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Marcia Burton has been a student of Mindful Self Compassion since 2015. She has been offering 8 week MSC classes on Salt Spring Island since 2016. She considers herself to be an ongoing student of MSC, teaching with humility, and an understanding that she is a beginner on her own personal life-long journey of self-compassion. She is delighted to open the possibility for others to join her on the journey.
Marcia has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Since 2000, she has been supporting adults, youth, couples and families experiencing the effects of bereavement, trauma, stress-related illness, cancer, anxiety, depression and challenges in relationship. She currently works for British Columbia's Island Health Authority as a counsellor for those experiencing mental health and substance use issues. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC and offers counselling and psychotherapy in her private practice. Marcia has been a student of Hakomi since 1997 and is a Certified Hakomi Practitioner and Senior Hakomi Trainer. Hakomi is a mindfulness-based, body-centered, experiential psychotherapy method. Like MSC, Hakomi's roots are in compassion and its effects of Hakomi are gentle, yet powerful. Marcia trained with, and continued to work closely with Ron Kurtz, creator of the Hakomi method until his death in 2011. She has taught Hakomi in England, Ireland, Nepal, USA and Canada.
Marcia took a course in Transcendental Meditation at age 16 with her mother and sister. She has continued a meditation/mindfulness practice since then. Over the years, she has engaged with many mindfulness practices, including meditation, qi gong, yoga, Feldenkrais, Hakomi, and Mindful Self-Compassion. “One of the many things I love about my practice is that it provides a framework for me to extend mindfulness and compassion into my daily life, my relationships, and my work. I am reminded to be inspired by life, and to trust the wisdom in myself and others as living beings, being blessed with a natural inclination towards compassion and healing.”
Marcia brings a combination of gentleness, compassion, humour and playfulness to her work. She lives on beautiful Salt Spring Island, with her husband and dog. She enjoys kayaking, gardening, playing pickleball, and walking on the beach.