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Compassion courses

Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living 8-week course

Research is showing that training in compassion can bring healthier and happier relationships.

While the negative affects of anxiety and stress are known to be detrimental to health, it is now being shown that positive emotions can boost our body’s immunity.


People with greater compassion, including self-compassion, are less fearful and better able to cope with adversity and take good care of themselves.

"an essential follow-on from the 8-week [mindfulness] course"

Course open to people who have completed an 8-week mindfulness course  or have an established meditation practice.

Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

With Annie Akasati McAuley

We offer this course online and in-person

Check this page for future courses

We ask all MBCL participants to buy the MBCL course handbook: 

A practical Guide to Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living: Living with Heart by Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster.

The cheapest places we found to buy the book are Blackwells bookshop or on Amazon.


We offer places at the concessionary rate of £125.00 to anyone with genuine need and will not question your circumstances. Please bear in mind that to make our courses viable we need people to pay the full rate. If paying up front is difficult, you may arrange to pay in instalments or discuss your need with us.

Please contact us to arrange a concession or discuss options.

Joining online courses

  • Courses are conducted via 'Zoom' which is available for desktop, laptop or smart phone. See here for information on setting up and using Zoom.

  • Please use a desktop or laptop if possible. This makes it possible to view all participants at the same time.

  • Position your device on a flat surface, such as a table top, to ensure it remains stable during the session. 

  • Please display your correct name and set up your device (and lighting) so that your head and shoulders can be seen reasonably clearly.

  • Full details are provided on booking and support is given to set up where needed.

What can I expect from a compassion course?

  • The Compassion Course is a further development from the Mindfulness Courses and complements our Mindfulness-based Wise Awareness Course.

  • Discover how learning to respond with kindness to difficult emotions and actively cultivating positive emotions enhances mental health and wellbeing.

  • Learn to use meditation and the power of the imagination to develop qualities of kindness, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude .

  • Support in developing and maintaining your own home practice.

  • A friendly and open atmosphere to encourage sharing and relationship building. 

  • Based on the work of Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster. We use their course book 'A practical Guide to Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living: Living with Heart'

"Attending the class began to feel like coming home"


"I loved the more imaginative practices...and looking at the science of our brains: why react as we do to things"

"I appreciated the way the course leaders remained non-judgemental and compassionate throughout"

"The course allowed me to fill

my own cup"

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