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November 2015

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Houston, TX

November 7, 2015
Unnamed Venue Houston, TX + Google Map

This one-day workshop will provide tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we feel inadequate or experience painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by the Jung Center

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Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, San Francisco, CA

November 21, 2015
Unnamed Venue San Francisco, CA + Google Map

This one-day workshop will provide tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we feel inadequate or experience painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by the California Institute for Integral Studies

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December 2015

5-Day Intensive MSC Training, Lucerne Valley, CA

December 13, 2015 - December 18, 2015
Unnamed Venue Lucerne Valley, CA + Google Map

With Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: understand the science of self-compassion, practice self-compassion in daily life, motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism, meet difficult emotions with greater ease, transform challenging relationships, learn tools to manage caregiver fatigue, and teach simple self-compassion practices to others. This program fulfills the pre-requisite for MSC teacher training.

Sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

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January 2016

MSC Intensive Training, Sedona Mago Retreat Center, Sedona, AZ Full with wait list

January 10, 2016 - January 15, 2016

With Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: understand the science of self-compassion, practice self-compassion in daily life, motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism, meet difficult emotions with greater ease, transform challenging relationships, learn tools to manage caregiver fatigue, and teach simple self-compassion practices to others. This program fulfills the pre-requisite for MSC teacher training.

Sponsored by Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

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February 2016

Self-Acceptance: A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, Heart – San Diego

February 6, 2016 - February 7, 2016

With Kelly McGonigal,PhD, Kristin Neff,PhD and Tami Simon

Is your inner critic the loudest voice in your mind? Do you find yourself dwelling on your shortcomings far more than your successes? Is it easier for you to extend kindness and forgiveness to others than to yourself?

If so, you’re not alone. Even after years of spiritual practice, self-improvement, or therapy, many of us still find self-acceptance to be the hardest challenge we face.

But there is a solution.

With Self-Acceptance: A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, and Heart, you’re invited to a weekend dedicated to helping you cultivate this essential quality for happiness and success. Hosted by Sounds True founder Tami Simon, this experiential workshop features two of today’s leading experts in this emerging area of study, Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Kelly McGonigal. Come together in a beautiful seaside setting to explore the latest scientific research on self-acceptance—and learn transformative practices for treating yourself with kindness, honesty, and love.

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Keynote talk at the Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth conference, San Diego

February 27, 2016

Explore Mindfulness & Compassion with Youth during the 5th Annual Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth, February 26-28, 2016, sponsored by the University of San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Targeted to educators, healthcare providers, psychotherapists, researchers and administrators of programs providing care and education to youth. Participants will:

Learn mindfulness skills, practices and programs that you share with youth in nearly any setting. Hear from experts already bringing mindfulness to youth in schools, clinics, neighborhoods and hospitals.  Connect with like-minded educators, clinicians and researchers to build resources and networks of support.  Get up to speed on the latest research findings and projects, and find out how you can contribute.  Expand your horizons around how you might bring mindfulness to bear on the challenges of your community or population.  And finally, enjoy all the benefits that San Diego has to offer in mid-winter!

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March 2016

Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training, Sedona, AZ

March 13, 2016 - March 19, 2016

With Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, Michelle Becker and Steven Hickman

This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach MSC, those who would like to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their ongoing professional activities (i.e., psychotherapy, coaching, nursing, teaching, etc.), and individuals who have a professional interest in the field (i.e., researchers, administrators, etc.). To learn more about prerequisites and guidelines for the training, please visit the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Sponsored by UCSD Center for Mindfulness, San Diego, CA

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April 2016

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Minneapolis, MN

April 6, 2016

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we cared about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect human beings. This workshop will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in — and responding compassionately to our own imperfections without harsh self-condemnation — are essential steps toward living happier, more fulfilling lives. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. You will learn how to stop being so hard on yourself; handle difficult emotions with greater ease; and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Practices will also be introduced to help ease stress for caregivers. This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by PESI

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Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Stratford, ON

April 8, 2016

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we cared about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect human beings. This workshop will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in — and responding compassionately to our own imperfections without harsh self-condemnation — are essential steps toward living happier, more fulfilling lives. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. You will learn how to stop being so hard on yourself; handle difficult emotions with greater ease; and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Practices will also be introduced to help ease stress for caregivers. This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by Mission: Empowerment!

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Talk at Houston Compassion Week, Houston TX

April 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

I will be giving a luncheon address at the kick off for Houston's 2016 Compassion Week. I will discuss theory and research behind self-compassion, including how we can only sustain having compassion for others by having compassion for ourselves. I will also teach a short self-compassion practice for use in daily life. Please join us for this wonderful event that is helping to bring more compassion to major cities around the globe. The first place to start, of course, is with ourselves.

Sponsored by Compassion Houston

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