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Kenya: Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Limuru , Wilaya ya Kiambu , Kenya

Marta Alonso Maynar and Martin Thomson-Jones

March 16, 2019 - March 24, 2019

| $2780.00

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Are you passionate about emotional well-being and would like to learn more about the combined skills of mindfulness and self-compassion? Do you wish to cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life? Have you dreamed of immersing yourself in a unique culture in Africa or Asia and engaging deeply with local and international colleagues? Would you like to be part of helping local clinicians and professionals to experience more of MSC and to support them in learning to share the program and the practices with the people most in need of it in their community?

CMSC and GEI invite professionals and students interested in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) to join a unique training retreat. International delegations travel to a developing country in Africa or Asia to engage with local professionals and enjoy an MSC intensive course. Every person who signs up to attend, will allow two local people to also participate in the program, thereby meeting the main pre

-requisite for attending MSC Teacher Training in the future. 2018 destinations include Vietnam and Kenya.

Please see this page for more information about the location, teachers and program partners: Globally Engaged MSC Intensives


  • Learn to practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life.
  • Understand the current scientific research underlying the skill and attitude of self-compassion.
  • Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your profession.
  • Share your knowledge and gain cultural insight through a unique African or Asian perspective on emotional wellbeing.
  • Benefit from the professional exchange with other participants and local colleagues.
  • Support the inclusion of local clinicians and individuals in the program, in order to actively enhance MSC skills in other cultures.
  • Add your personal piece to a growing global network of professionals and benefit from its connections.
  • Explore an exciting destination in a meaningful way and immerse yourself in the culture of your hosts, while supporting the local community.


Program Background

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) was originally founded in 2012 in the USA by the developers of MSC, Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD. CMSC is an international nonprofit organization – a vibrant center for the learning, teaching and practice of self-compassion worldwide. CMSC’s vision is to contribute to a more compassionate world through cultivating deep understanding and personal practice of self-compassion. We believe that mindfulness and self-compassion are basic human capacities that can be cultivated to support well-being and reduce suffering in the world. We want to cultivate an inclusive, caring and multi-cultural community that allows individuals to thrive, and foster a professional global community in service of self-compassion and compassion.

Mindful Self-Compassion can be learned – more correctly, remembered – by anyone. It is one essential foundation of emotional healing – being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion), aware that all human beings experience similar emotions and that we are all interconnected in this (common humanity). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions – fear, anger, sadness, shame and self- doubt – and ourselves, in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well- being in our daily lives. It’s the practice of cultivating an attitude of good will toward ourselves, cultivating the same desire that all living beings wish to live happily and free from suffering.

MSC Intensive is an intensive format of the full eight-session MSC curriculum, usually consisting of an introductory evening, four full days of training, and a final morning of training and closing. Intensives are primarily taught by Certified MSC teachers who have completed additional MSC teacher training. It is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion. While it can be emotionally challenging, this concentrated practice allows you to immerse yourself very deeply and experience its transformative potential. Attendance at the MSC Intensive satisfies a pre-requisite to ultimately attend MSC Teacher Training and become a teacher of the program.

Martin Thomson-Jones first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, when he took the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2010, and from there he gradually found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work. He took MSC from Chris and Kristin as a five-day intensive at Esalen, in California, in January 2013, and then took part in the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s first teacher-training course—led by Chris, Kristin, and Michelle Becker and Steven Hickman of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness—in Barre, Massachussetts in March 2014. He co-taught the five-day intensive version of MSC with Kristy Arbon in St. Louis in August 2014, and has been teaching the eight-week version in Oberlin and the Cleveland area since then.

Marta Alonsa Maynar is a psychologist collegiate and specialist in clinical psychology with the Ministry of Education and Science in Spain. She is the first Certified Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Spanish language and pioneer introducing compassion programs in Spain. Since 2012 has delivered more than 26 MSC courses in her country. She practices meditation since the last 27 years. She is a founding member and the current President of AEMind (Asociación Española de Mindfulness y Compasión) www.aemind.es. She holds the recognition as European Expert in Psychoterapy by the EFPA. Marta is co-author, along with Vicente Simon and others, of the book “Mindfulness en la Práctica Clinica” and both created the triple Cd with a booklet with 209 minutes of Mindfulness and Self Compassion audios and practices in Spanish with a booklet available in Amazon. 

