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MSC Teacher Training, Sedona Mago, Sedona , AZ , United States

Steve Hickman and Tina Gibson

October 24, 2022 - October 30, 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.

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


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 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 [email protected] with any questions regarding CE credits.

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.

All scholarship applicants must submit their applications by September 8, 2022. Scholarships can be requested directly on the MSC Teacher Training Application. Those seeking a scholarship are asked to apply for the training no later than September 8, 2022. All applicants will be notified whether or not their scholarship application has been successful 2 months prior to the course start date, or by September 12, 2022. Please send questions to [email protected].

Steve Hickman – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. As Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, his role is to provide oversight, vision, direction and focus for the development and expansion of CMSC around the world. He is also the Director of Professional Training, overseeing the training of teachers from “start to finish” and assuring the highest quality standards and the best possible resources for teaching. Steve is the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. 

Tina Gibson – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Tina is a certified MSC Teacher and teacher trainer. Based in Australia, she traveled to America, as part of the first MSC teacher training, and has been teaching with enthusiasm across Australia ever since. Tina has years of experience teaching Mindfulness, having facilitated programs within Women’s Health, the Education System, Cancer Support and the general community. Her MSC has also included programs specifically for Health Professionals and for young women. Tina practices what she teaches, bringing warmth, honesty, courage and humour to MSC in her life and her teaching. She has a sound knowledge of health and education stemming from training and working in roles such as; Paramedic, Health Care Worker, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Kinesiologist and Health Educator. Some of her current passions are bringing MSC to children and MSC for enhancing creativity.


Before you apply, 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 [email protected].

Complete the application and pay the non-refundable $25 fee. Scholarships can be requested on this application form.

CMSC will review your application and let you know whether you have been accepted,  within 2 weeks of submitting your form. Scholarships will be decided September 12, 2022.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please apply by September 8, 2022 to be considered.

Upon acceptance, you will be provided with a link to register for this teacher training. Once you register and pay, you will be considered enrolled in the teacher training. Payment plans are available, please email [email protected].

Please Note: Acceptance of an application does not automatically enroll you into a course. You must register and pay to be considered enrolled. 

Space is limited, so early registration is advised.

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 September 24, 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 by October 10, 2022. No refunds will be allowed after October 10, 2022.

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, any travel related hotel accommodations, or any miscellaneous expenses.

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 as soon as possible.

Sedona Mago Retreat Center is located in pristine land in Sedona, Arizona, an area long known for natural healing and spiritual awakening. Surrounded by red monoliths, Native American ruins and majestic mountains, the Retreat Center offers 173 acres of beautifully landscaped land honoring Mother Earth’s treasures. Designed to work with the healing energy of Sedona, you can relax and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

Weather: Sedona is located in the high desert with a 4,500 feet altitude. Typical desert weather is warm or hot in the day, with cooler temperatures at night. Sun protection and light layers are recommended to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day. To learn more, please visit their website here Sedona Mago Retreat Center.

Covid Negative Test Requirement: In order to help allay health concerns, we will be following the Covid protocol at Sedona Mago. Upon arrival, all participants must provide a negative COVID test administered no more than 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival regardless of having the vaccination or not. At-Home Rapid Tests are accepted with Date and Timestamp. Please view Sedona Mago’s Health & Safety page for more information.  

To help you to plan your stay, including travel arrangements, we have created this downloadable and printable “Planning Your Stay” document. Please reach out with any questions to [email protected]


    This course runs from Monday, October 24 to Sunday, October 30, 2022. Check-in will begin at 2pm on Monday, October 24, with an optional grounds tour at 4:15pm. The course ends after lunch on Sunday, October 30th. 

    Please Note: If you will be arriving after 7pm, you must call the Welcome Center at 928.204.3391, or email CMSC as soon as possible at [email protected]. On arrival, all participants must present a negative Covid 19 test result, no longer than 72 hours old. 

    $1695 (USD) early bird tuition fee
    $1895 (USD) tuition fee (after October 10, 2022)
    NOTE: Tuition fees includes a hard copy of the MSC Teacher Guide. 

    All meals are included. Off-site lodging is not allowed for health & safety. Please view our “Planning Your Stay” section below to learn about our Health & Safety plans. 

    $1615 (USD) for 6 days, single accommodations
    $1315 (USD) for 6 days, double accommodations

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



October 24, 2022
October 30, 2022


Sedona Mago Retreat
3500 E Bill Gray Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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