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Who We Are

Stephen Wright has been blessed by significant training in the presence of several renowned teachers and at the Interfaith Seminary.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria, Member of the Iona Community and committed to deep spiritual practice. He is a facilitator of retreats and a consultant to organisations developing the practice of healing, compassion, spiritual care, leadership, conflict resolution and staff support.  He is an ordained interfaith minister and spiritual director and brings a rich experience of spiritual practice from many faiths to his work.

Brenda Crossley is a Registered Nurse for people with a learning disability and autism who worked for the NHS for over 25 years. She is a consultant in learning disability, has extensive experience in the education and development of nursing and care staff and is an honorary lecturer with the University of Cumbria. She brings a rich expereince of developing leaders in the caring professions and is passionate about her work in cultivating compassion for carers and patients to improve the quality of care.

Ian Hall is a highly experienced nurse and teacher who has worked in general, mental health and learning disabilities care in a variety of roles and clinical environments. Has held senior positions in learning and organisational development and has more recently focused on cultivating compassion in the healthcare workplace. He is a specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission and has a passion for supporting healthcare to be kind and caring in all aspects of delivery.

What the project is about:


The basic course lasts 4 days. It is an intensive programme – a radical and life-changing one for the participants as the research has shown and a

transformative one for organisations leading to better health outcomes for patients and staff. We bring our expertise to you on-site and work with groups of up to 24 of all kinds of health care staff.


We include a deep exploration of the nature of compassion, why it matters to patients and staff, how problems can be prevented, personal insights and practices for self-compassion. This truly groundbreaking course is of enormous benefit to participants and organisations seeking to enhance compassion at every level of the workplace.


For more evidence-based information see:-

A YouTube video produced by one of the NHS Trusts we have worked with:- Wright S G 2018 Making sacred space for staff renewal and transformation. Journal of Holistic Healthcare 15 (1) 38-41 Donald G (in press) 2019 Compassionate healthcare for excellence in nursing: experiences of nurses and healthcare staff participating in a reflective course on compassion-based care. British Journal of Nursing. Hall I and Nelligan M 2015 Helping nurses reconnect with their compassion. Nursing Times 111 [41] 21-23 Conroy M 2012 A place to unwind. Nursing Standard 26 [44] 16-17

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