Mindful Self-Compassion
March 27  (Monday afternoons)

Mindful Self-Compassion


ONLINE

8-week course


Why MSC?

Interested in learning to be kinder to yourself when you’re suffering? Wish you had better tools for handling difficult emotions? Want to be able to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism and start to leave that harsh inner-critical voice behind? The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program includes exercises, meditations, and lessons on mindfulness, compassion for ourselves, difficult emotions, transforming the inner critic, and more.

We feel compassion and respond with kindness when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to be able to offer yourself the same caring attention when you need it most?

diverse group of people in the Zoom online mindfulness class smiling

What to Expect

This 8-week course includes:

 

  • Guided instruction in mindful self-compassion practices and meditations
  • Skill building exercises for managing difficult emotions and developing compassion
  • Learning how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • Learning how to stop being so hard on yourself and open to more happiness and joy
  • Group dialogue and small group exercises
  • Eight 2.75 hour classroom sessions plus a 4-hour weekend retreat.

This class provided me with the tools to meet difficult emotions, and allow them to be there rather than fight them. It helped me begin to change the conversation I have with myself, from one of harsh criticism to an open and curious dialogue laced with self-compassion. I’d recommend that anyone take this class, it has irrevocably changed my life for the better.

Kelen Tamurian

Fox Island, WA

Each of the eight weekly classes includes instruction in mindfulness, compassion, emotional awareness and a series of skills. Far from being only “classroom learning,” each MSC unit includes hands-on experiential meditations and exercises along with opportunities to discuss your learning with peers and the instructor. Real-world tools are provided that you can try in between classes. There’s also an additional retreat session on the weekend to deepen your practice.

To learn more about whether the time is right for you to register for this course, please see What Are Our Classes Like? in the FAQs, from Executive Director Tim Burnett.

More about MSC

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.

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
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion

Mindfulness strengthens being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to 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.

Preparing for MSC

We recommend watching this five-minute message from Executive Director Tim Burnett on what our classes look and feel like before enrolling in  MBSR or MSC.

If you’re unsure about registering for a course, please contact the Mindfulness Northwest office. We want to be sure there is sufficient support for you and that the timing is right for taking our courses.

Wondering what this class is like? You can also sign up for a FREE 90 minute introduction to this curriculum:

Intro to Self-Compassion
January 17  (Tuesday evening)

Intro to Self-Compassion

ONLINE

1.5-hour free workshop

Uplifting. This class has helped me to be much more at ease during challenging times.
Dawn Fulton

Ellensburg, WA

SCHEDULE

Mondays, March 27 – May 15
4:00 – 6:45pm PST

Day of Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Retreat:
Sunday, May 7, 9am – 4pm PST

TEACHER

Tim Burnett

LOCATION

Offered Live Online. Zoom link will be sent to you by email once you register.

COST

Choose what’s right for you on our sliding scale: $370 – $615

  • Scholarships – Limited scholarships available. No need to apply; just choose scholarship tuition during registration.
  • Payment Plans – No interest, 4 month payment plan option is available during registration.

 

 

CONTINUING ED FOR EDUCATORS

Up to 26 Clock Hours are available for eligible Washington State (K-12) teachers, administrators, and educational staff associates who take this course. Please check this page to confirm eligibility for clock hours. Mindfulness Northwest is an approved provider through Washington State OSPI.

Wondering what this class is like? You can also sign up for a FREE 90 minute introduction to this curriculum:

Intro to Self-Compassion
January 17  (Tuesday evening)

Intro to Self-Compassion

ONLINE

1.5-hour free workshop

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Referring my clients/patients
Becoming a mindfulness teacher
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Support for recovery from trauma
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