Mindful Self-Compassion


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence-based 8 week course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It was developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy ( and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion in order to enhance our capacity for emotional well-being. The first step is to become aware that we are struggling (mindfulness). The second step is to bring loving awareness to ourselves during this moment (self-compassion). Together, mindfulness and self-compassion create a state of loving connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

In MSC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the proven health benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle uncomfortable emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

MSC is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC.

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to develop the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion in order to increase life satisfaction, decrease anxiety, depression and stress, and increase resilience.

This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming an MSC Teacher. For more information on MSC and becoming an MSC Teacher, please visit

Mindful Self-Compassion

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion - June 3 (virtual/online)