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8-week Mindful Self-Compassion Course (Online)

Carolyn McCarthy

October 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - December 15, 2022 @ 8:45 pm

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Why MSC?

Interested in learning to be kinder to yourself when you’re suffering? Wish you had better tools for handling difficult emotions? Want to be able to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism and start to leave that harsh inner-critical voice behind? The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program includes exercises, meditations, and lessons on mindfulness, compassion for ourselves, difficult emotions, transforming the inner critic, and more.

Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn McCarthy is a lifelong writer and performer who cultivates attentiveness and joy. With a degree in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, she uses mindfulness to support the work of social justice, turning toward the difficult within and without. Zest, warmth, and wit enliven her teaching. Core practices: sitting meditation, time outside, solo living room dance parties. Visit her online at www.carolynmcc.com.

Carolyn is fantastic with presenting the material, helping everyone feel at ease, and holding space for people in a very warm and peaceful manner.

AnaMia Keely Padilla

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What to Expect

This 8-week course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindful self-compassion practices and meditations
  • Skill building exercises for managing difficult emotions and developing compassion
  • Learning how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • Learning how to stop being so hard on yourself and open to more happiness and joy
  • A copy of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
  • Group dialogue and small group exercises
  • Eight 2.75 hour classroom sessions plus a 4-hour weekend retreat.


Thursdays, October 20 – December 15*
6:00 – 8:45pm PST
*No class November 24
Day of Self-Compassion Retreat: Sunday, December 4, 9am – 1pm PST

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Each of the eight weekly classes includes instruction in mindfulness, compassion, emotional awareness and a series of skills. Far from being only “classroom learning,” each MSC unit includes hands-on experiential meditations and exercises along with opportunities to discuss your learning with peers and the instructor. Real-world tools are provided that you can try in between classes. There’s also an additional retreat session on the weekend to deepen your practice.


Tuition is offered on a sliding scale ($310-$580). We also offer payment plans and a limited number of scholarships for each program. No need to apply; simply choose the amount that’s right for your budget.

I have struggled with my lack of self-compassion all my life (I am 71) and this is the first thing I have encountered that I believe will help me to break my self-criticism. When I signed up for this course, I was initially skeptical I would benefit, but I found every moment of it was extremely helpful. Thank you so much for such a helpful and life-changing program!

Denise L.

Seattle, WA


October 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
December 15, 2022 @ 8:45 pm


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