Mindful Self-Compassion


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). 

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 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.

Recommended reading:

Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Current & Upcoming MSC Classes, Trainings and Retreats

    • 25 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 1 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 14
    Register


    This 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, introduces participants to the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

    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.

    What people are saying...

    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.

    Instructor:   Catherine Duffy, Certified Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.   

    Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our other Classes, Workshops and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • 4 Sep 2020
    • 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 42
    Register

    NOW OFFERED LIVE ONLINE!

    The Roots of Compassion:
    A 5-day Silent Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat

    What people are saying...
    Join us for a 5-day mindfulness and compassion retreat in the style of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the comfort of your own home.  The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness and compassion practices, both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    Schedule Details / Clarification:
    The retreat starts at 6:00pm on Sunday and closes at 3:00pm on Friday. For the full schedule which includes a flexible period from 12:30pm - 4:00pm daily please follow this link.

    Roots of Compassion Theme: 
    We'll explore Buddhist teachings on patience and endurance as spiritual practice (and not just putting up with things) by taking a deep dive into the writings of the 8th century Buddhist teacher Shantideva. Shantideva's great work the Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra (A Guide to the Life of a Bodhisattva) has been studied by Mahayana Buddhists through the centuries and is revered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many other teachers. We'll especially investigate Santideva's chapter on patience and see what we can learn and practice. Our online-while-at-home retreat may help to create an ideal environment in which to learn and practice patience more deeply. You can read more about Shantideva here.

    Course details
    This Live Online retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan, as well as compassion cultivation and loving kindness meditations. Individual private interviews with Lead Instructor Tim Burnett will also be available.

    The daily schedule allows an integration of committed meditation practice, teachings, and your life at home. We will have us away from the screen for most of the afternoon. We have found this format leads to an engagement with this work that is both deep and realistic. We aren't simply "moving" our retreat from in person to Zoom. Rather we have re-invented a home-based retreat. This format has been very effective for lead teacher, Tim Burnett, in previous retreats. 

    Who this event is for: This adult event will be highly relevant to students of mindfulness and compassion interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness and compassion who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary programs like MBSR and MSC.

    Getting ready for a multi-day online retreat:

    You will need a quiet room or corner (headphones can help) for our periods of formal practice and we invite you to think about the rest of the day. You can do our integrated online retreats at home or you could consider booking yourself a stay somewhere for a personal retreat. Both work well.

    When we are not together formally on Zoom, you will be invited to integrate your practice into the situation you find yourself in. While we recommend having a conversation with family ahead of the retreat around maintaining a quieter home environment, we also encourage being very flexible and accommodating to the needs of family, peers, or essential work during the retreat week.

    Our online "retreats" are not so much retreats in terms of getting away from it all but an opportunity to integrate committed mindfulness practice into your life at home. It will be a time to explore seeing everything in life as part of the retreat and show up with awareness, acceptance and kindness to every moment of the day whether it's during meditation with Zoom, helping your children, exercising, handling essential work tasks, or if you need to run an errand. 

    Prerequisites

    Before practicing for nearly a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed first for graduates of the intensive 8-week classes in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Instructors

    Rev. Tim Burnett, Teacher: Guiding Instructor and Executive Director at Mindfulness Northwest

    Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher and trained Mindfulness Teacher

    Location: Live Online using Zoom (contact info is emailed upon registration).

    Schedule
    Our online retreat days will run from 7:00 am Pacific time until 8:30 pm with breaks for meals and an ample open period in the middle of the day which can be used for more formal practice on your own, exercise, personal care, or any necessary home or work business that must be attended to.  

    Starts Sunday, August 30, at 6 PM.

    Closes Friday, September 4, at 3 PM.
    Full schedule available here

    Cost: $610 - $325 Sliding Scale Tuition.

    We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. We can only offer limited quantities of scholarship tuition so please register early.

    Note that there will also be an opportunity during registration to practice generosity by making a contribution to our Accessibility Fund so that others without means can attend.

    Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 


    Registration REGISTER ONLINE 

    With registration, you will also receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event.

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 8 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 15 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 21
    Register


    This 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, introduces participants to the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

    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.

    What people are saying...

    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.

    Instructor:  Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our other Classes, Workshops and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 16 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 19
    Register

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered Live Online.

    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).

    testimonial will appear here

    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.

    Instructors:
     Oori Silberstein, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor, trained to teach core Mindfulness curriculum through Mindfulness Northwest and the University of California at San Diego's Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Day of Self-Compassion Retreat Online: Saturday, November 7, from 9 AM - 1 PM.

    Cost:
    $580 - $310 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


    • 13 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 8 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 20
    Register

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered Live Online.

    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).

    testimonial will appear here

    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.

    Instructors:
    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. 

    Catherine Duffy, Certified Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.  


    Location:
     Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Day of Self-Compassion Retreat Online: Saturday, November 14, from 9 AM - 1 PM.

    Cost:
    $580 - $310 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


    • 1 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 8 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 23
    Register


    This 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, introduces participants to the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

    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.

    What people are saying...

    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.

    Instructor:  Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

    Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our other Classes, Workshops and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

Past MSC Classes, Trainings and Retreats

6 Jul 2020 Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (Live Online)
16 Jun 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Live Online) - Tuesday evenings
11 Jun 2020 Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (Live Online)
21 Apr 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Online) - Tuesdays late afternoon
6 Apr 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Online) - Monday evenings
21 Jan 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Mercer Island) - Tuesday evenings
19 Jan 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Sunday evenings
13 Oct 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion, Residential Training (Skagit County, North of Seattle)
19 Sep 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Wenatchee) - Thursday evenings
15 Sep 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion for UW Healthcare Professionals (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
25 Aug 2019 Roots of Compassion 5-day Retreat 2019 (Skagit County, North of Seattle)
17 Jun 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Mercer Island) - Monday evenings
9 Apr 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Tuesday evenings
7 Apr 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Sunday evenings
18 Jan 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Wenatchee) - Friday mornings
17 Jan 2019 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Thursday Mornings
20 Sep 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Wenatchee) - Thursday Evenings
17 Sep 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Monday Evenings
16 Sep 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion for UW Healthcare Professionals (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
26 Aug 2018 Roots of Compassion 5-day Retreat 2018 (Skagit County, North of Seattle)
5 Aug 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training (Seattle area)
12 Apr 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Thursdays Mid-day
22 Jan 2018 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Monday Evenings
22 Sep 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion for Healing Professionals (Bellingham) - Friday Mornings - 24 CEUs
21 Sep 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
10 Sep 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion for Healthcare Providers (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
20 Jul 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion at Tassajara
7 May 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training Retreat (Seattle area)
18 Mar 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion: Weekend Core Skills Workshop (Port Townsend)
13 Feb 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion (Bellingham) - Monday Evenings
8 Jan 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion for Healthcare Professionals (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
22 Sep 2016 (MSC-Bham) Mindful Self-Compassion for the Community - Thursday Mornings
28 Jan 2016 (MSC-Bham) Mindful Self-Compassion - Thurs. Mornings for the Community


 Mindful Self-Compassion was created by
The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
founded by
Drs. Kristen Neff & Christopher Germer


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