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NEW COURSE: “The 8 week MSC course” online (over 9 weeks/10 sessions) - Qualifies for the MSC Teacher Training Pathway

Bal De Buitléar and Carolin Grampp

May 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - July 13, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

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This course will begin on line from Monday May 18th and will finish Monday July 13th 2020. There will be a half-day retreat on Sunday 28th June, more details will follow for that.

MSC is based on the work of Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. It has been extensively researched and proven to provide many wellness benefits. See below for meow details.

What will I learn?

In MSC you’ll learn to:
Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
Understand the science of self-compassion
Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Work with challenging relationships
Manage caregiver fatigue
Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

Do I need prior meditation experience?

No, MSC is designed for members of the general public. It is not necessary to have prior meditation experience to participate. All are welcome! The program is based on the values of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

These are some more details you may find helpful:

The 8 week MSC is a journey!

Short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices will be included.

It is an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing our emotional distress as well as opening us to the pain that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, challenging emotions are likely to surface during the program, including past trauma. MSC teachers are committed to helping participants feel safe and comfortable during the course. However, participants agree at the outset that they will take primary responsibility for their emotional wellbeing.

MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on building the resources of mindfulness and self-compassion. MSC is not a substitute for medical or mental health care.

Participants should also be aware that MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training. Mindfulness and compassion go hand-in-hand, but our main purpose is compassion training.

Does it help?
In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives. The full article can be found on Kristen Neff’s website.

What will I need to take part?
A strong internet connection to be able to take part in the online sessions.
MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to ½ hour per day, we as your teachers guide and support you in this.

Recommended reading:
To support your learning, and as this course is online, we would like to ask all participants to have a copy of: “The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook” by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

If there is a workbook then why bother coming on a course?
A great question! The MSC course is an experiential one which means we are not just reading about something – we are learning to live it. It can be easier to do this with those who are journeying with you and to share experiences in a group. No matter how inspirational or helpful a book is, it cannot offer this.

Your teachers:
The course will be facilitated by Carolin Grampp and Bal de Buitlear who are both highly skilled and certified MSC teachers and who have years of experience facilitating practices live and online going back long before Covid-19. Their unique energy enables participants to have an active, lived experience – even online. They each bring a wealth of experience from other trainings as well. Both are trained MBSR teachers. Both have studied with Rick Hanson. Both are mentors for the Sounds True Self Compassion training. Carolin is a trained coach and educator and Bal is an accredited psychotherapist including being trained in compassion focused therapy. Bal co created and led the first 8 month online Community of Deepening Practice which is for graduates of MSC trainings and both Carolin and Bal created and hosted the Circle of Practice for over 18 months, which is now hosted by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion with many teachers and is now called “The Circles of Practice”.

How do I find out more or sign up?
To express an interest, to get more details or to join, please email:
Carolin Grampp at: [email protected]


May 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
July 13, 2020 @ 9:00 pm


Bal De Buitléar
Carolin Grampp
+353 87 6845450
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