The Nurturing

Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Training

With CC Gneist and Patricia Williams, at the beautiful Roundhouse Farm, Victoria, BC

Based on the work of Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) has been extensively researched and proven to provide many wellness benefits.

This course begins on Monday October 21st 6.30pm – 9.15pm and continues every week for 8 weeks.  It includes a half day retreat at the same venue on Saturday November 30th.

In MSC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Work with challenging relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion skills to others

Who Can Attend?

MSC is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC.  All are welcome! The program is based on the values of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

MSC Course Content

Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices).  MSC is taught in a variety of formats (e.g., face-to-face, online, full or partial trainings) to meet the needs of individuals in differing circumstances.

MSC is a Journey 

MSC is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing our emotional distress as well as opening us to the pain that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years.  Therefore, challenging emotions are likely to surface during the program, including past trauma. MSC teachers are committed to helping participants feel safe and comfortable during the course. However, participants agree at the outset that they will take primary responsibility for their emotional wellbeing.

MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on building the resources of mindfulness and self-compassion.  MSC is not a substitute for medical or mental health care.

Participants should also be aware that MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training.  Mindfulness and compassion go hand-in-hand, but our main purpose is compassion training.

Research into MSC

In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Read the full article on Kristen Neff’s

website.

Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives. MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to ½ hour per day, and teachers guide and support participants in that endeavor.

Highly recommended while participating in the MSC course:

It is also recommended, but not required, that participants read the following two books to get the most out of the training:

 

To Sign Up

Please follow this link to Eventbrite or contact CC through the contact form below.

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