Join Our Growing Online Community

We love getting together and training in community. And we know that our community members do not always have the resources, time or ability to travel to our in-person trainings. So we created a suite of online courses that provide a virtual way to learn and practice with us. Learn more about our course offerings below.

All of our online courses are available as self-study programs. We also regularly offer live five-week practice groups in conjunction with our core courses. See our upcoming 2020 live practice group dates below.

We are also launching a webinar series this year that is open to all. Scroll down for more information. 

Lastly, don’t forget about our annual February practice challenge. This year we are offering 29 days of practice. We hope to see you there!

Live Online Courses Spring 2020

This spring we are offering several live online practice groups. Though all of our classes can be taken as self-study at any time, we find that meeting in real time in community adds depth and richness to our practice. 

To join a live practice group, check the dates below and sign up for the corresponding class at our Teachable site before the series begins. Zoom information will be shared with all registered participants via email. Online courses run for 5 consecutive weeks. Classes are held on Wednesdays at 5pm PST//7pm CST//9pm EST.

All are welcome.

Jan 29-Feb 26

LOVE:
Sustainable Compassion

Mar 11-Apr 8

SEE: Transorming Trauma

Apr 22-May 20

HEAL: Radical Resilience

Jun 17-Jul 15

DREAM:
The Future

Core Course One

Cultivating Sustainable Compassion

Love and compassion—and their umbrella term, care—are motivational stances that orient our way of being in the world. They care qualities that can be trained and also nurtured in safe, loving relationships. They are also foundational to healing and social change work. 

Our LOVE course is designed to help us strengthen our capacity for love and care in sustainable, relational ways. Participants also learn: 

    • the science of compassion, love and attachment; 
    • relational tools for cultivating the building blocks of love and compassion based on our model of receiving, extending and deep self care; 
    • tools for avoiding empathic fatigue and burnout; and
    • practices for navigating obstacles to love and compassion in our relationships, communities and organizations.

Sustainable Compassion

Core Course Two

Transforming Trauma and Oppression

We believe that training in love and compassion are important but alone are not sufficient in helping us realize a more compassionate world. We also need a social justice framework that helps us situate our personal transformation within a broader context of collective liberation.

 

Our SEE module is designed to help us develop new ways of being—new cultures of practice that support love and liberation for all. They offer us a way of considering the importance of both personal and social transformation in our work, by helping us develop a common analysis of the forces that inhibit our capacity for justice and awakening.

Participants also learn:

    • The science of trauma and basic tools for recognizing and healing personal and social trauma 
    • Tools for systems thinking
    • To recognize systems of domination and oppression and understand how they are maintained
    • The ways in which oppression harms all of us
    • The ways in which our personal and collective liberation are linked 

Core Course Three

Becoming Radically Resilient

Healing is a critical stage of sustainable, transformative justice work. Yet so often, we feel pressured to rush the process of healing in the name of getting things done or “fixing” what seems to be broken or not working. Or, we totally overlook the process of healing altogether, unaware that healing is not a privilege–it is a necessity for sustainable change.

We see healing as a stance, not as a fixed end goal. Like the concept of resilience, healing involves being able to adapt to our world, to take in new information, to restore, to repair, to reconcile. In its most basic sense, we understand healing to be about restoring and transforming relationship–with ourselves, each other, and our world.

In our HEAL course, participants learn:

    • The science of resilience
    • Tools for building, sustaining and repairing relationships, with loved ones and so-called “adversaries” 
    • Practices for engaging generative conflict
    • Approaches to healing from various forms of oppression at an organizational and systemic level 
    • Practices for optimal healing drawn from diverse traditions

Core Course Four

Creating the Future

Loving, seeing and healing are important stages in the process of transformation. But for radical transformation to occur, we have to move from a stance of fixing what is broken to cultivating what could be. In other words, we need to move from a critical or deconstructive stance to a constructive or reconstructive stance. This shift involves a capacity for even more radical openness, generosity and creativity.

We see this type of visionary capacity to be the foundation of “caring systems” thinking; the ultimate form of “resilience” and resistance. Our ENVISION modules are designed to help us strengthen our visionary capacities. Participants also learn to:

    • Center love, joy and creativity in their work
    • Reclaim their creative, visionary capacities
    • Recognize and challenge limiting frameworks and narratives 
    • Strengthen cognitive flexibility 
    • Move toward and embody visions for a more caring, just world.

