What to Expect
The MSC course includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each, and a half-day (4 hour) mindfulness retreat. Each week builds on the previous one and participants who register for the course should be able to attend all or most of the 8 sessions. Program activities include guided meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.
The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion.
The MSC course focuses on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves and the range of our experiences in a kinder, more compassionate way.
After participation in this workshop, you will be able to:
• Practice self-compassion in daily life
• Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Practice the art of savoring and appreciation
With self-compassion, we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically.
Everyone is welcome! The MSC program can benefit those we are new to mindfulness practices and experienced meditators. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. Registration for the course is required, and participants are asked to provide background information when they register.