Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It’s a state of warm-hearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with encouragement, care for others, and be fully human. This program is an intensive form of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. It’s an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness — supported by the beautiful Esalen land. Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, successful healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. Self-compassion is a skill that can be cultivated by anyone. In this workshop, you’ll be taught how to: · Practice mindful self-compassion in daily life · Understand the science of self-compassion · Handle difficult emotions with greater ease · Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism · Transform challenging relationships, old and new · Manage compassion fatigue · Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation · Teach simple self-compassion practices to others This program teaches the core principles and practices of the MSC program, and is a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher. For more information, visit www.CenterForMSC.org. Recommended reading: Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; Neff, Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Up on Yourself and Leave Insecurity Behind.