Michael Klein, Ph.D.
Thursdays, January 16th to March 12th – 6:10 pm to 8:40 pm (classes 1, 2, 6, & 7 may go until 8:55 or 9:10 pm)
Half-day Retreat: Sunday February 9th – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (same location)
Self-compassion is a way to train the heart and mind to respond to life’s difficult moments with kindness and compassion rather than self-criticism and judgment. It can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood, or those who feel uncomfortable being good to themselves. It provides emotional strength and resilience, makes it easier for us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
The Mindful Self Compassion training is an 8-week, empirically supported course designed to cultivate and nourish the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. Research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of depression and anxiety, a strengthening of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SUPPORTED IN LEARNING HOW TO:
– Increase kindness and compassion for oneself and others
– Calm the mind and direct thoughts in a more positive way
– Motivate yourself with kindness and values, rather than criticism
– Manage caregiver fatigue
– Cultivate the skills of savoring and gratitude
– Practice self compassion in daily life
The weekly 2.5-hour class includes guided meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, and group discussion. In addition to the weekly class, there is a 4-hour mostly silent retreat. No previous meditation experience is required, although the willingness to develop a regular compassion-based sitting meditation practice is a key component of the training. Participants should plan to attend every session and be willing to practice the compassion-based guided meditations for at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week during the course. Please do not sign up for this course if you cannot commit to missing no more than two of the evening classes during the course. This course fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. The class is limited to 10 participants.
$400 – $800 Sliding Scale
Please pay as high on the sliding scale as feels affordable. I have made a commitment to not turn anyone away for a lack of funds, and so if the bottom of the sliding scale feels unaffordable, please call me and if you are sincerely interested in the class then we will find a way to work it out.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER:
I do not have a website. For more information please either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 415-250-8145. If you are interested I am more than happy to set up a time a time to talk by phone and spend about 20 minutes sharing more details about the class, and/or answering any specific questions you may have.
If you would like to register for the class please 1) please email me and make sure that there is still space available in the class, 2) put a check in the mail to me for either the class tuition or part of the class tuition if cash flow is an issue, 3) email me once the check is in the mail.