"When we look inwards, when we truly connect with who we are, with who each other are, we find the balm of togetherness and the healing powers of connection that can springboard us towards a better-feeling place. Couple that with the teaching of proven tools and practices to build our resources and the unfolding of all aspects of good health can begin. I hope I can help you on your journey."
~ C a t h e r i n e K e l l
** NEW ** Live Online 8-week
Mindful Self-Compassion Course
WHEN: I am currently in the midst of running this wonderful course and don't yet have dates set for the next one. If you'd like to hear from me when I release the next course dates, send me a message via the Contact Page and I will be in touch.
ABOUT: The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course is an empirically-supported and nurturing training programme designed to help participants cultivate the skill of self-compassion and learn to respond to difficult moments in life with kindness, care and understanding.
~ practice self-compassion in daily life
~ handle difficult emotions with greater ease
~ motivate yourself with kindness instead of self-criticism
~ take protective action when you need to stand firm
~ transform challenging relationships, old and new
~ manage caregiver fatigue
~ practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
Each session involves meditations, group discussion and experiential exercises which you are supported in continuing to explore and practice in the week in between with guided audio and a workbook. No previous experience is needed and all are welcome.
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More about the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course
The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) programme was developed by Kristin Neff PhD and Christopher Germer PhD.
It is an empirically-supported training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It is an 8-week course with an additional half day retreat.
MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The three components of self-compassion are balanced, mindful awareness, a sense of common humanity, and self-kindness.
Mindfulness opens us to the present moment so we can turn towards our experience with awareness and greater ease. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Kindness opens our hearts, so we can give ourselves what we need. Together they comprise a state of loving, connected presence.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, negative self-judgement or feeling inadequate.
Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.
The MSC course teaches you to:
- Practice mindfulness-based self-compassion in daily life
- Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- Transform challenging relationships, old and new
- Manage caregiver fatigue
- Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
What to expect
The course includes meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The course provides participants with a direct experience of self-compassion and participants also learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is not like psychotherapy - the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
Compassion is a positive, energising emotion. However, it is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may arise. I am committed to obtaining background information and having an orientation call with you before a course commences to ensure MSC is the right course for you at the right time. I am also committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for the group as the course unfolds.
Week by week
The MSC course is delivered over 8 weekly sessions of 3 hours each, in addition to a 3 hour retreat session between week 5 and week 6.
- Session 1: Introduction to mindful self-compassion
- Session 2: Practicing mindfulness
- Session 3: Practicing Loving Kindness
- Session 4: Discovering your compassionate voice
- Session 5: Living Deeply
- Between Session 5 and 6 there is a 3 hour retreat session
- Session 6: Meeting difficult emotions
- Session 7: Exploring challenging relationships
- Session 8: Embracing your life
Attendance and home practice
Participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindful self-compassion for some time each day throughout the program.
Course prerequisites - none! Just an open, willing heart and lots of kind curiosity.
Participation prerequisites - to ensure safety, some background information and an orientation call is required.
The online course cost is £270 (GBP) per person.
You will be asked to complete a booking form and have an orientation call before the course commences to check the course is suitable for you at this time.