Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Monday Evenings

  • 13 Feb 2017
  • 03 Apr 2017
  • 9 sessions
  • 13 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • 20 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • 27 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • 06 Mar 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • 12 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • 13 Mar 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • 20 Mar 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • 27 Mar 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • 03 Apr 2017, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM
  • Garden Street Methodist Church, Room B, 1326 N Garden St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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Registration

  • If the low end of the sliding fee scale still represents a financial hardship, choose this option and submit our scholarship application right away (a link is at the bottom of the registration pages).

Mindful Self-Compassion for the community.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

Schedule change: This course, originally schedule to run February 6th to March 27th, will now run February 13th to April 3rd to account for the snow day on February 6th. The one-day retreat portion of the course will continue to be held on Sunday March 12th.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In MSC you will learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

Who:
Open to everyone in the community. 

Related Events:

Are you a psychotherapist or other healing professional? You are welcome to join this community class and see also Mindful Self-Compassion for Healing Professionals - Friday Mornings to be offered in February and March, 2017.

Interested in an intensive/retreat-based format? We're excited to be offering the Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training Retreat May 7-12 in near Tacoma.

Schedule:
8 classroom sessions: Monday evenings 6pm - 8:45pm, February 13th - April 3rd at Garden Street Methodist Church

Extended session: Sunday March 12th, 10am - 4pm at Semiahmoo County Park

InstructorTim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Teacher at Mindfulness Northwest

Location:
Classroom sessions:
Garden Street Methodist Church
Room B (entrance on south side, from parking lot)
1326 N Garden St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(map and information)

Extended session: Semiahmoo County Park near Blaine (map and directions)

Cost:
$350 - $490 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

Additional fee for CEUs (application pending)

The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

Scholarships
Two types of scholarship assistance are available:

  • Paying on the low end of the sliding fee scale: please use this option if at all possible.

  • Applying for scholarship assistance: if the low end represents a financial hardship, we have limited additional scholarship funds available. Special consideration is given to military veterans. The link to open a scholarship application is at the bottom of the page during the registration process

Our funding for scholarships is from donations. Please consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund.

Registration:
Use the "Register" button (above and to the left) or call us at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

Mindfulness Northwest, a 501c(3) Tax-Exempt Non-Profit registration@mindfulnessnorthwest.com  360-830-6439
214 N. Commercial St. #103, Bellingham, WA 98225


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