The Mindful Self-Compassion training is an 8-week, empirically supported course designed to cultivate and nourish the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. It is based on the groundbreaking work of Kristen Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D. Self-compassion is a way to train the heart and mind to respond to life’s difficult moments with kindness and compassion rather than self-criticism and judgment. It provides emotional strength and resilience, makes it easier for us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SUPPORTED IN LEARNING HOW TO:
– Increase kindness and compassion for one’s self and others
– Calm the mind and direct thoughts in a more positive way
– Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
– Increase resilience during interpersonally challenging situations
– Manage caregiver fatigue
– Practice the art of savoring, and of self-appreciation
– Practice self-compassion in daily life
The weekly 2.5-hour class includes guided meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, and group discussion. In addition to the weekly class, there is a 4-hour retreat. The class is limited to 10 participants. Please contact Michael Klein at email@example.com or 415-250-8145 if you have further questions, or to register.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Michael Klein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where he has been teaching for over 22 years. In addition to being a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Michael is also a certified teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through CCARE (The Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education) at Stanford University. He has had an ongoing meditation practice for the past 35 years, and for the past 11 years has taken a month each year out of his active life to be in silent retreat. He has personally experienced the impact of mindfulness and compassion practices in his own life, and this forms the foundation of his teaching.