Welcome to the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion!

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion provides information about MSC, an 8-week program designed to cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life. Founded in 2012 by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, the center is a place where people can access self-compassion resources, discover MSC in their area, and explore MSC Teacher Training.

Upcoming Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Programs Featuring MSC Co-Developers Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

These programs are intensive skills training programs, offered in retreat-style settings, and are a residential intensive version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, and Christopher Germer, PhD.

December 11-16, 2016: Join Kristin Neff and Chris Germer at the beautiful Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, for a 5-day MSC Intensive on the picturesque California coast.

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January 8-13, 2017: Join Chris Germer and CMSC Executive Director Steven Hickman at the peaceful and serene Duncan Conference Center in Delray Beach, Florida for this MSC intensive program.

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Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: A 5-Day Silent Retreat Sponsored by CMSC

Dates: January 15-20, 2017

Location: Earthrise Center, Petaluma, CA


We invite all who have completed a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course to join us for 5 days in which we will deepen our meditation practices and take time to nourish our minds, bodies, and hearts. All MSC graduates are welcome, including those who are new to the practices, those who have practiced in depth, and those who teach MSC. 

Online Self-Compassion Workshop with Kristin Neff and Brené Brown

This online workshop brings together two of today's leading thinkers in how to live an open-hearted life and embrace our imperfections with kindness. The Self-Compassion workshop combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. This four-lesson course, co-facilitated by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Brené Brown, provides valuable tools that can help you integrate self-compassion into your daily life. Together, we will walk through exercises that teach us to be compassionate to ourselves in times of struggle.  The course can be completed at your own pace and is available starting May 16, 2016. Use the promotion code KINDNESS to get 20% off!

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Live Online MSC

Our next programs will begin in September 2016. You can register here.

You can sign up for a free 1-hour information session here We really want to see you at LOMSC. To help you get there, we're offering you $100 off the registration fee if you come to the Introductory Session. Please contact [email protected] if you'd like to take us up on this offer.

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion offers Live Online MSC (LOMSC). LOMSC has the same content as MSC programs offered in a classroom and is taught live by a certified MSC teacher. LOMSC is ideal for those people who do not have access to MSC in their area, who have commitments or mobility issues that make it difficult to leave home to do a course, or who have already done MSC and would like a refresher.

Community for Deepening Practice

MSC Community for Deepening Practice (CDP)CDP Home Page
8-month Online MSC Graduates' Program
New class beginning October 19, 2016!
Visit the website to learn more or register

During MSC training, many participants experience the extraordinary nourishing and healing quality of self-compassion for the first time. And we often hear graduates ask, "What next?" For this reason, the Community for Deepening Practice (CDP) was created.

The MSC Circle of Practice – Weekly online practice group

What is it all about?

MSC is a heartfelt, nurturing course, enriched by its emphasis on the shared experience among participants and it has become a truly international programme. Connection is an important part, which is facilitated during the course but what happens when the course is over? What support is available for a continued practice? Are there others who have taken part in MSC who would like to continue with their practice, close by and abroad? These questions prompted the conception of The MSC Circle of Practice... 

Kristin Neff's TEDx talk on Self-Compassion


Self-Compassion and Depression with Kristin Neff, Mark Williams and Willem Kuyken (2015) (10 minutes)

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