Do you feel other people’s pain deeply? Compassionate people are profoundly affected by the suffering of others, and you may constantly feel a need to help in whatever way you can.
This empathy is a beautiful and invaluable instinct. The world needs people like you.
However, empathy also comes at a cost to your own energy and emotional well-being. When you step into dangerous spaces to work for healing and justice, or to hold others in the depths of difficult emotions, the trauma takes its toll.
Pastor John Pavlovitz, author of Stuff That Needs To Be Said: Essential Words on Life, Death, Faith, Politics, Love, and Giving a Damn, gives you the tools you need to embrace your compassionate self, without hitting a wall with compassion fatigue or damaging your health.
Through guided discussion, journaling, music, encouragement, and reflection, you discover how to:
- Live an empathy-centered life
- Nurture and protect your own energy as a compassionate person
- Avoid becoming consumed by other people's struggles
- Utilize actionable self-care techniques
- Access the power of community to encourage and lift you
- Craft a lifestyle of sustainable activism
- Know what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources
- Cultivate hope, even when your inner hope is not reflected in the world around you
You return home with a toolbox filled with practical methods for sustaining yourself, and a sense of confidence and clarity to be the kind of person the world needs right now.
This workshop is open to all, but may be of particular interest to those working in caring professions, including activists, ministers, therapists, parents, and caregivers.
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
This workshop has been cancelled.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight
Stay With Us
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, paddling on the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.
A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).
2 nights commuter fee
The commuter fee includes lunch and use of amenities and facilities. A list of local hotels and inns is available.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Certificate of Attendance : $25