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8-Week Course in 

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 eight 3-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

MSC Spring 2023

April 6 - June 1

Thursdays, 12-2.30pm HST (first session is until 3pm), plus half-day retreat in Week 6 (date tbd).

MSC Teachers: Heather Lusk and Kim Levan

This course is hosted by the Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center.


For more information please see the flyer below. You can register directly here.

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

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:

  • 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.

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