Mindful Self-Compassion course Spring 2017

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Spring 2017: All MSC courses will now take place in South Cheshire Venue: South Cheshire/ Holmes Chapel/ Goostrey/ Sandbach TBC 


Mindful self -Compassion programme
All MSC courses will now take place in South Cheshire, however the original ‘six weekly gathering’ will continue to be held at Disley Quaker meeting in East Cheshire which borders with the High peak. Other gatherings will take place in South Cheshire also as the year progresses.
The full MSC weekly  course starting late Spring 2017
Dates: TBC
Venue: South Cheshire/ Holmes Chapel/ Goostrey/ Sandbach TBC
Cost: £270 for full programme including half-day silent retreat
For further information and an application form please contact me in the first instance on 07753 957371 or email me . Places are limited and secured by completed application form and £50 non-refundable but transferable deposit. This can be paid online via bacs(please get in touch for details) or by postal cheque made payable to ‘Annette Boden’ and sent to ‘ 18a Green lane, Chinley, Derbyshire, SK23 6AA.
I have had a number of inquiries regarding completing the programme again.
I myself completed the programme twice to reinforce my learning before undertaking ‘teacher training’  so for anyone wishing to complete this rewarding and life-affirming  programme again I am offering a 50% discount

Price : payable by cheque or via bacs in full £270.00 or in 2 instalments of £135.00 Other payment options may be available subject to place availability .Contact Annette to discuss.
A half day retreat of 3-3.5 hours is included as part of the official MSC programme The course fee includes all materials and refreshments and certificate of completion.
Call Annette on 07753 957371 or email Annette for further details/to register interest.

Mindfulness and Self-compassion Quotations

Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, non-judgementally and openheartedly as possible Jon Kabbat Zin

Mindful self-compassion –bearing witness to one’s own pain (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (compassion) Christopher Germer

 Quoting Kristin Neff, Self-compassion includes:

  1. Self-kindness Vs Self-criticism
  2. Common humanity Vs Self-isolation
  3. Mindfulness Vs emotional entanglement

Mindfulness is a key component for self-compassion

“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”. Anon.

“Yesterday is history Tomorrow is a mystery Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present” Anon.

Mindful self-compassion 8 week course
After successfully completing the Mindful self-compassion teacher training with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer- the wonderful world renowned founders and creators of the Mindful self-compassion programme at Bangor University in 2014, I am one of the very first cohort of European teachers trained to teach the 8 week course., I teach the Mindful Self-compassion 8 week programme in The High peak, Derbyshire, and Poynton, Cheshire so get in touch if you are interested in applying to take this truly life changing and transformational course.

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.

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.

Take the self compassion test and see how self-compassionate you are

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. After participating in the 8 week 9 –session 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

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

Recommended reading:

“The miracle of mindfulness” Thich Nhat Hanh
“The Mindful way through depression” (with accompanying CD) Segal, Williams, Teasdale, and Kabbat –Zin
“Mindfulness for Dummies” Shamash Alidina
“Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy for Dummies” Dr Patrizia Collard
“The compassionate Mind” Professor Paul Gilbert
“The mindful path to self-compassion” Christopher K. Germer, PhD
“Self Compassion” Kristin Neff
Mindful Compassion” Paul Gilbert and Choden
“The worry cure” Dr Robert Leahy
“Manage your mind” Gillian Butler and Tony Cope
“Hardwiring Happiness” Rick Hanson

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