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Build Your Resilience With Mindful Self-Compassion

8-week course 

Monday 30th October - Monday 18th December 2017 (6pm - 8.30pm) with a retreat session on Sunday 10th December 10am-1pm.  Pre-course orientation session Monday 16th October.


Facilitated by:- Dr. Julia Ronder, Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Community Paediatrician, and Renee van der Vloodt, Psychotherapist, Trainer and Coach.


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, eight-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.

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness and supportive behaviour to ourselves, especially during challenging times.  Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves.

Self-compassion training gives us a tool-box of skills to help us turn towards a challenge, knowing that a safety-net of practical care is available to us.  Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to access the courage to face our `shortcomings', bring kindness to ourselves, and resond to ourselves and others with care and respect.

By becoming aware that challenge is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and then connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-compassion), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.

After participating in this workshop, you’ll be enabled 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

The course includes meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and some exercies to try out between sessions. 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. 

There is a pre-course orientation session on Monday 16th October, followed by the 8 week MSC course and a half day retreat session. 


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

It is recommended that participants read one or both of the following books before or during the course:

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff & The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Chris Germer.

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 (http://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.

Course dates: The pre-course orientation session is on Monday 16th October from 6.00 - 7.30pm followed by the eight-week course, comprising of eight evening sessions plus a half-day retreat seesion, held on Monday evening from Monday 30th October to Monday 18th December at 6pm to 8.30pm.  The half-day retreat session will be on Sunday 10th December 10am-1pm.

Cost/donationDeposit £60.00 (this will be refunded in full if you choose not to proceed after attending the orienation course). The remaining course fees of £235.00 (total cost £295.00) will be payable before 30th October 2017.  For Deposits and Applications received before 16 September 2017 there will be a reduction of £35.00 (Total cost £260.00).

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.