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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

This offering is a 5-day intensive version of the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy and Michelle Becker licensed marriage and family therapist.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well-being. Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you need it most?

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect. 

In MSC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion skills to others.

This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!

Please visit the CMSC site for more information, to fill out the questionnaire, and to submit a waiver prior to enrolling in the program.

Young woman practicing yoga outdoors

Michelle Becker | Christopher Germer, PhD

June 18 - 23, 2017
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

CE Credits available

Standard tuition and materials  $795

$695 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Registration Closed

Program Description

This offering is a 5-day intensive version of the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy and Michelle Becker licensed marriage and family therapist.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well-being. Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you need it most?

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect. 

In MSC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion skills to others.

This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!

Please visit the CMSC site for more information, to fill out the questionnaire, and to submit a waiver prior to enrolling in the program.

Faculty Bio

Michelle Becker

Michelle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based approaches to psychotherapy. In addition she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs.

Michelle is a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and co-founder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally, especially in regard to relationships, healthcare, and the workplace. She particularly delights in supporting compassion teachers.

 

Christopher Germer, PhD

Christopher Germer is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy. A founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy,‰ an organization dedicated to teaching mental-health professionals how to effectively integrate ancient Buddhist psychology into modern psychotherapy‰, Dr. Germer is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

The author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion. A committed student of insight meditation (vipassana), Dr. Germer is codirector of Harvard Medical School‰’s annual Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference, which hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2009.

Dr. Germer‰’s main clinical interest is the necessity of self-compassion and mindfulness for managing intense and difficult emotions. He has codeveloped, with renowned self-compassion researcher Dr. Kristin Neff, an 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program, currently being taught around the world.

Why Attend

  • Enhance your emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new.

  • Master evidence-based tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to yourself, especially when difficulties arise.

  • Return home with lifelong practices for relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, and increasing life satisfaction.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    Please visit the CMSC site for more information and to fill out an application and waiver.

     

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • CEs Available

    “CEs for Psychologists, California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs, Social Workers and Nurses are available through CMSC for $75

    CMSC website

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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