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Strengthen your focus, relationships & wellbeing by tapping into the power of compassion

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Join us for the 8-session Compassion Cultivation Training program. In a group restricted to first responders and their family members we explore what compassion is and is not, as well as challenges to compassion and how compassion for self and others plays out in first responder family life. This evidence-informed and research-backed program was developed by experts in contemplative studies, psychology, and neuroscience at Stanford University and delivered by a Certified Teacher who trained with faculty who developed the program.

Program Dates:

Tuesdays, Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28

from 6:30pm to 8:30pm (online)

Registration Form

Register as an individual or as a couple.


This program (valued at $397 per registrant) is made possible through a grant awarded to Calgary Beyond the Blue to support first responder health and wellness.


Information collected will be kept confidential, and used for the purpose of communicating with participants about program information only.

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Research shows that Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) can
increase self-compassion and self-care; reduce stress, anxiety, and depression;
and enhance our connection with others.

Why Compassion?

Research in psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness shows that strengthening our compassion responses helps people cope better with difficulty and stress to move through life and its challenges from a place of connection and inner strength.

What topics will participants explore?

Session 1 - Settling the mind

Session 2 - Compassion for loved ones

Session 3 - Compassion for self

Session 4 - Lovingkindness for self

Session 5 - Exploring shared common humanity

Session 6 - Cultivating compassion for others

Session 7 - Active compassion practice

Session 8 - Integrating compassion into life

Who participates in
Compassion Cultivation Training?

CCT was designed to support individuals to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others. This unique offering is tailored specifically to the working life and experiences of first responder families.

What does CCT look like?

The CCT program includes:

  • 16 hours of learning, discussion, & interactive exercises

  • a mediation series to support cultivating compassion

  • takeaway practices to help you move knowledge into long term habits

Participants say:

“It has changed how I perceive difficult people.”

While everyone will have their unique experience, research shows CCT can lead to:



Better Emotional





Job Satisfaction

Openness to Receiving


Meet your facilitator, Daranne Harris.

I’ve both seen and experienced moments of great compassion and, sadly, times when compassion was palpably absent. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about compassion as a shared human value. However, thinking wasn’t enough. I needed to do something.


I’m the kind of person who prefers a hands-on approach. I’d rather be in the action than looking on. And so, I resigned my executive role in healthcare to pursue doctoral studies in healthcare at the University of Calgary. Research and knowledge translation are my avenue for better understanding the how and why of compassion in various contexts and helping others catalyze compassion in their lives, organizations, communities, and our world.


I’m honoured to be among a growing community of compassion researchers. My research has specifically focused on growing people’s capacity for compassion even in the face of difficult circumstances, specifically among healthcare providers and public safety personnel. In partnership with organizations like Beyond the Blue, I am committed to bringing research into practice to transform the suffering and challenges that are part of our human experience. Together, we ease individual suffering. We bridge divides. We build community.


I look forward to this journey with you.


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