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Mindful Self-Compassion with optional Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training

Lisa Kim and Susan Fairchild

August 9, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - September 27, 2022 @ 5:15 pm

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8-Week Course: Live online via Zoom, Tuesdays, 3:00-5:15pm (Eastern Time)
Dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, and 27 2022
Retreat: Live online via Zoom, Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time)
Regular Rate: $650

Course Description

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well-being. Click here to view an overview of the themes explored over the 8 weeks and learning objectives and outcomes. MSC is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion, co-developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, a CMC senior advisor. We welcome you to explore Mindful Self-Compassion tools and resources, including guided meditation and a course overview, through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) website.

This MSC course brings together two scientifically validated trainings in one 8-week program. You will have the choice to include the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) biofeedback in the training with the additional purchase of a compatible heart rate monitor. This means you will be able to maximize the benefits of the MSC curriculum and quantify your progress in a measurable way. To learn more about HRV and its benefits, visit our FAQs page.

Why include HRV training? 

  • Improve physiological self-regulation
  • Strengthen the ability of your nervous system to experience self-compassion
  • Utilize reliable data to assess your progress

Scientific research shows that HRV is strongly tied to self-compassion. Participation in the HRV component of this training is optional. For those that are interested, there is no need to wait. Go to OptimalHrv.com to learn more. HRV training is provided in partnership with OptimalHRV and Dr. Inna Khazan. Questions? Visit our FAQs page.

This program is designed for the general public: no meditation experience required. Participants will complete a background form and connect with instructors.

Course Participant Testimonials

“MSC helped me to welcome, soften, and let go of my inner critic. Practicing Self Compassion has changed my life.”

“MSC supported me, for the first time in my life, to have the courage to really see myself as I am, without a mask, the guard of my inner critic, or a fake outer smile.” 

Why Mindful Self-Compassion? 

• Learn the science and components of self-compassion
• Practice self-compassion to live in alignment with your values
• Gain tools to manage difficult emotions with greater ease
• Build emotional strength for dealing with daily stresses
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

Discounts and Scholarships

From the generosity of our community, a limited number of scholarships and discounts are available:

  • Need-Based Scholarships: Complete the application at www.chacmc.org/scholarship. We will get back to you before you can register for the course.
  • 15% Discounts available for members of Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim – contact us at [email protected] to learn more.
  • 50% Discounts available for CHA Staff and Patients contact us at [email protected] to learn more.
  • A limited number of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Discount Scholarships are available at a reduced rate of $100 (This is $550 off the regular rate of $650). Complete the application at www.chacmc.org/bipoc-scholarship before registering. We will get back to you about the status of your scholarship request.

Refund Policy

Full refund will be issued, minus $100 processing fee, for cancellation made up to two weeks before the start date of the training or course. 50% refund will be issued for cancellation in the period between two weeks and two working days before the start of the training or course. No refund is available if cancellation is within 2 working days before the start of the course or training or once program training materials are received.


August 9, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
September 27, 2022 @ 5:15 pm