Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Dr. Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, and understanding.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are kind to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. 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.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:
What To Expect
The MSC Course includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5-3 hours each, in addition to a 3 1/2 hour guided silent practice, usually on a Saturday morning. This experiential class includes meditations, short talks, exercises, full and small group discussions, mindful movement, journaling/reflection, and home practice.The goal of the program is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. We invite all participants to set intentions, as circumstances allow, to attend all sessions and to include some daily practice for the skills learned throughout the program.
Schedule *All times listed are US Central Daylight Time (CDT is UTC-5 Hours)
Everyone is welcome, including people of all backgrounds and identities. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC.
As we aim to build community and establish a safe container for our time together, participants will be asked to provide some personal information when they register for this course to help teachers determine their safety and readiness for this kind of emotional work. MSC is a compassion skills training program, not group therapy. This program is designed to teach participants the tools needed to develop and cultivate a mindfulness and self-compassion practice and does not take the place of personal therapy.
For more information on the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, visit centerformsc.org
The 8-Week MSC Course (Both Online and In-Person Option) meets one of the requirements for becoming an MSC Trained Teacher. Visit the Center for Mindful Self Compassion for more details.
8-Week Mindful Self Compassion Course
Week 1: Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion
Week 2: Practicing Mindfulness
Week 3: Practicing Loving-Kindness
Week 4: Discovering Your Compassionate Voice
Silent Retreat (1/2 day)
Week 5: Living Deeply
Week 6: Meeting Difficult Emotions
Week 7: Exploring Challenging Relationships
Week 8: Embracing Your Life
Online Option (Registration opens May 16)
with Samir Moukaddam, Ph.D.
June 10-July 29, 2022
Samir Moukaddam, Ph.D., is a longtime practitioner whose mindfulness practice began in the mid 1990’s. He is a UCLA-Trained Mindfulness Facilitator, a Certified Mindfulness Teacher and a Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher. He has attended over 30 retreats to practice and study mindfulness, loving kindness, concentration, compassion and Buddhist philosophy. He resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information about Samir, please visit https://centerformsc.org/user-profile/samirmoukaddam/
Registration closes 9:00 AM CDT Monday, June 6, 2022.
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Come and Meet Jenny and Samir for a free one-hour orientation and practice session: Monday May 23rd, 7PM CDT and Friday, June 3, 10AM CDT. Please register below.
In-Person Offering (Full)
8 Tuesday Evenings, May 3-June 28, 6-9 PM (no class May 31)
and 1/2 day silent retreat, Saturday June 4, 9AM-12:30 PM
Unity Church Unitarian, 733 Portland Avenue, St Paul, MN
$300-$500 Sliding Fee
No previous meditation experience required.
Early application encouraged. Class size: minimum 8, maximum 14