Mission and Vision

Vision Statement:

We aim to be the global leader in self-compassion training and to offer the highest quality programs to diverse populations, based upon scientific research and established teaching methods. CMSC is committed to building an equitable, inclusive, and caring global community supporting the practice of self-compassion where each person matters and everyone belongs.

Our Mission:

Our purpose is to alleviate human suffering and improve the collective well-being of the planet through the practice of self-compassion. We will accomplish this mission by:

  • Providing resources and training opportunities to anyone wishing to learn and practice self-compassion
  • Disseminating Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and adaptations of MSC in an effective, accessible, flexible and affordable manner to the widest range of participants
  • Providing quality training and continuing professional support to teachers of CMSC programs
  • Supporting and extending diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in all activities of the organization and through our partners around the world
  • Collaborating with other mindfulness and compassion-based organizations to pursue our common purpose of a more compassionate world through intentional practice
  • Actively engaging with systems (e.g., healthcare, education, business, government, military) that would benefit from self-compassion training
  • Fostering a worldwide community of practice to support everyone who wishes to be more self-compassionate
  • Encouraging scientific research to enhance our understanding of self-compassion and MSC

Our Values:

  • We believe that mindfulness and self-compassion are basic human capacities that can be cultivated to support well-being and reduce suffering
  • CMSC is committed to upholding the integrity, quality, and consistency of the MSC program and adaptations, and to support the training and continuing education of MSC teachers
  • We believe that the foundation for effective teaching of MSC is the teacher’s regular personal practice of mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • CMSC is committed to empirically supported training grounded in scientific evidence on mindfulness and self-compassion
  • We understand the centrality of community in our individual lives and the life of the organization and strive to encourage compassionate connections in all aspects of the organization
  • CMSC is determined to be an inclusive, caring, multi-cultural community, based on mindfulness and self-compassion, that respects and allows each individual to thrive

Financial Report 2021:

  • Financial Statement including Accountant’s Compilation Report and Statement of Financial Position, Activities, Functional Expenses, and Cash Flow
  • 2022 Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax)

Board of Directors

CMSC Core Staff

Lisa Baylis

Education Director

Natalie Bell

Program Development Director

Samira Bond

Operations Director

Courtney Howard

Operations Manager

Mary Marcdante

Communications Director

Laura Stein

Education Manager

Kelin Welborn

Marketing Director

Elijah Zimmerman

Executive Director

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