Training offered by Réseau Compassion Network

Consider this an invitation to discover compassion in your work, your life, your community, and your heart.

When we are present and connected, we are best able to support and walk alongside the people we support. The pandemic has revealed the challenges within our systems, with high levels of burn out, resignations, and leaves of absence. Sometimes, it can be difficult to stay present when you work in health and social services organizations; there are many competing priorities and the work can be draining, both emotionally and mentally. We know it is only possible to do this work if you take care of yourself and we want to support you in that journey.

As sponsors, we want to create opportunities for you to learn to invite compassion into your life for yourself and others. Our offerings are rooted in traditional practices, evidence-based programs, and has sessions designed to meet emerging needs.

Mindful Self-Compassion

An invitation to be kinder to yourself, to handle difficult emotions more easily, to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism and to begin to transform relationships.

Tuesday from May 7 to June 25, 2024
5:00pm to 8:00pm
In-person | 101-156 Marion Street, Réseau Compassion Network Gathering Space

*½ day Retreat: June 8 from 8:30am to 12:30 pm.

Registration is available on a sliding scale
For more information or to register, click here.

Customized Sessions are Available

If you are interested in hosting a training on these topics customized for your team or other supports to operationalize compassion in your organization, contact Jennifer Kilimnik at or call (204) 471-0513.

Meditation Community

An invitation to participate in our virtual meditation community for a weekly 20-minute meditation session. We provide gentle guidance, all are welcome. Facilitators will remain on the session after completion to respond to practice questions. There is no cost to participate.

Please join us for our weekly meditation circle, held every Tuesday at 12:05pm via Zoom. There is no charge to attend.

Centreing Retreats

Tend to your heart, mind and body in a relaxed and supportive morning of meditation practices. No experience required, we will lead a variety of exercises and guided meditations that include people at all levels of practice. The morning is designed to provide time to be present, release expectations and nurture our capacity to respond in all areas of our lives. Join us, as a gift to yourself.

Saturday, April 27, 2024
8:30am to 12:00pm
In-person | 101-156 Marion Street, Réseau Compassion Network Gathering Space
No charge to attend
For more information or to register, click here.

Heart of Leadership Retreats

Spend 4 days in community and nature. The gift of time to breathe, think, and tap into your inner wisdom. We encourage all senior leaders to participate at least once in this opportunity and consider sending those who will benefit from your leadership team.

Dates for 2024-2025 to be determined.

If you have questions, contact Jennifer Kilimnik, Director of compassion and culture at or call (204) 471-0513.

Invitation Speaker Series

An invitation to learn how others are bringing compassion into the world along with themes of reconciliation, complex poverty, and care for the earth.

Speakers’ topics will vary and address current topics relevant to Réseau Compassion Network. Dates may be adjusted based on availability. All are welcome to attend, some sessions will have a cost associated with attendance. Location may vary. Coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Doctrine of Discovery: A Discussion

Discussion will focus on the effects of the Doctrine of Discovery on the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and its impact on Truth and Reconciliation. The presentation will also examine how Anishinaabe teachings and worldview offer a framework for navigating the path forward. Presented by Christine Vanagas, Director of Indigenous Relations at Siloam Mission.

Friday, June 7, 2024
3:00pm – 4:30pm CST
101-156 Marion Street, Réseau Compasssion Network Gathering Space
No charge to attend, all are welcome
For more information or to register, click here.

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"Even if you think you are already a self-compassionate person, take the course anyway! Over the last 6 weeks my ability to actually apply my knowledge of self-compassion to my life has greatly improved."

Sasha Kullman
Short Course – Mindful Self-Compassion

"I enjoyed the Zoom Breakout Rooms and talking with others, hearing their experiences. I was suprised at how open and vulnerable people were willing to be – which speaks to the safety that was created within the space by the facilitators."

Mel Forbes
Short Course – Mindful Self-Compassion

"I appreciated the focus on how moments of mindfulness occur at any time in our day, not only during a specific practice."

Cory Tucker
Short Course – Mindful Self-Compassion

"Poems were a fantastic addition that added depth and understanding to the teachings. The course was wonderful. I learned so many helpful techniques and the instructors were amazing."

Kimberly Pottinger
Short Course – Mindful Self-Compassion

“The course was perfect, I wouldn't change anything. You will learn to love and accept yourself as you are with more ease, and will find yourself doing the same with others around you. I can't thank the facilitators enough. Both were top notch and so approachable and kind.”

Manon Roy
Short Course – Mindful Self-Compassion