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.

MSC Intensive Training, Shambala Mountain Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, June 11 - June 16, 2016

With Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to everyone, including professionals who wish to teach self-compassion to others. Participants will learn to: motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism, understand the science of self-compassion, handle difficult emotions, transform challenging relationships, and teach self-compassion practices to others. This course fulfills the pre-requisite for taking MSC teacher training.

Sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. You can find more information here.

Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth conference

Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth conferenceWe are constantly reminded that we live in a different world these days, and the challenges facing our children are daunting: bullying, obesity, technology, in addition to more longstanding problems like poverty and racial/ethnic discrimination. Fortunately, we also live in an age of unprecedented research and clinical support for the potential of mindfulness and compassion to support all of us in meeting the challenges we face in the 21st century. The Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference has a history of bringing together leaders in the field and this year those experts will focus on sharing what is being done already and where there is promise and possibility for the future. You're invited to join UCSD Center for Mindfulness and UCSD School of Medicine, to learn together about how to help build this community of dedicated and talented professionals, parents and kids.


Community for Deepening Practice

MSC Community for Deepening Practice (CDP)CDP Home Page
8-month Online MSC Graduates' Program
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, a vibrant and enriching eight-month-long online program offered in conjunction with MSC teachers Bal Phipps and Aimee Eckhardt. 

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... 

The MSC Circle of Practice is an invitation to come together from all over the world with likeminded individuals who have completed an eight week MSC or 5 Day intensive MSC.

New MSC Teacher Trainers

Welcome to our new MSC Teacher Trainers for 2016. This year we add Marta Alonso Maynar from Spain, Rob Brandsma and Mila de Koning from the Netherlands, Hailan X.X. Guo from China, Regula Saner from Switzerland, Vanessa Hope from the UK, Dawn MacDonald from Canada,  and Seogwangsnim from South Korea to the ranks of Teacher Trainers. We look forward to working with them and benefitting from the wealth of their practice and teaching experience.

Online Learning

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is happy to announce that after much preparation, Online MSC is being offered.


We will be holding a number of Online MSCs (OMSCs) in 2016 and even more in 2017, so please know that there will be many opportunities to take this program. The program will be offered at different days and times in the week so that folks from all around the world can attend. We will also be offering scholarships so that hopefully everyone who wants to attend can. The course is run weekly for 10 consecutive weeks (there may be a break for a week, here and there, to accommodate holidays and teacher availability).

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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