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Self-compassion and burnout workshop with Chris Germer

September 21, 2024 @ 9:30 am BST


The Sussex Mindfulness Centre are pleased to welcome Chris Germer and Kristin Neff to the UK to present the “Self-Compassion and burnout” workshop in Brighton.

Many of us would say we’re burned out on the news or Zoom meetings. However, when burnout strikes, it’s hard to do much of anything. We feel drained, empty, irritable, or useless. We’re also likely to blame ourselves for feeling this way. Have you been there, perhaps during the pandemic, or do you know someone who has been burned out? That’s highly likely because studies show that 25-75% of workers around the world experience burnout symptoms.

Burnout happens when our work-life balance gets out of whack, usually through no fault of our own. We’re just doing the best we can. Common causes of burnout include excessive workload, lack of support, unfairness at the workplace, and moral distress. People who care deeply about their work are also more likely to get burned out, as are those who base their self-worth on their work, have a tendency to sacrifice themselves, or criticize themselves when things go wrong.

Fortunately, self-compassion is an antidote to burnout, and there are many research studies that support this claim. We also have an empirically-supported training for healthcare workers derived from the Mindful Self-compassion (MSC) program—Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities. Recently, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer wrote a new book, to be published in September 2024, tentatively titled The Mindful Self-Compassion Toolkit for Burnout. This book, written in an easy style for exhausted readers, adapts MSC concepts and practices specifically for burnout.

This experiential workshop consists of talks, meditation, exercises and discussion. It is designed for people with some familiarity with self-compassion concepts.

Event Details

September 21, 2024
9:30 am BST
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Mode of Attendance:
Specific Audience:
The workshop is designed for people with some familiarity with self-compassion concepts.
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)
This event will be taught by:
Chris Germer and Kristin Neff


Friends Meeting House
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AF United Kingdom
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01273 770258
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Sussex Mindfulness Centre

Sussex Mindfulness Centre

Registered Jun 2020
Training Partner


We aim to improve the wellbeing and mental health of all people who can benefit from mindfulness. We do this by running mindfulness and compassion programmes, training teachers, and conducting research. The Sussex Mindfulness Centre is part of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We are the only mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training and research centre embedded in the NHS. We bring together teachers, teacher trainers and researchers of mindfulness-based approaches. This includes a partnership of Trust staff, experienced researchers at the University of Sussex, and experienced teachers and trainers in the local community. We have good links with local teachers, as well as with trainers and researchers in other mindfulness centres and universities in the UK.


0300 304 2057


Brighton, United Kingdom