Mindful Self Compassion Workshop with Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff

Friday, April 5th, 2019 9:00amSaturday, April 6th, 2019 5:00pm


Simon Fraser University- Harbour Centre 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3, Meeting Hall: Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre Main Floor, Room # 1400-1430

2-Day MSC Core Skills Training, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  

Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. They have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. This Core Skills Workshop allows an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive 2-day format.

Self-compassion: What is It?

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to our own selves in the same situations. Self-compassion is directed to the one who is suffering, and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need?” By recognizing that difficulty is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-kindness), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.

Self-compassion: How to Learn It

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.

MSC Core Skills Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

Identify the three key components of self-compassion Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout

Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.


Approximate Course Times:

Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6, 2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days

Please plan to arrive at 8:15 am for check-in and coffee.

Coffee, tea and snacks included. Lunch is not included.