Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D. It builds our capacity to be present in the face of our suffering much like we would for a beloved friend. It cultivates a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. As teachers, it prepares us to connect fully with ourselves, even in those subtle moments, when needed, and to connect more authentically with our students.
Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to really see ourselves, acknowledge unmet needs, motivate ourselves with kindness and to be fully human. We discover that a difficult moment can be a door to waking up to the present moment with awareness of what is real and what is needed. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. Meditation experience is not required. Being human is good enough.
Program activities include: short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, guided meditation and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. The retreat portion of the series is a powerful opportunity for participants to practice and deepen their experience of mindful self-compassion.
Upon completion, participants should be able to: respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness; begin to soften difficulty in relationships, old and new; motivate with encouragement rather than self-criticism; relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance; trust the wisdom of the body, and teach simple self-compassion practices to students, family or friends.
Completing this course fulfills one of the prerequisites for training to become a mindfulness teacher of youth. For further information, visit https://mindfulnessinschools.org/ or http://www.mindfulschools.org/training/mindful-educator-essentials/ For further information about MSC, visit www.self-compassion.org (Kristin Neff) where you can listen to talks, review MSC research.
Schedule and Topics
Please check the schedule and plan to attend every session;
Class time is 3:30 –6:30
• Session 1 Tue Sept 4 Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion
• Session 2 Tue Sept 11 Practicing Mindfulness
• Session 3 Tue Sept 18 Practicing Loving-Kindness
• Session 4 Tue Sept 25 The Critical and Compassionate Voice
• Session 5 Tue Oct 2 Discovering Your Core Values
• Retreat – Sunday Oct. 13 9:00 – 1:30 (can be changed by group consent)
• Session 6 Tue Oct 9 Meeting Difficult Emotions
• Session 7 Tue Oct 16 Exploring Challenges In Relationships
(no class week of Oct 21)
• Session 8 Tue Oct 30 Waking Up – Embracing Your Life
• Course Facilitator: Deborah Coffey; [email protected]
• Course Assistant: Marisa Champoonote; [email protected]
• Fee: 6,000 Thai Baht
• Completion: Participants who attend at least 90% of the program will receive a certificate of completion, that is the basis for further MSC and Mindfulness trainings.
Registration: contact Deborah Coffey [email protected]
Assisted by Marisa Champoonote – school counselor