Mindful Self-Compassion Training


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is offered as an eight week or five day Intensive program designed to build the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion and enhance our capacity for emotional resiliency and wellbeing.

Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is learned in part by connecting with our innate compassion for others, and self-compassion also helps to grow and sustain our compassion for others. 
Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.  Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC.  All are welcome!

“The program is an invitation to live the life you were meant to live – with compassion.” Michelle Daoust, Counsellor, Vancouver Island University

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion


Learn how to stop being so hard on yourself and handle difficult emotions with greater ease. Motivate yourself and interact with others from a place of kindness rather than criticism. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as for teachers, health and mental health professionals and provides key tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing difficulties such as stress, conflict, vicarious trauma or burnout. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, participants gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into their daily lives.

This workshop is available in 90 minute, 1/2 day or full day format.  We adapt the content to meet different organizational needs for example for caregivers, health professionals, front-line workers, teachers, administrators etc.:  Feel free to contact victoria@compassioninspiredhealth.com to talk about us bringing a session to your organization or workplace. Some of the organizations where we have presented this workshop include: 

  • Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • First Nations Health Directors Association, B.C. 
  • Lil’wat Nation, B.C.
  • International Critical Dietetics Conference, Granada Spain
  • School District Victoria, B.C.
  • Tsow Tun Le Lum Society, Nanoose, B.C. 
  • Nanaimo Community Hospice, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Vancouver Island Hospice Training Day, Parksville, B.C.
  • Physicians Group, Calgary, Alberta


It was great having you here….Thanks again for all your effort in making the workshop happen.  I am so grateful that you brought your teachings to Calgary. I know many of my friends are grateful too.  Dr. Maggie Naylor

Mindful Self-Compassion 2 Day Core Skills Workshop


This is an in-depth opportunity for people to immerse themselves in most of the key practices and exercises of the full Mindful Self-Compassion program offered in an intensive 2-day format by a Certified MSC Teacher.  By connecting with your natural capacity for kindness toward suffering, you can develop healthy, enduring patterns of relating to all of life’s circumstances. Check our Events calendar for our Core Skills Weekend scheduled for 2020.

Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults

Making Friends with Yourself

Dominique Sullivan

Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) is an empirically-supported, 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens and young adults.. It was adapted from the original Mindful Self-Compassion program for adults and teaches core principles and practices that enable teens to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and self-compassion.  We highly recommend this program taught by Trained MFY Teacher, Zen Librarian Dominique Sullivan.

Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion


The process of becoming a Trained MSC Teacher started with immersion in the Intensive MSC program and integration of the practices into our own lives. We then participated in a week long Silent Meditation Retreat, a 6-Day MSC Teacher Training Intensive, a 10 week online Teacher Training Practicum (TTP) and 10 Zoom consultation sessions Mentoring/Peer Support sessions. After completion of all these steps we were considered a Trained MSC Teacher.

However, that was just the beginning. At Compassion Inspired Health, we work to embody the practices and cultivate loving, connected presence.  We participate in online practice groups, connect with the world wide network of trained teachers, stay up to date in the research, take related training and, of course, most importantly, we maintain our own personal daily mindful self-compassion practice, 

Victoria Pawlowski

“I discovered Mindful Self-Compassion in 2014, trained as a MSC Teacher in Batavia, N.Y. and have been teaching MSC since that time. I am currently mentored by expert MSC teacher Dawn MacDonald with the objective of deepening my practice, expanding my teaching and becoming a Certified MSC Teacher.

I volunteer my time as a facilitator for the MSC Circles of Practice offering MSC graduates the opportunity for ongoing mindful self-compassion practice with like-minded people from around the world.  I also participate in the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Peer Consultation Group with other mental health professionals who are also trained MSC teachers. “