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8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion starts Sept 30/17 (Sat pm)

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Benefits

Mindful self-compassion is a skill that involves learning to respond to life’s difficulties and challenges with emotional strength and resilience.  Self-compassion can be learned by anyone.  It involves the practice of self-kindness and mindfulness in order to give ourselves what we need.

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 program, you will 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 caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

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 provided emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivates ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Class Structure

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.

While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

There are eight 2 3/4 hour classes and one 4 hour retreat class.

Schedule

Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm

  • Sept 30
  • Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Nov 18, 25
  • Dec 2
  • 4 hour retreat class on Sat Nov 4 from 1 pm to 5 pm.

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.

A copy of the background information pdf is found here.

It is recommended that participants read one or both of the 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

The program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher.  For more information on MSC and MSC teacher training, please visit www.centerforMSC.org

Event Properties

Event Date September 30, 2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date December 02, 2017 3:45 pm
Individual Price $375.00
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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 3 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 at least 30 minutes per day through out the program.

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.

Some scholarships available based on financial need. Please let Doug know if this is the case.

Contact us to find out when the next program will become available for registration!