Compassion LAb: Engendering Empathy

  • December 13, 2015
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dates: Sunday Dec 13th
Time: 5pm -7pm
Location: West LA: Well Baby Center 12316 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista CA 90066
Cost: Free! Donations accepted.


Compassion LAb: Engendering Empathy

Join us for an exploration of how our cultural inheritance informs how we access empathy and self-compassion. Weaving relational story catching* and mindfulness practices to help bridge deeper connection to ourselves, each other to and our beloved community.

*Story catching- a way to see our story as embedded in a wider narrative of community and culture.

No experience needed, all levels of experience are welcome. Come solo or bring a friend!

You will learn and practice powerful tools to:

  • Increase your capacity for empathy and compassion
  • Bring deeper connection to your relationships and wider community

The workshop will include:

  • Guided meditations
  • Embodied relational practices & story catching with fellow participants
  • Group discussion

Facilitators: Gabrielle Zhuang, LCSW & Jami Winkel, LMFT

Gabrielle Zhuang, LCSW, has worked with a diverse range of marginalized groups for the last 7 years in non-profit and governmental organizations. She is currently serves as a Clinical Supervisor at The Relational Center and sees clients in private practice.  Gabrielle is pursuing her PhD at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Community Liberation and Eco-Psychology and is particularly interested in the intersection of mindfulness and social justice. She has spent several months at Plum Village Monastery in France and has practiced in a number of extended retreats.

Jami Winkel, LMFT, is the Director of Community Wellness at The Relational Center where she oversees all clinical operations. She has provided supervision and clinical training to counselors and interns for the past 8 years and has worked with marginalized populations for the past 13 years. Jami is interested in how mental health issues intersect with issues of social justice, poverty, and overall wellness. She relies on gestalt theory, mindfulness, and somatic approaches in her teaching and training. She also believes in expanding both counselors and clients awareness of how culture influences our sense of well-being and how individual health and community health are intertwined.Jami also maintains a private practice in Los Angeles.