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Online Compassion Cultivation Training with Pippa Rowcliffe and Magdalena Szpala

Sep 23, 2021 – Nov 11, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT

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Location: Online

CCT is a multi-week personal and professional development course designed at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and taught around the world by Certified Facilitators. The program includes practical tools and exercises designed to enhance your awareness, compassion, and resilience.

CCT will support you to improve your relationships with friends, family, clients, patients, staff, and coworkers.

You’ll walk away from each CCT class with tools and practices you can immediately put to work. CCT will help you:

  • Improve awareness
  • Increase connection to others
  • Decrease the distress you may feel in difficult situations

CCT is a two-hour weekly class that includes:

  • Large and small group discussions to share learning experiences
  • Guided meditation to improve awareness
  • Listening and communication exercises to build compassionate interactions

You’ll also have daily homework of one guided meditation per day and informal practices to try as you go about your day.


Pippa Rowcliffe

Pippa has worked in the child and youth development field for over ten years and is an experienced facilitator and trainer. In the last 20 years, she has led educational seminars, facilitated dialogues, run numerous strategic and organizational planning sessions, and led a range of community-based workshops. She has worked in business, public sector, and non-profit sectors.


Pippa has become increasingly convinced in the power of compassion to change ourselves to become more resilient and kind (to ourselves and others), the way we work (in engaged conversations and through meaningful relationships) and how we play a role in making the world a better place (through systems thinking practice). Compassion lies at the heart of changing our personal and working lives.


In addition to teaching CCT, Pippa is the Deputy Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership, a UBC-based institute with a vision of “Thriving Children in Health Societies”.

Magdalena Szpala

Magdalena (Magda) Szpala is a Compassion Cultivation Training Teacher, certified by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Magda is an experienced facilitator and sustainability professional, currently working for a social housing agency. In the last 15 years, she has led many educational sessions in a variety of settings including businesses, the public sector and non-profits. She has been teaching the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program since 2013. Magda is passionate about offering the CCT program as a way to build inner resilience to face personal and global challenges. She received her master’s degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from Hull University, U.K. She has also studied the non-violent martial art of Aikido for over ten years and holds a first-degree black belt.


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Course Name: Online Compassion Cultivation Training with Pippa Rowcliffe and Magdalena Szpala