engage in exercises and meditations that develop compassion. We will share current scientific research about the validity of these methods.