Mindful Self-Compassion Skills

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Mindful Self-Compassion Skills: A 5 day Self-Experiential Training

Workshop presenters – James Bennett-Levy & Tina Gibson


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this workshop has now been postponed


James Bennett-LevyThe Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Program, designed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, has rapidly gained acceptance internationally as a profound way to learn to cultivate the skills of self-compassion – for therapists and community members alike. MSC is an empirically validated program, which can be offered as a 5 day intensive or an 8 week/3 hr week program.

Our Byron workshop is the 5-day intensive version. It will be co-taught by James Bennett-Levy and Tina Gibson. Both Tina and James are experienced Australian MSC teachers, who time and again have witnessed the – at times revolutionary – value of MSC for the wellbeing of workshop participants. James and Tina combined successfully to teach the program in South Australia in 2016 and Byron in 2017, and our now offering it again in 2020. Click here for a summary of some of the feedback from South Australia.

TinaMSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding. Christopher Germer, one of the designers of this program, notes “Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing – being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions – fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt – in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.”

MSC is through and through a self-experiential program. Learning the skills of self-compassion from the inside out. As a springboard to learning to treat oneself with warmth and kindness rather than harshness and self-criticism, there are few more powerful programs than MSC. While there are clear implications of the program for work with clients for therapists to reflect on, MSC is focused fairly and squarely on oneself.

Learning objectives

For participants to learn to:

  • Motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • Relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • Respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
  • Be enabled to teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

Key references

  • Neff, K., & Germer, C. K. (2013). A pilot study and randomized controlled trial of the Mindful Self-Compassion program. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 28-44.
  • Christopher Germer: The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, Guilford Press.
  • Kristin Neff: Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind


Venue: The venue for the workshop is in the centre of Byron Bay:

Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre
Level 1
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay NSW 2481

When: September 21 – 25, 2020

Cost: Early Bird – before June 30th – $890; Full Price – $990

Workshop prices are inclusive of morning and afternoon tea. We have found workshop participants like to have lunch in Byron cafes, so lunch not included.