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Mindful Self-Compassion, as developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, is a powerful 8-week training in empirically-supported tools and techniques that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, understanding, and wise action.

Practices in loving kindness and compassion allow us to keep our hearts open in moments of struggle and suffering. Practices in mindfulness allow us to see our experiences and our reactions to our experiences, and ourselves as the experiencer, more clearly, discern options and make wise choices.

Understanding our common humanity brings us out of isolation into connection and resources again. MSC, through discussions, meditations, and many experiential exercises, teaches practices of loving connected presence that allows us not just to feel better but to cope wisely when we are feeling bad.

This course helps participants deal effectively with life’s challenges and crises while creating community and deepening practice. Participants are asked to attend all sessions of the course.

  • Bouncing Back: The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being
  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Center, Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • November 10-12, 2017

Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. A wise use of contemplative practices and tools can help practitioners let go of unwholesome coping strategies and cultivate wholesome ones, leading to more clarity, flexibility, and resilience — and less greed, delusion, and suffering.

In this program, you will learn practices that skillfully harness the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce the impacts of stress, trauma, and our all-too-human conditioning on how to cope with the inevitable disappointments and disasters of life. Through teachings and experiential exercises, you will gain skills in using self-directed neuroplasticity as a genuine support for wisdom and inner peace

Links to venues

Awakening Joy, Berkeley, CA

Cape Cod Institute, Cape Cod, MA

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA

Leading Edge Seminars

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Omega Institute

Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

San Rafael Meditation Group

Spirit Rock Meditation Center