Please note:

The information below was for my most recent run of the 8-week course. The details will be updated when I schedule the next run, but they’ll give you a good idea of how the 8-week course works, and the information in the “What To Expect” and “Prerequisites” sections is unlikely to change.

People, times, and places

Teacher  Martin Thomson-Jones

Weekly sessions
Tuesday evenings, from 7:00–9:30 p.m., on the following dates:
                  January 15, 22, 29
                  February 5, 12, 19, 26
                  March 5
Place: Solaluna, 40 1/2 South Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio (map) (directions and parking)

Sunday, February 17th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Place: Common Ground, 14240 Baird Road, Oberlin, Ohio (map)


What To Expect

(Note: Please see 'Home' for an introductory description of the course.)

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. 

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

There's a saying in MSC that “love reveals everything unlike itself,” and for this reason difficult emotions may arise when we practice self-compassion. MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment in which this process can unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 21⁄2 hours each and a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self- compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.



No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. The course is compatible with a wide range of religious and spiritual orientations, and with having no religious or spiritual orientation. 

To insure safety, participants are asked to provide some background information when they register for the program.

Participants will receive a copy of the workbook for the course at the first session:

                  The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer

This workbook contains instructions for the weekly home practices. I’ll also make weekly reading recommendations from the book, but the reading is completely optional.

You may also want to read one or both of following books before or during the program:

                  Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
                  The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

though again, any reading is optional.

This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit


Cost and registration


  • The course fee is $350, for 8 weekly sessions of 21⁄2 hours each and a 4-hour retreat.

  • Register by January 8th for a discounted rate of $320.

  • The course fee includes a copy of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.

  • Enrollment is limited, so it's best to register early to secure a place.

  • I can offer a limited number of places at a reduced rate. If you’d like to take the course but the cost is an obstacle, please let me know that when filling out the background information form (see below).


If you're interested in registering for the course, please complete the background information form by clicking the link displayed below. Once I've received your background information, I'll contact you by email about paying the course fee.

Go to the background information form

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