Mindful Self-Compassion

Schedule and Registration

Note: CFM requires a minimum of 10 registrants per program. Classes with fewer than 10 registrants will be cancelled and provided a refund. Please be aware of this when making arrangements to attend this program.

If you are interested in joining our 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive course, please click HERE.

Date Day & Time Register Teacher(S Location
July 26 - September 13, 2024 Fridays
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. PT
Register Online Anish Dhamija &
Noriko Morita Harth
In-Person-UCSD Population Health 6333 Greenwich Drive
August 24, 2024 Half-Day Retreat
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT
Included with July 26, 2024 MSC Program    In-Person-UCSD Population Health 6333 Greenwich Drive
September 11 - October 30, 2024 Wednesdays
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. PT
Registration Opening Soon Jennifer Miller &
Deborah Rana
October 12, 2024 Half-Day Retreat
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT
Included with September 11, 2024 MSC Program    Online
September 17 - November 5, 2024 Tuesdays
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PT
Registration Opening Soon Cheryl Shah In-Person-UCSD Population Health 6333 Greenwich Drive
October 19, 2024 Half-Day Retreat
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT
Included with September 17, 2024 MSC Program    In-Person-UCSD Population Health 6333 Greenwich Drive

Course Description

How do you typically react to difficulties in life—work stress, feeling rejected, physical problems, or financial hardship? As human beings, most of us instinctively fight negative experiences and find fault in ourselves when things go wrong: “This shouldn’t be happening!” “What’s the matter with me!?” Unfortunately, this tendency just adds stress to our lives and the critical self-talk defeats us before we know what’s happening. For example, the more we struggle to fall asleep, the harder it is to sleep; fighting with anxiety makes us feel worried all the time; and blaming ourselves for feeling bad just makes us depressed. But what would happen if, instead, you took a moment to calm and comfort yourself when you felt bad, just because you felt bad—much like you’d do for others? In other words, what if you learned the art of mindful self-compassion?

Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to themselves. Self-compassion is actually a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm—the harm that we inflict on ourselves every day by overworking, overeating, overanalyzing, and overreacting. With mindful self-compassion, we’re better able to recognize when we’re under stress and face what’s happening in our lives (mindfulness) and to take a kinder and more sustainable approach to life’s challenges. Self-compassion gives emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to recover more quickly from bruised egos to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect. After all, making mistakes is part of being human. Self-compassion also provides the support and inspiration required to make necessary changes in our lives and reach our full potential.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. And it’s easier than you think. Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
  • motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
  • practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
  • teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

8-Week Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion The Mindful Path to Self-CompassionMindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a program developed by Kristin Neff, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org ) and the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind; and Christopher Germer, a clinical psychologist who specializes in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy (www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org ) and the author of many books including A Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

In this program, you will learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

The Mindful Self-Compassion program is offered in two different formats for the maximum flexibility:

The 8-week format - consists of 8 weekly, 3 -hour sessions with 15 min breaks in a classroom/discussion group format, plus a 4-hour retreat. This class is often most easily integrated into our lives and offers an extended opportunity to deepen and solidify our practice.

The 5-day format - consists of a 5-day intensive in a retreat format. The course is typically offered in a retreat setting and offers the ability to learn self-compassion while taking time away from our ordinary stressors and immersing ourselves in practice. For more information, refer to the 5-day MSC Intensive page.

NOTE: We recommend that if your schedule will not allow you to attend the first session, or prevents from attending any two sessions of the course, that you consider waiting until the next offering of the program.

8-week MSC Course Fee

The course includes the a MSC workbook, handouts, guided meditations and instruction and is offered for $575 ($525 if you pay in full 30 days in advance for the course). 

Please Note: Those who have completed a UCSD Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program can receive a $50 discount on the 8-Day MSC Program or the 5-Day MSC Intensive Training Program. (Not applicable for Introduction to MSC Workshop, SC-MSC, or 2-Day MSC Core Skills Workshop.) Please email us (mindfulness@health.ucsd.edubefore you register to receive your discount code.


UC San Diego Employees may take the course for $525 (or $475 if you pay in full 30 days prior to the start of class).


We have partnered with the UC San Diego Health Employee Wellness Program. UC San Diego Health Employee Fee: $365.00. Learn more here!

Continuing Education

Additional $50 fee for CE credits.

Continuing education credits are awarded in the following categories: American Psychological Association and Board of Registered Nursing.

Psychologists: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 24.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. Credit hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 24.0 CE credit.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to sponsor continuing education. Provider Number CEP16351. 28.5 contact hours.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus your $50 non-refundable deposit) will be made for participants who withdraw prior to the 2nd class by emailing mindfulness@health.ucsd.edu. There will be no refunds after the 2nd class starts. Registration, deposits, and funds are non-transferable.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

The refunds are processed in the same method as the payments were submitted.

Note: CFM requires a minimum of 10 registrants per program. Classes with fewer than 10 participants will be cancelled and provided a refund. Please be aware of this when making arrangements to attend this program.