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Ashley Bridgewater,Ruth Leivers are Teacher-in-Training and will be undergoing supervision throughout their first 8-week MSC course in order to meet the pre-requisites to be designated a Trained MSC Teacher.

8 Week Mindful Self Compassion

Ruth Leivers and Ashley Bridgewater

January 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - March 2, 2022 @ 9:00 pm UTC-8

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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. Attending the MSC program can assist in transforming your relationship with yourself through the notion of “attending and befriending”. The formal and informal practices taught in the MSC program are intended as a way of developing a mindful, warm and kind friendliness to one’s self.
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need in those difficult times. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone, and we understand the fact that being human means making mistakes and having our glitches. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can get a more clear picture of our experience, thus learning to accept it with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection 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 unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
What to Expect:
Program activities include 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.
The 8-week format consists of 8 weekly, 3-hour sessions with 15 min breaks in a classroom/discussion group format, plus a 4-hour mini-retreat during week 5. Participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindful self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program. This class is often most easily integrated into our lives and offers an extended opportunity to deepen and solidify our practice.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:
-Practice self-compassion in daily life
-Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
-Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
-Meet difficult emotions with greater ease
-Begin to transform challenging relationships, old and new, with self-validation
-Manage empathy fatigue
-Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Who Should Attend:
This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work.
This includes:
-Parents and caregivers
-Healthcare professionals and therapists
-Executives and managers
-Public service leaders and employees
-Individuals seeking to increase self-compassion and mindfulness
Participating in a MSC program satisfies a prerequisite for becoming a MSC program teacher. No meditation experience is required. All are welcome!
Why Enroll:
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.
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
-more satisfying personal relationships.
A randomized, controlled study found that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety, and stress.
Time, Place, and Price:
This course will be LIVE and ONLINE from 6:00-9:00pm PST (9:00 pm-12:00am EST), across eight Wednesdays January 12th – March 2nd, 2022. There will also be a mini-retreat on February 12th from 9am-12pm (12-3pm EST).
Time, Place, and Price:
This course will be LIVE and ONLINE from 6:00-9:00 pm PST (9:00 pm-12:00 am EST), Wednesday January 12th – March 2nd, 2022. There will also be a mini-retreat on February 12th from 9am-1 pm (12-4pm EST).
In deference to the pandemic and the hardship it has wrought, we are offering this training on a sliding scale of $325-$400. If you are financially able, we encourage you to select the $400 option. If the pandemic has put a strain on your finances, then feel free to choose the $325 option.
Full details:
6:00-9:00 pm PST (9:00 pm-12:00 am EST)
Eight Wednesdays, January 12 – March 2, 2022
Mini-retreat February 12th from 9am-12pm (12-3pm EST)
Cost: $325-$400 Sliding Scale

Classes will take place on Zoom
We have one scholarship opportunity for those with financial need. Send an email to ruthleivers@gmail.com with your interest.

Your Teachers:
Ruth Leivers MA Ed. is an educator, activist, and parent of three. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1995. Ruth is an authorized teacher of Mindful Self Compassion. She has been utilizing mindful self compassion in her life. Ruth is honored to bring Mindful Self Compassion to you.
Ashley Bridgewater MA Mindfulness Studies, is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and authorized MSC teacher! In addition to having many shared values and overlapping interests, Ruth and Ashley share a background in public education.


January 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
March 2, 2022 @ 9:00 pm


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