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MSC Workshop Information

What You Can Expect

The Eight-Week MSC program comprises a 90-minute orientation, eight weekly, 2.75 to 3-hour sessions, and a 4-hour retreat for 29 hours of guided instruction. You don’t need any previous meditation experience, but it’s helpful. The program combines meditation practice, guided reflection, body practices, and group inquiry to provide a multifaceted and complete program for developing self-compassion and mindfulness in everyday life.
“This course changed my life! Thank you so much Jennifer and Christiane for this gift.” ~MF Marcoux
Learn Self-compassion

Themes explored during the MSC Program

  • What is self-compassion?
  • The misgivings and benefits
  • The physiology of self-compassion & self-criticism
  • Self-compassion and self-esteem
  • Self-criticism and safety
  • Mindfulness
  • Resistance
  • Loving-kindness
  • Motiving ourselves with compassion
  • Strategies for working with difficult emotions
  • Core values
  • Meeting unmet needs
  • Shame
  • Challenging relationships
  • The pain of connection and disconnection
  • Caregiver fatigue
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude and Savouring
  • Self-compassion skills and tools to draw upon when you need it most.

During the course, participants are encouraged to work up to a daily practice of formal or informal meditations of 30 minutes per day.

Cost: $600 + HST

There are a limited number of scholarship spots available to help to avoid turning away anyone who is genuinely interested in participating in MSC if cost is the only obstacle preventing them from participating. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Short-Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

The SC-MSC is a six-week adaptation of the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program designed to cultivate self-compassion skills. In fall 2023 it will be offered for four weeks, two hours per week.

The program was developed by Drs Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer to allow participants to learn a targeted set of MSC practices with less initial time commitment than the complete 26-hour MSC program.

The SC-MSC program draws on mindfulness skills and focuses on developing the resource of self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional resilience and well-being. Growing research suggests that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human and authentically ourselves.

The program includes short talks, experiential exercises, group discussions, and informal home practice. SC-MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise and learn tools for becoming warm and supportive companions to ourselves.

Here are some of the themes that will be explored:

  • What is self-compassion?
  • What is mindfulness? 
  • Exploring resistance 
  • The physiology of self-compassion
  • Backdraft 
  • Self-compassion and self-esteem
  • Self-criticism and safety 
  • Motivating ourselves with compassion 
  • Strategies for working with difficult emotions
  • Caregiver/manager fatigue
  • Core Values & intention setting 
  • Self-compassion skills and tools to draw upon when you need it most. 
Anyone can learn self-compassion; you don’t need prior meditation or mindfulness experience. All are welcome!

Cost: $275 + HST

Self-Compassion for Health Care Professionals

Self-Compassion for Health Care Communities (SCHC) is a 6-hour evidence-based healthcare adaptation of eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.

This brief training aims to improve wellbeing and personal resilience in healthcare professionals by teaching mindful self-compassion skills to deal with distressing emotional situations as they occur at work and at home. In research conducted in 2019 the SCHC program was found to significantly decrease depression, stress, secondary traumatic stress and burnout, and to increase self-compassion, mindfulness, compassion for others, and job satisfaction in healthcare professionals.

As opposed to other self-care techniques, self-compassion practices can be used on the spot while at work with patients and colleagues. Specifically, participants will learn tools to use throughout the day to:

  • Care for yourself while caring for others
  • Be able to listen with compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Reconnect to the values that give your life and work meaning

This program will be available in organizations or to private groups. The minimum number of participants per group is eight.

For more information, please email Jennifer at [email protected]

Payment & Cancelation Policy

Payment for workshops offered in partnership with Mindspace Wellbeing are processed on the mindspacewellbeing.com website. Registration links are also posted below our program descriptions. For all other programs, payments can be made by cheque, credit card, or by Interac e-transfer.

A 100% refund will be issued for cancellation requests received up to one week before the start of class.

A 100% refund (minus a $30 processing fee) will be issued for cancellation requests received before the start of class two. No refunds will be issued after that time.

Upcoming workshops

Winter & Spring 2024

Eight-Week MSC Program – FULL

Wednesdays — 6:00-8:45 p.m. from January 10 (orientation) to March 4. Please note that March 4th is the only Monday class.
Half-Day Retreat – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24

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Short-Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

Fridays — noon to 1:00 PM from April 26 to May 31 

Register Here

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