Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

with Kristen Genzano and Kim Levan

Course Details


Mindful Self-Compassion is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond to ourselves when difficulties arise. It draws upon the skill of mindfulness and the resource of self-compassion to build inner strength and resilience so we can support ourselves, just as we would a dear friend.  

The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion and Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness, compassion and psychotherapy. It is an adapted version of the full 8-week course in MSC.

What Is Included


SC-MSC is a 3-week program consisting of 6 bi-weekly classes, 1.5 hours each. It includes short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.


Topics include:

  • What is Self-Compassion

  • Practicing Self-Compassion

  • Discovering your Compassionate Voice

  • Self-Compassion and Resilience

  • Self-Compassion and Burnout

Program Objectives


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. 

During this course, you will gain tools and resources that help you to: 

  • Understand the basic theoretical underpinnings of self-compassion

  • Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism

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

  • Grow and sustain your compassion for others and learn to include yourself in that circle of compassion



Each class will be conducted live on Zoom. Full technical support is provided in advance to those who need it. To get the most out of the experience we ask that you:

  • Have a laptop, or another device, with good internet connection and audio/video capability

  • Find a quiet space in your home for each class where you are least likely to be disturbed

  • Commit to at least 15 minutes a day of home practice (if possible) between classes 

SC-MSC Online
July 12-29, 2021
Every Monday & Thursday, 6.30-8pm PDT

Live and online, from the comfort of your home.

This program is designed for members of the general public, based on the values of equity, diversity, inclusiveness and belonging.


Experience with mindfulness and compassion practice is not required to participate in SC-MSC. All are welcome!


We recognize times are difficult for so many right now and we don’t want finances to be a limiting factor to your participation. To that end, we offer a tiered payment option.


If you need additional assistance please contact us directly by emailing:

  • Reduced rate: $250 

  • Pay for yourself: $325

  • Pay it forward (covers you and supports another): $375

Further Opportunities​

  • Upon completion of the SC-MSC program, you will be invited to join our quarterly Circle of Practice for MSC graduates 

​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

Reflections from Past Students

"I find myself pausing and taking the time to be kinder and more patient with myself, and that has helped me to feel more connected to what really matters in my life."

- 2020 MSC Graduate

"I've spent the past 5 weeks training in MSC (with 3 weeks to go) and it has been such a gift.

In this span of time I've softened my inner voice, felt grief I didn't know I was carrying, strengthened my ability to take the space I need, loved on the people I love more deeply, and felt something close to coming home to myself. Lots of tears, lots of laughter... here's to slow learning and becoming a more compassionate mess." 

 - Laura, 2020 MSC Graduate