8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course

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  • 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course

**Note regarding coronavirus

Given how things are unfolding with the coronavirus, we will now be moving our courses and retreat days to an online classroom format via zoom in an effort to help minimise unnecessary contact. Our experience in running exclusively online programs is that this medium offers an opportunity to still have a rich and meaningful connection with the practices and group, from the convenience and comfort of your own space. We hope that continuing to offer the courses will be helpful, especially as mindfulness and compassion can be a wonderful tool for coping with the stress and uncertainty of these challenging circumstances.

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In this 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion Course you will learn the key principles and practices of self-compassion. Research has shown that these techniques can help improve our emotional well-being, improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, promote healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and lead to more satisfying personal relationships.

The course is a heartfelt, nurturing programme that uses meditations, group discussion, and experiential exercises, to explore the following themes:

  • Bringing mindfulness and self-compassion into daily life;
  • Handling difficult situations and emotions with greater ease;
  • Motivating ourselves with kindness rather than self-criticism;
  • Growing and sustaining compassion for others to improve relationships;
  • Practicing the art of savouring and self-appreciation;
  • Exploring the role of self-compassion in caregiver fatigue;
  • Developing an understanding of the science around how self-compassion works.

Cultivating self-compassion in this way can fundamentally shift how we relate to ourselves. Instead of meeting our imperfections and challenges with self-blame and -criticism, we can bring a kind and mindful attention to our experiences (thoughts, emotions, and sensations) and a sense of love and care to ourselves, right in the midst of difficult situations. With practice, we can strengthen this inner quality of presence, connectedness, and kindness to improve emotional well-being and build resilience.

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Notes:

  • No prior mindfulness or self-compassion experience is required -- but the course can be attended as a follow-on for those who’ve completed the 8-week mindfulness course.
  • There is up to ½ hour per day of home practice of mindfulness and self-compassion exercises recommended during the course.
  • Handouts and guided meditations will be provided.

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