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Mindful Self-Compassion for Women: A 6 week live workshop

April 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5


Discover the transformative effects of treating yourself with more kindness

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.

And it’s easier than you think.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, 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 they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

After taking the 6 week workshop you will be able to:

→ Practice self-compassion in daily life

→ Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion

→ Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

→ Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

→Transform challenging relationships, old and new

→ Manage caregiver fatigue

→ Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) is a 6-week live, online adaptation of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program designed to begin the cultivation of the skills of self-compassion. Erin trained under the founders of MSC – Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion and Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness, compassion, and psychotherapy.

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, we are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

Self-compassion can be a tender practice and we want to respect and honour everyone’s privacy. This is a live workshop and not self-paced. As such, I will record only the lesson portions of the sessions, not any of the sharing that happens in class. If you are unable to attend you will have access to the recording for one week, but there will not be a class dashboard or website that will store the recordings indefinitely.

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April 26, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
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Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)

Teacher Profile

Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy

Registered Aug 2020

Area of Expertise

Stress, anxiety, concussion recovery, wellbeing

Popular Mindfulness Approaches

Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)

Other Mindfulness Approaches

Mindfulness Based Symptom Management, MBSR-T




Ottawa, Canada