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Compassion Cultivation Training: Caring For Others Without Depleting Yourself

  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA 23221 United States (map)

Compassion fatigue is a real thing. This course is a cutting-edge approach to strengthening your personal capacity to care for others without sapping your own resources. Optimism, wellbeing, happiness...these positive states are present within you, even if they are only seeds. Learn to cultivate and grow them through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, strengthening your capacity for empathy and kindness. Train yourself to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions -- even with difficult people.

This is for you if you…

  • Want to train your brain to choose compassionate thoughts and actions

  • Would like to be stronger in the presence of suffering

  • Find yourself caring for others at your own expense



Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD (, is a psychologist, award-winning instructor, Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher, Certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher, and certified spiritual director. A former university professor, she owns her own consulting firm and is a frequent facilitator with nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Her community engagement is extensive, including her current service on the Board of Health Brigade, on the founding leadership team for Impact 100, and as past-President of the Chrysalis Institute. Currently on the faculty for Chrysalis, Susan was co-editor of the Words for the Journey anthology and the 2017 recipient of the Chrysalis Spirit Award. Susan recently completed training as an instructor for Compassion Cultivation Training.

$320/Chrysalis members
$480/General public

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE! Please email Rachel Douglas at with your request.

Wednesdays, May 1 - June 26 (no class on Wed 6/19)

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