A personal practice workshop

Compassionate Mind Training: A Personal Practice Workshop

Paul Gilbert & James Bennett-Levy

This self-experiential workshop, focused on personal practice of compassionate mind training, will help participants to cultivate their Paul Gilbertcompassionate mind. It will provide a direct experience of mindfulness and compassion practices drawn from a synthesis of Western therapeutic and Buddhist approaches as outlined in Paul Gilbert’s books, The Compassionate Mind (2009) and Mindful Compassion (2013). By integrating mindfulness and the secular understanding of mind awareness with different practices of compassion cultivation, you will experience a step by step approach to cultivating compassion motivation and the inner compassionate self.

Although not essential it is preferable for participants to have previously attended compassion focused therapy (CFT) training, as the focus is on personal practice and we shall not be spending much time explaining the principles of CFT.

We start by creating a secure stable base through mindfulness practices such as soothing rhythm breathing and grounding strategies. James Bennett-LevyThen we build on this by establishing a warm and receptive inner environment through working with voice tone, body postures, facial expressions and wise acceptance of our changing emotions. We also work with our bodies to show how certain systems, such as the vagal parasympathetic system, can be linked to and cultivated by compassion practice.

Through conscious identification with qualities of strength, wisdom and commitment we learn to embody the Compassionate Self. As we build our compassion motivation, we strengthen our capacity to relate compassionately to the parts of ourselves that struggle, and to broaden our compassion to other people. In this way we will experience the healing qualities that come from a stable and compassionate mind and develop new and transformative ways of being with our self and other people.

To register for Paul’s workshop click here

Comments from previous participants at Paul’s personal practice workshops include:

“Loved it, loved it, loved it! Relaxed yet rigorous training – loved the interaction with delegates and facilitators. Life changing – empowered by the dynamic tools we have gained, inspired ‘to the be the change that I want to see in the world.'”
“I found this course incredibly helpful in deepening my understanding”
“Absolutely amazing.”
“It was a wonderful experience which I am grateful for.”
“Excellent. I have been fully Paul Gilbert-ed (that should be a word if isn’t).”
“Paul is so full of life and wisdom.”


Venue: The venue for the workshop is in the centre of Byron Bay:

Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre
Level 1
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay NSW 2481

When? November 20-22, 9.30-5.00

Price: Early Bird – before October 31st – $890; From Nov 1st, contact cbt.training@ucrh.edu.au to see if places still available ($950). No further registrations after Nov 8th

Price includes morning and afternoon tea. Participants have the opportunity to explore Byron cafes for lunch (and maybe even have a swim)



In collaboration with

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UQ Compassion Symposium