Featured Courses

Featured Courses

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.  

Vist this page periodically to see current listing of courses which usually change monthly or bi-monthly. 

groupcourseSpecial On Demand Course!
How To Become A Compassionate Citizen For Groups: Strategies and Tools to Activate your Community Groups  

(Designed for Individuals or Groups)
This course is available to take now

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.


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Compassionate Integrity Training

Start Date: 5/14/19
Have you ever seen someone deal with any situation that comes their way calmly, with care and consideration? Have you ever looked at them and wondered how they accomplished that?! What about an individual who has a sense of gratitude for all things around them? Did you ever wonder if you could learn how to do those things as well? When we learn how to calm our bodies and minds, deal effectively with our emotions and treat others with kindness, dignity, and compassion, we have the ability to create a better world. How can we learn these skills? Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a great place to start!

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 here.


carljungBack by Popular Demand! 
Awakening the Sage Within

Start Date: 6/3/19
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.


poetryPoetry for Inspiration and Wellbeing

Start Date: 4/15/19
Facilitator: John Smelcer

A chance to learn about writing poetry from the one of the longest-servingA chance to learn about writing poetry from the one of the longest-servingpoetry editors of a national magazine in American history. Come join us forthis popular course in April which is National Poetry Month!

Poetry has the power to inspire. Poetry can give witness to social injusticesor show us how to live mindfully and compassionately. Poetry istherapeutic. For those who are hurting, poetry has the power to heal. Manypeople begin writing poetry as part of a healing process. By writing aboutwhat has injured our spirit in the past and about how we feel aboutourselves presently, we can diminish suffering and begin to rediscover joy.This course will explore how writing poetry can inspire not only us, butothers, how it can increase well-being, and how it can be used to teachtolerance, understanding, and compassion, including compassion for theearth and all living things. Click here to learn more about the course and to register.


cohumanCo-Human Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity to Bridge Divides

Start Date: 3/18/19 -- Registration closed
4 Week Course
Cost: $25

Back by popular demand! Last year this course (then called Working Together Towards Harmony) attracted nearly three hundred participants from over twenty-five countries. New materials have been added to make it even better. We are proud to offer it again in partnership with Harmony Interfaith Initiative and Rev. Gudjon Bergmann.

‘Co-Human Harmony’ is a 4-week in-depth and interactive course that was developed for people who are tired of the divisiveness and acrimony in society and are looking for real solutions. It includes bridge-building ideas and strategies from Nobel Peace Prize laureates, ethicists, interfaith leaders, civil rights icons, ancient prophets, sociologists, and psychologists.

Described by participants as “refreshing,” “succinct, clear and profound,” and “offering practical and powerful wisdom,” Co-Human Harmony provides a soothing tonic to counter the disharmony in the world.  Click here to learn more about the course

ISM blue backgroundInterSpiritual Meditation ~ 7 Steps to Wisdom and Happiness

Start Date: 2/25/19 -- Registration closed
8 Week Course
Cost: $97 as single payment or $9 x 12 months.
(This is a special price for Charter members and donors and includes an annual memberhsip to the ISM course and additional learning materials and tools)

InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) is a seven-step process drawn from the world's spiritual traditions.  It is both an individual and communal practice that can be shared among people of diverse spiritual and secular beliefs. This comprehensive course will help you harness your natural spiritual learning styles to create a contemplative practice leading to happiness, gratitude, transformation, compassion, mindfulness, wisdom and service to others.  It will help us to unite our diverse human family in compassionate service for the Earth and all beings. Click here to learn more about the course

*Charter Members are persons who have signed the Charter Document


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