CompassionCon is a weekend-long hybrid gathering to encourage and celebrate compassionate action for self, each other, and the Earth. The goal of CompassionCon is to create an interconnected community of care that supports well-being and flourishing for all.

11 am

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Welcome Gathering with Drums

Join Djoli Kelen as we welcome the community to our event through African drumming and dancing.

Djoli Kelen focuses on documenting, preserving, and highlighting the health, healing, fitness and transformative power of African/ African Diaspora dance, music, and culture. In the Bambra language, djoli kelen means one blood. The company embodies the notion of one blood in every sense of the word.

Founders, Christan Carter-Poret, Kodi Allen, and Shannon Byrd-Crossley have joined their creative talents to create this cultural arts collective that openly, and lovingly shares and ministers through African dance, music, culture, and the arts. Members of Djoli Kelen pride themselves with an energetic and infectious joy every time they hit the dance floor.

CCon Kids art

Children's Art with Paint Love All Day

Join our incredible partner, Paint Love and they create a unique piece of art for CompassionCon. Learn to be the “I” in “Kind.”   Paint Love believes art empowers young people and strengthens communities.Their programming helps schools and organizations bring more art to more kids.

Support our Food Vendors
All Day

Get some Syrian food with Aleppo  Kitchen, Protein shakes with Get Out The Whey!, a hot dog with Love at Wurst Sight, some trap water with T20 water get some juice from The Beet Box Juicery cool down with Hermana’s Italian Ice.

Health Support All Day

Taking care of your health is compassionate. We provide HIV Testing, Covid Information, Blood Pressure Testing, and Blood Sugar Testing.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Voting is an Act Of Compassion
All Day

Ask all your questions about your voting rights.

Register to Vote with Equality Foundation of Georgia.

Learn about how a previous incarceration and voting with Georgia Justice Project and learn about issues people with disabilities face when trying to vote.

Your Self Care Matters
All Day

Make a love note, take a love note

Chill and take a breather

Make Compassion Flowers
All Day

This will be in the kids tent area. Thank you to Candace Apple, Board Director at Compassionate Atlanta and owner of Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore in Roswell. She will help kids learn how to make compassion flowers. 

Sensory Regulation Area
All Day

We welcome our neurodiverse attendees to take a sensory break if needed.

Earth Tent
All Day

Pick up seeds to plant on Sunday for Compassion for The Earth

Learn about Mother Earth, climate change and water preservation.


Download this app and have an inspiring conversation with Shannon Willow.

Beloved Author from GPB

Arthur from GPB Kids will be in the kids area and expected to take a break every 30 minutes.

Arthur is the longest-running animated children’s series in television history, and has been airing on PBS for 25 years. This year, the 25th (current) season is the last, although it will continue to air on repeat on PBS. The series is based on the popular book series by Marc Brown, and teaches children (4-8 years old) how to creatively solve problems, learn to get along, and appreciate each other’s differences.

11:15 am

Meditation on Twin Hearts in Self Care Tent

You may have heard of different meditation techniques like focusing on your breathing, listening to music, or guided imagery.The Meditation on Twin Hearts, also called the Meditation for Planetary Peace, employs several different techniques, like loving-kindness, to lead you on your journey. It is a guided meditation that enables you to relax, follow along, and stay focused.  Thank you Dr Karen Tedeschi of Advanced Wellness for providing this for CompassionCon.

Learn to Hula Hoop In The Teens Area

Hula hooping with Venus de Hoopla in the teen area. This Cirque hoop entertainment is mesmerizing. Full exciting entertainment that the whole family will love! Molly blends aerial arts, epic hula hooping, and fairytale-inspired acts, all into one mesmerizing show!

11:30 am

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Black Fatherhood Play on the main stage

“My Side of the Story: The Black Father Shares His Truth” is a collection of short plays that amplifies the voices of Black fathers in a society that tends to favor those of children’s mothers. Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center’s initiative, Fathers Matter ATL, commissioned two original plays to add to this collection through candi dugas & associates, also serving as producer for their debut during the inaugural CompassionCon Weekend 2022. 

"Peace Dream Bear" - Story telling time in the kids zone

 Thank you to Candace Apple, Board Director at Compassionate Atlanta and owner of Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore in Roswell. She will read this book to the children.

Teens C.H.A.L.K. Art

Join Onnie Poe as she leads the teens through expressing their emotions through C.H.A.L.K. Art, using social-emotional wellness concepts.

C.H.A.L.K. utilizes therapeutic art modalities and allows teens a safe outlet for expressing feelings “because sometimes talking is way too hard.”

What’s on your mind? C.H.A.L.K. it out!

12:30 pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Sound Bath with Mara Rosaria in Self Care Tent

Sound healing therapy has been in practice for thousands of years. By using the tones and vibrations from instruments such as crystal bowls, gongs, tuning forks, chimes and drums, sound healing can help us with resetting the flight or flight system. 
During our sound bath experience, you will be sitting or lying down on a yoga mat. Please bring your own mat, pillow, eye mask etc. for optimal comfort and rest.
**Sound healing is not recommended for women in the first trimester of pregnancy, and is not recommended for sufferers of tinnitus and epilepsy. ‘

Musical Interlude

Main Stage

1:00 pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Re-Storying Dignity Performance and Community Conversation - Main Stage

This performance weaves together the stories of five amazing Black women who were faced with monumental life challenges. When they needed solace and healing from their spiritual homes, they were met with judgment and rejection.  They were ultimately able to overcome their challenges by turning to spaces and people where they found acceptance and belonging. Compassion helped them address, heal and overcome the stigma as well as the circumstances they faced.

The effects of stigma are paralyzing and long-standing. Our Black faith communities are critical to healing the stigma that Black women face on a daily basis. Black faith spaces play a critical role in shaping our larger communities and creating spaces where the population’s social determinants of health are greatly improved. Addressing stigma and sharing stories within the community helps all people become more compassionate and aware of each other’s lived experiences. 

Join us for this performance and conversation about how we can create inclusive and healthy communities.

This Compassionate Atlanta Initiative is funded by a 2021-2022 Faith Action Grant with the Gilead COMPASS Initiative Faith Coordinating Center at Wake Forest University.

Download the Play Program here.

African Drumming and Dancing Lessons with Djoli Kelen in Teen's Tent

Learn to document, preserve, and highlight the health, healing, fitness and transformative power of African/ African Diaspora dance, music, and culture. In the Bambra language, djoli kelen means one blood. 

Kids Story Time

Join us for Story Time . The book selected is “The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

Carol Beck will be our reader and she is with  our sponsor, Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University.



2:00 pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Story Sharing Circle - Teens

Paul Mvukiye-Reeser is an experienced peacebuilder, community leader, facilitator, teacher, and friend. You can often find him playing, dancing, singing or creating art with young people in the Clarkston community where he has lived and worked for over 10 years.  He will lead our teens in a story sharing circle. Participants will share stories about when they have been shown compassion with a partner. Then the participants will share our partners story with the circle as if we are them as a practice of radical empathy. Then the group will debrief in the circle.


2:15 pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Lucy Juggles - Main Stage

Lucy Eden is a veteran performance artist, unicyclist, juggler, and storyteller. With a background in street performance, her passion for bringing circus arts to public spaces has been lifelong. She has performed in both solo and ensemble productions in her home city of Atlanta, and across the US. Her shows combine storytelling, virtuosity, and a unique southern charm. Join her for a one-woman comedy juggling show designed to delight audiences of all ages.

2:45 pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Closeout Music with Josie - Main Stage

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