Workshops & Events

We are not offering new classes at this time.  If you’d like a program built for your organization, please contact us.

Here’s a list of some of our past classes.

  • how to stop being so hard on yourself
  • how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • how to manage caregiver fatigue
  • the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • how to become your own best teacher

What to Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC is a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness skills are taught as a foundation for self-compassion.  MSC is also different from therapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds.  Nonetheless, psychological healing may occur as we develop the capacity to be with our difficulties, and with ourselves, in a loving, compassionate way. MSC is a journey that entails a variety of challenges. Compassion has the effect of soothing and comforting us as it paradoxically opens us to emotional discomfort. While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to make the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

The 8-week format:  Consists of eight weekly, 2 ½ -hour sessions in a classroom/discussion group format, plus a 4-hour retreat. This class is often most easily integrated into our lives and offers an extended opportunity to deepen and solidify our practice.

Prerequisites:  No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

CE Units: This course meets the qualification for 24 hours of continuing education credit for LCSW, MFT, LEP and LPCC licenses, approved by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider No. PCE 5755. 

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