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Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills, Nanaimo , British Columbia , Canada

Victoria Pawlowski and Kristy Williams

January 16, 2021 @ 9:30 am - January 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm UTC-8

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Immerse yourself in a weekend of Mindful Self-Compassion Skills Training while being cared for by west coast nature, whole foods and experienced teachers.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)​ is an evidence-based training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr Kristin Neff (PhD) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (psychologist), MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

Rapidly expanding 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. And it’s easier than you think.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

After participating in this workshop, you’ll 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

●  Transform challenging relationships, old and new

●  Manage caregiver fatigue

●  Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.


January 16, 2021 @ 9:30 am
January 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health
678 Franklyn Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2Y2 Canada
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