Mindful Self-Compassion

LocationCavendish, Central London
FacultyScience and Technology

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

The three key components of self-compassion are:

  • self-kindness
  • a sense of common humanity
  • balanced, mindful awareness

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
  • satisfying personal relationships

And it's easier than you think.

MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for you to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

Courses no longer available
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
11 May 2016 8 weekly sessions 11 May – 29 June 2016, plus a half-day workshop on 11 June 2016 Wednesdays 5.30–8.15pm, plus a Saturday workshop £350 Already started


If you are a student you can get a 10% discount. Email fstshortcourses@westminster.ac.uk with the following details: institution of study, course, year of study and a photo of your student ID card.

Course content

MSC is a training programme 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 you to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

What to expect

Programme activities include:

  • meditation
  • short talks
  • experiential exercises
  • group discussion
  • home practices

MSC includes eight weekly sessions of three hours each, in addition to a four-hour retreat. You should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the programme.

More about Mindful Self-Compassion

MSC is primarily a compassion training programme rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, 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". While some 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.

  • Justin Haroun, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher
  • Kate Fismer, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher
  • Thea Fitch, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness or meditation to attend MSC.

We recommend that you read one or both of following books before or during the programme:

  • The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

This programme fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming an MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, visit the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website.

Contact us

For administrative queries

Nazmin Islam
Short Course Administrator

E: fstshortcourses@westminster.ac.uk
T: +44(0)20 3506 9900