I’m Aly, a lifelong learner, Senior Certified Instructor of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) and Program Director at Compassion Institute.

I believe awareness, honesty and compassion are the most powerful forces in the world.

I love working with curious people and diving into conversations about human nature, meaning, happiness, health, relationships, spirituality and purpose… you know, the little topics 😉

In 2013, I completed the one-year Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Training Program at Stanford Medical School. I’ve facilitated private and public CCT classes in Tucson, AZ, Portland, OR and Bend, OR.

I completed my PhD in Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona, College of Education in Tucson in 2015. Areas of focus include adult education, active learning, somatic learning, professional development, transformational learning and lifelong learning. My dissertation research was the first purely qualitative study of Compassion Cultivation Training, titled Living What the Heart Knows: Learners’ Perceptions of Compassion Cultivation Training.

In other news

Born and raised in Ohio, I’ve lived and worked (or studied) in several states – OH, IN, IL, OK, AZ, OR – and a few countries – Israel, Mexico, Guatemala, Poland, Ireland.

Now I’m happy to be settled down in Bend, Oregon with my amazing partner James and our fluffy little dog, Beren. We love jazz and other interesting music, hiking, skiing, good conversation and good beer!

And what about you?

I wholeheartedly believe we’re better together. Feel free to reach out and share a bit about yourself. It’s a privilege to support you in sharing your wisdom and compassion with the world.

Thank you for being here!


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