Compassion Cultivation Training™ Learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others—and yourself.

This training will be led by Becca Peters, LCSW and Certified Mindfulness Facilitator. 

**Space is limited 6:30 – 8:30 pm LOCATION: The location of the class will be determined by class size and will be offered either at Metta Mindfulness Center or at an alternative venue in downtown Salt Lake City if necessary to accommodate a larger class size.

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Description: A compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and can become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The training includes:

Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups.

Meditation: Daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to develop loving kindness, empathy, and compassion.

Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action.

Who Attends:

People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from this program. Everyone is welcome. A commitment to attend each session is requested. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training. The group room is upstairs and requires walking up a flight of stairs.
More about Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT):     

For Compassion training extends beyond helping one feel more empathy and concern for others. It includes the development of the strength to be present with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue. These qualities support a wide range of goals—from improving personal and work relationships to making a positive difference in the world. Preliminary research suggests that the CCT course and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others. This course was developed by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences.


Compassion training courses are educational and are not meant to treat psychological disorders. Participation in the course requires regular attendance and adhering to basic classroom policies.


Becca Peters is a southern California native who has called Utah home for nearly 20 years where she lives with her husband and daughter. In addition to owning a private psychotherapy practice she works as an organizational consultant, and as an educator in the fields of Mindfulness, Meditation and Compassion. Becca is the owner of Metta Mindfulness + Meditation Center in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City where she offers individual and group classes to the community. 

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Compassion doesn’t always call for grand or heroic gestures. It asks you to find in your heart the simple but profound willingness to be present, with a commitment to end sorrow and contribute to the well-being and ease of all beings.
— Christina Feldman, Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World