Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
Designed by Dr. Christopher Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff, the research has been exploding the last ten years showing a strong link between self-compassion and less negative emotions (anxiety, anger, frustration, stress, depression) and, at the same time, the strong development of more positive emotions (relationship satisfaction, healthier lifestyle behaviours, increased happiness and overall wellbeing.
Program activities include 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 self-compassion in daily life. Each week participants will learn new practices and meditations that will contribute to their own personal Self-Compassion toolkit. You will learn how to be there for yourself – how to have your own back emotionally – when you are stressed and suffering.
Program includes 24 hours of instruction and include a half day silent retreat. Participants are asked to make every effort to attend all sessions as the program is designed to build on the previous weeks teachings.
This program is offered at the beautiful Bethlehem Centre on Westwood Lake in Nanaimo, B.C.