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.

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.”


“I just completed this 8-week course on cultivating compassion and it has helped me in so many tangible ways: I have a daily meditation practice (for 3 mos), a longer fuse, an ability to breathe deeply through tough moments or situations, am more direct, act more courageously and feel more connected to those in my life as well as all others with whom I share this planet. I cannot say enough about what a great experience this was for me, how lovely it was to share this class with other students, and what an engaging and knowledgeable teacher Aly is. If you want to up your personal vibe and learn some amazing things (there are great physiological benefits from this course!), sign up.”

Chelsea C.

“I have noticed that I feel more present even on my longest working days and when I am feeling most tired, and I feel a general sense of greater calmness and ease…. I have practiced every day since the course began… some of the benefits I have found from doing so include greater concentration, presence, feeling of ease and calmness, and ability to be able to more easily step back in the moment. I feel more resources and am sleeping better too.”

Rebecca Stevens

“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

“Your session was wonderful. I not only came away with feeling full but also with much to muse about in the coming days/weeks/and more.”


Dedicating time to focus on being compassionate is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your relationships, and others. The meditations in this course help with visualizing our common humanity and this pushes for action to ease suffering in the world.


“Thank you for the amazing work to organize so many countries, so many concepts, to unite in something so purposeful and joyful.”


Compassion can change the world

Compassion Education Alliance (CEA) is a program housed at Wake Up to Reality, and serves compassion practitioners, educators, change agents.

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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