Compassion Based Living Course CBLC

Venue:   Warkworth, Northumberland

With : Sally Roach Mindfulness & Compassion Facilitator & Yoga Teacher

Introduction to the 8 week course

28 September 2017   6.30 – 8.45 pm

taster session so you can experience Mindful Compassion and find out more about the course.   (If you haven’t done the Mindfulness Based Living Course please attend the Introductory Session)

Cost  £10 (deducted from the fee for the CBLC if you sign up for the course)


The 8 week Compassion Based Living Courselotus in muddy water

Begins Thursday 5th October 2017 6.30 – 8.45 pm

(5, 19 Oct, 2, 9, 16, 23 Nov, 7, 14 Dec)

Retreat Day  TBA

Follow up session  Thurs 11 Jan 6.30 – 8.45 pm


Would you like to

  • Feel the ease that comes with being less self-critical and kinder to yourself
  • Let compassion flow in your relationships with others whilst also bringing compassion to your boundaries
  • Build on you mindfulness skills and deepen your practice


The aim of the CBLC is to help individuals develop an in-depth personal experience of mindful compassion and develop a sustained personal practice with a view to applying this in everyday life.

Compassion Training

Developing a friendly and compassionate attitude towards ourselves and others has a transformative effect on our mind and our well being.

Neuroscience and psychology is backing up what wise teachers have been telling us for centuries. We can develop positive emotional habits that make us more resilient in times of stress or difficulty.

We use Mindfulness based exercises  and compassionate imagery to cultivate feelings of warmth, security, acceptance and connectedness with ourselves and with others.  This becomes an inner resource that supports us in responding  to our challenging emotions and to our self-critic which always seems to be there finding fault.    Becoming better acquainted with our inner critic we then explore finding a kinder inner voice that supports us in our life and in times of difficulty . 

Compassion training embraces our innate qualities of kindness, empathy, generosity and acceptance as well as strength, courage, equanimity and joy. The practices invite these qualities to grow and flourish.

We begin with self compassion for ourselves, so that when we reach out to others with compassion it comes from an authentic place within us.

This course uses Mindfulness as its foundation and integrates wisdom from Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience and Mahayana Buddhism.   All the practices are available as audios to support you in your home practice and the manual gives you all the course content for you to refer to at any time.

The Dalai Lama’s definition of  Compassion is ‘Sensitivity to the suffering of self and others with a deep commitment to try to relieve it’.  


The Benefits of Compassion Training

“We are related to each other. By taking care of you, I take care of myself. By taking care of myself , I take care of you. Happiness and safety are not individual matters”

We are related to each other. By taking care of you, I take care of myself. By taking care of myself , I take care of you. Happiness and safety are not individual matters” Thich Nhat Han

Scientific research into Compassion and the brain shows how it can :

  • Increase our capacity to deal with life’s difficulties with more

    perspective and wisdom

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression

  • Increase our ability to relax 
  • Reduce the stress response in the body which boosts the immune system, reduces blood pressure, improves digestion, helps heart disease & many other stress related conditions

  • Help with the management of chronic pain

  • Prevent Compassion fatigue and burnout

The CBLC package includes: 

  • 8 x 2 1/4 hour Compassion sessions
  • One full day deepening retreat during the course
  • Follow up session about a month after the course
  • A comprehensive course manual by email
  • A series of downloadable guided practices
  • One-to-one half hour session

Cost  £180  minus £10 if you attended the Introductory Session

Please feel free to talk to me about concessions

(Additionally available: Printed manual £9,  Audios on CD £6)

This course has been developed by the Mindfulness Association.    Sally has been fully trained in delivering this course by the Mindfulness Association.  She is fully immersed in her own regular meditation practice, receives regular supervision and meets the current UK Guidelines for Mindfulness teachers.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”

Dalai Lama