Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week meditation training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments and experience with more kindness, care and understanding.
While kindness and compassion are considered an integral part of mindfulness practice, many of us overlook it because we don’t know how to actually practice it! While we can be kind to others, we struggle to extend this to our own selves, and instead accidentally “practice” self-talk & thinking patterns that can feel harsh, critical, shaming or ruminative, especially if we are going through difficult times. Unlike self-esteem, self-compassion supports & connects us, no matter where we are in comparison to others, or how hard we might fall. For those of us who are health professionals or teachers, including our own selves in our compassion practice has also been shown to protect from fatigue and burn out.
This 8 week course will include theory and practices for cultivating compassion. Recent research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. The course is ideal for people who have completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, or have some other mindfulness practice experience, but is also suitable for beginners.
MSC includes 7 weekly session of 3 hours each (including tea break), in addition to a 7 hour retreat day. Participants should plan to attend every session if possible, and to practice mindfulness and self-compassion for approximately 30 minutes per day throughout the program.