Current MSC Courses Offered

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

Participants Will Learn
To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. The 8-week program consisting of eight 3-hour Sessions and a 4-hour Silent Retreat explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

Who Should Attend
All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBCT/MBSR. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher as well as a prerequisite for training as a Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) teacher.

Location:   Oakville, Ontario
Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON L6J 4N2
Tuesday Afternoons Starting April 2018
Intake Interviews*: Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 1pm - 4pm
Sessions 1 - 5: April 10, 2018 - May 10, 2018  | 10am - 1pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday May 12, 2018 | 1pm - 5pm
Sessions 6-8: May 15, 2018 - May 29,2018 |10am - 1pm
* registrants will be assigned a time slot for their intake interview
Register here now


Location: Toronto, Ontario
The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J0A8
Sunday Afternoons Starting April 2018 (Registration Open)
Intake Interviews*: Saturday March 24, 2018  | 10am - 6pm
Sessions 1-5: April 8 - May 6, 2018 | 1pm - 4pm
Silent Retreat: May 13, 2018 | 1pm - 5pm
Sessions 6-7: May 20 - May 27, 2018 | 1pm - 4pm
Session 8: June 3, 2018 | 1pm - 4:30pm
* registrants will be assigned a time slot for their intake interview.
Register here


Fee: $595 - $605 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Eileen Beltzner (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

For further background information on this program, including the research overview, related publications please go to