Kathleen Cator

I am honored to be one of the faculty teachers at The Contemplary and look forward to sharing the skills and practices in Mindful Self-Compassion with our community. As a former nurse, mother of three children, clinical psychologist, I have been health care professional and family caregiver for over twenty years. I have found the practices of self-compassion to be essential self-care in my personal and professional life.

As well as my meditation practice, yoga, 5 rhythm dance and being in nature are important spiritual practices for me. I believe that compassion, connection and community are the most important values for living a happy, healthy and meaningful life. I am excited to be part of the Contemplary and trust that we will create and ‘hold space’ for people to explore for themselves, and have meaningful conversations with others, about what truly matters to them.

I consider my first teacher of compassion to be my beloved grandmother. I am very fortunate to have been trained by some of the pioneers and world leaders in mindfulness and compassion: Jon Kabat Zinn, Paul Gilbert, Rick Hansen, Kristen Neff and  Christopher Germer.