Certificate in Engaged Compassion

The Way of Radical Compassion: Practicing the Spiritual Path of Jesus

The Certificate in Engaged Compassion is a practical spiritual formation program for persons who seek to deepen their skills and capacities for compassionate living. The program is ideal for ministers, organizational leaders, social justice activists, teachers, parents, and anyone who seeks practical training in compassionate living. Grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus, this program transforms the desire to love God, self, and others into practical actions that heal oneself, individuals, families, organizations, and the larger world. Taught by Mark Yaconelli, Dr. Frank Rogers, and Dr. Andy Dreitcer from the Center for Engaged Compassion, The Certificate in Engaged Compassion offers a mixture of retreat, one-on-one spiritual direction, online instruction, weekly spiritual practices, group processes, readings, and radical Christian teachings for personal and social transformation. To register go here. Individuals who complete the certification course will:

  • Experience and know God as a source of love
  • Develop skills for self-compassion
  • Learn how to identify and transform difficult emotions (rage, depression, fear, etc.)
  • Increase their capacity to heal suffering in self, others, and institutions.
  • Develop techniques for relating to oneself, friends, family members, strangers, perpetrators, and even ‘enemies’ with genuine compassion
  • Learn how to engage victims and perpetrators, broken families, groups in conflict—without diminishing anyone’s dignity
  • Understand how to participate in social actions that confront injustice from a grounded place of love rather than from reactive anger or resentment

Certificate Program

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The Certificate in Engaged Compassion is a twelve week course (including the opening and closing retreats listed below) that forms participants in the practices and principles of engaged compassion.  Total enrollment for the certificate is limited.  The Program begins with an opening retreat January 23-26, 2014 and ends after a closing retreat April 24-27, 2014. To register for the certificate program go to the registration page. The program includes:

  • One introductory, three-day, contemplative, instructional retreat led by Triptykos faculty members Frank Rogers, Mark Yaconelli, and Andy Dreitcer
  • Twelve weeks of skill-based online instruction on compassionate living within families, work, ministry, and the world
  • Weekly spiritual practices designed for use in daily life
  • Weekly, one-to-one spiritual guidance
  • Weekly small group interactions with other companions who are practicing the Way of Radical Compassion
  • Practices and skills for working with difficult others including perpetrators, people who have wounded us, people we are in conflict with, and others we might call “enemies”
  • A total of 7-9 hours of practice, reading, written reflections, and group interactions per week

 Note: Academic graduate credit (through Claremont Lincoln University) and CEU’s are available for an additional cost. More information upon request.

 Who Should Participate in the Course?

IMG_4259The Certificate in Engaged Compassion is for people who want to grow in their understanding, experience, and practice of Christian love. With its emphasis on retreat, spiritual direction, and spiritual practice, the program is designed to be transformative, but simultaneously pragmatic in teaching concrete skills–learnable processes, practices, and perspectives for individuals, pastors, youth ministers, social justice activists, parents, spouses, organizational leaders, and anyone else who wants to grow and deepen their experience of Jesus’ path of engaged compassion.

Retreats 

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The Certificate in Engaged Compassion begins and ends with a three day retreat. Each of the two retreats is open to the public and neither one requires enrollment in the certificate program. To register for one of the retreats go here. At each retreat participants will experience:

  • Presentations about Jesus’ three-fold path of radical compassion
  • Exercises that invite direct encounters with the God of radical compassion
  • Spiritual practices that invite a contemplative perspective and personal healing
  • Supportive spiritual formation groups
  • Formation of skills for compassionately engaging people who inflict pain or evoke anger, disgust, or fear

 Retreat themes include:

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January 23-26, 2014: Practicing the Spiritual Path of Jesus:Cultivating the Compassionate Self. Compassion flows naturally from the true self within us that bears the image of a compassionate God. Cultivating compassion, then, begins with becoming restored into our compassionate self. In essence, we first tend the logs in our own eyes before compassionately engaging the specks in others. This retreat teaches us how to notice and lovingly restore the irritations, fears, drives, and judgments within us that block our capacities for compassion. In learning how to love ourselves, we are then able to love our neighbor as ourselves.

