Live online workshop

Learn the essentials of fierce self-compassion practice in this workshop with MSC co-founder Kristin Neff. Ph.D.

Next date to be determined

Fee: $95. Sign up today!

Previous training in self-compassion is recommended

Since the publication of Kristin Neff’s ground-breaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion. This has often focused on the tender, nurturing aspect of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way.

But self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender.

Fierce self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves to alleviate suffering. It means saying “no” to others who are hurting us – drawing our boundaries firmly. Or saying “no” to our own harmful behaviors, so that we can be safe and healthy. It means giving ourselves what we genuinely need – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually – without subordinating our needs to those of others, so we can be authentic and fulfilled.

This unique workshop led by Dr. Neff explores the action-oriented side of self-compassion including protecting ourselves and drawing boundaries. Prior experience with self-compassion is recommended before taking this course. (If you are new to self-compassion, we recommend taking Kristin’s Introduction to Self-Compassion live online workshop or watching this pre-recorded video workshop.) This course will take you one step further as you learn how self-compassion can help you speak up and claim your power.

Fierce Self-Compassion

Next date to be determined

Fee: $95

Online - Zoom

This workshop will take place online using Zoom

Please contact CMSC staff with any questions

Previous training in self-compassion is recommended

Kristin Neff


Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is co-founder of CMSC and co-developer of MSC. She is an Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Dept. at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, being the first person to operationally define and measure the construct. She has published numerous academic articles and has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in psychology worldwide.  Her best-selling books include Self-Compassion:  The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive. and The Mindful Self-compassion Workbook (co-authored with Chris Germer). Kristin has a popular Ted-X talk on self-compassion with more than 2 million views, and is regularly featured in the media. Her website – which contains videos, guided practices, a way to test your self-compassion levels and hundreds of research articles – is

Program Fees

Fierce Self-Compassion – $95

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Scholarships – Supporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Recognizing the societal importance of self-compassion training and the financial realities that many prospective participants (especially people from diverse and historically under-served communities) may face, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is pleased to offer scholarships to attend this Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive. CMSC is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships, focused on applications from people of color and those who are members of historically marginalized or under-served communities, and those who wish to serve these populations and communities.

Scholarship applications are due 3 weeks before the program begins. Applicants will be notified if their scholarship application has been successful two weeks before the programs begins. If you are interested in a scholarship, please complete this application form: Fierce Self-Compassion Scholarship Application

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds if cancelling 2 weeks before workshop starts or a 50% refund within 1 week before workshop starts. No refunds thereafter. (Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons.)