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.

Queer Belonging: Pride Retreat 2024

A Free 3-Hour Silent Retreat Celebrating Pride and the LGBTQIAP2S+ Community

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 9 AM — 12 PM Pacific Time

Host: James Rosser
Opening Words: Elijah Zimmerman
Session 1: Armel Wraight
Session 2: David Fredrickson
Session 3: James Rosser

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion

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

Fierce Self-Compassion 8 Week Course

Ali Lambie and Christine Grace McMulkin

June 11 – July 30, 2024: This course meets every Tuesdays from 8:00 – 10:30 am PT.

Get the Early Bird rate now for $100 off! (discount ends May 28th)

Registration Closes 5pm PT, June 9th

Introduction to Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff

Saturday, June 22, 2024: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT / 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET

The cost of this workshop is $125.

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: Self Compassion Break with Chris Germer (short version)

In this brief and impactful meditation, join renowned psychologist, self-compassion expert, and co-founder of CMSC, Chris Germer, as he guides you through the transformative Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Break . In just a few minutes, you’ll practice techniques to cultivate the three foundational components of MSC, mindfulness, common humanity, and self-kindness, allowing you to navigate life’s challenges with greater resilience and compassion.

Our Latest Blog Posts

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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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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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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