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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

Mindful Self-compassion online course

WHEN: Wednesday evenings, March 23rd - May 11th, 2022, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Retreat day, Saturday, April 23rd (9:30 a.m. - 1:30 pm).

What is Mindful Self-compassion?

Mindful  self-compassion(MSC) is an empirically supported, eight-week training program designed to cultivate the skill ofself-compassion. Based on the ground-breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches us how to treat ourselves with kindness, care, and understanding when we are struggling.

Self-compassioncan be learned by anyone. No previous mindfulness experience is required to participate in this course. Practicing mindfulself-compassionpromotes emotional strength and resilience. It helps you to motivate yourself with kindness, forgive yourself and others when needed, and respond to difficult emotions. Learning to be moreself-compassionate can reduceself-criticism, improve our ability to connect authentically with others and respond to our struggles with greater perspective.

In the course, you will learn how to:
 * Practiceself-compassionin daily life
 * Apply mindfulness andself-compassionskills in difficult moments
 * Motivate yourself with kindness rather thanself-criticism
 * Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
 * Transform challenging relationships, old and new
 * Manage caregiver fatigue
 * Practice the art of savouring, gratitude andself-appreciation
A few words from Chris Germer & Kristin Neff, developers of the MSC program.
"Self-compassion  boosts the immune system, it reduces anxiety, and it’s the easiest way to keep our hearts open to others. Some measure of fear is a healthy response to a contagious virus, of course. We want to respond to the contagion in a wise manner – with preventive measures that benefit ourselves and others." (read full article HERE). And HERE  is a brief video about the power and beauty of treating ourselves with kindness &compassion, as we would treat a friend.

COST: $450 including HST. Early bird rate of $395 when you register by Feb. 14th, 2022. May be covered by extended benefits. Please inquire with your insurance provider. Otherwise, the cost can be counted as a medical expense towards income taxes. I am offering a few spaces at a reduced fee for people who do not have extended benefits and who otherwise would not be able to participate because of cost.

Please inquire for further information. sara @ saramarlowe[dot]com

Sara is a certified mindful self-compassion teacher through the UCSD Centre for Mindfulness.

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