Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)​ is an evidence-based training program designed to cultivate emotional resilience through the skill of self-compassion.

About this Event

Marcia Burton, Certified MSC Teacher, will be offering this online event. It includes 8 live, interactive sessions of 2.5 hours each, from 4pm-6:30 (PST). There will be an additional half day mini-retreat session, date TBD. 

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)​ is an evidence-based training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Kristin Neff (Ph.D.) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (psychologist), MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

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. And it’s easier than you think.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. 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, 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:

● Practice self-compassion in daily life

● Understand the evidence-based 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

About the Training

Program activities include guided meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion and practices in pairs or small groups. The training is a workshop, based on resilience training and skills, and although it can have psychotherapeutic effects, it is not “therapy”. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and to learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. The MSC training is primarily a compassion training program although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion.

This training course fulfills the pre-requisite for the MSC Teacher Training.

The fee for this course is $425 Canadian and it covers all tuition and GST taxes. Tuition is payable in Canadian dollars, via e-transfer, Paypal, or transferwise. CEU credits are available on request for a nominal fee.

Tuition does not include the recommended course reading, “The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: The Proven Way to Build Inner Strength and Thrive”, by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. This can be purchased at most book stores or online.


Please register by contacting Marcia directly:

This course will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants, so please book early! There are a couple of bursary places available for those with limited financial resources, or for those from countries whose currency is valued to make the Canadian fees difficult to manage.

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