A 5-Week Course
Based on Mindfulness & Mindful Self-Compassion Practices
North Sydney Community Centre
220 Miller St North Sydney (behind Stanton Library)
Saturday 6 August - Saturday 3 September 2022
2.00 - 3.30 pm
"Self-compassion is simply giving
the same kindness to ourselves
that we would give to others."
In this 5 week course you’ll learn:
How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for everyday life
The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
How to become your own best teacher
Taught by Ann Manning
Cost of course $195.00
(Concessions available for students and those experiencing financial hardship)
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook will be available during the course - $25.00
About Nurturing Self_Compassion
Nurturing Self-Compassion (NSC) is based on an empirically-supported, training program, Mindful Self-Compassion, designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, this course, and it's follow up course Deepening Self-Compassion (DSC) teach 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 self-kindness, 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 authentically ourselves.
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.
What To Expect
Course activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
NSC & DSC are primarily compassion training programs rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. They are not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
Compassion is a positive, energizing emotion. However, it is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may arise. In teaching this course, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend NSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.
Additional recommended books, before or during the course, are:
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer