This course will begin Thursday May 21st and finish Thursday July 2nd. There will be a half-day retreat part way through the course, details to be confirmed.
MSC is based on the work of Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. significantly, it has been extensively researched and proven to provide many wellness benefits.
In MSC you’ll learn to:
Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
Understand the science of self-compassion
Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Work with challenging relationships
Manage caregiver fatigue
Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Teach simple self-compassion skills to others
MSC is designed for members of the general public. It is not necessary to have prior meditation experience to participate. All are welcome! The program is based on the values of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.
Short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices will be included.
MSC is a journey!
It is an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing our emotional distress as well as opening us to the pain that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, challenging emotions are likely to surface during the program, including past trauma. MSC teachers are committed to helping participants feel safe and comfortable during the course. However, participants agree at the outset that they will take primary responsibility for their emotional wellbeing.
MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on building the resources of mindfulness and self-compassion. MSC is not a substitute for medical or mental health care.
Participants should also be aware that MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training. Mindfulness and compassion go hand-in-hand, but our main purpose is compassion training.
In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Read the full article on Kristen Neff’d website.
Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives. MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to ½ hour per day, and teachers guide and support participants in that endeavor.
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer
It is also recommended, but not required, that participants read the following two books to get the most out of the training:
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
Testimonials from past participants
‘Patricia…..I appreciate her warmth and breadth of experience she brings to each session. I can see that she is careful to check-in with participants and give the space for working through experiences and ideas……
CC….She is so much more than a “kitten voice.” I appreciate her tenderness with which she guides meditation and encourages each person to seek their softer, kinder side.‘
‘The thing that really bought me here was the notion that I could still accomplish my goals, but didn’t need to berate myself on the inside to do so’
‘Even more shocking, was the warmth I felt and increased self-reliance I’ve gained from being able to be my own source of kindness and compassion’
‘Calm, gentle, relaxing environment….’
‘You validate everyone, never judging, and practising what you preach’
‘Loved the location’
‘….I was able to safely access aspects of my process within the support of the group without being pressured to share….’
‘…this practise has shifted my partner’s perspective ….’
‘Most supportive was your sincerity, openness, welcoming all parts of experience, and role modelling compassion to self and others’