Mindful Self-Compassion

Course Description

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion including the enhancement of emotional well-being and resilience. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism

  • Assess and manage difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance and greater ease

  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness

  • Transform difficult relationships, old and new

  • Utilize the art of savoring and self-appreciation to overcome negative attention bias

  • Apply core mindfulness and self-compassion practices into daily life

  • Demonstrate simple self-compassion practices to others including loved ones, patients, students, or clients

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

Course Details:

For ages: Adult 

Dates: Thursdays, 4/13/21 to 6/1/21

Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm


Elite DNA, 4310 Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers

Course Fee: 

Introductory fee $375 (normally $575)

Insurance Accepted

Sliding scale available (see below)


Max 20 participants

There will be a 4 hour retreat on a weekend during the 8-week period. Details TBD.

What to Expect:

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.


MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion.  MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds.  Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

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