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Carolann Gneist
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  • MSC Trained Teacher

Hello! I offer 8 week trainings, community drop-in sessions and Introductory MSC courses in and around Victoria, British Columbia and in the near future, Yucca Valley California.
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I started my working life as a therapeutic masseuse in leafy green Surrey, England. From there I joined British Airways and had 3 roles with them over the next 31 years - including long haul cabin crew and safety training. Alongside this I embarked on my inner journey, which included swimming with dolphins around the world, training in Reflexology, Neurolinguistic Programming and Theta Healing. I had an early interest in Buddhist based Psychotherapy and was nourished by the teachings of Ram Dass, Ken Wilber and A Course in Miracles.
After some exploration I realised the significance of the person Centred approach and the theories of Carl Rogers, which for me are as significant today and they were in the 40’s and 50’s. I attained a first class BA Honours degree in 2014 and practised as a therapist in schools, colleges, university and privately.
Since then I have studied widely in the area of neuroscience, developmental trauma, brain development and the science of compassion. I’m a continuing student of Hakomi and have had a regular mindfulness practise for 5 years. Some of my favourite teachers today are Tara Brach, Bessel Van De Kolk, Gabor Mate, Dan Siegel and Stephen Porges.
I discovered the work of Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer in 2015 and recognised it as a missing link for me. For someone with a really well developed inner critic, I experienced some counter productivity in growing my self-awareness without an explicit effort to develop self compassion.
I’m so happy to now be a trained teacher and to be able to share these greats resources with others.


I have a particular interest in adapting the teachings of Mindful Self-Compassion to help people struggling with shame, addiction and self motivation. Please let me know if this is of interest to you.
Here in Victoria, BC, we are building an MSC Community, and have recently begun our monthly Community Drop-in evenings.