Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
MSC is an empirically supported, 8-week, training programme. Based on ground-breaking research of Prof. Kristin Neff, PhD, and the clinical expertise of Dr. Christopher Germer, PhD.
MSC teaches core principles and skills that enable participants to respond more effectively to difficult situations and emotions in their lives and with the same compassion and benevolence that they would extend to a dear friend,
MSC is personal journey of learning that can be travelled by anyone.
Compassion is not so much an emotion as a desire / wish to remove suffering.
Self-compassion is not self-pity nor self-indulgence.
Mindful Self-Compassion provides the tools to develop emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves using kindness and forgive ourselves when needed and relate to ourselves and others in a more authentic way.
MSC is Mindfulness & Compassion training, not simply mindfulness training.
Simply asking the question "What's the more compassionate option here?" brings the mind into the present and trains the brain towards compassionate motivation as a default mode (Thupten Jinpa).
Evidence-Based Lasting Benefits:
Latest research shows the proven benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) may safely and effectively improve health by; enhancing emotional wellbeing, building resilience, boosting happiness and reducing anxiety and depression and that these benefits are still sustained one year after the completion of the MSC program.
MSC has also been shown to reduce Care-giver Fatigue and improve work and home relationships.
Pre-requisites to participate:
Curiosity! No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation required. Participants should be over 18 for this course, no upper age limit.
Dan and Jenny had very different yet complemen personal journeys before their paths met during their postgraduate Master of Science in the Neuroscience of Mindfulness and it's Clinical Applications at King's College University London.
Following on from that they both trained as Mindful Self-Compassion teachers under Bangor University led by:
• Kristin Neff PhD, Associate Professor, Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology department at the University of Texas, Austin.
• Steve Hickman PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry Family & Preventive Medicine
• Vanessa Hope MA, senior mindfulness and mindful self-compassion teacher, trainer and supervisor with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
• Collette Power PhD, senior mindfulness teacher and supervisor with Breathworks.
Jenny Sergeant, BA Hons, CPCC, MSc
Following a 20 year corporate career, Jenny qualified as a Certified Coactive Coach with CTI and has spent the last 13 years developing her psycho-educational practice. She has worked internationally, facilitating the development of emotional intelligence and resilience with over 8,000 individuals and leaders within commerce, health and education.
Jenny developed and introduced the ground breaking ‘Difference is You’ programme with Guys and St. Thomas' NHS Trust and the ‘All about you’ and Resonant Teachers programmes.
Her Masters research focused on mindfulness and self-compassion in medical students. Her passion is supporting the growth and wellbeing for Leaders, Clinicians and Educators.
Dan Tapsell, PgC, CfPAC, MInstLM, LicAc. MBAcC. AKC
Based in Belgravia SW1
Dan has over 30 years mindfulness experience as a Buddhist practitioner in both Zen and Tibetan lineages, training for extended periods under authentic teachers.
Dan has also practiced Taoist Acupuncture for 25 years both privately and within the NHS, and is a qualified Executive Performance Coach, is an Associate of King's College London and has a postgraduate qualification in Neuroscience and mindfulness and it's clinical applications.
Dan’s professional interests include resilience, diversity, disability & inclusion.
To register please book through Eventbrite;
Dwtapsell@icloud.com 020 3559 1260
MSC is not therapy; but it is therapeutic.
“A moment of self-compassion can change our entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life”
"The Kailash Centre is a leading complementary and alternative health centre, providing a unique and tranquil environment in the heart of London.
Whether you visit us for therapies, classes or courses, the healing begins as soon as you walk through the door".
The Kailash Centre is a non-profit organisation, donating all its proceeds to the Tibet Charitable Trust
Further info and resources:
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;
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 authenticallyourselves.
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 workshop, 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.” Whilesome 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 participants read 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
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.