Class Series: Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Class Series: Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

IMCW Center for Mindful Living Jennifer Stanley Jeff Rosenberg

Jennifer Stanley and Jeff Rosenberg

10/31/2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM at IMCW Center for Mindful Living, (4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Upper floor, Washington, DC, 20016) (Map It)

Learning to Resonate with Yourself in a Healthier Way

Tuesdays, October 31-December 19

Half-day retreat: Saturday, December 2, 1-5:30 p.m.

NOTE: The only the first class (October 31) is from 7-10 p.m. Sessions 2-8 are from 7-9:30 p.m. 

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D. It builds our capacity to be present in the face of our suffering much like we would for a beloved friend. It cultivates a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption.

Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to really see ourselves, acknowledge unmet needs, motivate ourselves with kindness and to be fully human. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. Meditation experience is not required.

Program activities include: meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. The retreat portion of the series is a powerful opportunity for participants to practice and deepen their experience of mindful self-compassion.

Upon completion, participants should be able to: respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness; begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation; motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism; relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance; and teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients.

For further information , visit (Kristin Neff) where you can listen to talks, review MSC research, and “Test how self-compassionate you are.”

Other sites include and (Chris Germer). 

Learn more about our ongoing classes.

Series manager: Jennifer Stanley



Fee: $650 sponsor, $525 mid, $400 base

Mindful Self-Compassion tuition is offered on a sliding scale--this allows participants to pay according to individual means. Paying at the lowest level covers only a portion of the costs while paying at the highest supports our ability to offer a sliding scale. Should you need further assistance limited partial scholarships are available (see below). 

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than three weeks before the start of the class series, your payment will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. IMCW cannot offer refunds for cancellations made fewer than 3 weeks before the beginning of the class series. There is no refund for classes you do not attend. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks.

Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the Sunday before the series begins. To request late registration, please email the class series manager to check if there are still openings.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please email the series manager before registering. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please email the class series manager with your request at least three weeks before the event. 



Series, base fee:$400.00
Series, mid-level fee (includes a tax-deductible donation to IMCW):$525.00
Series, sponsor fee (includes a tax-deductible donation to IMCW):$650.00

Any questions? Contact us