About PCSC

At PCSC our mission is to teach and support individuals how to cultivate self-compassion because we believe that when we are kind with ourselves we are also kinder with others. As we are kinder with ourselves and with one another we’re reminded of our shared humanity. When we’re anchored in a compassionate stance, we can connect with our own humanity, treat one another as human beings and create a more equitable world where all people are treated with dignity and respect because they exist. 

About Self-Compassion

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. Self-Compassion is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves. Fortunately, it can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.

About Our Offerings

  • Meditation experience is not required.


  • Appropriate for the general public.


  • People of all genders, ethnic backgrounds and identities are welcome.


  • Offerings are therapeutic in nature but they are not therapy nor are they a substitute for therapy.


  • While mindfulness practice is taught, our offerings focus on building the skills of compassion for self and compassion for others.


What you can Expect

  • To understand the basic theoretical underpinnings of self-compassion


  • To learn to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism


  • To practice self-compassion in daily life to manage life's challenges


  • To grow and sustain your compassion for others and learn to include yourself in that circle ofcompassion


  • To establish and build community 


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