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Live Online MSC Core Skills Training

Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

April 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm UTC-8

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Wednesdays and Sundays, April 22, 26, 29 and May 3
4-7 PM PDT / 7-10 EDT / 11 PM UTC

This workshop is a 4-session, online introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).  MSC is an empirically-supported training based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. The curriculum has been steadily refined since 2010 and taught to over 100,000 people worldwide. 

This workshop is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the key practices and exercises of the 8-week program, from the comfort of your home, taught by the developers of the MSC program.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships. Self-compassion includes the capacity to comfort, soothe and validate ourselves, but also to protect and provide for ourselves, and to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. Fortunately, anyone can learn self-compassion. 

This event is a benefit for the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, which means that the teachers are donating all teaching fees to fund the operations of the organization. All proceeds support the mission of CMSC to make the world a more compassionate place.

What you will learn

After this workshop, you will be able to:
–  Practice self-compassion in daily life
–  Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion
–  Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
–  Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
–  Manage caregiver fatigue
–  Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation
–  Teach simple self-compassion practices to others
NOTE: This workshop contains the highlights of the MSC training but does not fulfill the requirement of taking a full course before teacher training.

What to expect

This workshop is completely live and online. Program activities include short talks, meditation, 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.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend this workshop.
The course takes place on the Zoom conference platform and is limited to 200 participants.  Numerous 4-person breakout groups provide an opportunity for participants to connect and share their direct experience of the practices with others. 
MSC is a resource-building program rather than a retreat.  In that regard, difficult emotions are likely to emerge as we give ourselves the kindness that we need. Participants are asked to attend to their own safety and wellbeing, and there will be trained MSC teachers ready to support participants as we proceed together through the course. We are committed to making the journey safe, interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

Self-compassion: what is it?

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to our own selves in the same situations. Self-compassion is directed to the one who is suffering, and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need?” By recognizing that difficulty is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-kindness), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.

Self-compassion: how to learn it

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.


Online MSC Core Skills Workshop


Wednesdays and Sundays
April 22, 26, 29 and May 3rd

6 pm – 9 pm CDT/ 4 pm – 7 pm PDT          2300 UTC

This event will be hosted online

Fee: $300 

Both professionals and the general public are welcome.

CE credits may be available.

No refunds if cancelling within 72 hours of the start of the program.

With organizational support from:


Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over fifteen years ago. In conjunction with Chris Germer, she has co-developed an empirically-supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion. They co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. She is also the author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School.  He co-developed the MSC program with Kristin in 2010 and they co-authored two books on MSC together. Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is the author of the popular book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Kristin Neff) of the professional text, Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. His next book, expected in 2021, is on self-compassion as an antidote to shame. Chris is an MSC Teacher Trainer and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.


April 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
May 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm


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