It's a Self-Care Day just for you!
Sat., Aug. 27 - 10:00am - 2:30pm (register before Aug. 17th)
Join us for a day of self-care before you gear up again for Fall.
You'll explore what self-compassion looks like, make your own terrarium, enjoy a fresh healthy lunch, socialize with other first responder spouses/partners.
The program is led by Daranne Harris, a Calgary-based compassion researcher and teacher who is partnering with Beyond the Blue to offer Compassion Cultivation Training© tailored specifically for first responder families throughout Alberta.
Location: Peer Support House, Calgary (address will be sent to registrants)
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.
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?
Compassion for self
Myths of Self-Compassion
Self-care and Self-Compassion
Benefits of Self-Compassion
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 police families.
Tell me about terrarium-making...
Enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable terrarium-making experience that offers fun and therapeutic value. You'll be guided through the process to create your own unique terrarium. All materials provided.
“It has changed how I perceive difficult people.”
While everyone will have their unique experience, research shows CCT can lead to:
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.