Mindful Self-Compassion

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” – Joseph Campbell

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to support you to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

Based on the ground-breaking research of Kirsten Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer MSC teachers the core principles and practices that enable us to respond to difficult moments in our lives with kindness, care and understanding rather than self-criticism, self-blame and isolation.

The three key components of self-compassion are:

  1. Self-kindness which helps us to open our hearts to our suffering so we can learn to listen to ourselves more deeply and give ourselves what we need.
  2. A sense of common humanity which opens us to our essential interrelatedness. In those moments when things feel difficult we know that we aren’t alone.
  3. Mindfulness enables us to meet our experience with an attitude of compassionate allowing so we can accept our experience with greater ease.

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.

Possible Outcomes

Research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with:

  • emotional wellbeing
  • greater self-acceptance
  • less anxiety, depression and stress
  • the maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise
  • satisfying personal relationships.


After participating in this workshop you will be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Appreciate yourself more readily
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Change challenging relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue

Is this course for me?

This course is suitable for those who are new to mindfulness and for those who have already attended a mindfulness course or have an established practice.