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October 2015

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Marin, CA

October 3, 2015
Unnamed Venue Marin, CA

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 Spirit Rock

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Texas Conference for Women

October 15, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dr. Kristin Neff will be part of a panel discussion titled "Optimize Your Stress and Improve Your Wellbeing." There’s no getting around it – in our 24/7 world, stress is something that all of us live with daily. But, how we perceive and respond to stress varies and it’s this reaction that affects our physical and emotional health. Experts will share their tools and insights for how to manage stress, enhance resiliency and access innate well-being through nutrition, self-compassion, mindfulness and preventative self-care. Prepare to leave with renewed clarity and fresh resources to help you live a better and more balanced life.

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Public Talk Amherst College, MA

October 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Neff will give a 90 minutes presentation on "The Science of Self-Compassion." For many years self-esteem was seen to be the key to psychological health. More recently, however, researchers have identified several downsides to the pursuit of self-esteem such as narcissism, ego-defensiveness, social comparisons, and the contingency and instability of self-worth. Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend we cared about. Rather than making global evaluations of ourselves as “good” or “bad,” self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles 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 powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism. A brief self-compassion practice will also be taught that can be used in daily life.

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Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Ann Arbor, MI

October 23, 2015 - October 24, 2015
Unnamed Venue Ann Arbor, MI

This one-day workshop will provide tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we feel inadequate or are experiencing 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 Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education

Optional additional half-day on Oct. 24th

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November 2015

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, Houston, TX

November 7, 2015
Unnamed Venue Houston, TX

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

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

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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