Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically- supported, 8-week,
training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on
the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of
Christoper Germer, MSC teaches core principle and practices that enable
participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care
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
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
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
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
What To Expect
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
It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” 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.
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
throughout 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.
Sue was trained in mindfulness at University of California, San Diego.