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  • 4 nights
  • Running from Monday 7th to Friday 11th August 2017
  • Facilitated by Clinical Psychologist and former nurse Kathleen Cator, and Certified Mindfulness Self-Compassion Teacher Tina Gibson

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 us 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.

This program is an intensive skills training program.  It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff.

MSC is an experiential journey – an adventure in-self discovery and self-kindness.  The retreat will include meditation, short talks, experiential, practical exercises and group discussions as well as morning yoga.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion skills into daily life to cultivate greater calm, clarity and peace of mind
  • Respond to feelings of failure, self-criticism and inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Motivate oneself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
  • Relate to difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Reduce caregiver fatigue and balance compassion for self and others
  • Enhance and deepen connection with others
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students or clients