The Compassion Salon Summer Read-along

We are delighted to announce our first ever Compassion Salon Summer Read-along!

Join us this August as we read the fantastic Recovery: The Lost Art of Convalescence by our friend and previous Salon guest Dr Gavin Francis.

Whether you are lounging in a deckchair somewhere or catching the bus to work, we hope that Recovery will be a comforting companion this summer.

We will be sharing some extracts from Recovery across the month, but we won’t be setting a pace – take your time, enjoy the book and tag us on social media with photos of you reading it out and about, or any thoughts you have while reading.

After the summer, Gavin will be joining us for our first full in-person salon since the start of the pandemic. We are very excited to get back to our roots with a cosy salon in the pub!

You can buy copies of Recovery from our online bookshop via the link below. We receive a small commission on any purchases made from our store.

Upcoming Salon: A Wellbeing Toolkit for Doctors (and us all)

Book your free ticket here:

The Compassion Salon presents Dr Lesley Morrison and Dr Fiona Philippi in conversation.

Self-care and self-compassion are vital to staying healthy and fulfilled. But how do we make time for both at times of stress? For healthcare workers during the pandemic, finding the time for self-care can seem an impossible task.

In this salon, Lesley and Fiona explore compassionate ways of thinking about healthcare, for both professionals and their patients. Their discussion will examine the benefits of holistic healthcare, viewing health as an interaction of physical, mental, environmental and spiritual wellbeing. 


Dr Lesley Morrison

Lesley is a retired GP who has always been committed to holistic healthcare and believes in the power of the arts and humanities to affect health. She is a trustee of Medact and believes that health professionals’ role in planetary health (one health) can also contribute to their own wellbeing. She is a co-editor of “Tools of the Trade”, the little book of poetry gifted to all Scottish medical graduates and designed to offer support and nurture creativity. 

Lesley is the author of The Wellbeing Toolkit for Doctors: A Supportive Guide to Help Everyone Working in Healthcare. Lesley’s book is available to purchase from our store. 

Dr Fiona Philippi 

Fiona is Acting Head of Researcher Development and Head of Doctoral Education at the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is underpinned by a strong belief in creating frameworks to enable researchers to take ownership of their development and to look after themselves and others. She has a PhD in politics from UCL, has worked in several countries and in public and private higher education.

Realising a Compassionate Planet

The Compassion Salon is honoured to have been invited to the Realising a Compassionate Planet online conference on Friday 5th November.

This groundbreaking conference will bring together climate science and compassion science, and features a range of amazing speakers, including Dr Jane Goodall, Dr Gowri Ramnarayan and Sir Tim Smit.

More information is available here:

Watch this space

Coming soon to the salon we have the wonderful Dr Lucy Maddox, author of What is Mental Health? Where does it come from? And Other Big Questions.

And we are absolutely delighted to announce the award-winning author Isabel Losada discussing compassion and her new book, The Joyful Environmentalist.

Event: Queens Nursing Institute Scotland Compassion Salon

QNIS Compasssion Salon

Our Director Marti and the Rev Dr Harriet Harris MBE are presenting a virtual compassion salon workshop on Wed, 13 May 2020 between 19:15 – 20:30 BST

This workshop will consider what we mean by belonging and compassion and how it is relevant under the present challenging circumstances, in our own lives and for those for whom we care. The workshop will help us to explore the fears that we all have, but don’t often share and facilitate a compassionate response for ourselves and others. The workshop will also draw on relevant books and poetry that are related to compassion and wellbeing.

Revd Dr Harriet Harris is Chaplain to the University of Edinburgh and Head of the Chaplaincy Service. She is a teacher and researcher, an Honorary Fellow of the Divinity School, Co–Director of the University’s Global Compassion Initiative, and Associate Fellow of the Clinical Educator Programme, delivering compassion training to clinicians in NHS hospitals. Harriet was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to multifaith education and community and cohesion. She is a Fellow of the RSA.