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Self-Compassion: Learning to be a Good Friend to Ourselves

June 10 - June 11

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we care about. It provides support when times are tough so that we are more emotionally resilient. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves.


During this weekend retreat, you will practice simple tools for responding compassionately in daily life. You will learn about research demonstrating the benefits of self-compassion. Through experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills so that you can 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 weekend retreat is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.



All are welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds as space allows. These “pay as you can” spots are limited. For more information, please email Registration@spiritrock.org.

*Recording Note: You will have ~90 days from the original program date to view the program. If you would like access to the recording, you must register by the deadline above. The recording will be available in ~10 days after the program.

**Please Note for CEC participants: If you are interested in receiving continuing education credits (CECs), you must register and pay for CECs prior to the start of the program (no retroactive CECs will be given) and you must attend the live program. Please review the CEC information below.


Online Only: We are offering this program online via Zoom for you to join us remotely.

Sliding Scale: $50-$600. Our sliding scale options for this program include financial support for our teachers. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports the teachers as well as Spirit Rock, staff, and your fellow practitioners.

Continuing Education (CE) credit available:
This program offers 6 CE credits for $60 for licensed psychologists, and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. Please review our Continuing Education Credit information page to determine if your association or board will accept credits offered by Spirit Rock.**

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
At the end of the program you will better able to:

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion;
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion;
  • Utilize techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life;
  • Utilize practices to motivation with kindness rather than self-criticism;
  • Use self-compassion in caregiver settings.

Continuing Education content level: Introductory

**Please note:

  • For those with a different license or with a license from a different licensing board, please contact your licensing board directly to ask if CE credit from the above-approved sponsors is accepted. Spirit Rock does not confirm applicability of credit for those with licenses different than those listed above. Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered.
  • For full Provider information, and additional CEC information, including attendance requirements, cancellation, and grievance policies, please visit our Continuing Education Credit information page.