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What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

We tend to be our own worst critics when it comes to relating to ourselves. Even when we’ve done something well – something that we may compliment someone else on – we might hear ourselves say, “that’s not good enough” or “I’m not xyz enough”.  Interestingly, most of us tend to treat others we care about with much more compassion than we treat ourselves. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teaches us how to transfer those inherent compassion skills, that we naturally offer others, to ourselves when life is challenging.

Based on the work and research of Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion is designed to offer participants the skills for emotional resilience and lessons in ways to be kinder to oneself during the difficult times in life.

With this evidenced-based curriculum and heart felt intention, certified MSC teachers, Colleen and Staci, teach MSC through 8-Week Courses, 2-day Core Skills workshops, and 1-3 hour interactive presentations. In all formats, participants are taught how to cultivate resilience and build on existing inner strength by using self-compassion skills through mindfulness (no previous mindfulness experience is necessary). You will learn tools for becoming a more kind, supportive companion to yourself and to others.


Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. 

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It can boost happiness, reduce depression and anxiety, and can even help to maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate can lead to greater ease in our daily lives.

Mindful Self-Compassion offers skills and tools to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life

  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with personal core values

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Motivate oneself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Work with challenging relationships

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

  • Teach and/or model simple self-compassion tools to others

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