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Reclaiming what Matters: Recovering our Humanness in a Cold World

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What would life be like if we were in contact with a deeper purpose?

Who are we when we see beyond conditioned identities and patterns?
It can be hard to find places where we can embrace such questions.

And yet, questions of purpose and human meaning are urgent in our times of uncertainty and disconnection.

Finding our way towards answers must begin in communion with others who hold these same questions.
The Centre for a Compassionate Society is inviting you to join us for an evening of reconnection.


  • A small, warm, and inviting gathering.
  • Meditation and introspective practices.
  • Space for sharing and conversation around meaningful topics with others.
  • Ritual for cultivating meaningful being-in-the-world.


No matter what age, ethnicity, income-level, orientation, or gender. We hope to create a space where we can all meet in our diversity and find connection through our shared humanity.

We are offering this space once per month on a Tuesday evening


Dr. Petrina Barson

Petrina is the director of the Centre for a Compassioante Society. She is a teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training, a mother, a doctor, a poet and an activist on issues of climate
change and refugee rights. The thread that runs through all these domains is her passion for compassion, and her deep conviction that we have more in common than divides us.

Vadim Ragozin

Vadim is the programs designer and facilitator for the Centre for a Compassionate Society, as well as co-founder and director at Cornerstone Melbourne. He is an educational designer, a group facilitator, an artist, and a meditator. Vadim is continually striving to integrate our inner and outer worlds, reweaving what often gets lost in the cracks; a sense of meaning, wisdom, connection, and belonging in our lives.

Important Note:

Our venue is up a flight of stairs. Our deep apologies for anyone who cannot access the room due to this fact.

We look forward to welcoming you into the space.

With warmth and gratitude,

Vadim and Petrina.

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