Mindful Self-Compassion Summer Mornings
July 8 @ 9:00 am - July 18 @ 12:00 pm$525
Take some time just for you this summer. Time to refresh, reboot and rekindle your relationship with yourself. Time to learn new skills that will support you to include yourself in your big arms of compassion for others.
We will be offering the full Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) evidence-based, 8-week, training program over 8 days this summer.
The dates will be as follows
Monday July 8
Tuesday July 9
Wednesday July 10
Thursday July 11
Monday July 15
Tuesday July 16
Wed July 17
Thur July 18
An optional 1/2 day silent retreat will be scheduled at our convenience.
This program schedule is perfect for those who need to put their oxygen mask on, care for themselves and learn some skills to build emotional resiliency so that they can keep caring for others, while caring for self.
The program is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.
Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr Kristin Neff (PhD) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (psychologist), MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. 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.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:
● Practice self-compassion in daily life
● Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion
● Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
● Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
● Transform challenging relationships, old and new
● Manage caregiver fatigue
● Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
What To Expect
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
MSC is primarily a compassion training program, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.
MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 3 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.
It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:
● Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
● The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit www.CenterForMSC.org.
Teacher: Victoria Pawlowski, M.Ed., R.C.C.
Trained Teach of Mindful Self-Compassion
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this program and would like to put your name on the waiting list.