About Us

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender heart.

Henri Nouwen

Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training

Mindful Self-compassion teachers have received rigorous training in mindful self-compassion and have been practicing mindfulness in their daily lives for several years. The Mindful Self-Compassion program was developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer, and it has been taught in countries all over the world over the past several years. Teacher trainers have to attend the Mindful Self-Compassion course, a 5-day silent retreat, and the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training.

Kristin Neff, PhD  is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Texas in Austin. Her research links self-compassion to mental health. She has successfully differentiated the construct of self-compassion from self-esteem. Dr. Neff is currently examining the effectiveness of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, including brief versions of the program to help address burnout among teachers and health care workers. Additionally, Dr. Neff is investigating the link between self-compassion and compassion for others. Dr. Neff wrote Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. She conducts training sessions and workshops internationally and online.

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion.

Your Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers

Bernita Wienhold-Leahy, EdD and Barb Regasz, BSW, are both trained Mindful Self-Compassion teachers. We studied under Christopher Germer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the first teacher training held in Canada. We are committed to bringing self-compassion to our community and schools over the next several years as the concept of self-compassion becomes more widely known and accepted.

Bernita Wienhold-Leahy, EdD. is a graduate from the University of Calgary with her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Learning. Her research involved teaching self-compassion and mindfulness to adolescents in the school setting. For the past decade, Bernita has worked in an educational setting with special needs, international, and diverse learners. She endeavours to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to the schools, community, and health and wellness fields.

Barb Regasz, BSW received her Bachelor of Social Work in 1995. For the pasty twenty years, Barb has worked with children with special needs and their families, children and families suffering from grief and loss, people in conflict with the law, and in several recreational programs. Barb would like to empower people from all walks of life to have the skills to respond to their own difficult emotions with kindness and healing.