Self-Compassion in the Midst of a Pandemic

Kristin Neff and Chris Germer
Wednesday, April 15, 11am-1pm PDT / 2pm-4pm EDT / 6-8 PM UTC

Online seminar open to all and free of charge, but we would ask that you consider contributing to support CMSC in this challenging time for us. (If you donate to CMSC below, come back to this page to then sign up for the event.)
This event will also be recorded for later viewing.

COVID-19 has rapidly changed our lives.  Most of us are under a shelter-in-place directive and are feeling the challenges of sustained isolation.  Many people are out of work and struggling with limited financial resources. Some have contracted the virus already or know someone who has.  Even if your situation is relatively okay, there is probably a vein of anxiety running through your life that was not there a short time ago.   

For this reason, Chris and Kristin would like to invite you to join a global gathering of people and explore the inner resource of self-compassion to navigate these difficult times. So far, most of us have been busy managing the new conditions of our lives—keeping the kids entertained, trying to exercise, switching to online work, reaching out to friends online, and keeping our nerves from fraying. In the midst of this crisis, it is important that we pause to get in contact with the emotional distress we are experiencing so we can give ourselves the care we need. This workshop will be a chance to take a step back and reflect together on the impact of the coronavirus experience in our lives and to nourish ourselves with the inner resource of self-compassion. 

Self-compassion is a source of unconditional love, connection and presence, available to all.  Three key practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, customized for the current situation, will be guided by Kristin and Chris. There will also be short talks and time to share your own experience in group discussions.  

The coronavirus is a crisis and an opportunity.  Among other things, sheltering-in-place gives us the chance to cultivate the resource of self-compassion. Participants will come away with important tools that can support you for years to come. 

We hope you can join us!


Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over fifteen years ago. In conjunction with Chris Germer, she has co-developed an empirically-supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion. They co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. She is also the author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School.  He co-developed the MSC program with Kristin in 2010 and they co-authored two books on MSC together. Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is the author of the popular book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Kristin Neff) of the professional text, Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. His next book, expected in 2021, is on self-compassion as an antidote to shame. Chris is an MSC Teacher Trainer and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.