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April 2019

The Power of Self-Compassion afternoon workshop, Wimberly, TX

April 27

This afternoon workshop is offered in conjunction with full day self-compassion event in the hill country just outside of Austin and San Antonio. 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 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 workshop will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. We all want to avoid pain but letting it in—and responding compassionately to our own imperfections without harsh self-condemnation—are essential steps toward living happier, more fulfilling lives. Through discussion and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. You will learn how to stop being so hard on yourself; motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism; and how to care for others without losing yourself. This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by The Cedars Ranch

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May 2019

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience, daylong workshop in Stratford, ON, Canada

May 10

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience

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 kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in — and responding compassionately to our own imperfections without harsh self-condemnation — are essential steps toward living happier, more fulfilling lives. The materials presented in the workshop are drawn from the 8-week, empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. 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 course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by Mission: Empowerment!

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June 2019

The Power of Self-Compassion workshop, Cromwell, CT

June 7

This workshop by Dr. Neff will be held June 7, 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.

6 hours CE Approval

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Fierce Self-Compassion workshop, Marin, CA

June 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 course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Sponsored by Spirit Rock

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July 2019

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Netherlands

July 7 - July 12
Mennorode conference hotel, Apeldoornseweg 185, 8075 RJ
Elspeet, Netherlands
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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. 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.

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The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion, London, UK

July 13

Join us for a one-day workshop with Dr. Kristin Neff, a leading self-compassion researcher, author, and Associate Professor at the University of Texas Austin. 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. The workshop is relevant for the general public as well as mindfulness teachers and mental health professionals looking to learn more about the benefits of self-compassion (a certificate of attendance can be provided for your CPD portfolio).

Specific Learning Objective:s

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion;
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion;
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life;
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism; and
  • Understand the role of self-compassion in caregiver fatigue.

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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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