Typical Program Itinerary

Day 1           Personal welcome at the airport | welcome dinner

Day 2           Program briefing | exploration of the city and the host culture

Days 3-6     MSC intensive training for participants and local colleagues

Days 7-8     Cultural highlight: Exploration of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Day 9           Day at own disposal | personal farewell at the airport (or start of an optional post-program extension)


Location:  Nairobi & Limuru

Venue:  Brackenhurst Hotel, Kabuku-Tigoni Road, LimuruWilaya ya Kiambu, Kenya  Brackenhurst Hotel

Itinerary:  Training retreat begins with a welcome dinner at 5:00 pm on March 16, 2019, and ends at 12:00 pm on March 24.  Included is a group exploration of  Nairobi, time for personal explorations and a two night safari at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. (There is an optional extension to stay for two more days and nights at the Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari from March 24 – 26, 2019.)

Please see this link for a downloadable training program and optional extension itinerary:  Kenya MSC Program Overview

Please see this link for information regarding Health and Safety:  Health and Safety

Please see this page for more information about the location and program partners: Globally Engaged MSC Intensives

Contact us with any further questions.

Continuing Education Credits 

    Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.


California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 24.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirement.

    Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.
    • CE Fees are $75:  To be directly billed and collected by the Center for MSC at a later date.

Scholarships are not available for this program.  However, every person who signs up to attend will allow two local people to also participate in the program, thereby allowing them to meet the main pre-requisites for attending an MSC Teacher Training in the future.

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Registrations and payments will be made through GEI.  To further support this global outreach in countries with limited financial resources, our MSC teachers will not be accepting honorarium for the their teaching of the MSC Intensives.

US$ $2,780 Double Occupancy

US$ 3,180 Single Occupancy

Optional (See flyer for details): Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari. US$700 (Double Occupancy) or US$900 (Single Occupancy)

The following in-country arrangements are included in the experience:

  • All accommodation in shared mid-range hotel rooms (single rooms available at an additional cost)
  • All in-country transportation for the delegation, including airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals, as specified in the itinerary, each including one locally produced soda or mineral water
  • Admission to all activities, as specified in the itinerary
  • MSC intensive course
  • Mineral water available during transportation
  • Full-time local delegation management and guiding
  • 24/7 emergency support from our local program office

Not included are the international transport (flights, airport taxes, etc.), visas, travel and medical insurance, selected meals,
alcoholic and additional nonalcoholic drinks, personal expenses, and other extras.

Accommodations can also be made for early arrival/ late departure, and private airport transfer for both the main program and the optional extension.

Contact us with any further questions.

Contactprograms@global-engagement.org for questions directly related to GEI.



Payment Details:

Registrations and payments will be made through GEI.

US$500 non-refundable deposit payment at time of registration.

Payment of the remainder not later than 60 days before the start of the program. Otherwise your registration will be cancelled and you will not be allowed to attend.

Refund Policy:

  • 45 or more days prior to the start of the program:  80% of the price is refundable (less the $500 non-refundable deposit)
  • 44-15 days prior to the start of the program:  50% of price is refundable (less the $500 non-refundable deposit)
  • 14 or less days prior to the start of the program:  0% of price is refundable.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, GEI is responsible only for the program fees (tuition and accommodations as listed on the itinerary) and not for international transport, visas, additional hotel accommodations, travel or medical insurance,  meals other than stated on the itinerary, personal expenses or any other travel related miscellaneous expenses.

GEI’s general Terms and Conditions apply to this program: GEI Terms and Conditions



March 16, 2019
March 24, 2019


Brackenhurst Hotel
Kabuku-Tigoni Road
Limuru, Wilaya ya Kiambu 00217 Kenya
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0700 545141


CMSC and GEI invite you to join a unique Intensive training retreat in fascinating Kenya. Includes two-night safari to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, and an Optional Extension to spend two more days and nights at Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari.