Mindful Self-Compassion


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org). 

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. 

Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention: recognizing that as a human being you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In MSC you will learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress.  Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

Recommended reading:

Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Current & Upcoming MSC Classes, Trainings and Retreats

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 16 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 9

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered Live Online.

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    testimonial will appear here

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

    Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    In MSC you will learn:

    • How to stop being so hard on yourself
    • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
    • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Instructors:
     Oori Silberstein, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor, trained to teach core Mindfulness curriculum through Mindfulness Northwest and the University of California at San Diego's Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Day of Self-Compassion Retreat Online: Saturday, November 7, from 9 AM - 1 PM.

    Cost:
    $580 - $310 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


    • 13 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 8 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 11
    Register

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered Live Online.

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    testimonial will appear here

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

    Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    In MSC you will learn:

    • How to stop being so hard on yourself
    • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
    • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Instructors:
    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. 

    Catherine Duffy, Certified Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.  


    Location:
     Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Day of Self-Compassion Retreat Online: Saturday, November 14, from 9 AM - 1 PM.

    Cost:
    $580 - $310 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


    • 1 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 8 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 22
    Register


    This 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, introduces participants to the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

    Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    What people are saying...

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    Instructor:  Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our other Classes, Workshops and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 19 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 26 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 23
    Register


    This 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, introduces participants to the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

    Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    What people are saying...

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    Instructor:   Catherine Duffy, Certified Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.   

    Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our other Classes, Workshops and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 21 Jan 2021
    • (PST)
    • 11 Mar 2021
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 23
    Register

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered Live Online.

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    testimonial will appear here

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

    Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    In MSC you will learn:

    • How to stop being so hard on yourself
    • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
    • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Instructors:
    Richard Johnson, PhDMindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor

    Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion


    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Day of Self-Compassion Retreat Online: Saturday, February 20, from 9 AM - 1 PM.

    Cost:
    $580 - $310 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


    • 9 Feb 2021
    • (PST)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 24
    Register

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered Live Online.

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    testimonial will appear here

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

    Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    In MSC you will learn:

    • How to stop being so hard on yourself
    • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
    • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Instructors:
    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. 

    Catherine Duffy, Certified Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.  


    Location:
     Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Day of Self-Compassion Retreat Online: Saturday, March 13, from 9 AM - 1 PM.

    Cost:
    $580 - $310 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


Past MSC Classes, Trainings and Retreats

8 Sep 2020 Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion - Tuesday evenings (Live Online)
30 Aug 2020 2020 Roots of Compassion 5-day Retreat (Live Online)
25 Aug 2020 Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (Live Online)
6 Jul 2020 Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (Live Online)
16 Jun 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Live Online) - Tuesday evenings
11 Jun 2020 Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (Live Online)
21 Apr 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Online) - Tuesdays late afternoon
6 Apr 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Online) - Monday evenings
21 Jan 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Mercer Island) - Tuesday evenings
19 Jan 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Sunday evenings
13 Oct 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion, Residential Training (Skagit County, North of Seattle)
19 Sep 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Wenatchee) - Thursday evenings
15 Sep 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion for UW Healthcare Professionals (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
25 Aug 2019 Roots of Compassion 5-day Retreat 2019 (Skagit County, North of Seattle)
17 Jun 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Mercer Island) - Monday evenings
9 Apr 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Tuesday evenings
7 Apr 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Sunday evenings
18 Jan 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Wenatchee) - Friday mornings
17 Jan 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Thursday Mornings
20 Sep 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Wenatchee) - Thursday Evenings
17 Sep 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Monday Evenings
16 Sep 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion for UW Healthcare Professionals (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
26 Aug 2018 Roots of Compassion 5-day Retreat 2018 (Skagit County, North of Seattle)
5 Aug 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training (Seattle area)
12 Apr 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Thursdays Mid-day
22 Jan 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Monday Evenings
22 Sep 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion for Healing Professionals (Bellingham) - Friday Mornings - 24 CEUs
21 Sep 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
10 Sep 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion for Healthcare Providers (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
20 Jul 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion at Tassajara
7 May 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training Retreat (Seattle area)
18 Mar 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion: Weekend Core Skills Workshop (Port Townsend)
13 Feb 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Monday Evenings
8 Jan 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion for Healthcare Professionals (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
22 Sep 2016 (MSC-Bham) Mindful Self-Compassion for the Community - Thursday Mornings
28 Jan 2016 (MSC-Bham) Mindful Self-Compassion - Thurs. Mornings for the Community


 Mindful Self-Compassion was created by
The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
founded by
Drs. Kristen Neff & Christopher Germer


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