Magdalena (Magda) Szpala is a Compassion Cultivation Training Teacher, certified by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Magda is an experienced facilitator and sustainability professional. In the last 15 years, she has led many educational sessions in a variety of settings including businesses, the public sector and non-profits. She has been teaching the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program since 2013. Magda is passionate about offering the CCT program as a way to build inner resilience to face personal and global challenges.
In addition to teaching CCT, Magda works as a Senior Sustainability Advisor with a social housing agency in British Columbia, Canada. Similar to other practitioners working on unprecedented global challenges such as climate change, species extinction, loss of forests, and others, Magda found herself looking for ways to build up her own inner resilience and source of strength to avoid the burnout. Learning how to use compassion in a personal and professional settings turned out to be not just a great resource, but a life-transforming experience. By opening our hearts and minds, connecting with others through our common humanity, and seeing the world with more clarity, we might be able to facilitate the necessary shift to a sustainable society. Eager to share this learning, Magda is currently offering the CCT course in Vancouver, BC.
Magda received her master’s degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from Hull University, U.K. She has also studied the non-violent martial art of Aikido for the last ten years and holds a first-degree black belt.