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 teaches 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 and we can adapt the content to meet different organizational needs for example for caregivers, health professionals, front-line workers, teachers, administrators etc.  Please contact to talk about bringing Mindful Self-Compassion Training to your organization or workplace.


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 8 Week 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!   

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

Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens and Young Adults

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.  This program is offered in our community by one of our community partners, Trained MFY Teacher, Zen Librarian Dominique Sullivan.  We highly recommend Dominique for her experience, passion and commitment to supporting youth and their families.
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Associate Teachers

Dr. Kristy Williams (MD)

Kristy Williams is a family physician in Nanaimo who enjoys her community practice, including hospital rounding, urgent care and palliative care including home visits. She is committed to culturally, trauma informed care.  Kristy  has over 10 years of meditation experience and is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher.  She has been offering introductory Mindful Self-Compassion workshops to hospital staff and co-teaching the 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion Program with Victoria.