Live Online MSC

 

Welcome to the LOMSC (Live-Online Mindful Self-Compassion) community! We are excited to help you discover how self-compassion can support you to access a kinder, stronger, more resilient relationship with yourself.

LOMSC is the live online format of the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program developed by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. It is the most comprehensive online MSC training you can take and is taught only by Certified MSC teachers over 10 weeks.

Live Online MSC Objectives

What is included in this course:

Pre and post course reading and viewing material

Live weekly 2-hour sessions over 10 weeks

3-hour online retreat

Meditations, exercises, and group discussion

Class recordings available

Limited size classes up to 30 participants

When completed, participants will begin to:

Describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion

Develop and apply self-compassion practices to motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism

Assess and manage difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance

Develop and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness

Transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation

Apply core mindfulness and self-compassion practices into daily life

Demonstrate simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion Courses

June Courses:

Starts June 16

Thursdays

LOMSC Course with Megan Prager

11:00 pm UTC (7:00 pm EST)

Starts June 22

Wednesdays

LOMSC Course with Raphael Jay Adjani

1:00 pm UTC (9:00 am EST)

July Courses:

Starts July 7

Thursdays

LOMSC Course with Rose Mina Munjee

4:00 pm UTC (12:00 pm EST)

Starts July 12

Tuesdays

LOMSC Course with Helle Laursen

5:30 pm UTC (1:30 pm EST)

Starts July 24

Sundays

LOMSC Course with Megan Prager

4:00 pm UTC (12:00 pm EST)

August Courses:

Starts August 3

Wednesdays

LOMSC Course with Laila Narsi

10:00 pm UTC (6:00 pm EST)

October Courses:

Starts October 13

Thursdays

LOMSC for LGBTQ+ (No Allies Please) with Markus Bohlmann and Mel Wraight

5:00 pm UTC (1:00 am EST)

Class Fees

General Registration Fee: $575

Early Bird: $475

Special Compassionate Discount: $375

NOTE: Please note that discounts cannot be stacked or combined.

 

Due to these challenging times we are offering a Special Compassionate Discount of $200 off of LOMSC. For those who can afford to, please consider paying at the full rate of $575, or the Intro session discount of $475 to help support scholarships for those in need. We hope to be of support to you learning the powerful practices of MSC in a compassionate community. DISCOUNT CODE for compassionate discount: COMPASSIONMSC – please use “General Registration” and then add this code to pay $375. If you want to get CEs please use the following code COMPASSIONMSC+CES

We offer a different rate for participants living in certain countries taking into account Local Purchasing Power. Participants in the following countries can register for US $350: • Central & South America & The Caribbean (excluding Chile) • South East Asia (excluding Singapore and Malaysia) • Eastern Europe • Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal • Africa (excluding South Africa)

Register for a free 1-hour information session here to learn more about the class and meet our teachers. Please note you can register for the class before attending the intro session and discounts are not stackable.

"I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have always struggled with self- critical and negative emotions towards myself… I was completely amazed by the idea of finally being kind to myself, of recognizing what is really going on within and noticing I am not alone in my suffering. (This) was beyond transformative."

– Laura G

“Thanks for such a great opportunity to learn and practice self-compassion. Never really saw how incredibly, incredibly critical of myself I am….but that I could also learn to silence the inner critic.”

– Linda K

“I woke up with my usual feelings of dread over my physical pain and then suddenly remembered oh I can practice kindness toward myself…. I put my hand on my heart, and looked into my own eyes, and then I beamed kindness and love to myself. I stayed that way for a few minutes … It was a sweetness that I didn’t know was possible…."

– Mary M

Class Size and Format

  • Classes are small to allow plenty of time with the teacher, and so that everyone in the group has an opportunity to feel seen and heard throughout the course. There are usually around 25-30 participants at a live session.
  • The class meets via Zoom video and we ask you to come prepared as if in a live classroom. Please make sure to block out your time and have your video on so you can participate fully in class.
  • All live Zoom video sessions are recorded and are available exclusively to the class in view only mode (they are not downloadable) for the duration of the course. As a class we agree to maintain strict confidentiality and use of the videos are for personal review only. Please note that sharing in the small group breakout sessions is not recorded.

