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7 Days of Rest is an annual global event that takes place the first week of every year. The aim of the event is to begin the new year by co-creating a global unified field of intention and experience dedicated to the healing and replenishment of the planet and all its inhabitants. Join the Charter for Compassion in making 7 Days of Rest a catalyst to beginning 2020 in a reflective and inspiring way.

 The event provides an open, co-creative space for individuals and groups around the world to freely share and self-organize online and physical events such as retreats, webinars, meditations, ceremonies, sacred activism, artistic expression and more.

For 2020, 7 Days of Rest & Radiant Diversity, will be dedicated to exploring and remembering the essential nature of Life-enhancing diversity. Together we will cultivate our capacity to engage with ourselves, each other, and the world around us with greater empathy and wisdom, and learn about the vitalizing nature of our similarities, differences, and complementarities. Sign up as an individual, an organization or Charter partner.

Last Global Read for the 2019

Katharine Wilkinson ‘Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming; December 10th @ 7 am PST

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world…

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here —some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.  Register here.

Save the Date

Living Like Crazy by renowned international compassion and evolutionary psychologist Paul Gilbert dives into our innate potential for some of our dark sides of power, tribalism, status, aggression, cruelty and war. He reveals how the competitiveness of modern life can act as the perfect echo chamber that magnifies our less appealing qualities. Gilbert plants many seeds of compassion throughout the book as a way of helping orient the mind to bring the best out of ourselves and humanity. Registration will be posted in the next newsletter. 

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame-based difficulties, for which compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed. He has written and edited 22 books, including the bestselling Overcoming Depression and The Compassionate Mind, and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.

Back by Popular Demand

Working Together Towards Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity to Bridge Divides, facilitated by Rev. Gudjon Bergmann; starting date: January 6, 2020, Registration is open; Cost $30.00. 

Back by popular demand. Start the New Year with a commitment to social harmony. In the past two years, this course has attracted over five hundred participants from more than thirty countries. We are proud to offer it again.

The 4-week course brings together ideas from interfaith activists, Nobel peace prize laureates, modern psychologists, and ancient Indian seekers to create a unique recipe for working towards harmony. By the end of the course, participants should have created a list of concrete steps they can take to create more personal and social harmony.

In addition, participants will have access to like-minded participants from around the world, and Rev. Bergmann, who will answer questions and comments on a daily basis. Click here to learn more about the course and to register.

After ten years of developing effective educational programs and an extensive network of partners, the Charter for Compassion is poised to greatly expand our reach. We have the tools to educate vast numbers of people across the world, changing attitudes and behaviours. And we actively connect people who may live just across the street from one another, or on the far side of the planet, to co-create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Help us raise seed money to develop a global campaign for education and action and to create the technology infrastructure to connect hundreds of thousands of concerned and activated individuals to engage in social change. Donate here.