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While this live event has ended, the videos and materials are still available for a short time! Also, you can still purchase our EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY WORKSHOP.

In our 3 hours together, we focussed on how a mindfulness and compassion practice can heal and prevent compassion fatigue, burnout, and empathic distress.

After watching the videos and reading the materials, you will learn:

  • Practical strategies for cultivating a compassionate orientation to the world — one that looks through the lens of hope instead of despair and optimism instead of cynicism
  • How to foster a commitment to animals and advocacy without feeling guilty that you're not doing enough or bearing witness enough
  • Everyday tools for deepening your compassion and connection with friends, family, strangers, and yourself
  • How to prioritize resilience, self-care, and healthy empathy so you can increase your impact without compromising your mental health
  • And so much more


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Learned so much and am already applying it.

I was burned out. I was cynical. I was angry. And Colleen has dug me out. Again and again I turn to her for her wisdom and joy, and she delivers everytime. I've scheduled a one on one with her every quarter to keep me on track. Don't hesitate to sign up for anything she offers!

Patty D.
Watching on repeat

I just need to memorize everything Colleen says. I'm blown away by how much she packs into every minute. Gem after gem. I can't recommend Colleen's workshops highly enough, as well as her one on one coaching. I get so much out of my time with her. It's not just made me a better advocate. It's made me a better human.

Jacqueline Mahon
Compassion Fatigue Workshop

I felt so great and mind-expanded after this workshop. Colleen is a terrific communicator, very personable and warm. There was lots of interaction, which I didn't expect! -- lovely. As an AR activist, I'm still finding my boundaries and have regularly taken on too much. I also feel like I should do all types of activism, even if it upsets me and/or I dislike it. Because the need is so, so great. Plus, I think if we paid attention to what was unpleasant, none of us would do any kind of street activism. It requires sacrifice. (and really, think how minor the "sacrifice" is: nervousness, experiencing weather, talking to strangers, sometimes traveling long distances) BUT, there is balance that I have to hope can be achieved. I'm entranced with the idea that we can kind a best fit for our skills and talents, and if we don't have that fit, it will feel bad. I also appreciate Colleen's advice to expand my definition of activism. I immediately hit the streets with various organizations, so that has formed my definition. (I DO worry, though, how a vegan food event draws hundreds of people, while an AR event draws 10-12. In the 6th largest city in the country! It's going to take A LOT to change things, so we need all hands on deck.) I should mention I became vegan 9 months ago, and believe it or not, have calmed down A LOT since then. :-)
I believe the key, in all things, is to remain open to learning. BTW, Colleen's book The Joyful Vegan is excellent too!

Brooke Bussard
An afternoon well spent!

Colleen helped me reframe how I show up in the world and demonstrated how to practice compassion, rather than just being compassionate. Thinking of compassion as something that we cultivate paves a new path for my future interpersonal interactions.

Oh my gosh, Brooke. Thank you so much for your constant support, kind words, and for the work you do in this world. I'm so grateful to and for you. xo



What kind of personal interaction is there in the classes?

Each cooking class is fully interactive. While I am demonstrating, you can chime in on the chat with comments, questions, and ooohs and ahhhs the entire time. Not only does this increase connection among the students, it means we can see your questions and make sure we answer all of them.

What technology do I need to join a class?

You can participate in the class using Zoom on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

What can I expect once I register for a class?

Upon completing your registration, you receive a confirmation email, which includes a link to the document that provides everything you need, such as the link to the Zoom class (active on the date and time of the class). Please note that each class is 100% confirmed once our minimum number of slots are filled — at which time the recipes appear on the document. My goal is to have the recipes available to you at least 5 days before the class to give you enough time to order / shop for ingredients, should you choose to cook along. 

If the class I registered for doesn’t reach the minimum registrations, what then?

I will notify you that you can transfer your registration to another upcoming class (that is already confirmed) or receive a credit for any future class or a refund.

Do I need to be on video during the class?

While I love to see the faces of my students, having your video on is optional. NOTE: Even if you opt to show your video during the live online class, when I’m creating the video for the class recordings, which are given to the general public as on-demand classes, NO ONE'S video is shown except for mine. 

What if I have technical issues during the class?

We do our best to prepare you in advance so you are ready for when the class begins. If you have issues during the class, my assistant is there to help you. Sometimes it's an issue on the user's side, and when there's an issue on my side, we do our best to mitigate it right away. One of the benefits of live classes is that they're in real time, but it also means it's a live feed. Sometimes technical issues are out of our control, but so far, we've never had any real issues that took away from the purpose of the class.

Do I get a video recording of the live class afterwards?

Absolutely! Unless something goes horribly wrong (and it rarely does), each class is recorded, and students receive the class recording within 2 days of the live class.

Do you send out reminders before the class begins?

While I do send a reminder email out a couple days before our class, I encourage you to add the class to your calendar as soon as you register.

Do I have to cook along? Can I just watch?

Some students love being able to cook along; some students love to just watch. It is entirely up to you how you want to enjoy the class.

If I do cook along, how do I need to prepare?

You can decide in advance which dishes you want to cook along with me. Whatever you decide, I suggest you have your mise en place all ready. That is to say, have all the ingredients measured and prepped as much as possible.

Will I learn a lot in the classes?

Ultimately, what we take away from every experience depends on how much we put in, but for my part, my aim is for you to walk away with a richer understanding of food, cooking, and eating than before you arrived. More than that, you will get helpful step-by-step instructions about each dish I'm demonstrating and a clear up-close view of all the ingredients and procedures.

Is there a feeling of community and camaraderie even though we're not in person?

I'm thrilled to say that many students are regulars and repeats, and you will no doubt get to know some fabulous people when you attend these classes. I encourage engagement and follow-up, including posting photos, questions, and comments on our private Facebook page.

How long is each class?

I have found that 90 minutes is the ideal amount of time to spend in a virtual class. It gives us time to settle in and for you to ask questions throughout without feeling rushed. It also gives us time to enjoy an occasional bonus cocktail by our resident mixologist (my handsome husband), but we like to honor your time and keep the classes to 90 minutes.

What if I sign up for a class but can't make it live? Do I still get the video?

Absolutely! Once you are registered and the class is confirmed, you are officially enrolled. That means the recipes, resources, and video recording are yours to enjoy. You will receive a follow-up email whether you attended the live class or not.

Can I cancel my registration after I've signed up for a live online class?

Because the value of the classes includes exclusive recipes and resources as well as the live class / video recording, once a class is officially confirmed and you get access to the recipes, you cannot be refunded. However, as explained above, if the class does not meet the minimum sign-up threshold and I cancel the class, you have the option of getting a full refund, switching to a different class, or accepting a credit for a future class.

Can I get a refund for an on-demand class I purchased?

As the on-demand classes are digital and you receive the recipes and video as soon as you complete your purchase, they cannot be refunded. The good news is you get to enjoy the video and recipes right away — and forever!

About Colleen

Addressing the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, my mission is to provide the tools and resources you need to live according to your own values of compassion and wellness — joyfully, healthfully, and deliciously. I'm the proud author of several bestselling books, the creator of the orginal 30-Day Vegan Challenge, and the host of the award-winning podcast Food for Thought, now in its 16th year. Visit for more!