Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week education and training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The program was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org) and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org).
MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.75 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion daily.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.
Doug's programs have been absolutely life-changing for me. I'm able to approach life's challenges with a calmer, clearer mind, and have been infused with increased confidence and creativity. I guess the word I would use to describe how I feel is "vitality". I feel less overwhelmed by stressful situations as I had been in the past with daily practice. I am less reactive, and have even noticed an improvement in digestive issues I had been plagued with in the past. Doug's courses, MBSR and Mindful Self Compassion, have both been gifts that I will be forever grateful for. Doug is an excellent facilitator, sharing his personal experiences and creating a safe environment. - Denise L
I highly recommend the Mindful Self-Compassion program. I have wanted to take it for years and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I enjoyed the teaching, discussion and mindful exercises/meditations. It was very well organised which made it easier to practice the skills in everyday life. Through integrating the practices I find myself calmer and more patient and kind to myself and others. Thanks Doug for bringing this valuable program to Calgary. Laura McKenna
Doug's Mindful Self-Compassion course, by some happenstance, came along in my life after I experienced a major loss and was needing skills to cope. Having previously taken Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, I knew Doug would make me feel safe in the group with my grief. I also felt confident I'd learn new Mindfulness skills to cope. Half-way through the course I've come to approach myself in a gentler way. The resources I have learned and am practicing are helping me to get through the days. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to tame their inner critic and live a more compassionate life towards themselves. Tasha H
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Investment: $375 plus GST
Some scholarships available based on financial need. Please let Doug know if this is the case.