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Our Approach

We offer a connected presence with our participants to enable them to explore and develop compassion for themselves in a safe environment.

Our Story

Eileen's professional practice included supporting health professionals in a local hospital experiencing empathy fatigue. Her investigations into this area led her to connect with Dr. Kristen Neff and the field of self-compassion as an antidote to empathy fatigue. Rainer's journey resulted from the experience of a difficult life challenge and the need to find a way to move forward.

We began the adventure to mindful self-compassion in 2012 as a result of our individual and very different needs that led us to participating in a newly formed (MSC) Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day intensive training programs presented by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. We found the MSC program to be very helpful to our lives and chose to pursue the goal of becoming MSC teachers and to bring the benefits of MSC to others.

We offer the 9 session MSC program in a weekly as well as 5-day intensive format in Oakville and Toronto through the Toronto based Centre for Mindfulness Studies. We also offer one and two day workshops as well as 1/2 day MSC information sessions.

Meet the Team

Eileen Beltzner SCC MSW TITC-CFST RSW
Certified MSC Teacher

Eileen is both a Registered Social Worker and a Special Care Counsellor with over 40 years of clinical experience in both hospital and community settings. She is an author and a published researcher. She is recognized as a “Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher” through the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Center for Mindfulness. Eileen connects monthly with CMSC's Mindful Self-Compassion teachers around the world for peer supervision and is also an active member of the CMSC's Professional Caregivers Group. This group's aim is to introduce Mindful Self-Compassion practices to professional caregivers around the world and to work towards practical ways to accomplish this goal. Eileen is on the Faculty of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Ontario.
Eileen is a Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitator having received her Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate from the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She has had extensive training and clinical experience with families and individuals experiencing anxiety, bereavement, depression and trauma and with healthcare providers with identified symptoms of compassion fatigue. Eileen has been incorporating Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) practices into her work with teachers, health-care professionals and other clients for a number of years.
Eileen is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers (OASW) and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

 

Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D
Certified MSC Teacher

Rainer Beltzner has accumulated over 40 years of business experience including 25 years as a senior audit and consulting partner and managing director with the international accounting, tax and audit firm of KPMG. He is recognized as a “Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher” through the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Center for Mindfulness. Rainer specialized in providing information technology and business strategy advice and solutions to both domestic and international clients. As a Certified Corporate Director, he has also served on Boards of profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has developed and presented numerous professional business courses for a number of Canadian Universities and is recognized with the “Fellow” designation by the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario and the Institute of Certified Management Consultants. In addition to the business experience, Rainer also teaches the formal Mindful Self-Compassion program to business, health care and education professionals and is on the faculty of the Toronto Center for Mindfulness Studies. Rainer is an avid car enthusiast, performance and race driving instructor, competitive racer and automotive journalist.
Rainer was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised from an early age in Canada. He currently resides in Oakville, Ontario with his spouse Eileen, who is also a Certified MSC Teacher.