Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher
Upcoming Workshops and Courses
Mindful Self-Compassion—5-Day Intensive at Hollyhock
Cortes Island, British Columbia, with Megan Prager, June 28–July 3 (2019)
Mindful Self-Compassion—5-Day Intensive in Israel
Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Kfar Saba, with Galia Tyano Ronen, July 15–19 (2019)
Mindful Self-Compassion—Globally Engaged Intensive in Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya, with Marta Alonso (dates to be announced soon)
Mindful Self-Compassion—8-Week, 9-Session Course
Oberlin or Cleveland, Ohio (dates of next run to be decided)
About Mindful Self-Compassion
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on research by Kristin Neff and the clinical work of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, and understanding.
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression, and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:
Practice self-compassion in daily life
Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Transform challenging relationships, old and new
Manage caregiving fatigue
Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation