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Dr Joel and Michelle Levey deliver compassion workshop at City
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Creating a Culture of Compassion in Today’s Complex World

City welcome Dr Joel and Michelle Levey to the University to share insights from their years of expertise in the fields of mindfulness and compassion-based practice.

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

Recent advances in many scientific disciplines are illustrating the vital importance and potential of compassion for individuals and society.

While at times elusive and obscured by temporary circumstances, compassion is innate to human beings and can be developed within individuals, communities, organisations, and societies.

City was therefore delighted to welcome to the University Dr Joel and Michelle Levey last week, to deliver their master workshop on mindfulness and compassion, ‘Creating a Culture of Compassion in Today’s Complex World.’

Michelle and Joel Levey

Presented under the auspices of the ‘Mindfulness and you’ workshop series from our Centre for Excellence in Mindfulness Research (CEMR), the event was co-organised and chaired by Dr Jutta Tobias Mortlock, and Dr Trudi Edginton co-directors of CEMR.

The Leveys are pioneers in shaping the global mindfulness and compassion movements, and have advised business leaders around the globe, including NASA, the World Bank, Google, Intel, Microsoft, the U.S. Army Special Forces, the U.S. Navy, The Clinton Global Initiative, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

They have also directed clinical programs in biofeedback, stress management, pain management, psychophysiological therapy, and hospice training.

Expert workshop facilitators they engaged the City workshop participants in conversation on what compassion is and also what it is not, shared practical insights, inspiration, and strategies for mindfulness, compassion and resilience in one’s life, and more widely, discussed how to create communities, organisations, and societies of compassion in today’s ‘VUCA’ (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) times.

Co-director of CEMR and co-organiser of the workshop, Dr Trudi Edginton, with Michelle and Joel Levey

Reflecting on the workshop, Dr Tobias Mortlock said:

We are deeply grateful to Dr Joel and Michelle Levey for sharing their wealth of experience on creating cultures of compassion with our workshop participants, including a very lively discussion about how relevant – and surprisingly energising – compassion can be in this day and age.

Want to know more?

Find out more about the Levey's and their work at, including essential practices and guided meditations, and relevant articles, such as:

Visit City's Centre for Excellence in Mindfulness Research CEMR website

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