Fierce Self-Compassion 8-Week Course
3 Courses Beginning March 6, March 21, and April 4
Welcome to the Groundbreaking Fierce Self-Compassion 8-Week Course!
This course has been created by Dr. Kristin Neff, the pioneering researcher of self-compassion and co-creator of Mindful Self-Compassion. Over eight weeks the course will draw on practices developed in her newest book Fierce Self-Compassion and will include a satisfying mix of experiential learning and science-based insights.
Most people think of self-compassion as soft and gentle, but self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender. Tender self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in an accepting way: comforting ourselves, reassuring ourselves that we aren’t alone, and being present with our pain.
Fierce Self-Compassion Includes:
Taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves to alleviate our suffering
Saying “no” to others who are hurting us – beginning to draw firm boundaries or fighting injustice
Saying "yes" to ourselves to do what’s needed to be happy rather than always subordinating our needs to those of others
Giving ourselves what we genuinely need – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually – so we can be authentic and fulfilled
Describe how the three key components of self-compassion manifest when protecting ourselves, providing for our needs, and motivating change
Begin to recognize and transcend the blocks to drawing effective boundaries
Learn to work with and harness your anger as a constructive support
Identify your needs and give yourself permission to meet them
Develop skills to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
Understand how fierce self-compassion can be utilized for social change
Throughout the program we will discover that in order to be truly self-compassionate – in order to be whole – we need to integrate both versions of self-compassion, the tender and the fierce. If we are gentle without fierceness, we risk becoming complacent or disempowered; if we are fierce without tenderness, we risk becoming hostile or selfish. Like a tree with a solid trunk and flexible branches, we need to stand strong while still embracing others as part of an interdependent whole. We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate harm, but we need fierceness in our belly to stand up to harm.
Who Should Attend?
This course is open to anyone who has completed the 8-wk or 10-wk Mindful Self-Compassion Course, the 5-Day Intensive MSC Course or the MSC 2-Day Core Skills Course.
Recommended Reading: Fierce Self-Compassion, How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive by Kristin Neff.
Also recommended: Fierce Self-Compassion 3-hr Workshop with Dr. Kristin Neff.
Courses Starting in March:
March 6 – April 24
Fierce Self-Compassion with Natalie Bell and Christine Grace McMulkin
4:00 – 6:30 PM PT / 7:00 – 9:30 PM EST
March 21 – May 9
Fierce Self-Compassion with Laila Narsi and Ali Lambie
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PT / 1:00 – 3:30 PM EST
Courses Starting in April:
April 4 – May 23
Fierce Self-Compassion with Marta Alonso and Mila de Koning
6:00 – 8:30 AM PT / 9:00 – 11:30 AM EST
General Registration Fee: $595
Early Bird: $495*
* Early bird discounts are available up until 2 weeks before the start date of each course.
A limited number of scholarships are available. You can apply for a scholarship using this form Scholarship Application. Places will be offered in the order application forms are received. Places are confirmed once payment is received. (Please note that scholarships are based on personal financial need, separate from being financially over-extended or over-committed.)
Course registration fees will be refunded or transferred to future FSC dates if cancellation occurs at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of each course. After that date a 50% refund will be given if requested up to 1 week before the start of class. No refunds will be offered if canceling within 1 week of the course (except on compassionate grounds for extenuating circumstances). To process any refund, there will be a $50 dollar fee charged by the system. The refund is for tuition fees, and any miscellaneous expenses incurred related to this course will not be refunded.
Fierce Self-Compassion 8-Week Course Teachers
Natalie Bell is the Associate Executive Director for Public Programs for CMSC. She is a Certified MSC Teacher and a member of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Natalie has been practicing mindful awareness and meditation since 1985 and spent a year living in an ashram dedicating herself to intensive practice of meditation and compassion. After studying neuropsychology, she became a Physical Therapist, working for 17 years as a hospital clinician, Director of Rehabilitation, and a clinical specialist for medical devices in rehabilitation. Natalie founded Mindful Wellness to bring mindfulness training and coaching to individuals and corporations with a focus on self-compassion for greater ease and well being. She works with physicians, health care teams, corporate groups and teachers, bringing awareness practices for self-regulation, greater balance, and self-acceptance. Natalie is a certified mindfulness instructor for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) teaching Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) classes. She teaches MSC at the Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and online LOMSC. Natalie developed theTeaching Self-Compassion Onlineprogram for MSC teachers to develop more online presence, safety, and connection. She worked with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer on CMSC’s Healthcare Advisory Board assisting with the development of the MSC healthcare adaptation,Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities(SCHC). She is the Director and Teacher Trainer of the SCHC program.
CHRISTINE GRACE MCMULKIN
Christine Grace McMulkin is a certified, seasoned, and revered Mindful Self Compassion Teacher, a Mindful Self Compassion Teacher Trainer and a Self Compassion Focused Therapist.
Christine delivers Mindful Self Compassion programs through the Center for Mindful Self Compassion, the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, within her role as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Counsellor in a Medical Centre Family Health Team, and within Christine Grace and Community.