April 24-27, 2014: Practicing the Spiritual Path of Jesus: Learning to ‘Love Your Enemies.’ Often, we hear Jesus’ invitation to love our enemies as a reprimand to hide our hostility and to fake civility with people who trigger and repulse us. For Jesus, however, our enemies are our greatest spiritual allies. They reveal the unhealed suffering within ourselves that, when tended, opens a capacity to have compassion for the unhealed suffering in another. This retreat teaches how to take the ‘U’ turn when triggered and to compassionately address the suffering within ourselves; how to cultivate genuine compassion for those who trigger us or with whom we are in conflict; and how to then engage those persons from a grounded, compassionate stance that maintains our own personal power while treating others with dignity, humanity, and appropriate accountability.   

 Facilitator Training

IMG_0484Those participants who complete 12 weeks of The Way of Radical Compassion (including the 2 retreats) and an additional segment of supervised facilitator training, will receive a “Facilitator Certification in Engaged Compassion” as an indication of their preparation for teaching the “Way of Radical Compassion” curriculum. Entry into facilitator training program is by application and interview.  For more information see Facilitator Training.

 

 

Location

All retreats take place at Mercy Center Retreat Center in Burlingame, California (15 minutes from San Francisco International Airport). Directions and information on Mercy Center can be found here.IMG_4292

Cost

*Certificate in Engaged Compassion. This includes two, four-day retreats (listed above) and 14 weeks of online instruction and individual guidance. The certificate program focuses on compassion-skill development and personal formation. Total enrollment for the certificate is limited. To sign up for the certificate program go to the registration page. Cost is $1490 (not including food, housing, transportation). $500 discount for spouses, partners, members of same church or organization. The program includes:

  • 14 weeks of online instruction surveying the basic practices and skills of engaged compassion
  • Two, three-day, contemplative, instructional retreats led by Triptykos faculty members Frank Rogers, Nancy Linton, Andy Dreitcer, and Mark Yaconelli and a group of trained spiritual directors
  • Weekly one-to-one interaction with a trained spiritual director
  • Weekly spiritual practices designed for use in daily life
  • Weekly interactions with others enrolled in the course
  • Skill-based online instruction on compassionate living within families, work, ministry, and the world
  • Online instruction on compassionate living within families, work, ministry, and the world
  • Practices and skills for working with difficult emotions and embodying a greater sense of self-compassion
  • Practices and skills for working with difficult others including perpetrators, people who have wounded us, people we are in conflict with, and others we might call “enemies”
  • A copy of the “Way of Radical Compassion” curriculum for use in local communities

Food and Lodging. For non-commuters, retreat housing is available at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. Three nights food and lodging (single occupancy) costs $360.  

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*Facilitator Certification in Engaged Compassion. Those participants who complete the The Certificate in Engaged Compassion may apply for “Facilitator Certification in Engaged Compassion.” Applicants who are accepted to the training and who complete a segment of supervised facilitator training, will receive a “Facilitator Certification in Engaged Compassion” as an indication of their preparation for teaching the “Way of Radical Compassion” curriculum. Entry into facilitator training program is by application and interview. Facilitator training program run concurrently with certificate program. Our next facilitator training will begin January 22, 2014. To register go here.   Cost is $990.

*Retreats. Triptykos offers an introductory retreat to the program entitled “The Way of Radical Compassion: Practicing the Spiritual Path of Jesus.” This retreat is not connected to the Certificate in Engaged Compassion, but does provide some of the basic teachings and skills of engaged Compassion. For more information go here.

There are two retreats offered as part of The Certificate in Engaged Compassion.  These three-day retreats are open to the public and do not require enrollment in the certificate program. Retreat space is limited. Cost $390 per retreat (does not include food, housing and transportation). All retreats involve morning and evening prayer, in-depth teaching, spiritual practice, creative exercises, individual spiritual direction, small group discussion, silence and solitude. Click here for registration.

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