Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported training program designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion and mindfulness. It can be conducted over eight weekly sessions or as a five-day intensive training. MSC has been developed from the innovative research of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. The three key components of MSC are: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity and mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression. It has also shown that MSC increases emotional wellbeing and the maintenance of healthy habits.
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 Sunday afternoon (22/4/18) when we may finish a little later due to having a retreat and on Monday afternoon (23/4/18) when the afternoon will be scheduled as free time. Though participation in the whole intensive is recommended, it will be possible to attend just Friday 20/4/18 till Sunday the 22/4/18 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 will be offering an optional yoga session from 8.00am till 9.00am every morning over the five days of this MSC intensive.
Malcolm Huxter is a clinical psychologist who has many years of experience teaching mindfulness and the meditational development of compassion and loving-kindness. A practicing psychologist for over 27 years he has been teaching professionals since 2001. Malcolm trained in MSC with Neff and Germer in the UK in 2014 and has facilitated MSC courses in London, Brisbane, Lismore, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. For more info about Malcolm go to: www.malhuxter.com
Lisa Brown is a Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and yoga teacher. She currently works in private practice in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction groups and Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. She completed MSC teacher training in April 2017 in Australia. For more info about Lisa go to: http://mindfulnesspsychologywellbeing.com
Helpful but not essential reading: “The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions” by Christopher Germer (2009), “Healing the heart and mind with mindfulness. Ancient path, present moment” by Malcolm Huxter (2016) and “Self-compassion: Stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind” by Kristen Neff (2011).
This event runs over five days from Friday 20 April until Tuesday 24 April 2018. A three-day weekend option is available.
Early bird tickets are available until 20/3/18: 3 Day – $400, 5 Day – $650
After 20/3/18: 3 Day – $450, 5 Day – $690