The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion offers Live Online MSC (LOMSC). LOMSC has the same content as MSC programs offered in a classroom and is taught live by a certified MSC teacher. LOMSC is ideal for those people who do not have access to MSC in their area, who have commitments or mobility issues that make it difficult to leave home to do a course, or who have already done MSC and would like a refresher.

You can sign up for a free 1-hour information session here We really want to see you at LOMSC. To help you get there, we’re offering you $100 off the registration fee if you come to the Introductory Session. (Not applicable for LOMSC For Men.)  After attending a free 1-hour information session, please contact if you’d like to take us up on this offer.


The program is offered at different days and times in the week so that folks from all around the world can attend. CMSC offers a limited number of scholarships so that hopefully everyone who wants to attend can. The course is run weekly for 10 consecutive weeks (there may be a break for a week, here and there, to accommodate holidays and teacher availability).

Class Size

Classes are small to allow plenty of time with the teacher, and so that everyone in the group has an opportunity to feel seen and heard throughout the course. There are usually around 15 participants at a live session.

Content and Format

LOMSC offers around 95% of the material from the MSC program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff.

LOMSC offers:

  • pre-course reading/viewing material,
  • live sessions once weekly,
  • post-course reading/viewing material,
  • 24/7 online discussion board,
  • optional small group meetings between classes,
  • home practice suggestions,
  • email contact with the teacher (online one-to-one chats if necessary),
  • the opportunity to join online graduate groups to support ongoing practice.

Participants will be invited to view reading material and informational videos before each class so that our precious class time can be saved for meditations, exercises and group sharing. Classes are 2 hours long, however one session will be a 3-hour online retreat.


LOMSC’s home is an online Learning Management System called Power Schools Learning, and we use a web conferencing platform called Zoom. After you register, we will support you in gaining access to both these tools.


There are no prerequisites for LOMSC, however we will ask you to complete an application form so that we can start to get to know you.


Kristy Arbon, BSW is the CMSC’s Coordinator of LOMSC, a Certified MSC Teacher and a member of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. She has been working with the developers of the MSC program, Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, as well as the developers of the MSC Teacher Guide, Chris, Kristin, Steve Hickman and Michelle Becker (both from UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute) since the inception of CMSC in 2012. She teaches MSC and self-compassion courses online and in person in the US, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Kristy also helped develop online learning programs for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy) and InnerKids (Inner Kids Professional Development Program). She loves the online environment, and hopes to continue to develop tools that make online learning even more accessible and rewarding.

Kristy is very passionate about MSC. She writes about her experiences within a mindfulness and self-compassionate framework on her website, She also runs online practice support programs, book study groups and offers talks and workshops on mindfulness and self-compassion.

She is delighted to have this opportunity to connect around MSC practice with people who may otherwise not be able to access an MSC group! You can email Kristy at

marcellaMarcella Cox, MS is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), certified yoga instructor (RYT) a Certified MSC Teacher and a member of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. In her private practice in San Carlos, CA she uses mindfulness and compassion based psychotherapy in working with adults and adolescents. She specializes in working with eating disorders, weight and body image issues; anxiety and mood disorders; relationship issues; life transitions; stress-related issues; and other related mental health issues. To support clients in their healing, her focus is the dynamic connection between body, heart and mind. She use a holistic and integrative approach to help clients cultivate healthier relationships with themselves and other people. She teaches clients mindfulness skills to increase awareness of thoughts and emotions, and she helps clients develop compassion for themselves and awaken inner strength and wisdom to make healthier choices in their lives.

She is inspired by the transformational power of mindfulness and compassion in helping people heal their hearts and minds, and she is honored to be a part of your self-compassion journey. For more information about Marcella, please visit her website,

Natalie Bell is a Certified MSC Teacher and a member of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Natalie has been practicing mindful awareness and meditation since 1985 and is committed to living with compassionate awareness. She lived in an ashram for a year in 1989 dedicating herself to intensive practice of meditation and mindful movement practices.  After studying neuropsychology she became a Physical Therapist, working for 17 years as a clinician, Director of Rehabilitation, and a clinical specialist for medical devices in rehabilitation.

Natalie founded Mindful Wellness to bring mindfulness training and coaching to individuals and corporations with a focus on self-compassion for greater ease and well being. She works with varied groups including physicians, healthcare teams, corporate groups and teachers, bringing awareness practices for self-regulation, greater balance, and self acceptance.  Natalie offers individual and corporate mindfulness programs, classes, workshops, retreats, and hourly consultation.

Natalie is a certified mindfulness instructor for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) teaching Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) classes and workshops for UCLA and Teach For America.  She teaches MSC at the new Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and at various healthcare organizations. Natalie had professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat Zinn and is also a teacher for eMindful. She is the Director of Corporate Programs at Unplug Meditation studio in L.A. Natalie believes deeply that through compassionate awareness we have the capacity for renewal, of body, mind, and spirit. For more information about Natalie, please visit her website,

Next LOMSC offerings: 

  • July 18 – September 12, 2018 (LOMSC for Men, in English)
  • August 6 – October 8, 2018 (in English)
  • September 12 – November 14 (in English)

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Fees and Scholarships

The cost of the program is US$495 per person. We offer a different rate for participants living in certain countries taking into account Local Purchasing Power. Participants in the following countries can register for US$250:

  • Central & South America & The Caribbean
  • South East Asia (excluding Singapore and Malaysia)
  • Eastern Europe
  • Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal
  • Africa (excluding South Africa)

A limited number of scholarships are available. You can apply for a scholarship using this form LOMSC Scholarship Application.  Places will be offered in the order application forms are received. Places are confirmed once payment is received. (Please note that scholarships are based on personal financial need, separate from being financially over-extended or over-committed.)

Cancellation Policy

Course registration fees will be refunded or transferred to future LOMSC dates if a cancellation occurs up to 2 weeks before a course begins. A 50% refund or the option to transfer to a future LOMSC will be offered if cancelling up to a week before a course begins. No refunds can be offered if cancelling later than a week before a course begins (except on compassionate grounds for extenuating circumstances).

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Kristy at

We hope to see you online soon, and we also hope that whatever your practice is, it leads to more mindfulness and more self-compassion in your day!

Please note: LOMSC does not routinely satisfy the training prerequisite for MSC Teacher Training. MSC is offered in-person which means that anyone wanting to teach MSC needs to have experienced it as a participant in the format that they will be teaching it (ie, in-person). However, in some isolated cases where individuals have extenuating circumstances and significant mindfulness or compassion practice experience, the LOMSC program may be approved as the pre-requisite for teacher training. Contact Natalie Bell at if you feel that this circumstance may apply to you. CMSC is the only organization offering the official LOMSC curriculum at this time.

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