Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8-week mindfulness program designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. The MSC program is based on the innovative research findings and clinical expertise of self-compassion experts Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. MSC participants will learn the essential principles of self-compassion, with practices designed to help you meet difficult periods in your life with wise attention, understanding, and loving-kindness.

What to expect in the MSC program

Participants will learn self-compassion practices that can be integrated into daily life. The eight-week program includes:

  • Meditations
  • Psychoeducation
  • Group discussion
  • Home practice

After the MSC workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in everyday life
  • Motivate yourself via self-compassion rather than criticism
  • Tolerate painful emotions with greater ease
  • Transform difficult relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Cultivate self-appreciation

The MSC program involves eight weekly 2-hour-and-45-minute sessions, as well as a 4-hour meditation retreat on the weekend between the fifth and sixth sessions. MSC participants are asked to commit to a) attending all nine sessions and b) practicing self-compassion meditation for at least 30 minutes per day for the duration of the program.
MSC is a self-compassion training program and not a form of psychotherapy. No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary. However, MSC may be considered a logical next step after participation in an introductory program such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

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Difficult or painful emotions may arise during self-compassion practice. Your MSC instructor is committed to providing a supportive environment in which every participant’s self-compassion journey can unfold safely. Participants are asked to attend a mandatory orientation session one week before the MSC program to ensure that MSC is the right fit at the right time.
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The three main principles of self-compassion are self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness:

  • Self-kindness opens our hearts to our suffering so that we can nourish and care for ourselves
  • Awareness of common humanity reminds us of our essential inter-relatedness and deepens our feelings of connection to others
  • Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, helping us accept our experience with greater ease
  • Together, self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness promote a warm and present connectedness.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I have to attend an orientation session prior to starting the group?

    Mindspace wants to make sure that each participant has a good experience in the MBSR, MBCT or MSC program. The orientation session provides a chance for you to see for yourself what the program is about, so that you can make an informed decision. Likewise, if the instructor determines that MBSR, MBCT or MSC may not be the right fit at the right time for you, we’ll make sure to orient you toward the best alternative.