Embracing Your Life

Embracing Your Life: A Course in Self-Compassion is an online course created specifically for young adults age 18-30.

  • Recognizing that the emotional challenges of this age group are different from that of teens and older adults, we created this course to target the specific needs of young adults.
  • Learning self-compassion can help young adults make healthy decisions about career or vocational choices, relationship issues, and living situations.

We will be having a Free Introductory Session where you will have the opportunity to meet your teacher and learn more about the class, we hope you can join us! You can register here.

NOTE: No experience with mindfulness or any other meditation practice is necessary to take this course!


EYL with Karen Bluth

This course meets on Wednesdays, July 14th – August 18th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM UTC / 2:00-3:30 PM EST.

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Since the class I often remind myself to take some time for daily selfcare. I have a much better connection to my inner critic, what means: I recognize that it wants to help and support me, I’m grateful for that and then I connect myself with the compassion part inside myself.

What really was inspiring during the course (and what I really miss now) ist the connection to the group and all the inputs which came up during our talks and lessons. I am very thankful to be part of the Center-for-MindfulSelfCompassion-comunity.


Sandra Gumpinger

This has been a great place to destress and relax, I’ve learned some great new techniques for mindfulness.



Not only was this course life-altering, but it started the chain reaction of the dismantling of the social constructs that have completely engulfed my life – before this course. I am able to see a forever change in my perception of the world, in my recognition of how I was completely obliterating my self-esteem, and sensing what it is that my being needs. I do not say this lightly when I articulate the fact that this course started something inside of me. I realized that there was a change that needed to be sufficient enough to save my life, again.

Before this self-compassion course was introduced into my realm, I was on this arduous merry-go-round of emotional distress from the lack of humanness I was neglecting to give myself. So when I say I am grateful, I am grateful. I am thankful for the time spent pouring selflessly into my spirit, the techniques taught and instilled in me, and the intention of wanting to see me heal. The memories of grace extended to me will reside within me and always jog reminders to give myself the same. A very special thank you to my peers, you all are phenomenal. Thank you for the non-judgemental environment. Thank you.


Ashleigh Montford

Content and Format:

Embracing Your Life contains material from both Mindful Self-Compassion and Making Friends with Yourself, both of which are evidence -based programs that have been linked to less anxiety, stress and depression. New exercises specific to this age group are also included. Embracing Your Life meets weekly for six weeks, for approximately 1.5 hours per session and is taught live by a certified Mindful Self-Compassion or certified Making Friends with Yourself teacher.

Like MSC and MFY, Embracing Your Life provides young adults with the opportunity to explore how they typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive friend to themselves. Although Embracing Your Life offers conceptual learning, it is designed to be more experiential than theoretical.

In other words, Embracing Your Life is nothing like taking a college course, per se. It’s not a strain on your brain. In fact, after the class is over each week, you will likely feel more rested and more at ease. It is more of an experience, involving guided meditations and discussion about what the experience of the guided meditation was like.

Embracing Your Life is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. We don’t talk about deep emotional issues you might have and we don’t try to analyze why you might feel the way you do. It’s about building resilience skills so that you can meet emotional challenges when they arise, as they do in life.

This is what you get if you take Embracing Your Life:

  • Live sessions once weekly
  • Optional small group meetings between classes
  • Email contact with the teacher (online one-to-one chats if necessary)
  • Opportunity to participate in a research study
  • Audiorecordings of meditations

Objectives of Embracing Your Life:

  • Develop self-compassion practices to motivate oneself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • Manage difficult situations with greater acceptance and less emotional pain
  • Respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Understand differences between self-compassion and self-esteem
  • Clarify one’s own core values and learn how to use them to guide decision-making
  • Deal with difficult relationships with strength, resilience, and kindness
  • Learn how gratitude and taking time to appreciate oneself lead to greater contentment and joy
  • Apply core mindfulness and self-compassion practices into daily life



Cancellation Policy

Course registration fees will be refunded or transferred to future Embracing Your Life dates if a cancellation occurs up to 2 weeks before a course begins. A 50% refund or the option to transfer to a future Embracing Your Life will be offered if cancelling up to a week before a course begins. No refunds can be offered if cancelling later than a week before a course begins (except on compassionate grounds for extenuating circumstances). To process any refund there will be a fee charged by the system: $45 for general admission and developing countries. The refund will only be for tuitions fee, and any miscellaneous expenses incurred related to this course will not be refunded.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Maria at Maria@centerformsc.org.

We hope to see you online soon, and we also hope that whatever your practice is, it leads to more mindfulness and more self-compassion in your day!


Dr. Karen Bluth is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Research Fellow at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion and co-developer of Embracing Your Life: An Online Course in Self-Compassion. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. She co-created the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, the teen adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for adults, and is author of the books “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” (New Harbinger Publishers) and The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (to be released October 2020, New Harbinger Publishers) and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD: Build Executive Functioning Skills, Increase Motivation, and Improve Self-Confidence  (to be released May 2021, New Harbinger Publishers). Additionally, Dr. Bluth is Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness, and founder and director of The Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Families at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

As a mindfulness practitioner for over 40 years, a mindfulness teacher, and an educator with 18 years of classroom teaching experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks, conducts workshops, and teaches classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational and community settings. In addition, she trains teachers in Making Friends with Yourself internationally.

Laura Prochnow Phillips is a certified mindful self-compassion teacher for adults (MSC), a certified mindful self-compassion teacher for teens (MFY), and a teacher trainer and teacher of Self-Compassion for the Healthcare Community (SCHC), an adaptation of the MSC adult program. Laura was introduced to self-compassion through her work as a health, wellness, and lifestyle coach. She completed the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine and was in private practice for more than five years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Laura now devotes her time to teaching mindfulness and self-compassion skills in a variety of settings and formats, for the general public of all ages and backgrounds, specialized populations, and research studies. She also gives lectures, talks, and workshops on mindfulness and self-compassion.

Marissa Knox, PhD is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and focuses her research on how self-compassion relates to multidimensional wellbeing and healthy body image. In her recent projects, she supported the adaptation of a brief self-compassion curriculum for healthcare professionals (SCHC) and implemented interventions to reduce their stress and improve coping. Marissa has taught self-compassion programs to mental health professionals, educators, students, and parents of children with chronic and complex illnesses. It is her passion to support others in cultivating integrity and compassionate wisdom through talks and workshops that include reflective writing, contemplation, and embodiment practices.

Fee Schedule

$225 Research participant fee – For this fee, we request that you engage in the opportunity to contribute to the research on self-compassion interventions for young adults by participating in our research study. This would mean taking an online survey within a week before you begin the course, immediately following your participation in the course, and then 3 months later. You are also invited to participate in a focus group at the end of the course.

$275 Standard young adult fee

$325 Young adult supporter fee – Opting for this fee will allow you to help support future programming for young adults and teens who would like to take self-compassion courses and may not be able to pay the full fee. Thank you for your support!