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.

Next Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion

10 Week LOMSC with Natalie Bell
June 25 – September 3, 2024 
(skip Aug 20th)

This course meets every Tuesdays 4 – 6 pm PT (with a 3-hour online retreat on Aug 6, 4pm-7pm PT). Click here to view the Time Conversion Chart.

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 8 Week Course

August 1st- Sept. 26th (skip Aug 29), with David Fredrickson and Carolina Bautista-Velez

Tuesday from 9:00 – 11:30 am PT. Click here to view a Time Conversion Chart

Get the Early Bird rate now for $100 off! (discount ends July 18th)

DEIB Empowerment Series

This DEIB Empowerment Series Workshop will consist of 60-minute interactive sessions, each addressing a specific aspect of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

AUG 21: Equity and Equality and MSC

NOV 12: Communication and MSC

Monthly Feature Meditation

Meditation: Affectionate Breathing with Jorge Armesto

Experience “Affectionate Breathing” with Jorge Armesto, a soothing meditation that invites you to focus on your breath with tenderness and care. This guided practice helps you connect with your breath as a source of comfort and warmth, fostering a sense of inner peace and self-compassion. Perfect for cultivating mindfulness and emotional well-being. Jorge Armesto is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion; highly experienced in teaching both online and in-person, see any open courses with Jorge or other teachers here: https://centerformsc.org

Our Latest Blog Posts

Self-Compassion and Pride

Self-Compassion and Pride

A Conversation with Sydney Spears, Ph.D., CMSC Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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DEIB and the Importance of Self-Compassion

DEIB and the Importance of Self-Compassion

A Conversation with Sydney Spears, Ph.D., CMSC Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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Quick Six: Practices or reminders to pay attention to what it is you really need

Quick Six: Practices or reminders to pay attention to what it is you really need

Lisa Baylis, Certified MSC Teacher and CMSC Director of Education talks about reminders of what you could offer yourself to help you feel better in a moment of struggle.

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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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