Core Course Five

Leading with Courage and Care

We can begin shaping the compassionate, just world that we know is possible right here and now–we need not wait for the perfect time or the right conditions. We can build this world by shaping and creating new cultural norms, institutional practices, and healthier more loving ways of being with each other.

As we wake up to the sense that our world is not fixed and that the ways we think act and relate to one another matter, we realize that we have profound potential to effect change. This is the heart of transformative practice as we see it.

And that is the heart of the work and the meaning behind our name, Courage of Care: as we deepen in our sense of connection, or sense of relatedness, we touch in on our natural capacity for care. And from that care–that sense of being held, connected, truly inter-dependent, we awaken the Courage to show up, to see, to heal, to envision, and to act. Our final ACT module helps participants integrate the key learnings of all prior modules in a sustainable path of transformation. In addition, participants learn:

    • To identify deepest aspirations and intentions and to
      clarify their commitments
    • To embody a courageous, caring stance supportive of realizing their deepest aspirations
    • To make a regular commitment to practice in service of their deepest commitments without attachment to outcomes
    • To be a force of healing in their life and work.

Our Approach

Curious to learn more about these five modules? Have a listen! 

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Rumi

2020 Webinar Series

Join us for our upcoming webinar series, during which we will share some of our most current learnings and practices. All are welcome.

Webinars are held on Thursdays at 5pm PST//7pm CST//9pm EST on the following dates. Registration is available on our Facebook page

February 20

Eco-Justice

May 21

Stress Shapes

August 20

Relational Repair

November 19

Rest as Resistance

February:
29 Day Compassion Practice Challenge

Join us on or before February 1st for our annual practice challenge. Gain tools and practices to stay more grounded, loving and open in 2020. We’ve added new material since the last challenge, so this year’s class is perfect for new and seasoned participants alike!

Special Online Classes

Eco-Justice

What if our efforts to create a more just and caring world weren’t separated from our efforts to adapt to near-term social collapse? We face is a turning point between two futures: The Great Transition and the Great Unraveling. This course is designed to help us develop the capacity to prepare for both possible futures. This particular course was designed in partnership by Brooke D. Lavelle, of Courage of Care, and Zack Walsh, of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. He co-leads the A Mindset for the Anthropocene (AMA) project which is a transdisciplinary research project and emerging network of change agents integrating personal and socio-ecological transformations to sustainability.

Compassion for parents

This is a multi-modal course for helping parents and teachers tap into more sustainable care and compassion in community with each other. We will introduce you to a comprehensive framework that integrates current research in neuroscience, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and developmental and social psychology. This approach aims to support educators and parents in deepening their self care along with their capacity for care and connection with others in order that they might: avoid burnout and overwhelm, enhance well being, and create community.

29 day practice challenge

Join our 29-day #compassionchallenge during the month of February 2020 and strengthen your ability to stay open, engaged and loving! You will receive 29 guided meditations and daily reflections as well as 17 BONUS teaching videos! All proceeds support our scholarship fund!

2020 Community Sit Dates

Join us for our quarterly community practice groups. All are welcome.

Community sits are held on Thursdays at 5pm PST//7pm CST//9pm EST on the following dates. Registration is available on our Facebook page

March 19

June 18

September 17

December 17

"The community of practice is really rich."

I appreciate the depth and breadth of these courses and the way the blueprint unfolds. The community of practice is really rich. I have learned so much from others who take these courses!
zack walsh

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Do you offer CE Credits?

We are in the process of applying or re-applying for CE credits for our core online courses. Stay tuned for more information!

 

Are these classes self-study?

Yes! You can enroll in these courses anytime. We do occasionally offer live practice groups — be sure to join our mailing list and FB group to stay updated. 

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! We offer a sliding scale registration fee for all of our online courses. Though we ask everyone to contribute something to our community, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Reach out to us if you need more support for any of our classes. 

 

Where should I start?

If you’re new to Courage, we recommend starting with our LOVE course. It’s foundational to all other courses and to all of our workshops and advanced trainings. If you’ve studied SCT or compassion with us before, you may with to jump into SEE. Feel free to reach out to us with questions about where to begin!

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