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September 2019

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training: Kripalu, NY

September 21 - September 22

This workshop is taught by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, creators of the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)program. Participants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of the MSC training, which is designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals. CE hours available.

Note that this course is a fundraiser for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and all proceeds will go to benefit the non-profit.

Sponsored by Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

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Talk at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Austin

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Night under One Sky. I will be speaking in the Umlauf Sculpture gardens at this special fundraising event for Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT). The talk will focus on the yin and yang sides of self-compassion. Yin self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way, as we naturally do for our friends who struggle. Yang self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves – saying “no” to others who are hurting us, drawing our boundaries firmly; giving ourselves what we need to be fulfilled mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes. This yang energy is especially needed in our world today to stand up to social injustice.

Sponsored by Interfaith Action of Central Texas

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Keynote at the Sounds True Gathering, Scotts Valley, CA

September 27

On September 27, 2019 I will be speaking at this four day in-person gathering (Sept. 26-29) to support the new Sounds True Foundation, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to making transformational education widely available to communities in need, as well as to people who are actively working to uplift and protect our society—teachers, veterans, law enforcement professionals, and leaders of social justice and environmental organizations. The deadline for early bird registration is June 30, 2019.

During this transformational four-day experience, you will have the opportunity to connect in a very up close and personal way not only with me, but with well-known teachers including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Snatam Kaur, Adyashanti, Mark Nepo, Ruth King, Seane Corn, and many more.

The program is designed to help you open to your own deepest heart and sense of guidance. For four days, we will come together as a transformational learning community, letting go of whatever it is time to release, stretching our hearts wider and wider, and receiving inner directives about our next creative steps.

Sponsored by Sounds True

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October 2019

Keynote at Eating Disorders Conference, Plano, TX

October 4

I will be speaking at the Children's Health 5th Annual Eating Disorders Symposium focusing on the theme of "Cultivating Connections: Innovations in Eating Disorders Treatment.” This is a daylong symposium held by The Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children's Medical Center Plano, which is the only pediatric eating disorder treatment center in the nation that holds the prestigious disease-specific Joint Commission accreditation in the treatment of eating disorders.

My talk will focus on self-compassion as a healthier way of relating to oneself and one's body than self-esteem. It will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will also discuss research on the link between self-compassion, body image and eating disorders.

Sponsored by Children's Health

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The Art of Self-Compassion, Cincinnati, OH

October 18

This workshop by Dr. Neff is the second day of a two-day conference for mental health professionals being held from October 17-18, 2019. This six-hour training will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, participants gain practical skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. A lecture on the theory and research into self-compassion will be provided, and several informal self-compassion practices for use in daily life will be taught. The phenomena of backdraft - adverse reactions to self-compassion practice - will be discussed. Finally, participants will learn self-compassion practices designed to work with difficult emotions, motivate oneself from a place of kindness rather than criticism, combat caregiver fatigue, and cultivate self-appreciation.

12 CE Hours Approval

Sponsored by Suncrest Counseling

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Self-Compassion Workshop, Edmonton, AB, Canada

October 24

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 compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, participants gain practical skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. A lecture on the theory and research into self-compassion will be provided, and several informal self-compassion practices for use in daily life will be taught. The phenomena of backdraft - adverse reactions to self-compassion practice - will be discussed. Finally, participants will learn self-compassion practices designed to work with difficult emotions, motivate oneself from a place of kindness rather than criticism, combat caregiver fatigue, and cultivate self-appreciation. This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by CAST Canada

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November 2019

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills: Ann Arbor

November 8 - November 9
Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States

This workshop is taught by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, creators of the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. Participants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of the MSC training, which is designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals. CE hours available.

Note that this course is a fundraiser for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and all proceeds will go to benefit the non-profit.

Sponsored by Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

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Fierce Self-Compassion Workshop, Berkeley, CA

November 22

This unique workshop is focused on integrating yin and yang – tender and fierce – self-compassion. Yin self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way, as we naturally do for our friends who struggle. Yang self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves – saying “no” to others who are hurting us, drawing our boundaries firmly; giving ourselves what we need to be fulfilled mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes. It will teach theory, research, and concrete practices from the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion program, as well as new practices developed specifically to engender fierce self-compassion.

This workshop is most appropriate for individuals who already have some experience practicing self-compassion. It is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by Greater Good Science Center

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December 2019

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills: Los Angeles

December 6 - December 7

This workshop is taught by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, creators of the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)program. Participants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of the MSC training, which is designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals. CE hours available.

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March 2020

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Sedona AZ

March 15, 2020 - March 20, 2020

This offering is an intensive version of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome! Note that this course is a fundraiser to support the nonprofit Center for MSC.

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