In June 2023, something truly special took place at the Marina Village Conference Center, as 31 participants came together for the first in-person Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive since the pandemic. The event, held in a picturesque location just minutes away from the open waters of the Pacific, was led by the experienced CFM teachers Megan Prager and Noriko Morita Harth, with the invaluable support of Hyun-Chung (Helen) Kim as a Mental Health Assistant.
The participants immersed themselves in the art of self-compassion, nurturing their inner resilience and forging a deeper connection with both themselves and others. Over the course of five days, shared experiences, group discussions, and guided meditations served as pathways for the attendees to unlock the transformative power of self-compassion. The insights gained and tools acquired during the intensive promised to leave a lasting impact on their lives long after the event had ended.
One of the most telling indicators of the program's effectiveness was the participants' feedback on whether they would recommend it to others. The resounding consensus was a unanimous "Yes!" As one participant mentioned, "The practice of self-compassion is life-changing." Others echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the practicality and applicability of the teachings to all walks of life. The program's ability to enrich personal lives and empower individuals to support others resonated deeply with the attendees.
The dynamic duo of Megan and Noriko as instructors received accolades from the participants. Their approach in trading off each section of the program was highly appreciated, and their compassion and sensitivity were felt and experienced by all. The willingness of both teachers to share their personal stories added a real and genuine dimension to the material, making it all the more relatable and impactful.
Participants praised Megan for her exceptional talent in teaching Mindful Self-Compassion and her embodiment of compassion. Noriko's inspirational life story and her dedication to MSC also left a profound impression. The admiration and respect for both instructors were evident in the participants' words, who described them as "amazing," "excellent models of compassion," and "incredible instructors."
The 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive proved to be a transformative journey, where individuals delved deep into the realm of self-compassion, gaining valuable tools to heal their core wounds and cultivate a kinder relationship with themselves. The program not only enriched the lives of those who attended but also empowered them to support and help others on their paths to self-compassion. It was an experience that left a lasting mark on all participants, fostering a profound sense of gratitude and growth.
For those who seek personal growth and a deeper understanding of self-compassion, the Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive offers an opportunity to embark on a life-changing journey—one that allows you to rediscover the power of compassion, both for yourself and those around you. Let us all be kinder to ourselves and embrace the transformative potential of self-compassion.