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Mindful Self Compassion

8 - week course

Tuesday evenings 6 - 9pm starting 4th June - Victoria Park "Green House"

Half Day retreat included - Sunday 7th July               

Cost £325 (Low Income Concession available supported by the Victoria Park Heritage Lottery Fund Project)

Do you give yourself a hard time when you feel you’ve made a mistake?
Are you much harder on yourself than you ever would be to a good friend?
Do you find it hard to cope with difficult emotions like anger, shame and fear?

If this feels like it describes you, you are not alone.  Thankfully the highly evidenced based Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course developed by Dr Kristin Neff & Dr Chris Germer can help to change this.  

What is Self-Compassion?

It is simply the process of turning the compassion we easily and instinctively have towards others, inward toward ourselves. We know from the research that this means we end up taking better care of ourselves and can improve our ability to navigate difficult situations.

This process supports emotional regulation systems by allowing people to stay with difficult experiences without being overwhelmed. Research shows that self-compassion is linked to less depression, anxiety and stress, as well as increased levels of psychological wellbeing, life satisfaction and happiness.

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The Course will teach you

  • how to stop being so hard on yourself

  • how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • how to transform challenging relationships, both old and new

  • the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion

  • mindful self-compassion practices for daily life

  • how to support yourself while caring for others

  • how to become your own best teacher

What does the course involve?

This course consists of 8 weekly, 3 hour sessions, with an additional half day retreat of guided practices in-between sessions 5 and 6.

This is a mindfulness and self-compassion resource building course.  During the course you will be invited to experience guided meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussions and practices to try at home in between sessions. 


We recommend you buy the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, the developers of the programme, so that you can read more in-depth about what you will be learning. 

Once you have registered your interest in the MSC course via the booking process, you will be offered a phone or video call to discuss in more depth so that you can be sure the course is right for you.

Is the course for me?

You may think that showing compassion towards yourself is too uncomfortable, or that motivating yourself harshly is the only thing that works. However, the skill of self-compassion can be learned by anyone. This course is suitable for people wishing to support themselves with more energy and resources to get through life’s inevitable challenges with more grace and steadiness.

As part of the booking process, we will ask you about your physical and emotional health. Although the course teaches how to respond to emotional challenges, if you are currently going through a stressful experience (recent bereavement, divorce, health changes, redundancy, etc) it would be advisable to wait until the life stressor has stabilised before beginning this programme.




There are three easy steps:

1) Click on the 'Book now' button below which will take you to the booking page.  Select the '£50 deposit only' where you will be asked to complete your personal details and answer some relevant questions before being asked to make a £50 payment.

2) Following this, we will make contact with you to arrange a brief phone or video call to discuss anything relevant from your booking form and answer any questions you may have.

3) After this call, your place on the course is confirmed and you will be sent a link to pay the remaining balance.  If we mutually agree this isn't the right time for you to take the course, we will refund your £50 deposit. 

Low income concessions available for PO1-PO6 residents supported by the Victoria Park Heritage Lottery Fund Project.  If you live outside this area and the cost of the course is unaffordable, please contact us to discuss ways we can support you to attend by emailing us at

If you are interested in the course but have questions you would like to ask prior to booking a place, you are welcome to send us an email at and we can arrange a time to speak with you.

How do I book a place on the course?

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