Mindful self compassion – 8 week course

with Linda Thomas & Jill Whitehall


DATES: Wednesday 9th October – 27th November 2019

TIME: 10 am – 12.45 pm (Refreshments and snacks provided)

VENUE: Equilibrium Natural Health Centre, 23 Leafield Way, Neston, Corsham, SN13 9RS  

How do you typically react to difficulties in life?
Do you instinctively fight uncomfortable experiences or find fault in yourself when things go wrong?
What if, instead, you took a moment to comfort yourself when you felt bad—as you would do for a good friend or a loved one?  

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence based, 8-week training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable us to respond to difficult moments in our lives with kindness, care and understanding. Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will learn how to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • 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
Programme activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC is primarily a compassion training programme rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion.  MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. 

Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way. Compassion is a positive, energizing emotion. However, it is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may arise.   MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2 3/4 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat.  Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion up to 30 minutes per day throughout the programme. Prerequisites 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 programme. The following book is highly recommended as a companion to the MSC course

  • The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer

  Additional recommended books, before or during the course, are:

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer


Linda is an experienced counsellor and is qualified in teaching Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion Courses. She is passionate about helping people develop the skills to build resilience to heal through their difficulties and make positive changes in their life. Linda has both personal and professional experience in valuing mindfulness and the nourishing skills of self-compassion. Bringing them into daily life has been transformative in dealing with difficult emotions and developing a kinder and more compassionate relationship with self and others, resulting in enhanced wellbeing and a better quality of life.

Testimonials:‘A huge thank you for an amazing course! It’s changed my perspective on myself and my life.‘Linda quickly created a wonderful rapport with the group, making a safe environment for everyone to be able to share difficult thoughts and feelings, or not share if they preferred.’

For more testimonials visit: http://www.mindfulminds.co.uk/msc-testimonials.html

Jill is a registered dietitian with many years’ experience of working in the field of health and wellbeing. She works with a range of different groups, supporting people to make positive lifestyle choices. Having completed her Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training, she is passionate about sharing the core principles and practices with others. Jill has had a daily mindfulness practice for many years, and finds the self-compassion practices particularly helpful in connecting more compassionately with herself and others, being more resilient to life’s challenges, and living life more fully everyday.

‘Excellent course, I feel so much more confident in next steps. Thank you’‘Jill is a very approachable and excellent facilitator’Spaces are strictly limited.  For any queries and to book your place, please

email: linda@mindfulminds.co.uk or call: 07765 680618

Cost £240.00 (including course materials and half day retreat on Saturday 9th November)

Deposit of £50.00 required at the time of booking
Balance payable by 6th September 2019

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