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October 2019

Keynote at Eating Disorders Conference, Plano, TX

October 4, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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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February 2020

Talk with Shauna Shapiro in Austin, TX

February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Looking forward to speaking with my dear friend Shauna Shapiro about her new book, "Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity & Joy" at BookPeople February 2! Shauna is one of the leading scientists in the field and combines 25 years of dedicated meditation practice with her decades of scientific study. Please join us!

Sponsored by Book People

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Talk at the Yoga and Science Conference, Austin

February 29

This conference presents scientific information as it relates to the practice of yoga.  My talk will discuss the role of self-compassion in creating a kinder and more connected way of inhabiting our minds and our bodies. It will discuss research on the health benefits of self- compassion, including yoga as a way to enhance self-compassion. It will also compare self- compassion to self-esteem, arguing that self-compassion provides a more stable and less contingent sense of self-worth. Finally, a brief self-compassion practice will be taught for use in daily life.  For more information, go to yogaandscience.com

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March 2020

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Sedona AZ

March 15 - March 20

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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June 2020

The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion, Spirit Rock Online

June 27

This workshop provides 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 to help bring self-compassion into their daily lives. Learn how to stop being so hard on yourself and handle difficult emotions with greater ease. Motivate yourself and interact with others from a place of kindness rather than criticism. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as for practicing mental health professionals and includes practices to help ease stress in caregivers.

Attendance online via zoom

Sponsored by Spirit Rock

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July 2020

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training, Online

July 15 - July 26

With Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

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 workshop will be taught over four days (in three hour sessions) online via zoom. May 27, 31, July 15, 19, 20, 26 from 11-2 pm EST (4-7 GMT). You 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.

Sponsored by the Sussex Mindfulness Centre

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Self-compassion in Troubled Times, Online

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Self-compassion isn't selfish, it's essential. But how can we learn to be kinder to ourselves, especially when facing difficult times?
Self-compassion involves learning to treat ourselves with care and support. Rather than continually judging ourselves, we can have compassion toward ourselves as imperfect humans and learn to cope better with the inevitable struggles of life.

In this talk I will reflect on the current global crisis and show how we can use both fierce and tender self-compassion to cope with the pandemic and also racial injustice. In times like these we need a friend, and we can learn to be a friend to ourselves.

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August 2020

Fierce Self-Compassion Workshop, Online

August 8 - August 9

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.

Participants of this workshop will be taught over two days (in three hour sessions) online via zoom. Aug 8-9 from (1-4pm PT). It 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 Insight LA

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