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March 21 – May 9, 2022
(Mondays: 6:00 – 9:00 pm EDT)
Silent Retreat: Friday, Apr. 22nd, 1 – 4 pm EDT

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“Self-Compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” Chris Germer


Due to concerns and recommendations regarding COVID-19, this program is being offered online via Zoom video conferencing.

In order to register and participate in the program, you will need:

  • An email account to receive an invitation link for each session
  • A computer/tablet/smart phone with access to stable internet connectivity
  • A quiet and confidential location

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

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.

Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience and can be learned by anyone. 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.


MSC is a skill-based program offered in a group format. Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a skills group 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 rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion.  The emphasis in MSC is on building emotional resources. Compassion is a positive, energizing emotion, however, while learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may arise. MSC is not focused on working through old injuries, instead the focus will be on developing the skills and resources to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way, which results in beneficial change.  The facilitators are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly online sessions of 3 hours each, in addition to a 3-hour online silent retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To ensure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program. The following books are recommended as companions to the MSC program:

  • The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristen Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming an MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit  www.centerformsc.org

In addition, this program is a prerequisite for the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program. For more information, please visit https://scipprogram.com/


  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported 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 savoring and self-appreciation


Shari GellerDr. Shari Geller, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Shari is an author, teacher, and clinical psychologist. She is the founder of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program.

Shari has a long-term mindfulness meditation practice and is a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her publications include her recent book: A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence and Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy co-authored with Leslie Greenberg. She is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH), in Toronto, Canada. www.sharigeller.ca

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Megan PragerMegan Prager
Compassion Programs Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Megan is Co-Founder of Mindful Labs at UC San Diego and Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University, and a Lecturer at UC San Diego Rady Business School. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Mentor for the UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute and for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. www.mindfullabs.com

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Continuing Education (CE) Credits:

Approved for up to 25 CE credits through the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) or Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC).

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The total fee for the program is $695 CAD for the 8 online sessions and the silent retreat. If withdrawal of registration is received in writing up to 14 days before the first session, a full refund less a $75 administration fee will be refunded. Written notice of cancellation should be emailed to: presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca

You will receive a certificate of completion provided you attend at least 7 of the 9 sessions.

A receipt for total payment will be provided at the end of the program.


please download and complete the pdf registration form here and email to: Presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca

Due to confidentiality reasons, the form is password protected and the password is: compassion

To complete your registration, please send the registration fee of $695 CAD by etransfer to: Presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca

For more information contact: Presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca

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