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Mindful Self Compassion Courses and Retreats

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion-based Courses and Retreats

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For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare… Caring for others requires caring for oneself.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


Be careful what you say to yourself because you are listening!

"It hadnt occured to me that I could be kind to myself. I have gained a sense of myself that have never achieved before. I believe its here to stay."
"This was a really safe space for me."
"There's a new voice inside me (compassionate) which is growing stronger
and feels more integrated."
"The programme can change your llfe for the better by changing your relationship to youself and others through kindness and compassion."
(MSC Course Particpants)

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)  is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program 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 participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding (Booking information below).

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

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. And it’s easier than you think.

After participating in this programme, you’ll be able 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 savoring 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. 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 program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), 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.  Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 3 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 at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.


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. It is recommended that participantsread one or both of following books before or during the program:

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer


Trained MSC Teacher

Colette Power Ph.D trained by:

K and Germer

 Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

    • Associate professor in human development at the University of Texas at Austin, Author of "Self-Compassion", Creator of the Self-Compassion Scale used by clinicians and researchers worldwide

 Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

    • Clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Author of "The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion", Co-Editor of " Mindfulness and Psychotherapy" and "Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy"

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

Booking A Place

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Standard Course Fee

£180 (concessions available please inquire)

You can reserve a place on the course by completing the booking form and paying the full course fee. You can pay by cheque, cash or BACS. Please contact Colette for payment details.

MSC One to One and Online Sessions (Please enquire)




Heart Work for Hard Times

There is nowhere to go but the heart


Difficult and challenging times, personally and globally, offer us a great opportunity to heal. The Heart Work for Hard Times retreat offers a space to honour, turn toward our fear, anger, grief and despair and develop compassion.

Holding ourselves and our present experience with honesty and kindness, we are able to respond to ourselves and the world around us with clarity and compassion. We become more able to be of service to ourselves, our communities and our planet.

The retreat offers a space to practice together, to rest in beauty, to touch stillness and align ourselves to the immense healing power of the heart. With insight and compassion practices, and Body- Centered-Enquiry (heart work) we are once more aligned to our vastness, to our common humanity, to our amazing capacities for self-regulation and healing, and to our innate wisdom.

This 5 day silent teacher-led retreat includes exploration of mindful self-compassion practices which cultivate a warm embodied presence and build the emotional resilience needed to meet the great opportunities of our time. There will be meditation guidance, talks, mindful movement and small group meetings, as well as an opportunity to meet up with teachers individually. There will be time to fully connect with nature within the natural beauty of Moulin de Chaves.

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. It conforms to guidelines for MBSR, MBCT, Breathworks and MSC instructors fulfilling retreat training requirements.

Language. English

Colette Power

Colette is a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and a guest MSC teacher for the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP, Bangor University). She is a senior trainer and supravisor for Breathworks CIC delivering meditation and mindfulness retreats. Her teaching emphasizes embodied enquiry and embodied awareness.

Colette is interested in socially-engaged buddhism, in seeking ways to apply the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of suffering and injustice. She’s happy when running and in the wild. She loves to write and talk and dream of a world where we all suffer less.

Wiebke Pausch

Wiebke is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher and certified Art Therapist based in Berlin (Germany). She is leading MSC programs, facilitating meditation groups and is working individually with people who are interested in transformation, healing and spiritual awakening.

Wiebke developped the Compassion Based Creative Therapy, a therapeutic approach using creativity and exploring Body-Centered Inquiry / Heart Work to meet whatever arises with compassionate presence. She is trilingual, which allows her to work in English, German and French.

Since 2016 she is assisting Martin Aylward in retreats in England and France.

Her life and her practice is inspired by her love for meditation, creativity and deep exploration.