Self-Compassion/Writing Workshop - S

“…[F]or everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing”

—Galway Kinnell, “Saint Francis and the Sow”

The benefits of self-compassion and its connection to personal growth, meaning, and well-being are solidly established by a growing body of scientific research. Yet many people struggle with the concept of self-compassion and how to experience the awareness, kindness, and sense of connection that self-compassion can engender. This workshop is designed to explore the cultivation of self-compassion through writing, discussion, meditation, and engaged, embodied exercises.

Join Laura Banks, Certified Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) Instructor, and Lisa Colburn, writing workshop facilitator, as we look at our lives through the lens of self-compassion and discover the art of flowering from within, of self-blessing.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the science of self-compassion, including common challenges to developing self-compassion
  • Explore specific practices which increase self-compassion, such as meditation
  • Experiment with writing prompts designed to prime and cultivate self-compassion
  • Reflect and write in community
  • Receive a list of resources to support your personal self-compassion practice

Please bring a notebook and pen. An hour break will be provided for lunch. You can bring a bag lunch or grab something to eat nearby.

Contact: Fran Patchett (

About the Instructors

Laura L. BanksLaura Banks is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) Instructor, dual certified by the Compassion Institute and Stanford University. She is inspired by and seeks to strengthen her own and others’ capacity to thrive and find meaning throughout life, especially through the cultivation of compassion. You can find out more about Laura by visiting

Lisa Colburn

Lisa Colburn leads creative writing and journaling workshops, as well as women’s retreats, in Northern Virginia and beyond. She is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists writing workshop facilitator as well as a Journal to the Self© instructor. She is also a longtime member of Unity of Fairfax and sings with the New Day band. Lisa’s passion is encouraging people to embrace their creativity however it shows up. A creative life is a juicy life! You can find Lisa online at