Courses and Workshops

Mindful Self-Compassion Course:

The Mindful Self-Compassion Course is designed to be taught in eight 3-hr sessions plus one 4-hour retreat. In the MSC Course, participants will learn the foundation of mindfulness and the skills of self-compassion. Some key strategies include:

  • Treating ourselves with kindness
  • Managing difficult emotions and experiences with greater ease
  • Motivating ourselves with compassion rather than self-criticism
  • Relieving empathy fatigue
  • Dealing skillfully with difficult relationships
  • Cultivating happiness, gratitude, and self-appreciation
  • Practicing mindful self-compassion in our everyday lives

Please contact us at cultivatingheartsandminds@gmail.com if you are interested in registering for the MSC course.

Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Youth

An 8-week (1.75 hrs per week) program to teach adolescents to be kind to themselves with acceptance and gratitude

Adolescence can often be a difficult time for teens as it is a time when they experience significant growth and heightened emotions. This course is designed to offer teens skills to cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life. It brings together the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion: Mindfulness teaches us to be present with difficult emotions, and self-compassion helps us to respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care.  Through developmentally appropriate activities and meditations, teens learn specific tools which help them navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.

Please contact us at cultivatingheartsandminds@gmail.com if you are interested in registering yourself or a youth for this program.

Workshops offered:

We also offer one-day workshops for health care professionals, educators, social workers, caregivers, early childhood educators, and many other professional associations.  Please contact us at cultivatingheartsandminds@gmail.com for details.

What to expect:

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussions, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self –compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

Prerequisites

No previous experience with mindfulness is required to attend MSC. To ensure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program

It is recommended to read one or both of the following books before or during the program:

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself      by Dr. Kristin Neff

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion          by Dr. Christopher Germer

We would love to offer informational sessions on self-compassion in your community, place of employment, community groups, or in educational settings. Please contact us for a free introductory session of Mindful Self-Compassion.