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CANCELLED: MSC Teacher Training (in English) , Portugal

Vanessa Hope and Michelle Becker

October 9, 2020 - October 15, 2020

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MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. The training is built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC with each half day dedicated to a condensed, experiential review of one of the sessions, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion in that session with the close consultation of one of the Teacher Trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence.

Please note, this residential training is the first step in a three-step process towards becoming a fully trained MSC teacher authorized to teach the 8-week MSC course. For more information about the MSC teacher training pathway, including pre-requisites and stages of training, please view this page on Becoming an MSC Teacher.



October 9-15, 2020 • Portugal
Registration Fee

Includes tuition, materials, facility costs and teaching materials.

Standard rate

*$200 ‘Early-Bird Discount’ if you register and pay in full on or before August 8, 2020.
Standard rate applies on or after August 9, 2020.

 Early-Bird Rate*


Standard Rate


Portuguese citizen rate

*$200 ‘Early-Bird Discount’ if you register and pay in full on or before August 8, 2020.
Standard rate applies on or after August 9, 2020.


Includes all meals, snacks and hot beverages.

Accommodation must be paid for in Euros upon arrival.

 450 Euros total  


Application Process

Applying for this Teacher Training is a two-step process:

1. Complete the Registration Form
Please complete the registration form, pay your deposit and request your accommodation.

2. Complete the Teacher Training Application Form (a link will be provided with your registration confirmation)
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the online MSC Teacher Training Application. In the application, you will be asked to explain how you meet the standard pre-requisites, to share your reasons for taking the training and reflect on this short essay ‘Self-Reflection on the Journey of Becoming a Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion‘.

Your place on the teacher training is not confirmed until your Teacher Training Application Form is formally approved.  You have 30 days to submit your application form after your registration is confirmed. Should you not meet the pre-requisites and your application be turned down, a full refund will be granted.

Payments and Cancellations

Partial Payments
Partial payments are acceptable, however a non-refundable and non-transferable minimum deposit is due upon registration.

Please be aware that the early-bird rate is available for all participants who register and pay their balance in full by the early-bird deadline (see registration information above). All early-bird rate participants who have a remaining balance on or after the early-bird deadline will have their fees automatically adjusted to the General Session Rate.

All remaining balances must be paid in full by September 9, 2020, or your registration will be canceled for non-payment and you will not be permitted to attend.

Cancellation Policy
A refund (minus your non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing 30 days prior to the training. No refunds will be allowed after that date.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

The Venue

Centro Espírito Santo e Missão

Rua da Pena nº 225
4750-693 Silva, Barcelos, Portugal

Nestled in the beautiful North of Portugal, this center is the perfect site for retreats. It offers fresh air, mountain vistas, gorgeous wooded acreage, personalized service and the best facilities around. Located just 40 minutes from Oporto Airport, with great accesses, you will feel a million miles away from the city, but we’re close enough for an easy getaway. The gardens offer sanctuary to reflect and recharge in natural beauty with the sounds of water all around. We recommend that you fly into the Oporto Airport and we will provide you with a shared document where you can coordinate shared rides from the airport to the retreat center.

Every room has a private bathroom and wireless. Single rooms will be automatically assigned unless you request a shared room. Shared rooms will be assigned once no more single rooms are available. 

Continuing Education Credits & Training Objectives


At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Develop and apply personal practice of responding to difficult emotions with mindfulness and compassion
  • Describe current basic theory and research on self-compassion
  • Identify the core themes and practices presented in each of the eight group sessions of MSC, plus the retreat day
  • Develop and implement the skills necessary to facilitate MSC groups, including how to guide meditation, teach from each participant’s direct experience, and facilitate group cohesion
  • Identify obstacles to mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming them
  • Practice and demonstrate a mindful and compassionate embodied stance toward students of the MSC program as they confront challenges to their practice

Continuing education credits for participation in this program are available for an additional fee.  

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 32.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 32.0 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 38.25 contact hours.

Social Workers
CEs for Social Workers may be offered pending approval by NASW.

Training Schedule

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Day One
Registration: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Session: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Day Two-Six
Optional Morning Practice: 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Afternoon Session: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evening Session: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Day Seven
Optional Morning Practice: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Final Session: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Departure: by 2pm

Required Reading
The following article and books are required references for all MSC teachers, but it is not necessary to read any of them before coming to Teacher Training.

Recommended Reading

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer
  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing by David Treleaven
  • Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy by Christopher Germer and Ronald Siegel
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Second Edition by Christopher Germer, Ronald Siegel and Paul Fulton
  • The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert
  • The Mindfulness Solution by Ronald Siegel
  • Self-Compassion: Step by Step. CD set by Kristin Neff

For all other queries, please contact Kim Levan: kim@centerformsc.org



October 9, 2020
October 15, 2020


Barcelos Portugal


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