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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. Kristin 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. Kristin 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 custom length MSC workshops for professional groups and other organizations.

Meet the Team

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. She is the author of “How to Tame the Tumbles the Self-Compassionate Way..for Parents & Children" (Pub. Date fall/winter 2018, Mosaic press)
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, Certified Mindfulness 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 and as a "Certified Mindfulness Teacher" through the International Association of Mindfulness Teachers. Rainer has been teaching the formal MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) program for the past five years and is currently on the faculty of the Toronto Centre for Mindfulness Studies as well as the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
Prior to focusing his life to teaching the MSC program, 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 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 executive programs and is recognized with the “Fellow” designation by the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario as well as the Institute of Certified Management Consultants.
Rainer is also 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.