Wednesday, May 19, 6:00 - 7:00pm, via Zoom
Eight years ago, our center – then called Drepung Gomang Institute – hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Louisville. He blessed our center on Hubbards Lane then went on to speak to over 17,000 people at Yum! Center and Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
This year we mark the anniversary with a special event focusing on the universal human value of non-harm as the foundation of engaged compassion.
Join us to reflect on being our best selves, be inspired by a video of His Holiness speaking about Inner Peace and Nonviolence, and learn about DGCEC’s newest initiative.
Please join us! REGISTER HERE or call 502-614-5616 to get the Zoom link for this free event.
Facilitated by Anne Walter
4 Thursdays, 11:30am – 1:00pm, May 20, 27, June 3, 10, via Zoom
Join us as we explore the book Altered Traits with its compelling new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain, the body and the mind. New York Times bestselling authors Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson sweep away common misconceptions and demonstrate that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting traits that can result – the altered traits that lead to positive life changes.
Each session includes input and discussion.
Please Register HERE or by calling 502-614-5616. Cost on a Sliding Scale: $55, $40, or $25.
Meeting Life with Mindfulness with Jenny Bell
4 Thursdays, June 3 - 24, 5:00 - 6:30pm, via Zoom
Welcome to this 4-week journey exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and how they can impact your life now. Receive empowering tools for regulating internal experiences - how to better "be with" your experience, meeting it with greater ease and serenity. Cultivate self-awareness, acceptance and increase your resilience for life. This offering includes trauma sensitive mindfulness tools that will help grow the capacity to observe your experience and bring full nonjudgmental presence to the here and now.
Begin a new or deepen an existing meditation practice with guidance from this class. All levels welcome.
Cost on a sliding scale – please pay what you are able: $55, $70 or $85 or $35-Scholarship Rate. Register HERE or call 502-614-5616. We will send the Zoom link and instructions to you after registration.
Jenny Bell is a poet, seeker, spirit inspired earth artist and aspiring peacemaker. With a background in stonemasonry she now spends her days working with horses. Her own meditation journey began a decade ago after suffering multiple life transforming losses. Waking up to a new way of being, she then immersed herself in personal study of contemplative practices and ancient wisdom traditions, receiving instruction on this path of personal healing from many mentors and teachers. She believes compassion can heal the world, one heart at a time.
Wendy Heckert, Ed.D.
4-Part Workshop on Monday Evenings via Zoom
Intensive: Monday, June 7, 7:00 – 9:00pm, EDT
3 Interactive Sessions: June 14, 21, 28, 8:00 – 8:45pm Eastern Daylight Time
Connect with fellow parents while exploring ways to cultivate inner sanity and loving presence through practices of mindfulness and compassion.
Parenting is a life’s work in process. This process can be energizing and exhausting, fulfilling and lonely in the best of times. Parenting in a pandemic has placed an unusual strain on our lives and our children’s lives. While there is no quick fix to the unpredictability of life, practicing mindfulness and compassion can help us respond and relate to change with a greater sense of calm, empathy and agency.
This workshop, spread over four weeks, offers each participant a space to explore mindful parenting in a safe, confidential and supportive online environment, as well as time to practice.
Attendance is important to developing a practice and a supportive community. Please make a commitment to be part of each session.
Register HERE or call 502-614-5616. Cost on a Sliding Scale: $65, $85, $105 or $30-Scholarship Rate. Limit: 15 participants. The Zoom link will be sent closer to the first session.
Dr. Wendy Heckert is a certified Compassion Educator and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with over 15 years of experience in public education as a high school teacher, administrator and leadership coach. She is the mother of two children, aged 13 and 11. Wendy recently founded Growing Our Voice, LLC to provide quality mindfulness and compassion practices, resources and support that inspire people to grow a more compassionate and just world from the inside out. More about her and her work can be found at www.growingourvoice.com.
with Stephanie Barnett
8 Wednesday, June 23 - August 18, 6:30 - 8:30pm, via Zoom
CCT is a unique and compelling 8-week process that develops within you the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Expand your empathy and concern for others, develop your strength to be with suffering and take compassionate action, and build resilience to prevent empathy fatigue.
During 2-hour online sessions you will explore training your mind and developing skills for relating to yourself and others by intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. Weekly sessions employ input and discussion, in-class exercises and daily meditation practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion, as well as “real-world homework” assignments that nurture compassionate thoughts and actions.
CCT supports your own health, happiness, and well-being. Research suggests that by increasing self-compassion CCT can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connections with others. CCT was developed by Thupten Jinpa (principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama) at Stanford University with a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.
This class will serve as Stephanie Barnett’s practicum toward becoming a Certified Teacher of CCT. Participants must sign permission for filming which Stephanie will review with her supervisor only. There will be no class on July 14.
PLEASE NOTE: CCT involves a daily guided meditation. A commitment to practicing between meetings and attending all 8 sessions is strongly recommended to gain the full benefits of the process.
Priced according to your ability: $75, $125, $190. Those able to pay more help make assistance available for others.
Register HERE or by calling 502-614-5616. Limited to 15 students.
Stephanie Barnett is a “Compassion Warrior”, spiritual director and business solutions architect. For nearly four decades, she has served as a creative and compassionate business owner, community-builder and corporate healthcare leader. Her greatest joys have emerged from work with Compassionate Louisville and its Healthcare Constellation and the "birth" of ChooseWell Communities. She has been trained and mentored by many champions of compassion, including Anne Walter and the team at Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, Fr. Greg Boyle and members of Homeboy Industries' Global Homeboy Network, Dr. Robin Youngson, the faculty of Sycamore Spirituality Center and, most recently, Dr. Thupten Jinpa and the other skilled instructors at the Compassion Institute where she is completing her certification requirements as a facilitator of Compassion Cultivation Training.
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