8 week (plus 1/2 day retreat) MSC course starting September 14 through November 9, 2021. 7:00 PM-9:45 PM Eastern US Time
NEW PANDEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE – WE WILL NOT TURN AWAY PARTICIPANTS BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE SATISFIES KEY PRE-REQUISITES FOR MSC TEACHER TRAINING, COMMUNITY FOR DEEPENING PRACTICE, SELF-COMPASSION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, ETC.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 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.
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. Common humanity opens us to our essential
interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present
moment, so we can accept our experience 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.
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. And it’s easier
than you think.
After participating in an MSC 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
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
What To Expect
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group
discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. 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,
although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not
psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources
rather than addressing old wounds. Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop
the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
Compassion is a positive, energizing emotion. However, it is said that “love reveals
everything unlike itself.” While learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may
arise. MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for
this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone.
Fees – Standard fee $350 USD. Scholarships available. We will not turn away participants based on financial need. Please register and contact Jennifer Ayres.