Calling all compassionaries!! Here is a group for anyone longing to grow real, authentic compassion for yourself and for the world around you. We meet once a week to cultivate compassion through intimate storytelling, personal reflection, creative arts, serious role-play and guided meditation. We use mindfulness practices as well as exercises in activating the imagination and heartfulness. We also regularly discuss articles and books on related topics (e.g., compassion practice, nonviolent communication, and internal family systems). We seek to create a true community and safe space for the experience and expression of self. Permissions are always given for sharing or not sharing, following or not following the guided meditation, naming a Sacred Presence in personal ways that feel right (or not), and arriving or leaving when needed. Group sharing is intended to be free from cross-talk, judgment, criticism or correction. All are welcome to join the contemplative learning experience.
Books related to current topics are usually made available for cost at each session.
Do you ever find yourself wondering how a heartfelt conversation with another went off the rails, leaving you both feeling bit confused or frustrated? Join this small group on a journey into the art of connecting to our own heartbeat of compassion, delving deeper into ourselves and the methods of two popular authors: Frank Rogers Jr. ‘Practicing Compassion’ and Marshall Rosenberg’s ‘ Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life’ (3rd Edition). Participants will engage in guided meditation, intimate sharing, group discussion of video lessons featuring Dr. Yvette Erasmus, PsyD https://www.yvetteerasmus.com
2/05: Giving from the Heart (Rosenberg, Chapter 1)
2/12: Observation and the Power of Empathy (Rosenberg, Chapters 3 & 7)
2/19: Connecting Compassionately with Ourselves (Rosenberg, Ch. 9)
2/26: Liberation and the Art of Appreciation (Rosenberg, Chapters 13 &14)
Clubhouse at Arcadia Apartment Homes
2643 West Canyon Ave. 92123
6:30pm - Social Meet & Greet (with a cup o’tea to warm our spirits)
7:00pm - Opening Contemplative Practices: Meditations and Movement
7:30pm - Group Reflection, Video Lesson, and Discussion
8:30pm - Closing
Free. (Donations gratefully accepted to offset program costs)
Books available at the clubhouse ($10) but not required to participate and enjoy this contemplative experience.
Alleen Christian holds degrees in Child Development and Family Culture from SFSU and in Environmental Sciences and Landscape Design. She thrives when integrating her background as an early grades and youth educator in outdoor classrooms and landscapes designed as a holistic approach to life-long learning and family culture awareness. She is currently studying for the Facilitator in Training (2) Certificate under the guidance of Frank Rogers Jr., Codirector of the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology.