Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise and more satisfying personal relationships.
In this course you will:
• Practice mindfulness and self-compassion skills for daily life
• Learn about the science of self-compassion
• Learn how to meet difficult emotions with greater ease
• Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Learn how to transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Experience and learn tools to manage empathy fatigue
• Practice the art of gratitude, savouring and self-appreciation
• This program fulfils one of the prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher. The next MSC Teacher training is in September 2018.
MSC is a resource building, empirically supported training program developed by Dr’s Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness, offering periods of instruction, contemplation and periods of practice. The intention of MSC is to teach participants workable ways to be self-compassionate rather than teaching about self-compassion. This enables a shift from the cognition to the felt sense of living a balanced compassionate life.
Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children. The key is to be a slow learner, allowing the pace of learning itself to be compassionate.
It is recommended, but not required, that participants read the following books, I have copies available for loan or purchase:
• Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
• The Mindful path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
Meet your teachers:
The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) only endorses Certified MSC Teachers to lead MSC Intensives. This is because it takes considerable skill and familiarity with MSC to lead programs in an intensive format.
Tina Gibson was granted Certification in 2015, by the Mindfulness-Based Professional Teaching Institute (MBPTI), University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is the only MSC Teacher Trainer, Teacher Mentor in Australia.
Pete Gibson co-teaches with Tina, he is a trained counselor and an experienced MSC teacher. From over 30 years of working in the building industry, Pete has seamlessly moved into group work. He values compassion and understands the need for people to have places where they can connect and feel the strength of vulnerability and the courage of compassion. He listens deeply and practices what he teaches.
Format of the 5-day intensives at the Sophia venue:
The intensive at the beautiful and restorative Sophia venue follows the structure of the 8-week program, with 2-sessions being delivered each day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The days are from 9:30am to 4:30pm (12:30 – 1:30 lunch break), with a session in the morning and then one in the afternoon.
The sessions involve some group discussions, teachings, meditations, contemplations, exercises and small group work. At all times participation is optional. MSC is about becoming your own wise and compassionate teacher so growing in MSC is growing in self-trust.
Herbal teas and light refreshments are provided on the 4-full days. Participants need to bring their own lunch. There is a full kitchen at the venue.
These 4-days are then followed by a retreat session approximately a fortnight later also at the Sophia venue on a Saturday from 9:00am – 1:00pm. This session is dedicated to practicing the formal and informal MSC meditations in silence. Your two teachers will be leading the meditations and the environment is one of simply enjoying being gently led though the practices with no need for discussion in between them. Refreshments and morning tea are provided.