Mindful Self-Compassion UK

Five Day Mindful Self-Compassion Residential with Ali Lambie

This five day fully residential training provides the opportunity to learn (or revisit) the territory of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), the groundbreaking evidence-based programme developed by Drs Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.

This latest offering also incorporates some of the most recent developments in the areas of Tender and Fierce Self-Compassion and new practices for transforming Shame through Self-Compassion.

The residential setting of this offering allows a real deep dive to embed the skills to treat ourselves (and therefore others) with greater kindness and humanity. MSC is founded on three components: Mindfulness (so we become much clearer about how we’re relating to ourselves and our experiences and can make better informed choices about how to respond and engage with life); Common Humanity (understanding and having direct experience that we’re not alone in navigating the challenges as well as the joys of the human condition); and Self-Kindness (learning both the tender and fierce aspects of what living from a deeply  compassionate place might look and feel like).


The residential format allows for plenty of periods of quiet practice, together with guided exercises and opportunity for reflective explorations in small and whole group. There will be generous time for self-care outside of the formal sessions and a typical day will follow this format:

7.15 am (optional) early morning practice
8.00 am breakfast
9.15 am morning session (with refreshment break)
12.30 pm lunch and time for self-care
3.30 pm afternoon session (with refreshment break)
6.30 pm dinner + free time (some optional evening activities / walks etc)

Hill Cottage Retreat Centre is a perfect setting to support this training located as it is in gorgeous and peaceful rolling countryside on the Welsh border, yet also within 10 minutes’ drive of Knighton railway station.

Accommodation is in a number of beautifully designed eco-friendly units where each participant has their own bedroom. The circular group room where we spend most of our time is a delightful light and airy space with far reaching views. Outside possibilities abound too – gorgeous grounds to explore including outdoor swimming pond and walks further afield including along the Offa’s Dyke walking trail. Catering is wholesome, homemade (and largely homegrown / organic) and vegetarian. Special diets can be catered for.


This training is open to all – whether you’ve taken a mindfulness training or are new to this. It is also very appropriate for those who’ve already taken an MSC course and would like to deepen their practice and explore some new material too. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss whether this residential might be right for you.

The next residential MSC course will run:

When: Friday 30th May to Wednesday 4th June 2025
Where: Hill Cottage Retreat Centre, Knighton, LD7 1PD
Cost: £695 (to include training, single occupancy accommodation and all meals etc)

Non-residential option also available – please email to enquire ali@knightonmindfulness.co.uk 

Ali will be joined in running this event again by Paul Johanson, experienced MSC teacher and Psychotherapist. See more about Paul here: www.kindfulway.co.uk

Early booking recommended!!

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May 30 2025


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