Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Course


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a research-based training program designed to help participants cultivate the life-changing skill of self-compassion.

Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Dr. Chris Germer, MSC offers skills and practices to help you respond to life’s difficulties with greater awareness, care, and understanding.

What is self-compassion?

Kristin Neff defines self-compassion by three core elements: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.

  • Self-kindness is giving ourselves what we need and tapping into the natural warmth and wisdom of our own hearts.
  • Common humanity is the recognition that suffering is a natural experience of being human and that our challenging moments connect us to the larger whole.
  • Mindfulness is noticing what we are feeling and what is happening here and now so we can respond with greater clarity, acceptance, and ease.

With all three components, we can embody a self-compassionate way of being.

(Click image below to watch a short video of Dr. Kristen Neff explaining benefits of the common humanity component.)

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Why sign up?

If you are a human being who has ever experienced stress, pain, loss, or sorrow or who wants to experience more joy, connection, peace, and inspiration, this course is for you.

Self-compassion is a profound and life-changing way to respond to hardships that not only reduces discomfort but also enriches life satisfaction and wellbeing.

In fact, an expansive body of research provides strong evidence that self-compassion consistently:

  • decreases anxiety
  • depression and stress
  • increases happiness, optimism, motivation and resilience

Even more, self-compassion is related to enhanced interpersonal relationships, positive body image, and increased health behaviors.
In hundreds of studies, researchers find self-compassion to be a source of mental and emotional strength that gives people the skills to meet life with greater courage, wisdom, and wholehearted integrity.

Self-compassion is a way of being that benefits not only you, but also all of those with whom you interact. Come find out for yourself how self-compassion can change your life!

What can I expect from the program?

Program activities include:

  • discussion of topics
  • experiential exercises
  • guided meditations (no previous experience necessary)
  • small group interaction
  • home practices

Handouts will be provided for supporting your self-compassion practice between sessions.

Below is a small sample of the many accessible practices you will experience and be invited to integrate into your daily life over this 8 week course:

Compassionate Movement

A simple 6 minute practice for mindful body awareness and self-kindess. This practice is done standing.


Mindful Self-Compassion Break

A 6 minute meditation for cultivating self kindness and compassion when you need it most. Click image below to go to Youtube video.

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.For more information about MSC and the work on self-compassion:


Sundays 1 – 3:30pm: March 4*, 11, 25, April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6th, plus a Saturday April 21st, 9 – 1 pm: local half-day retreat


*The first class will be 1-4pm


Be Well Austin, 1906 W Koenig Ln., Austin Tx


unnamed.jpgMarissa Knox is a PhD candidate at UT Austin studying self-compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff; she also teaches yoga, meditation, and iRest® yoga nidra.

Katherine Winge is an aqua yoga, yoga, mindfulness and meditation teacher as well as Mindful Self-Compassion teacher-in-training.

The Full 8 Week Course Cost (24 class hours):

$500 (Cash/check preferred)

Health Alliance For Austin Musicians and SIMS members are receive a discount.

Payment plans are available to all.

Please contact Katherine at katherineheartsyoga@gmail.com or Marissa at marissa.knox@gmail.com for details about HAAM/SIMS discount, payment plans scholarship opportunities.


Please email katherineheartsyoga@gmail.com to be notified next time its offered

Steps To Registration and Payment:

 In order to ensure the MSC course will be helpful for you at this time, we ask that all interested participants first fill out a background information form. Once you’ve completed the form, one of the teachers will contact you by email. If this course is a good fit, payment will be accepted at that time. Cash or check preferred. Paypal is also accepted, however the cost is slightly higher due to credit card fees. Payment plans are available as well.