Experience the proven power of self-compassion.

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.

New Workshops!

Introducing a new series of workshops, these have been developed as an offering leading up to the Self-Compassion In Psychotherapy course that will be offered to all Mental Health providers, beginning January 2024. These courses are focused on professional development for Mental Health providers, as well as open to general public to attend and deepen their understanding of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion for LGBTQ+ October 2023

Starting October 12, 10am – 1pm PT: This course meets every Thursday from October 12, 2023 – December 14, 2023 (with a 3-hour online retreat from 10am – 1pm PT on November 23) with Markus Bohlmann and Armel Law Wraight.

Cultivating a Multicultural Lens in Mindful Spaces: Integrating Compassion, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Starting October 31st – December 19th, 2023: These workshop sessions are instructed by Sydney Spears and Tracy Ochester and go for every Tuesday, beginning October 31, 2023 from 4 – 6:30 pm PT. This innovative diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) workshop series will provide self-compassionate reflection and guidance for mindfulness and MSC teachers to explore developing a multicultural, anti-oppressive lens.

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion

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

Antidote to Shame Workshop, with Christopher Germer

November 1 & 9, 4-7 pm PT: Please join Chris Germer, PhD, clinical psychologist and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion training, for a 6-hour, online, experiential workshop including talks, meditation, research, exercises, and discussion. We will take a fresh, non-pathological look at shame through the eyes of compassion.

Our Latest Blog Posts

Shame: The One Who Shall Not Be Named

Shame: The One Who Shall Not Be Named

Once we know shame is in the house, we can begin the journey of transforming this difficult human emotion with the alchemy of tender and fierce self-compassion.

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She’s Going to Be Okay: Four Steps to Help Children Grow Self-Compassion

She’s Going to Be Okay: Four Steps to Help Children Grow Self-Compassion

The process of helping children grow self-compassion involves four steps, which are built upon the foundation of a caregiver’s self-compassion.

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Spaces of Belonging

Spaces of Belonging

In the field of mindfulness and compassion, we need queer spaces alongside dominant spaces because we do not share the same suffering. We queer folks need to connect based on…

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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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