MSC is a resource building, empirically supported training program developed by Dr’s Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self understanding, offering periods of instruction, contemplation and periods of practice. The intention of MSC is to teach participants workable ways to be self-compassionate rather than teaching about self-compassion. This enables a shift from the cognition to the felt sense of living a balanced compassionate life.
Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children. The key is to be a slow learner, allowing the pace of learning itself to be compassionate.
The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) only endorses Certified MSC Teachers to lead MSC Intensives. This is because it takes considerable skill and familiarity with MSC to lead programs in an intensive format. Tina Gibson was granted Certification in 2015, by the Mindfulness-Based Professional Teaching Institute (MBPTI), University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is the only MSC Teacher Trainer, Teacher Mentor in Australia.
Pete Gibson co-teaches with Tina, he is a trained counselor and an experienced MSC teacher. From over 30 years of working in the building industry, Pete has seamlessly moved into group work. He values compassion and understands the need for people to have places where they can connect and feel the strength of vulnerability and the courage of compassion. He listens deeply and practices what he teaches.
This is a non-residential MSC intensive.The intensive at the beautiful and restorative Sophia venue follows the structure of the 8-week MSC program. We start with session 1 on Thursday evening (6pm – 9pm), followed by 2-sessions being delivered each day; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Sunday morning we offer a 4-hour silent retreat (9am – 1pm). This special component of the MSC program allows time for personal practice to deepen. This session is dedicated to practicing the formal and informal MSC meditations in silence. Your two teachers will be leading the meditations and the environment is one of simply enjoying being gently led though the practices with no need for discussion in between them.
Please note this is a non-residential MSC intensive