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May 2018

The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion

May 23

Kristin Neff will speak along with Chris Germer at Peking University, China’s top university, the evening before conducting a 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion intensive workshop. The talk will introduce the concept of self-compassion and describe the Mindful Self-Compassion program. It will describe research on the benefits of self-compassion and teach a few brief self-compassion practices. Both, the workshop and the lecture will be conducted in English and translated into Mandarin Chinese. So, both English and Chinese speaking audience are warmly welcome.

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June 2018

The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion

June 22

Research suggests that self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of coping and resilience we have available to us. In times of struggle, self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same care and concern we would normally show to a good friend – so that we are an inner ally rather than an inner enemy. It involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans and learning to be present with the inevitable challenges of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be strongly associated with psychological wellbeing. A brief self-compassion practice will also be taught that can be used in daily life. Sponsored by The Contemplary

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The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion: Happiness and its Causes conference

June 24 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

This one-day workshop will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life.

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Stop Chasing Self-Esteem and Just Be Self-Compassionate: Happiness and Its Causes conference

June 25 @ 8:45 am

For years high self-esteem was seen to be the ultimate marker of psychological health. Although it’s problematic to judge yourself negatively, there are also problems with trying to judge yourself positively – narcissism, bullying, and unstable self-worth to name just a few. Self-compassion doesn’t involve judging yourself at all, it simply means relating to our imperfect selves with the same kindness, understanding and support we’d show to a good friend. Research supports that self-compassion is a healthier and more sustainable way to experience good feelings toward ourselves than self-esteem.

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October 2018

Compassion Research and Next Steps

October 28

In October there will be a landmark conference on Omega that brings together the five major empirically supported intervention approaches for teaching compassion – Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Focused Therapy, Compassion Cultivation Training, Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training.


• Explore current research on the link between compassion and well-being
• Explore the relationship between compassion and self-compassion
• Explore the most current research on teaching compassion

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