• Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, March 26-31st, 2023, Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada FULL

  • Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion – 6 Week Live Online Training September 2023

  • MSC Core Skills Weekend Retreat, Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. November 18/19th, 2023

  • Find Space, Breathe & Reconnect: a 1/2 day silent retreat on December 3, 2023

  • Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, March 31st – April 5, 2024, Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada



Victoria Pawlowski, M.Ed., R.C.C.

In 2014 I took a week-long training in Mindful Self-Compassion on Whidbey Island, Washington with The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion and was inspired by the integrity of the teachers, the rigor of the program and the practices and tools offered. I continued on to Batavia, New York to take MSC teacher training and then trained as a Certified MSC Teacher.  I have been practicing, co-teaching and participating in the world-wide MSC community ever since.


I offer a deep bow of gratitude to my teachers/mentors Chris GermerKristin Neff, Steve Hickman, Michelle Becker, Dawn MacDonald, Kristy Arbon; my co-teachers along the way including Carol Ranger, Zoey Ryan and Kristy Williams, and to each and every one of the thousands of courageous program participants, I have had the privilege to teach”.    


Kristy Williams, M.D.

I have had a long time interest in health and whole-person wellness which led to my career as a family physIcian in Nanaimo.  Along this journey, I had the pleasure of taking a MSC training with Victoria and was immediately impressed how compassion was so integral to the health and healing I was seeking personally, and for my patients.  A meditator since the mid-2000’s, I went on to complete my MSC teacher designation in 2018, and have been teaching and deepening my practice since then. I am also trained in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, embodied practice, grief work and socially engaged buddhism and love to integrate and embody these concepts into my teaching.





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