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June 2018

Keynote Happiness and Its Causes conference Sydney

June 25, 2018 @ 8:45 am

For years high self-esteem was seen to be the ultimate marker of psychological health. Although it’s problematic to judge yourself negatively, there are also problems with trying to judge yourself positively – narcissism, bullying, and unstable self-worth to name just a few. Self-compassion doesn’t involve judging yourself at all, it simply means relating to our imperfect selves with the same kindness, understanding and support we’d show to a good friend. Research supports that self-compassion is a healthier and more sustainable way to experience good feelings toward ourselves than self-esteem.

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August 2018

The Science of Self-Compassion – University of Calgary

August 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend. Rather than making 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.

Led by Dr. Kristin Neff, associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, this talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. Ways to increase self-compassion will also be discussed.

Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical study on self-compassion more than a decade and a half ago.

The University of Calgary

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September 2018

Conversation on Self-Compassion San Francisco

September 21, 2018

When we feel compassion for ourselves and others, we realize that suffering, failure, and imperfection are part of the shared human experience. Leading with self-compassion is the first step toward creating a kinder world. Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you show yourself kindness and understanding when confronted with personal failings—after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?

After decades of research, Kristin Neff is an expert on the positive impacts the practice of self-compassion can have on ourselves and our society. Join Kristin to learn more about her research, her life, and how self-compassion can make our world a better place.

Sponsored by California Institute for Integral Studies

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October 2018

The Power of Self-Compassion, Miami

October 11, 2018

Research suggests that self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of coping and resilience we have available to us. In times of struggle, self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same care and concern we would normally show to a good friend – so that we are an inner ally rather than an inner enemy. It involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable challenges 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 lecture will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be strongly associated with psychological wellbeing. Time will be available for questions at the end of this one-hour lecture.

Sponsored by the University of Miami

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Compassion in Connection Conference, Rhinebeck, NY

October 26, 2018 - October 28, 2018

The conference includes presentations about the five empirically supported compassion training programs, a panel discussion on working with specific communities of need and the variations they may require compassion meditation sessions, and more. Professionals can explore different programs and learn what each has to offer. Nonprofessionals can learn more about the field of compassion training, immersing themselves in the breadth and depth of this discipline. Everyone can gain information, new insights, and connections. CE hours available.

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Compassion Research and Next Steps, Rhinebeck NY

October 28, 2018

In October there will be a landmark conference on Omega that brings together the five major empirically supported intervention approaches for teaching compassion – Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Focused Therapy, Compassion Cultivation Training, Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training.

Objectives:

• Explore current research on the link between compassion and well-being
• Explore the relationship between compassion and self-compassion
• Explore the most current research on teaching compassion

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February 2019

The Power of Self-Compassion

February 21

Self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of coping and resilience we have available to us. In times of struggle, self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same care and concern we would normally show to a good friend – so that we are an inner ally rather than an inner enemy. It involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable challenges 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 lecture will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be strongly associated with psychological wellbeing. A brief self-compassion practice will also be taught.

Texas School Social Workers Conference

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September 2019

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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