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March 15–20, 2015 Sunday–Friday 5 nights

Mindful Self-Compassion

Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff
Christopher Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. Christopher is a clinical instructor…
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Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor in human development and culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She was one of the first scholars to define and measure self-compassion in an academic context,…
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Open to everyone, including professionals who wish to teach self-compassion to others.

How do you react to life’s difficulties, such as work stress, feeling rejected, physical problems, or financial hardship? Self-compassion is treating ourselves with kindness and understanding when things go wrong. It’s a skill that can be learned by anyone.

Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is a core healing process. It’s strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying relationships.

This program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. Learn to

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions
  • Transform challenging relationships
  • Teach self-compassion practices to others.

Participants directly experience self-compassion and learn how to bring it into daily life. This workshop includes loving-kindness and compassion meditation, personal sharing, research, and discussion.

Note This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. For more information, see

Recommended reading Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself (Morrow) and Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions (Guilford Press).