Join John in Norman, Oklahoma for a day-long retreat focusing on the skillful use of compassion to build resiliency in difficult times.  The afternoon will include teachings, discussion, and meditation time. There will be breaks with tea, coffee, and light snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share as well.

Compassion is not simply the feeling of sadness that arises when we see suffering. It is the heartfelt desire, often triggered by sadness, to eliminate suffering. The suffering we experience offers one very positive opportunity: the opportunity to develop deep compassion for others. The wisdom of compassion is the ability to make healthy choices and engage in actions that remove or reduce suffering in yourself and others. 

Cultivating the power of compassion starts with developing a meaningful connection with others, which increases our ability to be empathetic and receive empathy from others. Empathy allows us to relate to and understand the suffering of others, which leads to compassion – the desire to help remove the suffering. This is one of the most powerful qualities we can cultivate, as it becomes the motivation which inspires us to develop skillful methods and wholesome life habits to eliminate suffering, both in our lives and in the lives of others.

*This retreat is approved for 6.5 CEU’s for LPC, LMFT, LACD, and CADC

*Registration is open for John’s next online mindfulness course – 4 Keys of Living Mindfully

Wisdom of Compassion Retreat Details

Time: Saturday, March 3rd, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: 1017 Elm, Norman, OK 73072

Cost: By donation – any amount.  John does not want anyone to miss teachings due to a lack of resources.

Questions: Email Marial – or call her at (405) 201-9991.

Registration: To register, click on the secure online donation button below.  In the “write a note section”, please include name/s and number of people registering. If you would register and make a donation at the retreat, contact Marial –, (405) 201-9991.

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