Rapidly expanding research has clearly demonstrated that self-compassion enhances emotional wellbeing, increases levels of happiness and self-confidence, helps to maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and is related to better personal relationships.
This empirically-supported, 8-week course is based on pioneering research by leading psychologists Kristin Neff, PhD and Chris Germer, PhD.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood, or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect.
The course is a skills based training using formal mindfulness practices, informal daily practices, talks, exercises and discussions. 25 different practices will be explored and you will be helped to create a bespoke system of practice to support your habit of self-compassion after the course ends.
The course starts on Tuesday 18th September, 6.45 – 9.15pm with a break for half-term on 30th October. The 1/2 day retreat will be on Sunday 4th November 1pm-5pm at Upton Magna Village Hall.
The facilitator is Helen Scholes, a Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, BACP Accredited Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. Helen completed her MSC teacher training with Kristin Neff in association with Bangor University and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
The cost is £195/£145 (concess. for means tested benefits) which includes the course, email support, handbook and the ½ day retreat.
For more information, or to book a place either email Helen at [email protected] or call her on 07817 124531