5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Sedona Mago Retreat Center

This offering is an intensive version of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. It is the only full version of the program that Kristin Neff (along with Chris Germer) is teaching this year, and it will be in person! Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. 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.

This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!

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Self-Compassion for Caregivers Workshop

Self-Compassion for Caregivers: Caring for others without losing yourself

Think of all the generous, kind people you know who constantly give compassion and care to others, yet continually beat themselves up. Most of us are quite practiced at being supportive and giving to others, especially those of us who find ourselves in caregiver roles. 

This workshop will present theory and research on the key role that self-compassion plays for caregivers. A variety of practices will be taught that can help individuals maintain equilibrium in difficult caregiving situations.  We will also explore how to meet our needs in a balanced and fulfilling manner. 

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Sponsored by The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

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

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we care about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, 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 program will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way to ourselves in daily life. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, 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 program is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

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Sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Self-Compassion Gathering, a LIVE Question & Answer with Dr. Kristin Neff

Self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of coping and resilience we have available to us. It’s a constant friend that can support us in times of need. It allows us to motivate ourselves with kindness rather than harsh self-criticism.

In these special monthly events, Kristin will open with a guided self-compassion meditation, followed by a live question and answer with Kristin. The questions can be on any topic related to self-compassion - from practice issues to research to the application of self-compassion to various realms of life.

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Introduction to Self-Compassion: A Workshop with Kristin Neff

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 humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater resilience. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, you will learn about self-compassion and gain practical skills to bring it into your daily life. You will learn how to support yourself in difficult moments; handle distressing emotions with greater ease; and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.

Sponsored by InsightLA

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Self-Compassion for Helping Professionals: Caring for Others without Losing Yourself

This transformative workshop led by Kristin Neff, world renowned self-compassion researcher and expert, will present theory and research on the vital role that self-compassion plays for helping professionals. Through experiential exercises, discussions, and practical strategies, this workshop will guide you to develop a self-compassion practice that supports your well-being, resilience, and ability to continue the important work that you do in this world.

Sponsored by Mission Empowerment

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Fierce Self-Compassion: Taking Action to Alleviate Suffering

This unique workshop will teach skills developed by Dr. Neff for her new book Fierce Self-Compassion (appropriate for men and women, clinicians and the general public). You will learn tools to help you draw needed boundaries, and learn how to care for others without being overwhelmed. The program will include a satisfying mix of experiential learning and science-based insights. Throughout the program, Dr. Neff will reveal how, in order to be truly self-compassionate, we need to balance fierce action with tender self-acceptance. Like a tree with a solid trunk and flexible branches, we need to stand strong while still embracing others as part of an interdependent whole. We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate harm, but we need fierceness in our belly to stand up to harm.

Sponsored by Mission Empowerment

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Self-Compassion Gathering | Live Question & Answer

A special live, online event - on Wednesday, January 24th, from 7:30 - 8:45 PM CST, where Kristin will begin with a guided self-compassion meditation, then open for questions.

In these special monthly events, Kristin will open with a guided self-compassion meditation, and then invite people to share about their experience of the practice in break-out groups. The rest of the time will be spent on questions from participants in attendance that I will do my best to answer. The questions can be on any topic related to self-compassion - from practice issues to research to the application of self-compassion to various realms of life.

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Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training with Kristin Neff & Chris Germer

Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. They have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. This Core Skills Workshop allows an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive four-session format.

Sponsored by Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

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Fierce Self Compassion through CMSC

Three-hour online workshop with Kristin Neff,11am-2pm Central, hosted by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion Since the publication of Kristin Neff’s ground-breaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion. This has often focused on the tender, nurturing aspect of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a […]