Experience the proven power of self-compassion.

Founded by Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff to be the global leader in self-compassion training and practice.

For Beginners

Anyone can learn and practice self-compassion! Self-compassion has many benefits for you, your loved ones, and your community.

For MSC Graduates

Self-compassion is a lifelong practice. After a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course, continue to explore aspects of self-compassion through advanced skills workshops and classes.

Professional Training

CMSC offers Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher certification and professional development programs for healthcare providers, psychotherapists, educators, and more.

All Are Welcome


The purpose of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is to alleviate human suffering and to improve the collective well-being of our world through the practice of self-compassion. Welcome, we are so glad you are here.

Fierce Self-Compassion 8 Week Course

With Mila De Koning and Helle Laursen

March 26 – May 21, 2024 (Tuesday, 8am – 10:30 am PT): This unique course explores the action-oriented side of self-compassion that begins with the inner work of fierce self-compassion. Previous experience with self-compassion is required, before taking this course. This course will take you one step further as you learn how self-compassion can help you speak up and claim your power.

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Self-Compassion for Caregivers Workshop with Kristin Neff

April 27th from 9am – 12pm PT: This live online workshop with Dr. Kristin Neff will present theory and research on the key role that self-compassion plays for caregivers and explore practices that can help individuals maintain equilibrium in difficult caregiving situations.

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion

Multiple Times Available: Take MSC from the comfort of your home. Upcoming live online 10-week courses.

International Women’s Day 2024 Silent Retreat

March 8, 9am — 12pm PT: CMSC Circles of Practice Public Offering is honored to bring you this very special event to celebrate women around the world. We seek to create a safe refuge and an opportunity for all self-identified women to come together as a global community to practice self-compassion, feel connected, and empowered. It is important for us to wholeheartedly welcome self-identified LGBTQIAP2S+ women/womxn and acknowledge their courage and historical contributions despite experiencing gender-related marginalization and social inequities. No experience with meditation is required.

Free Practices and Meditations led by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

Meditations and practices are drawn from the MSC program, and are presented in order of the particular MSC sessions in which they are taught.  Recorded in English by MSC founders Chris Germer and/or Kristin Neff. All recordings can be downloaded by using a right click on the name of the practice.

Monthly Feature Meditation

Loving Kindness for Someone You Care About with Dr. Karen Bluth

Step into a space of greater compassion for yourself and a loved one with Certified MSC teacher, author, and co-creator of the CMSC’s Mindful Self-Compassion Teen Program, Dr. Karen Bluth. This meditation will connect you to the beauty of breathing kindness for yourself and others, guiding you to a deeper understanding of love in action.

Our Latest Blog Posts

Cultivating a Good Life in 2024

Cultivating a Good Life in 2024

Compassion for ourselves is the opposite of selfish. It enables us to flourish, to shine and to thrive, even as we get old, together or alone. Learn six ways to…

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Empower Your Self-Compassion Practice for Inspired Personal and Professional Growth this New Year

Empower Your Self-Compassion Practice for Inspired Personal and Professional Growth this New Year

It's that time of year again, for new beginnings, a fresh start, a healthier, more intentional outlook. Oh yes, that again! So often in January we feel the need, and…

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The Wisdom of a Gratitude Practice During Challenging Times

The Wisdom of a Gratitude Practice During Challenging Times

Gratitude is noticing the good things that life has given us, both within us and around us. For some of us, we may say we’re grateful but we brush over…

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Our Founders

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) was founded in 2012 by Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff to be the global leader in self-compassion training and practice. The Center is a US-based nonprofit that serves students and certifies MSC teachers internationally. Through online and in-person public programs, workshops, and professional training, we create a world that is kinder, healthier and more enjoyable for all.

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