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5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Elspeet , Netherlands

Chris Germer and Kristin Neff

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019

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This offering is an intensive version of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It was developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org). This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.

Bijna 80 procent van de mensen vindt het makkelijker om begripvol en vriendelijk te zijn voor een anber die het moeilijk heeft, dan voor zichzelf. Terwijl zelfcompassi juist is wat we nodig hebben. Journaliste Eveline Brandt kreeg er les in van twee beroemde meesters…

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion. Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is learned in part by connecting with our innate compassion for others, and self-compassion also helps to grow and sustain our compassion for others.

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.

Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.

What to Expect

In MSC you’ll learn to:

• Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
• Understand the science of self-compassion
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
• Teach simple self-compassion skills to others

This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!

Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices.  MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.

The MSC program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing our emotional distress as well as opening us to the pain that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years.  Therefore, some difficult emotions are likely to surface during the program as we grow in our capacity to embrace and heal them. MSC teachers are committed to providing an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to developing compassion for oneself and others.

MSC is therapeutic but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.

In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives. For the full-text article, please click here (PDF).


Venue & Program Details

This Intensive is being managed by Centrum Voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam.  Please click on this link for course details and to register:   5-day Intensive in Amsterdam

The Venue for the residential MSC-Intensive is  Conference Centre Mennorode, Apeldoornseweg 185 8075 RJ Elspeet.  Please click on this link to view the hotel:   Conference Centre Mennorode.

Conference Centre Mennorode is 1 hour and 45 minutes’ travel from Amsterdam by train or taxi.  You can reserve a shuttle bus to the Conference Centre a couple of weeks ahead of time by emailing info@mennorode.nl.   For detailed route information go to the website of Conference Centre Mennorode.

Please contact Centrum voor Mindfulness with any questions.  They can be reached through the Contact information listed at the bottom of the CVM website.

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Venue

Conference Centre Mennorode
Apeldoornseweg 185
Elspeet, 8075 RJ Netherlands
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Website:
http://www.mennorode.nl/

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