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5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Northampton , MA , United States

David Spound and Gail Wingate

July 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm UTC-8

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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 24, 2020

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The complete MSC course, co-led by David Spound (Certified Teacher and Teacher Trainer of MSC) and Gail Wingate (Trained Teacher of MSC).

Our meditation and training center is located in Northampton, MA — about 2 hours drive from Boston and 3 hours from New York City. Train and bus service to Northampton are available. The closest airport is Bradley International (just north of Hartford, CT) which is 45 minutes away by car.

This is a non-residential program. Sessions will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day with a lunch break. There are a variety of housing and healthy food options nearby (some within walking distance) that will meet a wide variety of needs.

Northampton is a beautiful small city, with a great deal to offer in terms of art, music, food, hiking and biking, etc. This can be a very enjoyable location in which to take the MSC Intensive.


The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Intensive is a complete 5-Day version of the empirically-supported 8-week program MSC course, a program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

Based on groundbreaking research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding.

Self-compassion skills can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough positive care and attention in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.


At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

* describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion

* motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism

* relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance

* respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness

* begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation

* practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

* integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life

* teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

This program is designed for adult (21+) members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. Participating in this MSC program will satisfy one of the prerequisites for entering the MSC teacher training program. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 5-day MSC program for professionals. All adults are welcome!

Activities include guided meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, small and large group discussions, and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools and techniques for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. This is a very practical program, emphasizing the development of skills and practices for long-term emotional strength and resilience. For more information on self-compassion, please see www.Self-Compassion.org and www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org

The MSC program is an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing and comforting as well as opening us to emotional distress 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 witness, embrace, and heal them. The teachers are committed to providing an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to developing compassion for oneself and others.

It is suggested, but not required, that participants read the following two books before the training retreat:

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS for many health-care professions are available for an additional fee. .

Please note that participants must be able to attend all sessions.

* Monday, July 20, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

* Tuesday, July 21, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

* Wednesday, July 22, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (no afternoon session)

* Thursday, July 23, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

* Friday, July 24, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We offer a sliding scale for the course fee. Please visit our web site to see the sliding fee scale.

Website — https://www.valleymindfulness.com


July 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am
July 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Valley Mindfulness Meditation and Training Center
45 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01062 United States
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