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Compassion Cultivation Training Class Series

Classes are scheduled for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters and take place at the Swedish First Hill Campus. Please email Diane Hetrick for additional information and specific course schedules or call 206-386-6888. If you email, please include your phone number in your message.

Compassion Cultivation Training is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion and is offered ina secular presentation.

The training includes:

Mindfulness: Daily meditation, visualization and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy and compassion.

Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.

Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action.

In this course, individuals will learn how to:

  • Increase kindness and compassion for themselves and others
  • Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience and creativity
  • Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
  • Sharpen their ability to focus and pay attention
  • Access a variety of self-care skills and techniques

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Each of us can nurture and grow our com-passionate instinct, like a plant carefully cultivated from a seed. This process requires patience, steady care, proper tools and a supportive environment.

Instructor/curriculum background:

Diane Hetrick, PT, has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation and compassion cultivation for many years. She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through UCLA, and the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program at Stanford University, and is a certified CCT teacher. She currently works at Swedish/ First Hill, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, offering individual treatment for patients dealing with chronic pain and stress related injuries, and offering classes in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Cultivation Training. She also speaks on these topics to health-care providers and the public.


$325 fee for the eight-week series.

No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.

Please contact the instructor to inquire about registration or for consideration of a scholarship: Please include your phone number in the email.

Quotes from previous CCT participants:

“I feel more content, more fortunate, more capable, less hopeless.”

“I am able to calm myself and break patterns of negative thoughts.”

“Now I listen to others with compassion and under-standing, rather than talking or thinking of what I will say next. A slowing down has occurred that is very pleasant and helpful to me. Thank you very much.”

“Diane is an excellent and caring teacher. Her innate kindness makes the class feel very safe. Her sincere enthusiasm for the material on compassion is inspiring.”