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Understanding Empathy

5 April @ 19:30 - 21:00


Are you struggling to stay open and warm-hearted in the face of all the suffering that’s going on in the world? There seem to be so many calls on our kindness, empathy and compassion at the moment: from stories of conflict in the Ukraine and elsewhere to the hardships of rising living costs, not to mention the pandemic and the climate crisis. What practical tools and strategies can we find to remain loving and resilient, and to avoid emotional contagion and fatigue?

The evening will include:

  • A discussion of what empathy means to us, and why it can be challenging
  • A presentation of recent scientific research
  • An opportunity to try out some simple universal tools and strategies for managing our mind and emotions

Doors will open at 7pm for tea and cake, and the session will run from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. It’s free of charge, but as numbers are limited it’s essential to book in advance. Cash donations will be welcome on the night to help cover costs.

Before she moved to Frome in 2014, Alison was founder and CEO of the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom and travelled internationally as a speaker and facilitator. She has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio programmes such as Good Morning Sunday, the Chris Evans Show, the Moral Maze, Beyond Belief and Prayer for the Day, speaking about Buddhism, happiness and values.

If you book for this event but then find you can’t come, please let us know as soon as possible on so that we can give your place to someone else. 



5 April
19:30 - 21:00


Good Heart Cafe
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The Good Heart
7 Palmer Street
Frome, BA11 1DS United Kingdom
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