Programme dates: 3rd May – 14th June   
Days & times: 7 weekly sessions on Wednesdays + 1 half day session on Sunday 4th June
Programme duration: 7 weeks/18 hours
Location: Immeasurable Studio, Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Programme fee: £180 for new students; £140 for continuing students and Academy members 
(includes all course materials, welcome pack, online support and Academy Membership)
If you are in a difficult financial situation, please get in touch with us. 



Programme Description

The Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC), delivered over seven evening sessions and one longer practice session on a Sunday afternoon, draws on insights and practices from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and Mahayana Buddhism, and is a great next step after an 8-week mindfulness course. Developed by the Mindfulness Association, this secular course starts with building self-compassion into basic mindfulness practice. Through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion, we cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource, from which we can approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We then approach the self-critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. What it would be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self-criticism?

In the course of the journey we move from self-compassion towards compassion for others, exploring practices which help us find balance and perspective beyond our narrow preferences, generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, responding appropriately to pain and suffering while also appreciating the good things in our lives, integrating compassion into all that we do. As there is a strong emphasis on the experiential nature of the course, there are home practice suggestions between the sessions that include regular compassion practice and daily life exercises. The longer session on the Sunday gives the opportunity to dive deeper into the practice in a supportive retreat-like setting.


All new students automatically receive Academy Membership and enjoy a £40 discount on all other language, Tai Chi and meditation programmes, access to members' events, as well dedicated Chinese and Japanese online language support.


Kristine Mackenzie-Janson

Having practiced mindfulness meditation since 2000, Kristine (pictured right) is an honorary fellow at the MSc in Mindfulness Studies of the University of Aberdeen. For the last 7 years, she has been working as one of the Mindfulness Association’s lead tutors offering Mindfulness, Compassion and Teacher Training courses, and has taught numerous 8-week mindfulness courses in a variety of settings. She is recognised as a reliable, inspiring and trusted group facilitator, supervisor and one-to-one mindfulness coach.


Health & Safety

We advise to speak to your GP or therapist if you are currently being treated for mental health problems, to make sure that meditation is suitable for you at this point in time. Please also speak to Kristine before the session so that she is aware of any current physical or emotional difficulties that you are experiencing so that she can guide you on the most suitable practices.

Compassion Based Living (April - June)