An introduction to mindful self-compassion workshop

Science based stress reduction by being on your own side. 

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What does the workshop include? 

This 4hr workshop provides both the theory, science and research findings alongside experiential exercises and practices to take with you. (it is not therapy)

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Why do we need more self compassion?
  • What it is and what it isn’t!
  • How to practice and cultivate  self compassion in your life.

It is an introduction and so like any other life changing/ enhancing practice, it requires ongoing practice to experience the benefits. The workshop is to stimulate this and give you the tools to learn more and start your practice.

This workshop is based on the cutting edge work by Dr. Kristin Neff   who has pioneered research into the benefits of living with more self compassion and co- developed the programme Mindful Self Compassion (which I have done) with Dr. Chris Germer;  who I have trained with.

What is self compassion? We will be exploring this in the workshop, but in a nutshell it is about treating yourself like you would a friend when things are difficult or painful. For many of us that is easier said than done! As we have been taught and conditioned to treat ourselves mean.

What are the Benefits of self compassion?

There are many benefits of learning to be more self-compassionate, including reducing stress and stress related unhelpful behaviours, increased resilience to life’s difficulties and more ability to be with others pain.

Here are some links to some more information on the benefits and research on self compassion.

Self compassion research

Do you need more self compassion?

Who is this course for?

It is for everyone. Self compassion is an often misunderstood and neglected part of our western culture. This mean that many of us are missing out on the natural system we have for soothing and being with painful difficult situations that are part of life.

Anyone wanting to make changes in their lives but have difficulty with motivation and self-criticism also benefit from mindful self compassion practice. It is found that motivating ourselves with kindness is much more effective then with self criticism, fear and aggression.

Carers both professionals and lay carers, anyone who works with others especially who are suffering, can really benefit from this workshop and practice. Evidence shows that the more we are able to be with our own pain the more we can hold others, without having to fix it, get rid of it,  numb out or be overwhelmed by it. It is a great CPD activity for health professionals.

This introduction workshop is also the pre requisite for the “mindful self compassion for health/ caring professionals” email me for more information on this here 

If you are an organisation or team of carers/ helping or health professionals, teachers then you can have this cutting edge workshop brought to you, to help and support your team in their work at their workplace. Ask about a booking here  Self compassion has been linked to reducing burnout and empathy fatigue and build resilience. There are many research papers on this please see here

Here is a flyer to share with others who may be interested.


Registration is required for this workshop registration form

Once this is done and payment received your place will be confirmed. 

Upcoming workshops

Check out the next Mindful Self Compassion workshop in your area here

If you live in the Hurunui, The Community Mindfulness Project 2021 is offering “Being your own mate” science based mindful self compassion workshop for free   details here

You can also sign up here for updates on upcoming courses.

The suite of mindful self compassion workshops: 

  • Introduction to mindful self compassion (IMSC)
  • Mindful self compassion part 2 (pre requisite is IMSC)
  • Mindful self compassion for health and caring professionals (pre requisite is IMSC) both can be offered on site for teams.