Embodying Self-Compassion Participant Page

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Course dates

Saturday January 29

Course date January 29 (Saturday) 9 am – 3 pm Pacific Time 11 am – 5 pm Central Time 12 pm – 6 pm Eastern Time 5 pm – 11 pm UTC 6 pm – 12 am Central European Time Please check World Time Buddy to confirm the time the program begins where you live. See HERE for a list of several time conversions for January 29.
If you miss Embodying Self-Compassion, you will be able view the session recording. The session will be recorded, edited and be posted on this Participant Support Page within 72 hours.
Zoom Link for Main Sessions: Join Here Meeting ID:  854 2271 0104 Passcode:   JT8uc# Zoom Guidelines: CMSC utilizes the Zoom platform for this training.  If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please first review Zoom’s helpful audio, video, and Quick Start guides.  You can also log in 30 minutes before the session to troubleshoot your connection. Important – Starting Nov. 1, 2021, customers will need to update their Zoom client to ensure their software is no more than nine months behind the current version before using the platform. Learn more about the change here. Additional Support and practice opportunities (see further down this page for details):
  • Self-Compassion Mentoring: Engage with highly trained and experienced mentors for on-the-spot learning and application of Self-Compassion skills and teachings. Each Self-Compassion Mentor is a Certified MSC teacher, who has received the highest level of training. Optimize learning by attending additional interactive mentor groups.  Group sessions offer opportunities to deepen and apply learnings into your life – in community.
Program Materials: Suggestions for Retreat Experience Agenda for Embodying Self-Compassion Poems & Passages

Session Recordings

Session recording will be posted  here within 72 hours of each Embodying Self-Compassion session. They will be available for viewing until March 1. They will not be downloadable.

Self-Compassion Mentoring

A unique aspect of the Embodying Self-Compassion workshop is the opportunity to engage in a virtual Mentor Group(s) in addition to the program. Most trainings do not include this kind of opportunity. The extra Mentor Group is designed to help you maximize learning and get a jump start on integrating Embodying Self-Compassion  skills into your life.

Engage with a highly trained and experienced MSC Teacher / Mentor for on-the-spot learning and application of Embodying Self-Compassion skills and teachings. Optimize your experience by attending the additional interactive Mentor Group.

Cassondra Graff, M.S., LCSW,
Certified MSC Teacher

Cassondra Graff, M.S., LCSW is a Certified MSC and MBSR teacher and Director of Mentors with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). She brings 22 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist and mental health provider. Her work in teaching, mentoring and in mental health is mindfulness and compassion based. Cassondra leads Mentor Groups designed to empower people to optimize the application of self-compassion into their lives. She believes in the power of compassion to help us survive, thrive and navigate life, especially in challenging times.

Join Link for all Mentor Groups

Cassondra Graff schedule for mentor groups (Open to Everyone):
Please note: All groups are 1-Hour long

Saturday, January 29, 4:00 pm Pacific Time Workshop Program Day
(More sessions may be added. See this page for updates)

If you are uncertain of a start time, please check World Time Buddy to find the time the mentor group begins where you live.

Zoom link for the Embodying Self-Compassion workshop Main Sessions: Join here

Regardless of your comfort with the Zoom platform, we ask that all participants try to log in at least 5-10 minutes before the sessions begin so that you can be settled and ready to begin.

Program Contacts:
For Zoom Technical Issues:
Byron Wild: [email protected]

For Registration or Payment Questions:
Gail: [email protected]

For CMSC Program Related Questions:
Laura Stein: [email protected]

For Self-Compassion Mentoring Questions:
Cassondra Graff: 
[email protected]

Ann Biasetti website: https://www.anembodiedlife.com/
Fresh “Lev” White: LinkedIn for Fresh “Lev” White
Marissa Knox website: https://marissa-knox.com/
Richa Gawande Bibliographic: Harvard Catalyst Profile

Embodying Self-Compassion Presenters

Ann Biasetti

Ann has been a practicing Psychotherapist for over 29 years. She has a private practice in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she specializes in somatic psychotherapy, and is an eating disorder specialist. She has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. She is a certified Mindfulness teacher, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher, and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She is an author, speaker and teacher of self-compassion and somatic interventions in eating disorder recovery, embodiment, women’s empowerment, and body image. She has led well received workshops at Kripalu, Shambhala Mountain Center, and has led training workshops for professionals through PESI and in her Befriending Your Body (BFYB) certification program for eating disorder recovery. Her first book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, was released through Shambhala publications in August, 2018.

Fresh “Lev” White

Fresh “Lev” White is a love and compassionate activist. He offers mindfulness, coaching, mediation, and diversity trainings as tools for shifting towards more authentic, conscious, and passionate living to individuals, households, and professional teams. As a certified coach, and professional trainer, Lev has offered over 200 diversity trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond. He earned his coaching and leadership certifications through the Co-Active Training Institute. Lev is mindfully grounded at the East Bay Meditation Center, and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership program. Lev also offers secular mindfulness and nonsecular meditation, and talks on Compassion in both corporate and private settings. He credits his ability to reach diverse audiences to his years growing up in diverse communities in New York. Learn more on LinkedIn: “Fresh “Lev” White

Marissa Knox

Marissa C. Knox, PhD is a teacher, researcher, and writer focused on cultivating holistic wellbeing and resilience through self-compassion, mindfulness, and connecting to nature. In her work as a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, certified Embody Love Movement facilitator, and Level 1 iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher, Marissa supports others to embody their values, remember their wholeness, and live with integrity. Marissa has facilitated self-compassion programs for educators, students, therapists, healthcare professionals, and parents. She also helped adapt the curriculum for the Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) program. Marissa is currently teaching a course called Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self at the University of Texas at Austin. You can learn more about Marissa on her website: https://marissa-knox.com/

Richa Gawande

Richa is interested in community conversations and participatory action research about the impact of stress, culture and illness on the body and the ways in which connecting to our bodies and the earth body with self-compassion and in community can facilitate healing, joy, and justice. Richa is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Co-Director of the Mindfulness Training for Primary Care teacher training pathway, and Research Scientist at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC), and Research Associate at Harvard Medical School. She has been teaching mindfulness and compassion groups at CMC and elsewhere for four years. She is committed to working within and towards a larger ethical framework that is sensitive and responsive to the importance of social justice, community, story and culture. Richa has a background in biology and public health. She has spiritual roots in Hinduism and Buddhism and in connections to nature and music.