Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Next 8 week course starts Spring 2020 (with enough participants) on an evening at the Coast in North Tyneside

please send an email if you are interested in this 8-week course via contact/pre-book or send a direct e-mail to Anna@psychologyatthecoast.com


Self compassion involves treating oneself with warmth and kindness even when encountering failure or feelings of inadequacy. Explore how you can improve your relationship with yourself, and others and so becoming more authentic and be more resilient.

Or as Pema Chödrön says: “Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allowing ourselves to move toward what scares us. The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion; to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance.”

The MSC is an empirically-supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kirstin Neff and Christopher Germer. An MSC course includes meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion and home practice. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC is not psychotherapy, the emphasis 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.

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 is 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. We will be working in a safe space and this course is not about telling others your story but listening to the story you are telling yourself.


“True compassion does not come from wanting to help those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings” according to Pema Chödrön in her book ‘Start where you are; a guide to Compassionate Living‘.

other books about self compassion:

  • Self compassion: the proven power of being kind to yourself, by Kirstin Neff
  • The mindful path to self-compassion, by Christopher Germer.
  • Welcoming the unwelcome; wholehearted living in a brokenhearted world, by Pema Chödrön

In spring 2020 a new course will take place in North Tyneside (with enough participants). The group size will be minimal 8 and no more than 12 participants. Sessions last 2 hours and 30 minutes which allows for a tea & coffee break, there are 8 sessions in total. Costs are £250,- (conc. rate available), this includes 8 sessions, audio guided meditations, handouts & intake and throughout the year there is the possibility to attend a retreat day. You can leave a message on the Contact/pre-book page and I will email you back.

Centre for Mindful self-compassion Kirstin Neff & Christopher Germer

The course will be delivered by Anna trained MSC teacher  and adhere to the guidelines from the Centre for Mindful self-compassion.

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