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

The program is designed as a weekend retreat and includes 2 days of programming (9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday) with lunch included both days.  Residential options are available.  Registration link:


We invite you to join us for this weekend retreat and immersion into the core principles and practices of mindful self-compassion, so you can learn to better relate to and care for yourself, both physically and emotionally.

The venue, Bethlehem Centre, offers beautiful gardens and forests, peaceful trails, a mindful walking labyrinth and nourishing whole foods.  It will hold us beautifully while together we take a deep dive into mindfulness and self-compassion practice.

Cultivating self-compassion can fundamentally shift how we relate to ourselves. Instead of meeting our imperfections and challenges with self-blame and -criticism, we can learn to bring a kind and mindful attention to our experiences (thoughts, emotions, and sensations) and a sense of love and care to ourselves, right in the midst of difficult situations.

With practice, we can strengthen this inner quality of presence, connectedness, and kindness to improve emotional well-being and build resilience.

Research has shown that these techniques can help improve our emotional well-being, improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, promote healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and lead to more satisfying personal relationships.

Registration Link:

Please join us.


Victoria Pawlowski,
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Kristy Williams,
Family Physician