LOMSC is the live online format of the MSC course developed by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. Although MSC offers conceptual learning it is designed to be more experiential than theoretical. MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.

Read more about LOMSC

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for LOMSC, however, we will ask you to complete an application form so that we can start to get to know you.

LOMSC is offered for those over the age of 20. We strongly recommend that individuals younger than 20 seek out the teen version of MSC called “Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens” in their area. For more information, consult the program’s page on this website.

Attendance Policy
  • LOMSC serves as a pre-requisite for MSC Teacher Training and the SCIP program as long as you attend 9/10 sessions live.
  • In order to get CEs for LOMSC you must attend all classes live to receive credits.
  • In order to get a Certificate of attendance for LOMSC you must attend 8/10 sessions live
Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available. You can apply for a scholarship using this form LOMSC Scholarship Application. Places will be offered in the order application forms are received, we receive hundreds of applications so we are not able to help everyone. We appreciate your patience and understanding in advance. 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.)

CE Credits for Participants in the US

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 23.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 23.0 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 27.5 CE credit. Fees for CE credit: $75 (Submit when registering). *Must attend all classes live to receive credits.

Cancellation Policy

Course registration fees will be refunded or transferred to future LOMSC dates if a cancellation occurs up to 2 weeks before a course begins. A 50% refund or the option to transfer to a future LOMSC 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 and $25 for scholarships refunds. The refund will only be for tuition fees, and any miscellaneous expenses incurred related to this course will not be refunded. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Laura at [email protected] 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!

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion Courses

June Courses

Starting June 1 – Jamie Lynn Tatera
Starting June 4 – Christine Grace McMulkin
Starting June 16 – Megan Prager
Starting June 22 – Raphael Jay Adjani

July Courses

Starting July 7 – Rose Mina Munjee
Starting July 12 – Helle Laursen
Starting July 24 – Megan Prager

August Courses

Starting August 3 – Laila Narsi

Live Online MSC Teachers

Natalie Bell

Natalie Bell, PT, CMF is Associate Executive Director (AED) for public programs at CMSC. She works with the ED to provide planning, vision, development and direction of public programs and events. Natalie directs the Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion (LOMSC) program and co-developed the Teaching Self-Compassion Online teacher training to help MSC teachers cultivate safety and embodied presence online. Natalie worked in hospitals for 17 years as a Physical Therapist and Director of Rehabilitation and helped Kristin Neff and Chris Germer develop the Self Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) program which she now directs as lead teacher trainer. Natalie founded Mindful Wellness, a mindfulness training and coaching business, is a mindfulness teacher for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and served as the Director of corporate mindfulness programs for Unplug Meditation in Los Angeles, Ca. She has been teaching globally as a certified mindfulness and MSC teacher and trainer. She loves to practice the art of savoring in nature, to hike, swim, and dance to embody these transformative practices.

Marta Alonso

Marta Alonso is Licensed Clinical Psychologist specialized in mindfulness and compassion treatments and European Expert in Psychotherapy by the EFPA having obtained Europsy certification. She is MSC Teacher Trainer and Mentor and the first certified teacher in the Spanish language. She has taught more than 40 MSC courses, which she introduced in Spain. She is a founding member of the Spanish Association of Mindfulness and Compassion and has been its president until 2017, and is currently a member of the honorary council.

Noriko Morita

Noriko is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor and a Managing Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.
Born in Japan, she moved to the States in 1985. Noriko feels that her life transforming journey of discovering and exploring mindfulness and self-compassion practices has allowed a more balanced life and identity between these two cultures. Noriko strongly believes practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, and bringing its principles into her life has and continues to help her grow as a person. She feels passionate about bringing these practices to other people’s lives. It is her mission to share what she has learned, what she continues to learn, to our community. In addition, Noriko sees an opportunity, based on her own integration experiences, to introduce mindfulness-based programs to the Japanese communities in the world and to the Japanese people in Japan.

Sydney Spears

Sydney Spears, Ph.D., LCSW is a certified Mindful-Self Compassion teacher and Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for the Center of Mindful Self-Compassion. She also works part-time at the University of Kansas-School of Social Welfare specializing in teaching diversity, anti-oppression, social justice and clinical social work courses. Sydney has deep passion for advancing social equity for racialized people and all other underserved populations experiencing systemic injustices. Additionally, Sydney is highly committed to providing and integrating anti-oppressive and trauma-sensitive practices within her psychotherapy practice as a licensed clinical social worker. Her counseling service specializes in working with survivors of chronic stress and trauma generated from family relationships and sociocultural trauma.

Kristy Arbon

Kristy Arbon, BA, BSW, has been working with the developers of the MSC program, Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, since the inception of CMSC in 2012. She adapted MSC for the online environment and created LOMSC in 2015. She teaches self-compassion courses online and in person in the US, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and BhutanKristy is very passionate about self-compassion study and practice. She writes about her experiences of mindfulness and self-compassion practice on her website, www.kristyarbon.com. She runs a number of online self-compassion study and practice support programs for the general public and for professionals.She is delighted to have this opportunity to connect around self-compassion practice with people who may otherwise not be able to access an MSC group. You can email Kristy at [email protected]

Martin Thomson-Jones

Martin Thomson-Jones first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, when he took the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2010, and from there he gradually found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work. He took MSC from Chris and Kristin as a five-day intensive at Esalen, in California, in January 2013, and then took part in the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s first teacher-training course—led by Chris, Kristin, and Michelle Becker and Steven Hickman of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness—in Barre, Massachussetts in March 2014. He co-taught the five-day intensive version of MSC with Kristy Arbon in St. Louis in August 2014, and has been teaching the eight-week version in Oberlin and the Cleveland area since then. In 2017 he co-taught, with Joel Grow, the first run of the full MSC course for men, live and online. He is Professor of Philosophy at Oberlin College, and has also taught philosophy at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University, and a B.A. (Joint Hons.) in physics and philosophy from Oxford University. His research is primarily in the philosophy of science.

Joel Grow

Joel Grow, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center. He was part of the development team for the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) program, and he continues to lead MBRP groups and professional workshops. He is also a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and continues to lead MSC groups several times per year. Along with Martin Thomson-Jones, he helped pioneer online MSC groups for men. His background includes providing behavioral health care and trainings/workshops in community agencies, VA and private hospitals, specialized medical settings, corporations, and government agencies. Before graduate school, Joel spent 6 years as a software engineer and in-house trainer/instructor at Amazon.com. He also co-developed and was lead instructor for a 9-month University of WA certificate program for 9 years, and was awarded the UW “Award of teaching excellence”.

Christine Grace McMulkin,

Christine Grace McMulkin, MSW RSW, MSc is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion and is grateful to join the LOMSC Faculty and to have been trained by the founders of the approach, Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. Christine is also a member of the Faculty of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto and teaches the full Mindful Self Compassion program through the Centre, as well as within her role as a Mental Health Counsellor within a Medical Centre Family Health Team. She is also a Trained Facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Christine founded Christine Grace and Community in 2000 and her offerings include Mindfulness, Self Care and Self Compassion conversations and sessions. She is deeply invested in her own practice and has been engaged in meditation and mindfulness for many years. Christine has developed and delivered web-based courses and appreciates the ease of access that the online platform can offer. Christine delights in connecting with participants around the globe.

