Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warm-hearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience that allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, care for others, and be more fully ourselves. Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
Fortunately, self-compassion is a skill that can be cultivated by anyone. You will learn how to:
- Practice mindfulness and 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 is an intensive training program rather than a retreat. It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness — supported by the beautiful Esalen campus. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.
Note: Registration for this program is through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Please go to http://www.centerformsc.org/Esalen2015 to register. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Only after you have registered with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and paid tuition fees, will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen. For accommodations pricing chart, see http://www.esalen.org/page/partner-program-pricing. This workshop is limited to 70 participants.
Recommended reading: Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself; Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
CE credit for psychologists;
CE credit for psychologists in Massachusetts; see leader.
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;
CE credit for nurses;