Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Sunday, May 12, 2013, 5:00 PM –
Friday, May 17, 2013, 1:00 PM (All times are local to the event.)

Kristin Neff, PhD, Christopher Germer, PhD
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Self-compassion is a key element of mindfulness when we contact suffering. Whereas mindfulness typically focuses on present-moment experience, self-compassion focuses on the experiencer. Mindfulness says, "Open to your suffering with spacious awareness and it will change." Self-compassion says, "Be kind to yourself in the midst of suffering and it will change." Mindfulness asks, "What do I know?", and self-compassion asks, "What do I need?"

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 harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-absorption, and self-neglect. 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.

Rapidly expanding research has shown that self-compassion enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, helps to maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and is related to better personal relationships.


On or before March 12, 2013
Registration: $825 (after March 12: $925)
UC San Diego Faculty / Staff: $725 (after March 12: $825)
Room and Board Single Occupancy: $925
Room and Board Double Occupancy: $675

Sunday, May 12, 2013 – Friday, May 17, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Registration: 1:00–5:00 pm

Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm

First Session: 6:45–8:45 pm

Friday, May 17, 2013
Session Ends: 12:00 pm

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