FDCW has a thriving worldwide community of those who have been touched by our courses and resources.
Building community is at the heart of what we do. We see this as vital in modern times in creating collective positive momentum across the world.
Our three national groups are pioneering collectives of facilitators and participants who have formed national entities to further Universal Education in the world.
Canada: Centre for Compassion and Wisdom
Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw established this Canadian organisation, which became an FDCW National Group in 2006 and now has all facilitators trained in 16G. Transformative Mindfulness Methods facilitators offer programmes as well.
The centre has strong links with the University of Toronto, Applied Mindfulness Meditation (AMM) Certification Programme, which co-certified Transformative Mindfulness Methods. Currently they teach 16G to approximately 120 certified students each year called Embodying the Qualities of Mindfulness, which is an applied ethics course for mindfulness instructors.
The AMM program was adapted at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and Royal Roads College (Victoria, British Columbia). The Canadian team actively participates in conferences such as the annual Mindful Society Conference.
As well as leading 16 Guidelines courses, they lead inspired by programmes and numerous activities including parenting and daycare, youth, schools, community organisations, clinical mental health and even an equestrian application. Transformative Mindfulness Methods is actively being used in similar settings as well as health sciences in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa.
France: Education Universelle France
Education Universelle France (EUF) was first established in 2010 by Christophe Bertraneu, Nicolas Brun, Hilary McMichael, Françoise Normand, Mabel Odessey, Brigitte Segria, and Magali Lecuyer.
EUF became an FDCW National Group in 2010. The EUF team comprises facilitators trained in 16G, The a.r.t. of Fulfilment, Transformative Mindfulness Methods and Creating Compassionate Cultures. They currently run workshops in France, Switzerland and Tahiti.
EUF have collaborated in local conferences such as le Salon de Humain in Toulouse.
As well as running the official workshops, they have created their own inspired by programmes such as ‘Kind Communication’, ‘Self Compassion’ and family summer camps that are all well attended and appreciated. In addition, they are organising an international 16G retreat in 2018 and working on translating documents to meet the growing demand in France.
Argentina: Educacion Universal Patagonia Argentina
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Fundación Educación Universal Patagonia-Argentina (EUPA) started organically when Marian O´Dwyer came to Patagonia in 2010 to deliver several 16G Level 1 workshops.
Ceci Buzon, a teacher with endless energy, found deep meaning in the methods and worked closely with Marian in the region, becoming a regional facilitator and later a full accredited 16G Level 1 facilitator.
In 2011 Dekyi Lee Oldershaw empowered Alejandra Almada to deliver Transformative Mindfulness Methods (TMM) Level 1 workshops, which resulted in the first support group.
Ceci continued to train on the Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC) program under Pam Cayton and Alejandra became a Transformative Mindfulness Methods Level 3 accredited practitioner.
Together with Gabi Mansilla and Gabi Amado, who have enriched their compassion and wisdom through the FDCW programmes BoB, 16G Level 2 and Transformative Mindfulness Methods Level 2 they formed EUPA Foundation in 2017 and has became a FDCW National Group.
EUPA are currently piloting a Universal Education inspired programme called Rainbow Project that aims to bring basic awareness to education.
Setting Up a Group
We encourage any group of facilitators and local participants wishing to collaborate together to form a local group. After gaining experience as a local group, FDCW can support those wishing to establish a National group.
The FPMT network
FDCW is part of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). FPMT is an international, non-profit organisation founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, both Tibetan Buddhist monks. The Foundation is devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide.