– Chris Germer –
During the foundational Mindful Self-Compassion training, many participants experience the extraordinary nourishing and healing quality of self-compassion for the first time. With sustained commitment, practice, and dedication, a deep level of embodiment and integration can begin to take root in the practitioner’s daily life.
For this reason, we created the Community for Deepening Practice (CDP).
Because this is a graduates’ course, CDP is a deepening and elaboration of MSC. Participants re-commit to integrating and embodying self-compassion into daily life through regular, long-term practice in community with others. This more slowly paced, spiral learning approach allows participants to savor the practices anew as a way to consciously embody, expand, and deepen their learning.
What makes the CDP different than the foundational MSC course?
CDP is designed for people who have already graduated from the foundational MSC course.
There is ample time for integration and marinating in the MSC material: Because we spend an entire month on each MSC session, (versus 3 hours in the foundational 8-week class) there is more time and spaciousness in which understanding, insight, and embodiment can take root.
Long-term connection with others: The CDP is a long-term community with both synchronous and asynchronous gathering and learning opportunities. During our weekly live online classes, we meet in both large and small breakout groups, increasing opportunities for deep sharing. There is renewed accountability and the potential for deep, trusting connection in a group that travels together for 8 months. Some participants also choose to create smaller partner practice dyads or triads for shared practice, encouragement, and accountability outside of class hours. To nurture this reciprocal community environment, we request consistent, ongoing participation. If you cannot in good faith commit to consistent, ongoing participation for the duration of the course, please apply when you are able to do so.
Together, participants will explore the material through a variety of lenses to support deeper understanding and embodiment. You will receive elaborative didactic materials, periodic guest talks by senior MSC teachers, and frequent invitations into fuller practice through unique creative explorations (journaling, photography, drawing, and more.).
24 x 7 access to your community of classmates: There is an important, added element of connection and exploration possible in the CDP discussion boards, where participants can strengthen practice and understanding together through journaling, deep inquiry of class topics, and sharing daily experiences. As with most elements of the course, this is completely optional, as not everyone prefers to share in this way.
Encouragement for ongoing practice: Because formal practice strengthens foundations for self-compassion, participants are strongly encouraged to practice near-daily, both formally and informally. We put in place various structures to support people in this journey, whether beginners or established practitioners.
You’ll set specific intentions for your time in the course, and as a group, we formally revisit them every couple of months to ensure that you’re in alignment with your chosen intentions.
In order to enjoy the program to the fullest, it is suggested that the minimum time commitment is 3 hours per week. It breaks down as follows:
Our next session begins in January 2020. You may register here.
We are intentionally limiting the size of the CDP in order to engender an environment which supports trust, safety, and connection among participants and teachers. The maximum number of participants is 20, and we’ll meet in both large- and small-group configurations throughout the 8-month period.
In order to allow participation by the greatest number of people possible, the 8-month course fee of $1,600 USD can be paid either monthly ($168.75/month) or in full at the beginning of the course. A $250 deposit is required with each application. This reserves a participant’s spot during application review. Upon acceptance, the deposit will be deducted from the total cost of the course. (Convert to your local currency.)
There will be some financial support available for those who are unable to pay the full course fee. Please visit the financial support page to learn more.
Thank you for your interest and taking the time to read this. We are so privileged and excited to be offering this innovative opportunity to come together and deepen our self-compassion practice in a supportive community.