Cultivating Compassion


This in-person course is currently postponed.

 The saying goes “Treat others as you want to be treated”, but why do we find it difficult to reverse this? Do we criticize ourselves like we would criticize those around us? Discover how to cultivate self-compassion and compassion so we can better connect with ourselves, our well-being and those around us.

This course is for anyone who wants to understand the difference between self-compassion and compassion while highlighting the importance of both in our wellness. Students have the opportunity to learn practical ways to incorporate these into their everyday lives through learning about the inner critic, our goal-orientated society, mindfulness, empathy, self-care and more. 

This Cultivating Compassion course was co-produced by people with lived expertise and professional expertise; with course content contributions from Peer Supporters of CMHA Kelowna and The Salvation Army Kelowna.


What to expect

  • Classroom based
  • Maximum of 12 registered students
  • Closed course, so only those registered at the start of the course can attend
  • Class discussions
  • Group work
  • Practicing skills learned
  • 3 sessions, each 2 hours long
  • No required learning outside of the course

Learning Opportunities

  • Define self-compassion and compassion, and their relationship to empathy and kindness.
  • Understand the benefits of self-compassion and compassion, and how each positively affects our mental health, relationships, and wellness.
  • Recognize that each person will demonstrate self-compassion and compassion uniquely.
  • Begin to utilize self-compassion as a wellness strategy and learn ways of implementing it in our lives.
  • Become confident in identifying ways of cultivating self-compassion and compassion such as mindfulness, quieting our inner critic, boundaries and empathy. 
  • Define compassion fatigue and what we can do to prevent it.

Cultivating Compassion


START: March 31, 2020

END: April 14, 2020


LOCATION: The Salvation Army Community Life Centre