Course Information

Mindful Self-Compassion: Two-Day Non-Residential Core Skills Workshop – CANCELLED

When: 10 May 2019 – 11 May 2019
Where: YMCA Crewe
Tutors: Ali Lambie, Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, intensive training course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The course can be taught weekly or in a residential format as it is here.  It is based on research by Kristin Neff, integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer. MSC teaches 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 inter-relatedness, 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, 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 well-being, 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.

This two-day workshop is comprised of talks, meditations, experiential exercises and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

The workshop allows an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week programme in an intensive two-day format.

After participating in the workshop participants will be able to:

·         Practice self-compassion in daily life

·         Understand the science of self-compassion

·         Motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism

·         Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

·         Manage caregiver fatigue

·         Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

·         Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients

Who is the retreat for?

Anyone interested in learning what’s involved in Mindful Self-Compassion (no prior mindfulness training required).

Requirements to attend:

An interest in learning what’s involved in Mindful Self-Compassion and how to embed this into daily life.

About the teachers:

Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher

Ali Lambie


This training is not residential.

The schedule is:

10 am – 5.30 pm Friday

9.30 am – 5.00 pm Saturday


YMCA Crewe9for  Gresty Road,189 Gresty Road,

What to bring and wear:

Please wear comfy layers for ease of movement / adjusting for temperature. Please bring a meditation cushion or stool if you would like. 

Our full rate has no hidden extras and include deposit, lunch, refreshments and teaching. 

  • Full rate is £185.00

The Application and Payment Process:

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little bit longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your full retreat payment.
  4. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

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