Come home to yourself in a space of mutual respect and shared vulnerability.

CI Circles are online support groups open to people over 18 years of age. Designed to initiate the process of self-inquiry, these 10-week sessions will help you to accept and express your emotions, access the wisdom of your body and integrate your past. Providing invaluable tools for self-regulation and healing, CI Circles will allow you to thrive in the present and open to a life of connection, freedom and joy.  

Each Circle is led by a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner.

The Compassionate Inquiry Circles begin three times annually – at the start of January, April and September, and continue for 10 weeks. Each weekly session is 2 hours and each group ranges from 10-18 participants. 

Who is this program for?

  • Anyone above the age of 18
  • Individuals who can commit to participate in all 10 group sessions
  • Individuals prepared for a deep experience, that may be triggering and may bring up unresolved childhood issues
  • Individuals with a desire to connect with, listen to, and understand others and their unique experience, as well as your own
Because of the depth of self-reflection required, CI Circles are not suitable for:
  • Individuals in active addiction to substances
  • Individuals with severe mental illness

Compassionate Inquiry Circle Leaders:

What’s Included

  • Access to an online course including a recorded 4-part workshop with Gabor for you to view at your leisure, as well as additional weekly resources.
  • 10 weekly group video calls led by a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner. Each weekly session is 2 hours and each group ranges from 10-18 participants. 

4-Part Recorded Workshop with Dr. Gabor Maté

Complete four-part video recording of a 2 day Compassionate Inquiry workshop with Gabor

CI Workshop with Gabor in Vancouver Part 1 (2:08:28)

CI Workshop with Gabor in Vancouver Part 2 (2:25:00)

CI Workshop with Gabor in Vancouver Part 3 (2:19:35)

CI Workshop with Gabor in Vancouver Part 4 (2:26:49)

Weekly Group Themes Include:

Course Fees & Schedule

The 10-week course fee is $800 CAD.

See the September 2024 Schedule.

Registrations for the September 2024 CI Circles are now open.

Registration deadline is August 5, 2024

Registrations for the September 2024 CI Circles are now open.

Registration deadline on August 5, 2024

Compassionate Inquiry Circles Discount Eligibility

You may be eligible for a discount if:

  • You have already completed one cycle of the Compassionate Inquiry Circles and would like to attend again
  • You are currently enrolled in or have completed the Compassionate Inquiry Professional Online Training
  • You have paid for and are registered for the Compassionate Inquiry Self-Study Short Course
  • You are an organization interested in enrolling individuals in Compassionate Inquiry Circles
  • If you fit one of the above categories, please email for the discounted payment link.

This discount is not transferable to someone else. To qualify for the discount, please send proof of course payment to and your email will be answered within 48h, during the Office working days, Monday to Friday.

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Course Creators

Dr. Gabor Mate Image

Dr. Gabor Maté is a retired physician, bestselling author, an internationally renowned speaker and the creator of the Compassionate Inquiry approach to psychotherapy.

Gabor evolved this therapeutic approach over 20 years of his personal journey, and from his work with patients in family practice, palliative care, and addiction. He developed his system further while facilitating integration workshops focused on healing trauma through the use of psychedelics.

Sat Dharam Kaur ND Image

Sat Dharam Kaur N.D. has supported Dr. Gabor Maté in structuring the Compassionate Inquiry approach and developing the online training.

Sat Dharam is a naturopathic doctor, teacher and author, who combines naturopathic medicine with Compassionate Inquiry, yoga, breathing practices and meditation to support others in healing and integrating mind, body and spirit.

“The purpose of Compassionate Inquiry is to drill down to the core stories people tell themselves – to get them to see what story they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are, where they came from; and guide them to the possibility of letting go of those stories, or letting go of the hold those stories have on them ….”

Dr. Gabor Maté

Cancellation Policy

This is an experiential program with a limited number of spaces available.

Since a space is reserved for you when you register and pay, there are no refunds available for this course 14 days prior to the start date, and thereafter. No exceptions. If you request a refund 15 or more days before the start date, it will be granted, minus a $250 CAD admin fee. Deadline for the refund is August 31, 2024.

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Attendance Requirements for Circle Participants

To build and maintain the safety of the group, participants are required to attend at least 8 of the 10 meetings. If three meetings are missed, the participant will be removed from the google invite and the zoom invite.  If you wish to repeat the course after missing three sessions you will be able to do this at a 50% discount.

After the start of the program, it is not possible for the participants to switch groups, so please be mindful when choosing your time slot. 

Course Withdrawal

Compassionate Inquiry Inc reserves the right to deny acceptance to a Compassionate Inquiry Circle applicant and to withdraw a participant from the Compassionate Inquiry Circle at any time if the Compassionate Inquiry Circle Leader or the admin team determine that a participant’s behaviour, attitude or views could negatively impact the quality of the Circle experience or group, or if the participant is not a good fit for the program. Compassionate Inquiry Inc, in its sole discretion, may terminate a participant’s participation at any time. If this should occur, Compassionate Inquiry Inc will refund the tuition paid for the training.

Circles Annual Membership

One of the gifts of group processes is the connections within a community which shares the same values and intention towards healing. Though we may live in different communities, the issues we navigate are similar. Feedback we received from you was that you valued the sense of belonging in the CI Circle, which we would like to facilitate further through creating a regular space where we can hold one another in compassion and understanding. 

You are invited to join the membership when you have completed your participation in the Compassionate Inquiry Circles. By purchasing the membership, you will get access to CI Circles Monthly Follow-up Zoom Meetings. There will be 10 monthly two-hour sessions, beginning in January each year.

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