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5-day MSC Intensive – In person w/ residential and commute option; CEs offered, Gainesville , FL , United States

Trish Magyari

December 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - January 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

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This is an MSC intensive at a retreat center with many COVID protocols in place–see below for details. ****

Ring in the new year in Florida with a new, more compassionate way of relating to yourself! Enjoy the entire MSC course in a retreat environment. This intensive will cover the entire 8-week MSC course including the half-day retreat in a natural tropical setting with well-ventilated spaces to practice, such as a covered screened in porch and outdoor gardens in which to eat. CEs are available for many mental health and health professionals.

In addition to the course, the retreat setting will encourage self-care, relaxation and nurturing yourself throughout the entire five days. Participants will practice “behavioral self-compassion” during the breaks by working with the self-compassion inquiry “what do I need right now”, and responding by choosing activities during the breaks that are soothing and feel kind to themselves. Delicious home-made organic food will be made on-site just for this group; vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available at every meal.

A candlelight/moonlight labyrinth walk followed by a gong (music) meditation will be offered on New Year’s Eve and is included in the program.

Tentative Schedule:
Monday Dec 27
3:00 – 5:30pm Check-in
5:30pm Compassionate Movement/Stand and Stretch
6:00pm Dinner for everyone: Masks required in food line; indoor, screened porch and outdoor dining is offered
7:15 – 8:30pm Introductions and Orientation to GRC, participants and the course

Tuesday Dec 28 – Friday Dec 31
7:30am Optional Gentle Yoga
8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast on-site
9:00 – 11:45 Class
12 – 2pm Lunch and time to rest or spend time in nature
2 pm – 5pm Afternoon Class, with healthy snack/break around 3:30pm (Thursday afternoon is MSC retreat, 2 – 6pm)
5pm – 6pm Rest or group sense and savor walk
6pm Dinner
Evening free to practice, rest, read, do art (some supllies on site) or socialize outdoors, on the screened porch or in the meditation hall. Optional evening program offered on New Year’s Eve. 7:15 – 8:30pm.

Saturday January 1, 2022
Happy New Year’s! Start it out right with MSC Class 8 which is covers gratitude, appreciation for self and others and making a plan to continue practicing self-compassion after the course ends.
7:30am Optional Gentle Yoga
8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast on-site
9:00 – 11:45 Class 8, Closing circle; workshop officially ends
12:00 Lunch included; “to-go” lunches are available upon request
2:00pm Latest departure without prior arrangement

On-site housing is limited to 8 people in the GRC. You may bring your own camper. There are numerous hotels, motels and AirBNBs within a 10 minute drive to the GRC.

The intensive will be limited to 16 people all-together including commuters and those staying off-site to insure attention to all and that COVID protocols can be met.

GRC is 10 minutes from downtown Gainesville. Gainesville, FL airport is 20 minute drive. Amtrak station/connecting bus from Jacksonville Amtrak station is 15 minutes. Jacksonville International Airport is 1hour 45 minutes. Orlando International Airport is 2hours. If flying into Jacksonville or Orlando, please plan on flights arriving by 1pm and leaving no earlier than 4pm on Jan 1st.

CEs are available from University of San Diego for psychologists, social workers, MFAs, licensed counselors, and nurses (RNs). Requires attending all 8 classes and the retreat. Must sign-in and out at all course sessions. $40 fee as shown above is required to process the CE certificate which will arrive 2-4 weeks after the program.

In addition to the 5-day MSC intensive in person and on-site, two Zoom session– one, an orientation, before and one, integration, after–are included in the fee-. Both will be recorded for those unable to attend. Optional 1-on-1 integration sessions available with Trish after the intensive at mentoring fees.

All-inclusive Per Person Fees:

Commuter/Camper with full MSC course, retreat, 3 organic meals per day, and day-use of GRC: $795

Double room in GRC (Central heat and AC) with full MSC course, retreat, 3 organic meals per day, and use of GRC trails: $995

Single room in GRC (Central heat and AC) with full MSC course, retreat, 3 organic meals per day, and use of GRC trails: $1480

All rooms have single or double beds, no bunk beds. All are shared bath with single use bath rooms and showers. No multi-stall bathrooms.

Please note: Due to the intensive nature of this program, this course is not recommended for those with active or unregulated mental health concerns or unresolved trauma–a less intensive 8 week course may be a better choice for some. While the MSC course will be taught in a trauma-informed manner, the course material may be emotionally challenging as self-compassion skills are applied to stressful situations from your own life. Participants will have full choice of what material to work with and are urged not to use the course to address the biggest stressors or traumas in their lives.

Facilitated byTrish Magyari, MS, LCPC, Certified MSC teacher. Trish has led or co-led previous 5-day MSC intensives as well as played the Personal Support Person (PSP) role for senior MSC teachers Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, Steven Hickman and Michelle Becher in large 5-day MSC intensives, meeting with people 1-on-1 and running small integration groups during the intensive. She also offers qualifying silent retreats and has led 8 Mindfulness and Self-Compassion silent retreats over the past 5 years.

****Please register ONLY if you are fully vaccinated, willing to test 72 hours prior to arrival, and wear masks as you go through the food line and in the workshop space. Proof of vaccination and negative COVID test results will be required. The well-ventilated meditation hall/workshop has windows on three sides and fans; there is also a screened porch and outdoor spaces for eating. Staff at this facility are fully vaccinated. We request that all meals during the intensive are taken on-site to minimize exposures. Three meals will be provided to all participants whether staying on-site or commuting.


December 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
January 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm


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1551 SE 51st Street
Gainesville, FL 32641 United States
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