Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8 Week Course. (Plus orientation session and retreat day)
This course begins with an orientation session on 21st April 2021 (from 6.30-8pm), which will help you to understand and prepare for the journey you are about to undertake . After which, we will meet every Saturday morning from 10.00am-12.30pm starting on 24th April and ending on 19th June. Each session will be 2.5 hours, plus a 4 hour "retreat day" on Saturday 29th June.
In my experience and listening to past previous participants, this journey often appears just when you need it, and for you to get the most out of the experience, a commitment to the whole course is important. Johnathan and I will be guiding you step by step and it's common to feel deeply connected and supported by your fellow participants as the course unfolds.
So what is Mindful Self-Compassion and why might you come on this course?
- Do you struggle to like and accept who you are?
- Would you like to develop a kinder relationship with yourself?
- Would you like to motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism?
- Would you like to be your own best friend and be more authentic in your relationships with others?
The goal of this course, is that you directly experience Self-Compassion and learn how to practice it in your daily life. MSC is about learning to respond kindly to ourselves, particularly when facing challenges and difficult emotions and learning to embrace who we are. We learn to motivate ourselves with kindness rather than self-criticism, treating ourselves the same way we might treat a dear friend . Appreciating and being grateful for the good in us and our lives, but being there for ourselves with a warm heart in times of trouble. We take time to listen to our inner dialogue and notice if we have patterns of negative self-talk, so that we can understand the messages we tell ourselves and choose more helpful, kind ways of being with ourselves.
The training programme written by Kristen Neff PhD and Christopher Germer PhD, is empirically supported and research suggests that Self-Compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress and it helps us to cultivate healthy choices and habits. Including exercise, self-care, diet, listening to and acting on our needs and improved relationships with others.
We learn in a small, supportive group environment, just as we would in person. Learning through guided meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, discussion and audio recordings/suggested readings for home practice (to really support your learning, there is an expectation that you plan to practice for 30 minutes each day).
No previous experience of meditation or mindfulness practice is required, just an open heart and a willingness to participate fully. The group environment is an important element of the course as it shows us we are not alone in our struggles and our common humanity helps us realise that the thoughts and feelings we might find unacceptable in ourselves, are in fact shared by most of us! So we support each other on this journey.
You will be asked to complete a form, providing a little background information about you and your life and a free 10 minute phone call is available, to discuss any questions you might have, to ensure that MSC is the right course for you at this time.
MSC isn't therapy, but is IS therapeutic. The course is beautifully structured to guide us through this journey together and although it can be challenging at times, we support each other to build a more loving relationship with ourselves and an easier space to inhabit in the world.
“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”
Christopher K. Germer
Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information, dates, application. I look forward to hearing from you.