Research has been exploding the last ten years showing a strong link between mindfulness and self-compassion and less negative emotions (anxiety, anger, frustration, stress, depression) and, at the same time, the strong development of more positive emotions (relationship satisfaction, healthier lifestyle behaviours, increased happiness and overall wellbeing.
Are you passionate about emotional well-being and would like to learn more about the combined skills of mindfulness and self-compassion? Do you wish to cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life? Have you dreamed of immersing yourself in a unique culture in Africa or Asia and engaging deeply with local and international colleagues? Would you like to be part of helping local clinicians and professionals to experience more of MSC and to support them in learning to share the program and the practices with the people most in need of it in their community?
CMSC and GEI invite professionals and students interested in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) to join a unique training retreat. International delegations travel to a developing country in Africa or Asia to engage with local professionals and enjoy an MSC intensive course. Every person who signs up to attend, will allow two local people to also participate in the program, thereby meeting the main pre-requisite for attending MSC Teacher Training in the future. 2018 destinations include Vietnam and Kenya.
Please see this page for more information about the location, teachers and program partners: Globally Engaged MSC Intensives
Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needs, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) – an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
In our work as health care practitioners, we have the privilege of hearing people’s stories and witnessing their journey through difficult times with health and healing. To truly be present to hear and deeply honour others, to share our own story from a professional position that maintains our credibility yet locates us as simply another human being, requires many skills and clarity of intention. We need to be grounded in kindness, have open hearts, understand common humanity and have tools to manage our own reactions and triggers.