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Build Your Resilience With Mindful Self-Compassion

8-week course 

Monday 5th June - Monday 31st July 2017 (6pm - 8.30pm) with a retreat session on Saturday 8th July 10am-1pm.


Facilitated by:- Dr. Julia Ronder, Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Community Paediatrician, assisted by Liz Hartley, Coaching Psychologist, Trainer & Psychotherapist.


** EARLY BIRD discount rate of £200.00 available when booked before Monday 17th April 2017 **


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, nine-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the ground breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. 

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. 

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.

After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to: 

  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue 
  • Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation  

What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat or therapy. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that lead to greater self-care in daily life. 

The course is taught over 9 weeks (8 weeks plus a retreat session).


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program. 

This program fulfils one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit www.CenterForMSC.org. 

Venue: Witherdens Hall, Popsal Lane, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent CT3 1AT. Witherdens Hall is a beautiful space, and is an already established centre for mindfulness and home to the organisation Mindfulness at Work. It is about 15 minutes from Canterbury, just beyond Littlebourne.

The course will be held from: Monday 5th June - Monday 31st July 2017 at 6pm to 8.30pm.  (There is no session on Monday 10th July 2017).  Retreat session Saturday 8th July 10am-1pm.

Cost/donation:  Cost £260.  (Bookings received before Monday 17th April 2017 have the benefit of an early bird discount reducing the price to £200). 

Recommended, but not essential reading prior to the course: Self-compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff & The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Chris Germer.

Registration: To apply for a place on this MSC course please use the online application form available at http://newron.co.uk/mindful-self-compassion.html.  Or email office@newron.co.uk with any enquiries.  We will respond as soon as possible by email. Alternatively, please email with any enquiries to info@witherdenshall.co.uk or call on 01227 720 543.