Helle Laursen

Helle Laursen is a Certified MSC Teacher since 2015, a Heartfulness meditation Trainer, and has a private practice in Silkeborg, Denmark, with 15 + years of experience in supporting people on sick leave due to mental health issues. For more than 20 years, she has been a dedicated student of Heartfulness meditation. She enjoys regular visits to Ashrams to deepen her practice and understanding. She has taught the LOMSC program for CMSC for the last 3 years, and has had more than 600 participants through the program. She is also part of the Live Online Teacher Training, as well as mentoring those teaching their first MSC program. After completing her M.A., she had a position of Leading Mentor Coach in the largest Coach Training Institute in Denmark for 10 + years, as well as holding a position of Head of Project for a regional based 12-week program for those of sick leave from jobs due to mental health issues like stress, depression and or anxiety. In her private practice, she uses mindfulness and compassion-based approaches. Helle works with varied groups, but primarily with social workers, teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other industries who work in and with relations to clients, citizens, students. She offers individual and corporate compassion programs, classes, workshops, retreats, and hourly consultations. Helle is committed to bringing compassionate awareness into everyday life in a lighthearted way, so that life can be even more enjoyable and rich, and meaningful. For more information about Helle, please visit her website, nordic-compassion.dk.

Jamie Lynn Tatera

Jamie Lynn Tatera has been practicing mindful awareness and meditation for the past twenty years, and she has been teaching mindfulness to others since 2008. Her self-compassion journey began when she discovered that her daughter, who had exceptional needs, needed tenderness more than mindfulness. Jamie Lynn teaches self-compassion to caregivers because experience has taught her that when we treat ourselves with kindness, we have more to offer the people we care about most. Jamie Lynn is a former elementary school teacher, and she has taught mindfulness and self-compassion to educators and children, at universities, and in her private work with families. She is both an author as well as the founder of Wholly Mindful, an organization that offers mindfulness, communication, and self-compassion training to individuals and families. You can read her mindfulness related blogs or view her self-compassion videos at www.whollymindful.com. Jamie Lynn is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, and she enjoys teaching Mindful Self-Compassion both in person as well as live-online. In addition to teaching the traditional Mindful Self-Compassion program and the Self-Compassion program for healthcare providers, Jamie Lynn also teaches Mindful Self-Compassion for teens (Making Friends with Yourself). Jamie Lynn is forever growing both as a student and a teacher, and she delights in sharing the journey of self-compassion and self-discovery with others.

Caroline Hoffman

Dr. Caroline Hoffman OAM, PhD, RN, BSW grew up in Australia and holds a lifelong passion for living a happy and awakened life, starting her own practice of yoga and meditation in earnest in 1975 after a seriously illness. Caroline started practicing mindfulness in 1992 and trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts in 2004 and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) in 2016. She became a certified MSC teacher early in 2019. Caroline is Clinical and Research Director for the UK charity Breast Cancer Haven, and offers additional mindfulness training to individuals and corporates. She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Melbourne, is a registered intensive care nurse. She published her PhD research evaluating MBSR in women affected by breast cancer in The Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2012. In 2016, Caroline completed additional training courses in Mindfulness Approaches Teacher Supervision and supervises mindfulness teachers. Caroline has been a pioneer in practicing, teaching and researching integrative medicine since the late 1980s and is trained to a professional level in a number of complementary therapies including acupuncture. She has published extensively in peer reviewed journals. Caroline loves spending time in, on or by the sea or any other form of nature. She holds the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to breast cancer.

Oori Silberstein

Oori Silberstein has been a life long student of what makes us happier and more at ease. He discovered Yoga in high school and Tai Chi in college, and forgot the lessons they taught him for many years. The anxiety he experienced in the business world led him to Buddhist practice and Mindfulness in 1999 which changed his life. He quit the business world ten years ago and committed himself to supporting and teaching others. Oori teaches meditation, mindfulness and self-kindness to adults and teenagers. His style is light and playful, and is informed by the belief that we are all whole and have the innate capacity for deep contentment and happiness, but we sometimes need some support accessing it. He has a background in trauma support and grief support and has worked and taught in schools and hospitals. He is trained as a Chaplain and is an ordained Buddhist minister. Oori is also interested in sharing mindfulness, self-compassion and meditation to populations that do not currently have easy access to such trainings, by supporting those communities and their members in their own move towards self reliance and empowerment.

Megan Prager

Megan Prager is Co-Founder of Mindful Labs and Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

Megan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University, and a Lecturer at UC San Diego Rady Business School. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Mentor for the UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute as well as a Mentor and Practicum Teacher Trainer for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs,

Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. She is currently collaborating with Universities to establish and instruct Mindfulness and Compassion courses at the collegiate level. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping their lives and well being. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize one of the best resources they have: themselves.

Laila Narsi

Laila Narsi, LCSW, CMMT, CMT-P, is the Co-Coordinator for the CMSC Circles of Practice Public Offering as well as a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher receiving her training directly from founders Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer in 2014. Since receiving her Master’s in Social Work in 1997, her passion to provide sound and effective mental health services led her to create The Mindful Self, which is a center for Trauma Informed Psychotherapy as well as Mindfulness and Self-Compassion offerings. Laila a is Certified in EMDR Therapy and is an EMDR Approved Consultant where she specializes in PTSD, Complex trauma, Stress, Mood disorders, and Anxiety.
Laila’s journey in meditation started in childhood where she was mentored by her parents who nurtured a family meditation and movement practice. Since college, she has travelled around the world working with several teachers cultivating her interests in mindfulness, diversity, cultural studies, human rights, and international arts. Laila has also accompanied Dr. Germer in Kenya bringing MSC to other trauma specialists. She returned there a couple of years later to co-teach a Making Friends With Yourself (MSC for Teens) intensive course. In addition, she has been directly trained and mentored by Drs. Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, and Steve Hickman.

Jorge Armesto

Oori Silberstein has been a life long student of what makes us happier and more at ease. He discovered Yoga in high school and Tai Chi in college, and forgot the lessons they taught him for many years. The anxiety he experienced in the business world led him to Buddhist practice and Mindfulness in 1999 which changed his life. He quit the business world ten years ago and committed himself to supporting and teaching others. Oori teaches meditation, mindfulness and self-kindness to adults and teenagers. His style is light and playful, and is informed by the belief that we are all whole and have the innate capacity for deep contentment and happiness, but we sometimes need some support accessing it. He has a background in trauma support and grief support and has worked and taught in schools and hospitals. He is trained as a Chaplain and is an ordained Buddhist minister. Oori is also interested in sharing mindfulness, self-compassion and meditation to populations that do not currently have easy access to such trainings, by supporting those communities and their members in their own move towards self reliance and empowerment.

RoseMina Munjee

RoseMina Munjee, RP, MBCT, MBSR, MSC, MBA, BMath, CYT, CST, AMM-Mind, MPS candidate. RoseMina Munjee is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, experienced mindfulness teacher, mentor, corporate trainer, craniosacral practitioner, and restorative/therapeutic yoga teacher. She teaches at the Center for Mindfulness Studies, Center for Mindful Self Compassion, University of Toronto, MGC, and is a managing director at Mindful Wellness and several corporations. RoseMina facilitates evidence-based mindfulness programs including MBSR, MBCT and MSC. She also has a private practice and does clinical work in health-care and public health settings in trauma informed care, mindfulness and psychotherapy. Her focus is on trauma informed care, somatic, affective, neuroscience-based practices including craniosacral techniques, social justice, and cultivating greater diversity, inclusivity and belonging for marginalized populations. RoseMina also writes about mindfulness, trauma informed care and social justice related topics and she is a Master’s student at University of Toronto in Spiritual Care (MPS – Buddhist Studies and Psychotherapy, with a focus on mindfulness). She can be reached at [email protected]

Luis Gregoris de la Fuente

Luis Gregoris de la Fuente works as psychologist and is teaching groups of mindfulness practice in different settings since 2008 in Global-C (www.globalc.es ); every year he usually teaches 6 fortnightly groups (21 sessions) about the practice of mindfulness and compassion. Furthermore, He is promoting Mindfulness and Compassion practices within the workplace (www.meetmindfulness.es ). Besides, since 2012 he is teaching Mindfulness within the “Emotional Intelligence Master” (online edition) of the University of Valencia. Now he is collaborating with CMSC and Marta Alonso translating the Spanish resources for MSC teachers and helping in the Spanish Teacher Training organization http://msc.mindfulness.global/msc-tt-2019-madrid/ He has been working together with M. Alonso and V. Simon (pioneers of MSC in Spain) since the early steps of the MSC Spanish version, translating the MSC teachings, and helping with the website www.mindfulnessyautocompasion.com in which he is answering all the questions of the web visitors. His commitment with the MSC has been growing since 2012, so he is sharing his own self-compassion practicing experience, in order to spread the benefits of these amazing teachings to all the people who are suffering nowadays: www.sertumejoramigo.com

Mariela de La Fuente

Mariela de La Fuente Physician from the department of cognitive neurology (Neurology Service, Sanatorio Allende, Nueva Córdoba). Formed by UNESCO in clinical and social Bioethics. Certified MSC teacher. Pioneer in introducing the MSC program in Argentina. Professor of the SCHC program (Self-Compassion Training for health Communities). Specialist in Mindfulness and Mindfulness Education. Specialist in Personal Development and Mindfulness, both degrees awarded by the University of Almería, Spain. Mindfulness instructor with training in BMIT at the Quietud Mindfulness Center and the University of Zaragoza. Trained in the first University Course on Mindfulness and its applications for health, a title awarded by the Favaloro University.

Raphael Jay Adjani

Raphael Jay Adjani PhD MBACP, is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion: experienced in teaching both online and in-person.
Raphael is also:-
⁃ Integrative Psychotherapist: utilizing a range of therapeutic modalities, including mindfulness and self-compassion, creative art, and ecological processes.
⁃ Experienced Teacher of other mindfulness and compassion focused programs, such as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness for Health, Mindfulness for Stress, and Radical Self-Care.
⁃ Resident Live Development Coach at Amaravati Wellness Center, Thailand
In their work as a therapist, life development coach, and teacher of MSC, Raphael is particularly attuned to working with and embracing people from diverse backgrounds across the world. This diversity embraces but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, color, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship diversity, disability, and people living at an intersection of several of these.
Supporting this diversity work, Raphael is co-creating mindfulness and compassion focused workshops and courses, They’re Not Like Us, that cultivate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
Most specifically, Raphael has created and is delivering mindfulness and compassion focused workshops and courses that speak directly to the world of LGBTQ+; as well as activists, and those in caring professions: Embrace Your Self: Empower Your World.
https://www.TheDeliciousDelightOfLiving.com

Markus Bohlmann

Markus Bohlmann is using the pronouns he/him or er/sein, and is also happy when being addressed with no pronouns. Markus (MA, MSc, PhD) is a certified MSC teacher and is also certified in MBCT as well as trained in other mindfulness programs. He has led queer meditation groups and facilitated the MSC course to a queer audience internationally. Markus is faculty at the Center for Mindfulness Studies and Mindfulness Everyday in Toronto, Canada, coordinator of CMSC’s worldwide translations of the MSC programs, member of CMSC’s DEIB committee (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging), team leader of CMSC’s LGBTQIAP2S+ Affinity Group, Circles of Practice, amongst other things. Markus is co-creator of the LOMSC queer adaptation of the mindful self-compassion program. He loves to travel and enjoys nature. He teaches in English and in German.

Mel Wraight

Mel Wraight (they/them pronouns) is the founder of Stillpoint Mindfulness and has been teaching mindfulness to individuals, groups, and business for 10 years. Their training to teach mindfulness is wide-ranging and includes:
· MBSR and MBCT at Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.
· The Mindful Self-Compassion programme with Kristen Neff and Chris Germer
· Dot b. with the Mindfulness in Schools Project
· Finding Peace in a Frantic World with Chris Cullen at Oxford Centre for Mindfulness
A psychotherapist in practice for 25 years, Mel holds group space with safety, skill, humour and compassion. Mel also facilitates LGBTQIA2S+ international mindfulness spaces and is co-writing a curriculum for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion specifically for a queer audience. Mel is especially interested in self-compassion and trauma-informed mindfulness teaching. Their personal practices of meditation, queer intimacy and nature connection bring deep support to their facilitation work.