8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Program – Online Fall 2023

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8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Program – Online Fall 2023

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - December 4 @ 9:00 pm

(Mondays: 6:00pm – 9:00pm ET)

Silent Retreat: Fri. Nov. 17, 9:30am–12:30pm ET

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


Complete the registration inquiry form below to: presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca

Once your inquiry is received, a more detailed registration form will be emailed to you to complete your registration. For any questions, please contact presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca

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


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 (TRM).

Shari has a long-term mindfulness meditation practice and is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her publications include: A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence (2017) and Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapeutic Relationships (2022) co-authored with Leslie Greenberg. She is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH), in Toronto, Canada. www.sharigeller.ca

Camilla Graziani
Master of Psychology Student, Adler Graduate Professional School

Camilla is a Master of Psychology student and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher trainee. She is aiming to practice sex therapy, developing her psychotherapy skills to offer present, safe, and supportive therapeutic relationships for people to explore sexuality, gender identities and roles, intimacy, pleasure, and sexual well-being. Camilla is also a volunteer at the Sexuality and Gender Lab (Sagelab) with Dr. Meredith Chivers and has been Workshop Manager for Dr. Shari Geller, Ph.D., C. Psych for ten years, supporting the long-term vision of therapeutic presence becoming a foundational component of training across psychotherapy approaches.





The total fee for the program is $900, $100 per session for 8 weekly sessions and one silent retreat session. The total fee is required at time of registration by e-transfer or credit card (via paypal invoice) and held in trust. A receipt will be issued after each session and may be covered by extended health benefits.

If withdrawal of registration is received in writing up to 7 days before the first session, a full refund less a $75 administration fee will be refunded. For any sessions missed, 48 hours’ notice is required, or the full session charge will be billed. If you provide 48 hours’ notice, you will not be charged for the missed session and you will be refunded for any missed sessions at the end of the program. 

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


Complete the registration inquiry form below to: presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca

Once your inquiry is received, a more detailed registration form will be emailed to you to complete your registration. For any questions, please contact presenceworkshops@sharigeller.ca




October 16 @ 6:00 pm
December 4 @ 9:00 pm
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