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Building Balanced Empathy Course
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  Wendy Ridley
Wendy Ridley

With Wendy Ridley

“I learned I have a lot of misplaced or misguided empathy.
I realize how much of a communication issue it is not necessarily an issue with feeling.
I realized just how deep my need to fix everything goes, especially with role playing”
- Linda Melisano, course participant, Florida, May 2019


Building Balanced Empathy is a course lasting 6 hours designed to explore empathy, vulnerability and emotional resilience.

We examine what causes us to “burn-out”, to feel emotionally overwhelmed and conversely what leads us to completely disconnect from others during times of stress.

We explore how much do we truly feel and understand the experiences and emotions of other people.

We learn techniques that allow us to relate to others in a way that’s beneficial to them and to us.

Expect to be active. If you want to achieve true transformation you’ll need to commit to fully engaging with learning materials and exercises. As well as a Learning Log, participants can integrate the techniques afterwards using a series of free audio reflections available from our website.

The outcomes are:-

  • a more calm and focused, balanced mind
  • better self-understanding and real empathy for others
  • increased awareness of what throws us out of balance allowing for wiser choices
  • stronger emotional resilience
  • closer, more nurturing relationships with family, friends and co-workers
  • more compassion for ourselves and others


Building Balanced Empathy is a new course drawn from The a.r.t. of Fulfilment program which is a 30 hour course created by FDCW. Program content is rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and is supported by scientific research, Western philosophy and psychology, as well as other wisdom traditions. It was developed by an international team with academic-level expertise in Buddhism, Western philosophy and psychology, contemporary science and experiential learning methodology. Its creation was inspired by
the Dalai Lama’s Mind & Life Dialogues.

Saturday October 5, 10AM - 5PM
Donation to offset the costs*: €45
Coffee, tea and a vegetarian lunch are included

Please register at least 7 days before the course starts, by downloading this registration form, filling it out and returning it to donaties@maitreya.nl.
Students are requested to do some 'karma yoga', meaning to help with some household work during the course as part of our spiritual practice to help each other, and so we can keep the courses affordable.


Important: on Sunday October 6, there is a workshop which expands on this workshop by Wendy. It is LifeLab: Healthy relations, how to do that? Both workshops can be joined independently. The above course is in English, the Sunday can be in English or Dutch, depending on the preferences of the participants.
For the combination of both workshops, including accommodation and all meals, we request a donation of €90.

Belangrijk: Op zondag 6 oktober is er een workshop die voortborduurt op de workshop van Wendy. Dit is LifeLab: Gezonde relaties, hoe doe je dat? De workshops zijn los van elkaar te volgen.
De zaterdag is in het Engels; de zondag kan in het Engels of in het Nederlands zijn, afhankelijk van de wensen van de deelnemers.
Voor de combinatie van beide workshops incl. 1 overnachting en volpension verzoeken we een donatie van €90.


Wendy is a Senior Accredited Faculty member teaching all levels of FPMT's 16 Guidelines internationally and training the next generation of facilitators. She is an Education Consultant and is on the FDCW board. Wendy delivers workshops in English and has experience of working with translators.

*Donation to offset the costs: Organising activities costs money. With this amount, we indicate what the direct costs are for the activity, but not the costs to enable the continued existence of the Maitreya Instituut. If you can contribute less then this amount, please request a contribution from the Study Fund. In case you can contribute more: thank you!



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