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MSC Teacher Training, Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, North Andover , MA , United States

David Spound and Anna Friis and Dawn MacDonald

April 3, 2022 - April 9, 2022

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Mindful Self-Compassion (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.

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. 

Teacher 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:

Continuing Education Credits will be offered for US certified psychologists, therapists and nurses. (Please see the list below for details.)

In order to receive CE credits, you must attend all the Teacher Training Sessions. No credit is given for partial attendance. You will also need to fill out the online Evaluation after the training completes. CE Certificates will be emailed about a month after the program completes.


This program is sponsored 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:

This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 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.

Please submit the $75 USD fee when registering.

Please contact kristen@centerformsc.org with any questions regarding CE credits.

Scholarships Supporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Recognizing the societal importance of self-compassion training and the financial realities that many prospective teachers (especially people from diverse and historically under-served communities) may face, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to attend the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training. CMSC is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarships covering the registration fee, focused on applications from people of color and those who are members of historically marginalized or under-served communities, and those who wish to serve these populations and communities.
Scholarship applicants are asked to register for the training first (the initial deposit WILL be refundable for scholarship applicants who do not receive an award and choose not to attend the training) and second, complete this MSC TT Scholarship Application Form.
All scholarship applications are due by January 15, 2022. All applicants will be notified whether or not their scholarship application has been successful 2 months prior to the course start date.

Payment Plans & Cancellation Policy:

Partial Payments:
Partial payments are acceptable; however a non-refundable and non-transferable minimum deposit of $300 is due upon registration. All remaining balances must be paid in full by March 3, 2022 or your registration may be canceled for non-payment and you will not be permitted to attend.

Cancellation Policy:
A refund (minus the $300 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 March 3, 2022.
In the 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.

Sample Schedule:

Day One:
Dinner: 6-7pm
First Session: 7-9pm

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

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




Planning Your Stay:

Rolling Ridge is located in a beautiful, wooded area situated on Lake Cochincheisk, with 38 acres of explorable land. The Retreat Center is charming and unique, and offers a warm gathering space for retreat participants. 

Due to the unique layout of the rooms, most bedrooms will share a bathroom or a hall bath. The few rooms with private baths cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, most bedrooms are located on the 2nd floor, with a few on the 1st and 3rd. If you have a legitimate health issue and require a private bath or a 1st floor room, please contact Chandni@centerformsc.org.

To plan your stay, including travel arrangements, our health & safety plans, please view this downloadable and printable “Planning Your Stay document. 

For more information about Rolling Ridge Retreat Center please visit this link https://www.rollingridge.org. 


    This course runs from Sunday, April 3 to Saturday, April 9, 2022. Check-in will begin at 5pm on Sunday, April 3. The course ends after lunch on Saturday, April 9. (See Sample Schedule Below.)

    Please Note: Guests may not arrive before 3:00 pm on April 3rd, as there will be no one on the grounds to greet you. If you must arrive before 3:00 pm, please contact Chandni@centerformsc.org to help with arrangements.

    $1695 (USD) early bird tuition fee
    $1895 (USD) tuition fee (after February 3, 2022)
    NOTE: Tuition fees includes a hard copy of the MSC Teacher Guide. 

    All meals are included. Most baths will be shared. Off-site lodging is not allowed for health & safety. Please view our “Planning Your Stay” document to learn about our Health & Safety plans. 

    $187.42 (USD) double room, per night, per person
    $196.25 (USD) single room, per night (Limited availability. Reserved for those with compelling medical reasons, on a first come, first serve basis, and by request only.)

    CE Credits (Optional):
    $75 (US), see CEs Section to left


    Before you register, please ensure you have met ALL of the required prerequisites. No exceptions will be granted. To review them, please visit the MSC Teach Page

    If after you review the prerequisites you are not sure about your qualifications, please email Chandni@centerformsc.org.

    Complete the registration form by clicking on the “Register Now” button and making your payment,  accommodation request, and explaining any special dietary needs. 

    Complete the MSC Teacher Training Application Form, included in the confirmation email you will receive after you register.  

    CMSC will review your application and let you know whether you have been approved, within 2 weeks of submitting your form.

    Scholarships can be applied for directly on the application, after registration.

    Please Note: Your place in the teacher training is not confirmed until your application form is formally approved. You must register and submit your application no later than March 3, 2022 to ensure enough time for your approval. Should you not meet the prerequisites and your application be turned down, a refund less the $300 registration fee will be granted. Please see our cancellation policy section to the left, for more information.  

    Space is limited, so early registration is advised.

Given the uncertainty imposed upon us all by the pandemic, there is a possibility that plans may need to change for this event. For this reason, we strongly advise you to refrain from making non-refundable travel arrangements until (at most) 60 days prior to the start of the event. We will keep you informed about any potential changes in plans in the meantime.

MSC Teacher Trainers

David Spound – MSC Certified Teacher & Teacher Trainer David Spound, M.Ed., is the Director of Valley Mindfulness (in Northampton, MA, USA) and is a certified teacher and teacher trainer of both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). David has been teaching mindfulness since 2005 with his own company and on behalf of other organizations including the UMass Center for Mindfulness, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. With the CMSC, David leads MSC courses, MSC Teacher Training, Mentoring Sessions for new teachers, Silent Meditation Retreats, Teacher Certification Review, courses on how to teach online, the 8-month online Community for Deepening Practice course, and the Ultimate Courage Men’s Workshop. With Valley Mindfulness, he teaches MSC, MBSR, and sees private clients. From 2006 through 2013, David was a staff member of the UMass Center for Mindfulness where he taught MBSR and managed the “Oasis” MBSR Teacher Training and Certification Program. For David, his work as a teacher, teacher trainer, and mentor is a true labor of love.

Anna Friis – MSC Certified Teacher & Teacher Trainer

Dr Anna Friis is a New-Zealand registered health psychologist and a Certified teacher of MSC. Her PhD culminated in a randomized controlled trial of the MSC eight-week program with published results that showed improvements in both psychological and physiological outcomes. She works with private clients, specialising  in mindfulness and self-compassion-based therapies, as well as giving frequent public talks and seminars on the mind-body health benefits of these practises. She is a devoted yogini and is deeply committed to practicing and sharing mindful self-compassion as a pathway to wellbeing and peace.

Dawn MacDonald – MSC Certified Teacher & Teacher Trainer

Dawn MacDonald, MSW, RSW has been practicing and teaching mindfulness based interventions for decades. In 2010, after noticing a trend in health care providers to be incredibly self-critical, she invited Dr. Kristin Neff to share her research in a hospital Grand Round. Part of the first cohort of teachers trained in Mindful Self Compassion, Dawn continues to work towards co-creating the conditions to alleviate unnecessary suffering within and between ourselves and in the structures of our institutions. Dawn’s training in mindfulness-based interventions is extraordinarily broad and encompasses MBSR, Compassion Cultivation Training, Mindful Leadership, and, of course MSC. At present, Dawn is a trainer and a certified teacher with the CMSC. She is also Director of Patient Relations at the Grace Hospital and a doctoral student in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.


April 3, 2022
April 9, 2022


Rolling Ridge Retreat Center
660 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA 01845 United States
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978 682-8815


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