Empathy and Self-Care

Starts Monday, July 24 | In this 4-week course, you’ll learn how to balance the emotional work you do for others with the self-care you need to nourish yourself.


Tending Your World without Losing Yourself

Whether you realize it or not, your empathy and your emotions are always working on behalf of you and your relationships. When you understand how essential your emotions and empathy are in navigating the complexities of living, you can take better care of them, and of yourself. Learning to balance the amount and kind of empathy work you do with the restorative and nourishing self care you need allows you to live more fully in an increasingly chaotic and challenging world.

Join dual-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant Sandi Davis for a 4-week exploration of the gifts and challenges of meeting the emotional waves of life while making sure you’re not depleting yourself.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What empathy is, and its role in your self-care
  • The messages your emotions bring to you, and how to hear them
  • Emotional work in healthy relationships
  • How to craft a nourishing and empathic self-care practice that is adaptable and unique to you

Course Details

Length: 4 weeks

Dates: Monday, July 24 to Friday, August 18, 2023

Price: $145

Learning and Interaction Structure: This multimedia course contains written curriculum units, audio and video components, PDF downloads, forum discussions, and live one-hour weekly webinars using the Zoom video conferencing program.

Live Webinar Discussions: One live 75-minute Zoom session will be offered each course week and will be recorded on our private server if you cannot attend.

Webinar Schedule: We will meet for one-hour and 15 minutes each week on Wednesdays from 11:30am to 12:45pm Pacific time. Dates are: July 26 and August 2, 9, 16.

Time Commitment: You’ll read or watch the course curriculum and interact in the forum on your own schedule (plan for a minimum of two to three hours per week), and you’ll meet with Sandi and your classmates for 75 minutes in the Zoom each week.

Bonus: You can schedule one 60-minute individual DEI Consultation with Sandi at a special 20% discounted rate during this course. A consultation can help you look deeper into any themes that come up for you during the course, and help you better understand and work with your emotional experiences. Learn more about DEI Consultations.

This course is suitable for: Everyone who wants to understand and work more skillfully with their empathy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to know anything about emotions or empathy to take this course?

A: Empathy and Self-Care is designed for everyone. If you are at the beginning of exploring your emotions and empathy, this course provides a good foundation. If you have already been exploring your emotions and empathy, have read some of Karla McLaren’s books, or taken other Empathy Academy courses, this will deepen your understanding and skills, and your ability to apply them to your life and world. We begin by looking at what self-care and empathy are, and are not. We then move into how your empathy works with your emotions and in your relationships to inform the best self-care and world-tending choices for you.

Q: I am an Empath. Will I learn about specific self-care for sensitive people?

A: Yes! We consider empathy to be an innate trait and a skill we all have. We are all empaths in varying degrees and ways. This course will give you tools and practices to strengthen and ground your expression of empathy in ways that nourish and expand your ability to be present to your world.

Q: If I sign up, what happens next?

A: You will receive an email from the instructor Sandi Davis to welcome you soon after you register. This email will include some course information and logistics. Sandi will also send you an invitation to become friends inside Empathy Academy if you would like. You will receive another email shortly before the course begins with information about the first week’s materials and how to post in the Forum.

Q: Do I need anything special for this course?

A: Beyond internet access as explained above, all you need is you and your willingness to explore how your empathy, emotions, and self-care can nourish and strengthen your experience of living. Optional, but in no way required, Karla McLarens’s Language of Emotions cards are nice to have. Not having them will not effect your learning in the course, but they are a good support.

Q: How long do I have access to the course materials?

A: You will have access to the course for 4 weeks after it ends, including the class recordings and Forum conversations (although the instructor will stop monitoring the Forum at the completion of the course). Because meeting recordings and Forum conversations include personal life details, they are not accessible after this time, out of respect for the privacy of the students.

About the Instructor

Sandi Davis

Sandi Davis is a dual-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant whose work centers on helping people integrate the deep wisdom of the soul as they navigate the challenges of everyday living. She knows that our empathy and emotions are meant to bring us more into the world, not to overwhelm us or keep us from it. They are meant to be wise and supportive guides, pointing us toward wholeness.

Sandi helps people explore ways to work with their emotions and empathy, and weave them into the larger story and meaning of their lives.

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