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8-week Online Mindful Self-Compassion Course- Befriending Yourself

Leanna Gilliam and Kelly Sell

April 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - May 31, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

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This Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course includes 8 weekly online sessions (2.5 hours each week), and a half-day mindfulness retreat (4 hours). The program is based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer.

Each week builds on the previous one and participants who register for the course should be able to attend all or most of the 8 sessions. Program activities include guided meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke mindfulness and compassion in daily life.

The MSC course focuses on building emotional resources and cultivating mindfulness to see clearly what is happening so we know how to respond skillfully. Positive changes happen naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves and our experiences with kindness, care and understanding.

This workshop will support you 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
Bring compassion and clarity to relationships, old and new
Manage caregiver fatigue
Practice the art of savoring and appreciation
Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthier habits of caring for our bodies, and more satisfying personal relationships.

With self-compassion, we learn to befriend ourselves. We are able to motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

*This course benefits new and experienced meditators, no previous experience needed


April 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
May 31, 2022 @ 8:30 pm


Leanna Gilliam
Kelly Sell
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