During this workshops, participants will learn:
-What is self-compassion and how this practice can help to relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and isolation.
-How to start a self-compassionate practice using straight-forward practices such as the “Self-Compassionate pause” and “Soothe, Soften and Allow” developed by Dr. Kristen Neff.
-How to identify the inner critic within and respond with a more loving, self-compassionate voice.
-Simple body movements and breathing exercises that help to foster a self-compassionate practice.
-Mindfulness practices that will support a self-compassionate practice and bring a greater sense of connection with oneself, others and the present moment.
What you can expect: You will be welcomed into an open and warm environment, where participants are invited to sit in a circle of cushions on the floor, or can use chairs or a comfortable sofa. The afternoon begins with an opening meditation to ground and settle you, where you will be invited to set your intention for the workshop. The core foundations of Self Compassion will be introduced in an interactive, bilingual discussion format and participants are free to engage at the level they feel most comfortable. Throughout the afternoon, theoretical concepts are followed by self compassion meditations and exercises to help individuals embody the concepts in a real way. There is a break for tea and cookies half way through, as well as a time for light body stretching.
Bilingual discussion format (english and french)