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Residential Mindful Self-Compassion 5 Day Intensive Course, Enniscorthy , Co. Wexford , Ireland

Anne Kirwan

October 9, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - October 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

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Residential Mindful Self-Compassion 5 Day Intensive Course

Be Your Own Best Friend

October 9th 2022 @ 4.00pm- October 14th, 2022, at 12.30 pm

Ballyvaloo Retreat and Conference Centre, County Wexford


Learn to use the core practices of compassion so that it is possible to love others without losing yourself

This intensive training offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the key practices of mindful self-compassion, based on the research and work of the founders Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.Learn how powerful and transformative mindful self-compassion is, while staying at relaxing accommodation beside the sea!

How do you reach out to a friend in trouble, who may have had a misfortune or is going through difficult times?

Most of us naturally feel compassion when a close friend is struggling and respond by offering support, a hug, a kind act, and kind words.

What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself whenever you needed it most or when you are experiencing difficulty?

If you are too hard on yourself, learn the skills of befriending your own heart through the research supported Mindful Self -Compassion curriculum.

“The training has softened my inner critic. ” TW

Mindful Self-Compassion is a combination of mindfulness, loving kindness, and compassionAll that’s required is a shift in attention —recognizing that you, too, are a worthy recipient of love, kindness and compassion.

“I found the MSC course extremely helpful in building my understanding and practice of self-compassion.”  LG

Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease.

Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ours elves with encouragement, when we feel stressed, fail, or feel inadequate.

“MSC cradled a deep yet gentle exploration, with freedom to choose at all moments.  MKA

Kindness has the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Kindness also helps us have a sense of being warm, soothed and nourished giving us a way to express care and respond to whatever challenges come along in life.

“Through this course, I felt really supported, accepted and unjudged by others. I honestly could say that I found many benefits for this course and I really loved it. I highly recommend it to others.” MD


Self-Compassion is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human – to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.

The good news is Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone as it is innate to all human beings and is more a ‘remembering’ of our capacity to repeatedly evoke goodwill towards ourselves especially when life is difficult and stressful, while cultivating the desire that all living beings be happy and free from suffering, including ourselves!

This 5 Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive is equivalent to the full eight-session MSC curriculum experienced in an intensive format, five full days of training, with a Certified MSC teacher who has completed additional MSC teacher training.

As the name suggests, the MSC intensive is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated practice allows you to become deeply involved in MSC and experience its transformative potential.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is based on research by Kristin Neff, integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer. 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 well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you might think.

About the MSC Teacher: Anne Kirwan

  • Owner/Manager of Ashe House, Centre for MindBody Integration
  • Certified Teacher, Mindful Self Compassion, UC San Diego CFM Mindfulness-Based Professional Institute and Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Bangor University
  • Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
  • Certified MBSR Teacher with the Institute for Mindfulness Approaches, Germany.
  • Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (CSP) with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado
  • Trained Teacher endorsed to teach Positive Neuroplasticity (PNT) developed by Dr Rick Hanson

MSC All Inclusive Fee:

Total fee €975.00 is inclusive of Tuition Fee AND Accommodation

Early Bird Registration, before July 31st 2022, € 900.00

Registration after July 31st 2022, € 975.00

Payment in full is required by 30th August 2022.

Our rate has no hidden extras and includes deposit, course tuition fee, and guided meditations, room and board in a single ensuite room from Sunday evening 9th October to lunch on 14th October 2022

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook is included in the course fee, as well as a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. Morning and afternoon coffee, tea and snacks are also included in the fee.

Requirements to attend

For whom
This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work.

It would be beneficial, though not essential, to have taken a mindfulness-based course such as MBSR or MBCT. You may also have completed a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course either over eight weeks or in an intensive format. It is equally suitable for those that have trained to teach MSC.

However, no previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.

All are welcome!

The 5 day MSC Intensive meets the required prerequisite for training before taking the MSC Teacher Training course.

The number of participant places is limitied. We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not reach the minimum number required to run the course. If the course is cancelled we will of course refund your registration fee, however please note that we will not refund any travel expenses related to this course.

Who Would Benefit?

Anyone feeling stressed and overwhelmed:
Stresses of life that challenge everyone such as chronic pain, loss, illness, aging, challenges of work-life, relationships, or parenting?
What would it be like to respond to the stress caused by these challenges with love and kindness?
What would it be like to love others without losing yourself in the process?
Do you ever feel exhausted by caring for others?
What would it be like to meet your own emotional needs by giving yourself compassion, instead of becoming depleted and less able to give?

Care Givers:
Do you ever feel drained and overwhelmed when caring for others?
What would it be like to develop a sense of tenderness and care that embraces the suffering of others rather than emotionally reacting to it?
What would it be like to meet your own emotional needs by giving yourself compassion, instead of becoming depleted and less able to give?
Learn to use the core practices of compassion in the midst of caregiving so that it is possible to love others without losing ourselves

Mental Health Professionals:
Do you ever feel exhausted by your clinical work with clients?
What would it be like to give yourself compassion when experiencing empathic pain, as well as giving compassion to those you work with?
What would it be like to deepen the therapeutic relationship by developing self- compassion for yourself and which benefits the client?
Learn to empathetically resonate with people who are suffering( which can be draining and even overwhelming, leading to caregiver fatigue and burnout), without losing yourself

Mindfulness Teachers:
Do you ever feel stressed or overwhelmed when teaching others?
Learn to respond to the challenges of teaching with compassion rather than self-criticism
Learn to develop a sense of tenderness and care that holds the suffering of others rather than emotionally reacting to it?
Deepen a sense of presence and awareness, through self-compassion practices.

Certificate of Attendance

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) 30 contact hours available on completion.

Please ensure you are able to attend the entire course. If this is not possible, please contact us to discuss before submitting an application.




October 9, 2022 @ 9:00 pm
October 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm


Anne Kirwan
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Ballyvaloo, Retreat and Conference Centre
Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Y21 X392 Ireland
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