Climate + Compassion - online


6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1, 2022


A 6- week exploration into strengthening our capacities for compassion, courage and insight in a time of societal and environmental transformation.

In a time of increasing social and economic inequity, conflicts, uncertainty, and human caused climate-driven destruction, we must leverage compassion and wisdom into action that guides us toward a life-affirming and life-sustaining future, beginning with the here and now. Inspired by the work and writings of Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone in their recent book, Active Hope, this series is an invitation to reflect, dialogue, feel, and imagine together, in community, as we strengthen our connections to each other and the planet, and embody actions to create the world we want to live in, and leave to future generations. 

What you can expect: 
Through contemplative and somatic guided practices, reflection, mutual sharing, storytelling, and artistic expression (e.g. writing, drawing) we will explore resources and practices that can support us as we continue our work or take our initial steps on this journey. 

What you will receive: 

  • Weekly live facilitated sessions online to reflect, learn and practice in community
  • Recorded guided meditations for home practice during and after the series
  • Supplemental suggested readings, podcasts, videos and recorded talks from the series
  • Reflection exercises to deepen and sustain your inquiry
  • Access to a learning platform hosted by the University of Arizona that includes the above resources to support the deepening of your practice and learning (up to 1 year after the series ends)

Who the series is for:
Climate + Compassion is for those who feel concerned about our current social and environmental climate and are interested in cultivating community where we strengthen the skills and insight together needed to sustain advocacy or activism on behalf of the planet and in service to our collective liberation. Our current social and ecological crises are deeply interwoven, and have the same roots at their base. To deepen our response to the suffering of the planet is to be called to simultaneously deepen our response to the suffering of people impacted by these crises and begin to imagine new ways forward, centered in compassion and love. If you feel called to be in connection with others who long to develop resources to sustain efforts toward transformation, please consider joining us.

Registration Details:

This series is being offered by requested donation. If your circumstances allow, please consider contributing the full course fee of $350, as this allows the Center for Compassion Studies to continue to offer programs like this for all in our community. A donation is not required to register or participate. Your contribution of the amount most comfortable for you is gratefully received. 
Please make your donation here.

Climate + Compassion will be held on the Zoom platform. Registration is now closed.

About the Facilitators:

Leslie Langbert, LCSW (FL),  Executive Director, Center for Compassion Studies
Sensei Al Kaszniak, Ph.D, Spiritual Director and Teacher, Upaya Sangha of Tucson; Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona

Listen to our 4 min promo about the series and where we're coming from below!