"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Mindful Self-Compassion (8-week class)
Linda Graham, Jane Baraz
8 Tuesdays: Sept. 19 - Nov. 7, 7:00 - 9:30pm; Plus a ½ day Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:30am - 1:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $250 - $470. Code LG1C17.
OPEN-Register Here

Mindful Self-Compassion, as developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, is a powerful 8-week training in empirically-supported tools and techniques that enables participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, understanding and wise action.

Practices in loving-kindness and compassion allow us to keep our hearts open in moments of struggle and suffering. Practices in mindfulness allow us to see our experiences and our reactions to our experiences (and to see ourselves as the experiencer) more clearly, discern options, and make wise choices.

Understanding our common humanity brings us out of isolation into connection and resources again. Mindful Self-Compassion, through discussions, meditations and many experiential exercises, teaches practices of loving, connected presence that allow us to not only feel better but also to cope wisely when we are feeling bad.

This course helps participants deal effectively with life’s challenges and crises while creating community and deepening practice. Participants cultivate new, more wholesome coping strategies, leading to more clarity, response flexibility and resilience, and less greed, hatred, delusion and suffering.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. CE credit is available for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, acupuncturists and chiropractors. See below for more information, including attendance requirements.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals. Based on the content of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe three elements of Mindful Self-Compassion [mindfulness, self-compassion, common humanity;
  • Identify three resistances to practicing mindful self-compassion and three benefits to practicing mindful self-compassion;
  • Describe the difference between compassion fatigue and empathy fatigue;
  • Describe how soothing touch/hand on heart can be incorporated into mindful self-compassion meditations, in ways useful to clients;
  • Demonstrate loving kindness with self-compassion meditation, in ways that may reduce emotional distress and improve job satisfaction;
  • Demonstrate how to shift inner self-talk from self-criticism to self-compassion;
  • Identify three situations where compassionate friend meditation could be useful;
  • Describe how soften-soothe-allow meditation could be used to work with shame;
  • Utilize a touchstone as a skillful reminder to practice the common humanity element of mindful self-compassion, in ways that may help health care professionals effectively cope with stresses in the workplace;
  • Demonstrate how sharing worries and concerns in a letter to a friend can effectively evoke self-compassion and reduce work place anxiety and self-criticism;
  • Demonstrate how to use a self-compassion break, in ways that improve patient care and prevent compassion fatigue;
  • Utilize mindfulness of body sensations, such as Soles of the Feet or a Sense and Savor Walk, to evoke experiences of self-compassion, in ways useful to clients;
  • Generate personal loving kindness phrases to practice self-compassion, in ways that reduce emotional exhaustion and may prevent burnout syndrome.

    Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this class for $145.

    General Information

    Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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    Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

    Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

    Continuing Education

    This course offers 19 CE credits for $190 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, chiropractors and acupuncturists. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA, BRN, or CBA approved providers are accepted.

    Credit is available for those who complete the minimum attendance requirements for the course. No partial or per class credit will be offered. To qualify for the 19 CE credits, participants must attend at least 6 of the 8 classes and the weekend event, or if missing the weekend event, participants must attend all 8 classes. You must arrive within 15 minutes of the beginning of each class for your attendance to be counted, and stay until the end. Participants will be required to sign in and out of every class.

    Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
    • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 19 contact hours.
    • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
    • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
    • The California Acupuncture Board has approved Spirit Rock as a Continuing Education Provider, Provider Number 1425. This Category 2 course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board for 19 hours of continuing education.
    Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must fulfill the attendance requirements. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

    Cancelation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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