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Mindful Self-Compassion

The Mindful Self-Compassion Course (MSC) is an empirically-supported training program developed out of groundbreaking research by Dr. Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Dr. Christopher Germer.


MSC consists of an introduction class, eight 2.5-hour weekly classes, plus a half-day retreat, designed to cultivate self-compassion in daily life. Each class consists of instructional talks, experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion. There are also home practices offered each week.

Topics Include: 

  • Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

  • Practicing Mindfulness

  • Practicing Loving-Kindness

  • Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

  • Living Deeply

  • Meeting Difficult Emotions

  • Exploring Challenging Relationships

  • Embracing Your Life

Preparation + Commitment​

  • This program is designed for members of the general public, based on the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. All are welcome!

  • No previous meditation or mindfulness practice is necessary.

To get the most out of the experience we ask that you commit to a minimum of 6 weekly classes​ and 30 minutes a day of home practice (if possible) between classes.

This program satisfies one of the prerequisites to becoming an MSC Teacher. For more information please visit the CMSC website.

MSC Winter 2024

February 9 - April 12

Fridays, 9.30a-12p PT, plus a half-day retreat on Saturday March 23, 10a-2p PT

This course is hosted by Pause Meditation.

For more information and to register please visit

We're excited to offer Continuing Education Credits through UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. CEs are available in the following categories: American Psychological Association and Board of Registered Nursing.


There is an additional $60 fee for CE credits.

If you’d like to be notified of future course dates, please sign up for our quarterly newsletter at the bottom of this page.

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