MSC 8-week course

with Kristen Genzano and Kim Levan


Course Details

The Mindful Self-Compassion course is an empirically-supported training program developed out of groundbreaking research by Dr. Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Dr. Christopher Germer. It consists of 8 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.

In this course you will gain tools & resources to:

  • Improve overall health and well-being

  • Reduce anxiety, depression, and stress

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Transform challenging relationships

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation


  • No previous meditation or mindfulness practice necessary.

  • To get the most out of the experience we ask that you commit to:

    • attending a minimum of 6 weekly classes​

    • 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.

​Recommended Resources 

  • The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer*

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff

  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

*Although not required, this text is highly recommended.


  • $495 for the full 8-week program including the half-day retreat.

  • We offer a limited number of scholarships. If cost is a limiting factor for you, please contact us for more information.

MSC Online
June 2 - July 23 2020
Every Tuesday, 10.30am-1.15pm
Saturday July 11, 2-6pm

Join weekly classes online from the comfort of your own home.

MSC Portland
June 3 - July 24 2020
Every Wednesday, 6.15-9pm
Sunday July 12, 2-6pm

Location: The Alberta Space - 5010 NE 9th Avenue, Portland.

Half-day retreat: Spirit Wind Ridge, 33407 Smith Road, St. Helens.

Should social distancing still be in place at this time, this course will be moved online. Registrants will have the option of deferring their place to a later in-person course if they prefer.