Welcome to Compassion Education Alliance!

Our programs help infuse compassion and mindfulness into your daily life so you can be an agent of change for the world.

Transformational learning based on neuroscience, psychology and contemplative philosophy.

Compassion Cultivation

CEA compassion cultivation courses are based on evidence-based compassion training developed at Stanford University in 2008 and taught around the world by certified teachers. Learn tools to enhance your awareness, compassion and resilience.

Professional Development

Professional development prepares you to facilitate compassion based classes in your community using a science based framework grounded in contemplative practice and lifelong learning principles.

Community Belonging

Contribute to a movement that will bring more compassion, connection and kindness to the world. Join our online community to connect with a global community of colleagues and change-makers.

What participants are saying

“No doubt our world would be a better place if we all committed to acting with compassion in the face of suffering both at a personal and systemic level. Much gratitude for these teachings!”

Deb Egan

“It is simply amazing to broaden our wisdom about a simple yet radical topic such as compassion. It can sound naïve but it is THE skill that will make us a better human and consequently a better collective.”


“There have been so many changes in how I now respond to daily life situations. I feel more in touch with what is happening internally now – in my mind and heart. The self-awareness and conscious effort to apply compassion in my daily life has also provided a healthier way for me to be there for others.”

Geeta Shyam

“I have noticed that I feel more present even on my longest working days and when I am feeling most tired. I have found greater concentration, presence, feeling of ease and calmness, and ability to be able to more easily step back in the moment.”

Rebecca Stevens

“I’ve definitely noticed a shift in how I interact or receive input in my daily life. I react differently to the vision of suffering around me. I have a better trust in myself and in my strength. I feel I can make myself more useful in stressful situations.”

Mathilde Lenoir

“I hug those I love much more and am able to verbalize my love more freely. My habitual ways of reacting to others has decreased.”

Jeannie F.

“Compassion meditation has given me essential tools for facing difficult times. I believe that being actively compassionate connects us to each other in ways that are profoundly transformative for all.”

Lisa Kiser

Upcoming classes

ClassDates & TimesDetails
Summer 2022 CEA Compassion Educator Certificate Program10 Wednesdays, June 15-August 17, 2022 from 8:30 – 10:30 am PTDetails and Application
Compassion Research and Evidence with Lone Fjorback, PhD and Nanja Hansen, PhD8 Mondays, August 8-October 3, 2022 (No class on September 12) from 8-10am PTDetails

Compassion can change the world

Compassion Education Alliance (CEA) is an independent nonprofit serving compassion practitioners, educators, activists, social change agents and researchers.

Our mission is to inspire social change through compassion cultivation, education and community-building.

We envision a better world in which individual transformation results in improved relationships, workplaces and societies.

We believe compassion cultivation can change the world by reducing division and conflict, decreasing loneliness and isolation, and increasing resilience and belonging.

Our programs teach compassion, mindfulness and emotional balance so you can enhance your impact as an agent of change and force for the greater good.

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