This course is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise 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.
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
MSC is primarily a compassion training program, although there is a consistent focus on mindfulness throughout the program, as mindfulness contributes to the foundation of self-compassion.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It provides emotional strength with resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly with others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing; reduced anxiety, depression, and stress; maintenance of self care habits such as healthy diet and exercise; and satisfying personal relationships.
We will meet every Tuesday evening for 8 consecutive weeks from July 2nd to August 20th, plus there is a 5-hour mini-retreat on Saturday, August 3rd.