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 Workshop Live Online with Kristin Neff

Saturday, February 17, 2024: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT / 12:00 – 3:00 PM EST– Click here to view the Time Conversion Chart

The cost of this workshop is $125.

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion

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

Self-Compassion for Shame with Natalie Bell and Laila Narsi

February 27 – April 23, 2024 (Skip March 26) weekly at 3:00 – 5:00 PM PT: In this course, we’ll take a unique, non-pathological look at shame through the eyes of self-compassion and discover how self-compassion is the antidote to shame.

5 Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

March 10-15, 2024 with Chris Germer & Sydney Spears in Sedona, Arizona: Join us in the wonderful landscape of Sedona for five days of MSC activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices.

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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