05/06/2018 - 05/11/2018
All Day at Esalen Institute
Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warm-hearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience that allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, care for others, and be more fully ourselves. Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
Fortunately, self-compassion is a skill that can be cultivated by anyone. You will learn how to:
• Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
• Understand the science of self-compassion
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage compassion fatigue
• Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
• Teach simple self-compassion practices to others
This is an intensive training program rather than a retreat. It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness — supported by the beautiful Esalen campus. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher.
Note: Registration for this program will open in October, 2017. Initial registration is through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. To begin the registration process, please visit www.centerformsc.org and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Only after you have registered with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion will you be able to register with Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, see http://www.esalen.org/page/workshop-pricing-partner-programs.
CE credit for psychologists; see page leader.
CE credit for nurses
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.
Michelle Becker, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, California, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is a teacher trainer and mentor for Mindful Self-Compassion and cofounder, along with Drs. Germer, Neff, and Hickman, of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training. Michelle is the developer of the Compassion for Couples programs and also a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. For more information about Michelle’s schedule please visit: WiseCompassion.com. For Compassion for Couples please visit: CompassionforCouples.com.
Steven Hickman, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, associate clinical professor at the University of California San Diego, and executive director of the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He teaches Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and is a teacher-trainer in MSC and MBCT. Having taught varied mindfulness-based programs and trained others to teach them, Steven Hickman brings a unique perspective to the teaching of mindfulness and compassion. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches. centerformsc.org