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Mindfulness and compassion have often been described as two wings of the same bird: each of us needs both to soar. In this workshop, participants will learn how self compassion can help to relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and isolation. Emily will guide participants in how to begin or enhance a mindful self-compassionate practice, using exercises such as the “Self-Compassionate pause” and “Soothe, Soften and Allow”. The workshop will also cover how to identify the inner critic within and respond with a more loving, self-compassionate voice. Emily is a Certified teacher with the Center of Mindful Self Compassion and has received direct training under the guidance of Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. She has been teaching the mindfulness-based stress reduction group for 8 years and is excited to share her new passion for the growing area of mindful self compassion research and practice with you.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Self-compassion involves responding to any difficulties that arise with kindness, warmth and understanding. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives. Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone, even those that were not modeled compassion in their childhood or for those with a strongly internalized inner critic. Previous meditation experience is not necessary, but helpful. MSC is based on the research of psychologists Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and is designed to reflect the same format of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. The program combines meditation practice, body work, short talks and group inquiry to provide a multifaceted and complete program for developing self -compassion and mindfulness in your every day life.
In this workshop you will learn how to communicate your needs most effectively, how to integrate compassion for oneself and others in our most difficult relations and how to listen, validate and empathize with those we are closest with. In this workshop, you will learn how to resolve conflicts more mindfully with those in your life. Participants will learn mindful listening and communication techniques, looking at how expectations and judgments often prevent us from being fully present and engaged in our relationships with others. This workshop is appropriate for individuals, couples or any family members or friends that wish to come together (come together and receive a $10 discount/ person on your workshop fee!).
Mindful Self Compassion Retreat day
Location: Equilibrium Yoga Studio, Montreal
Cost: $80 (sliding rate scale available). Please register by sending an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior to the course. Limited spots, so please register early!
During this day-long restorative retreat, you will be guided through the core practices of mindfulness and self compassion. These include; affectionate breathing, loving-kindness meditation, and compassion for ourselves and others. Participants will also practice the self-compassionate body scan, walking meditation, compassionate yoga and some journaling exercises. There will be short breaks throughout the day, with snacks and tea provided. You will be invited to practice in silence throughout most of the day, and there will be an optional sharing of your experiences in a group as part of the closing circle. While it is not required to take the 8 week Mindful Self Compassion prior to this retreat, some basic experience with meditation is recommended. Please email Emily with any questions. email@example.com.
Cancellation Policy: Please contact Emily as soon as possible if you need to cancel. All the one-day courses are fully refundable up to 48 hours prior to the course. The longer 8-week courses have limited spots available so if you cancel less than 7 days prior to the start of the longer 8-week courses there is no refund (except under exceptional circumstances). All non-refundable cancellation fees are allocated towards scholarship places in Emily’s 8-week courses.