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MSC Course

One-to-one 1 hour Mindful Self Compassion Course Sessions – currently online via zoom

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The Mindful Self Compassion Course
teaches skills so you can support yourself when life is difficult…

MSC (Mindful Self Compassion) is about knowing when you’re struggling with difficult feelings (inadequacy, anxiety…) when you are. Then, responding with kindness rather than criticism.

Training self compassion builds inner resilience. You develop resources to calm and sooth yourself and skills to:

  • DECREASE anxiety
  • DECREASE depression and stress
  • INCREASE relationship satisfaction
  • INCREASE healthy habits like diet and exercise
  • INCREASE emotional wellbeing.

more about the Mindful Self Compassion Course…

The Mindful Self-Compassion Course (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-module, training course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on research by Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

3 elements of self compassionThere are three key components to self-compassion:  self-kindness, a sense of common humanity and mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together these let us feel warm-hearted and connected as well as more self accepting and nurturing of ourselves. 

Read more – What if you are perfect just as you are >

What participants say…

“A truly life changing experience. Have been on many personal development courses but this one has had an incredibly positive impact on my life.  What is most wonderful is it teaches you the skills to be your own best friend through the ups and downs of life. To face your fears and that each of us is a wonderful gift to the world and others and most of all ourselves.”

“Extremely beneficial. I am so glad that I did this course. I only wish it could go on longer! I have become more loving, gentle and kind towards myself. This has positively influenced my life and relationships with my family and friends. I am less hard on myself and more compassionate and understanding. I have gained a deeper awareness of my defaults.  I am more curious with myself eg.. questioning why I feel certain ways”

Why do Mindful Self Compassion training?

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who find it embarrassing to be kind to themselves. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the hurt that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism / isolation / rumination when things go wrong. This warmer accepting attitude provides emotional strength and resilience; allows us to admit shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, relate wholeheartedly and be more real and authentic.

Read more – Why learning to Love Yourself makes your life less difficult >

A video where Kristin Neff describes Self Compassion simply and below are more brief clips:

Self Kindness

Common Humanity


What does the MSC course entail?

Activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and the emphasis is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.

“Joanne is warm hearted, radiant, kind and understanding. She created a wonderful safe environment where we explored. She is open, authentic, a model of self compassion, clearly so present and passionate about the course”

What skills will I gain?

You will learn how to:

  •          Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  •          Relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  •          Handle feelings of failure or inadequacy with greater ease and understanding
  •          Transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
  •          Manage caregiver fatigue
  •          Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
  •          Integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life.

Is there supportive research evidence?

Yes. Rapidly expanding research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression. It can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet / exercise and satisfying relationships.

More feedback from participants:

“I am very grateful I did this course. I am a lot less emotionally brittle and I have stronger coping skills. I don’t get as overwhelmed by stressful and difficult situations as I used to. I think the skills and concepts taught are hugely, fundamentally important and would highly recommend it to anyone.”

“This course has given me skills I’ve been seeking (though I may not have known it) all my life. I have learnt to hold and nourish and take care of myself through all kinds of circumstances.  It is a joy to find myself awakening and opening to life and possibilities in ways I’ve never imagined – touching joy. Joanne is a warm hearted facilitator who was willing to reveal her own vulnerability and practice of self kindness.”




MSC Course March 1, 2014


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This course was great for me. Definitely given me lots to look forward to this year. I feel and think differently. My life has slowed down and I am letting go. I can see the b… Read more