Compassion Educator Certificate Program

Do you feel called to serve on a deeper level?

The external challenges in society have increased profoundly in recent years: economic disparity, political divisions, loneliness and racial injustice. These challenges have real impacts on individual mental and physical health as well as social consequences from a local to a global level.

The call to serve with compassion and mindfulness has reached a new level. If you have a passion for compassion and want to become an agent of change in your community, our 10-week Compassion Educator Certificate Program is for you.

Elements of the Program

Online Learning

Immersive training through a combination of live online sessions, practice and home study gives you a balance of interaction and self-paced learning.

Experiential Practice

Opportunities to develop teaching and group facilitation skills in a supportive environment and the structure to build your personal practice of mindfulness and compassion.

Community Support

All online classes include small group learning experiences optimized for remote education and personalized mentorship.

Compassion Educator Certificate Program

In the 10-week online CEA Compassion Educator Certificate Program, you will learn how to incorporate compassion perspectives, tools and skills into your work/daily life and teach these skills to others.

Each week of the program will include a focus topic and specific skill-building sessions to learn and practice teaching in an interactive and close-knit community of practice. 

By joining the program, you will…

  • Deepen your formal and informal daily practice of mindfulness, compassion, self compassion and contemplative inquiry.
  • Gain a robust, nuanced understanding of the philosophy and design of contemplative compassion courses.
  • Nurture your compassionate heart and increase your capacity to face challenges and suffering with more resilience and ease.
  • Hone the skill and art of facilitating compassion classes in group teaching practice.
  • Connect with a community of like-minded peers and establish professional connections and friendships.
  • Deepen and integrate compassion as a response to everyday needs and demands in personal and professional settings.


Attending a compassion or mindfulness-based class is a prerequisite for the program. You’ll be asked to submit the course dates and the name of your teacher in the application.

Courses that apply toward your prerequisite are:

  • Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT)
  • Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)
  • Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB)
  • Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness Based Emotional Balance (MBEB)


Upon completion of this program, you will receive a CEA Compassion Educator Certificate which will enable you to begin teaching compassion cultivation to others in a multi-week course or in the context of your other work. 

After the program, whether you decide to teach a course or apply the work in another way, you’ll be eligible to attend eight 1-hour mentorship sessions to integrate and ground the learning in your context.

Dates and Tuition

Please stay tuned for new 2022 and 2023 dates!

  • Program Dates: 10 Wednesdays, June 15-August 17, 2022 from 8:30 – 10:30 am PT live on Zoom
  • Outside of class during the 10 weeks, you’ll complete 15-30 minutes of personal meditation practice per day and about 1 hour of homework per week.
  • Instructor: Aly Waibel, PhD and guest CEA faculty
  • Integration mentorship sessions: August 31-October 19 from 8:30-9:30am PT live on Zoom
  • Tuition: 1,945 USD and need-based scholarships are available (application for scholarship is at the end of the program application)

CEA Certification is for change makers

Application for CEA Compassion Educator Certificate Program

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