Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, five-day intensive or less intensive eight sessions plus half day silent retreat, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.
MSC has been developed from the groundbreaking research of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. The three key components of mindful self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress as well as the maintenance of healthy habits.
The next MSC course taught by Malcolm Huxter will be in Coffs Harbour NSW. He will be assisted by Lisa Brown, MSC teacher in training, psychologist, yoga and MBSR teacher.
This course will aim to teach participants to:
- Practice self-compassion, mindfulness and loving kindness in daily life
- Understand, experientially, the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
- Motivate oneself with kindness rather than criticism
- Handle difficult emotions with ease
- Transform destructive emotional patterns and challenging relationships
- Approach difficult relationships with equanimity
- Practice the art of self-appreciation
MSC is suitable for anyone who wishes to cultivate these skills. Professionals from health and education often attend MSC courses, as this training is helpful to prevent burnout and enhance wellbeing.
MSC sessions include meditation training and practice, short talks, experiential exercises, small and large group discussion, optional mindful-compassion movement and home practices.
This MSC intensive will involve eight 2.5 to 3-hour training sessions and one 3-4 hour silent retreat focused completely on individual practice. The morning sessions are scheduled from 9:30am till 12:30pm and the afternoon sessions, for the most part, will be 2pm till 5pm. There may be exceptions on Monday afternoon (15/4/19) which may finish a little later due to having an afternoon retreat and on Tuesday afternoon (16/4/19) when the afternoon will be scheduled as free time.
Though participation in the whole intensive is recommended, it will be possible to attend just Saturday 13/4/19 till Monday the 15/4/19 (3 days) with an option to complete the course at a later date.
In addition, even though it is not normally part of MSC, on this intensive Lisa Brown will be offering an optional yoga session from 8am till 9am every morning over the five days.