Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Weekend Retreat, B.C. October 19-20, 2024


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.

Self-compassion—an emotional skill that can be learned by everyone—is all about treating ourselves with the same kindness and understanding as we would treat a good friend. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being, reduces anxiety and depression, and promotes healthy lifestyle habits.

Join Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers Victoria Pawlowski, Registered Clinical Counsellor and Kristy Williams, Family Physician, as they guide you through key practices from the MSC program. Taught to more than 250,000 people worldwide, the MSC program teaches you how to practice self-compassion—including “fierce self-compassion” and self-compassion for shame—in a straightforward way.

Through meditation, exercises, and group discussion, you will also learn how to:

  • Understand the scientific basis of self-compassion.
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease.
  • Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation.
  • Manage caregiver fatigue and burnout.
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to others.

Come join this journey of self-discovery and return home with tools to integrate self-compassion into your daily life.

Recommended reading
Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive


NOTE This program is appropriate for all adults including caregivers and mental health professionals.




Victoria Pawlowski,
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Kristy Williams,
Family Physician