What is Mindful Self-Compassion?
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.
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.
For whom is it suitable?
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.
You can find my guided meditations on the App Insight Timer
Next MSC 8 Week Training Program: August 16 – October 4, 2021
The course is like a journey that is also an adventure in self-knowledge and self-compassion. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both caring for us in the face of our emotional suffering and opening us up to the pain we may have been holding unconsciously for a long time. Therefore, it is likely that during the course, distressing feelings will emerge alongside many pleasant ones as we grow in our ability to experience and heal them. The course offers a safe and supportive setting in a small group where this process can unfold. It is open to all who are interested; meditation experience is not necessary to participate. All are welcome!
In the MSC 8 Week Course, you will learn the following:
Be less critical and hard on yourself
Apply mindfulness and self-compassion in everyday life
Experience for yourself the proven positive effects of self-compassion
Deal with difficult feelings more calmly
Motivating yourself with kindness instead of self-criticism
Transform challenging relationships
To better deal with caring fatigue
Dates fall 2021with Co-teacher Anja Benesch
August 16 – October 4, 2021 every Monday evening from 18:30h – 21:00 CET (2,5 hours)
Retreat on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10.00h – 14.00h
Location: Online on ZOOM
The course consists of 8 sessions of 2,5 hours each and a 4-hour retreat including guided meditations to download as mp3. It costs 420,- € (early bird fee of 380,- € available until July 1,2021). For students and the retired there is the possibility of a reduction to 350,- €.
To register for the course please send me an email
Read how participants feel and think about undergoing our Mindful Self-Compassion programs and Workshops with us. We surely do enjoy every participant’s presence, and feel that it is an honor to accompany human beings on their path of self-discovery and compassionate action.
I have never actually attended courses like this neither in person, nor online, but I was surprised how connected I felt to the instructors as well as the other participants. I don’t think attending this class in person would have made a big difference in terms of feeling connected. Applying exercises such as the soften, soothe, allow as well as labeling emotions really helped me to feel more centered and less involved in mind activity. Self compassion is a lifelong journey. I now have some tools under my belt that I can apply and practice every day. Thank you so much again!Xenia (04/2021)
What are you taking away from this program? “A lot. And not just the exercises for coping with everyday situations, but also the continuous exercise of getting closer to the parts of myself that I tend to avoid. Thank you. I feel energized, I feel ready to embrace my emotions and I am very grateful to you for helping me get to this stage. I was definitely surprised at how close I felt to the group, i.e. a group of complete strangers, even though the whole course was online. Although I would have preferred to take the course in person, I will certainly consider online courses in the future after this course.”Sarah (April 2021)
“I highly reccomend the workshop of Mindful-self Compassion for those who want to refresh their experience of a former class or discover the practice of self compassion. You will be lead to deep meditaitons of warm hearted trainers and have the possibility to chat with a conscious people.”Aline (01/2021)
„Despite the brevity of time this 6 week course was such a profound and helpful support. I am really positively surprised. It was possible to consolidate in this online program some short, benevolent and at the same time strengthening interventions that help me to navigate through difficult situations/emotions. Thank you so much Anja and Wiebke!“Tara (10/2020)
“I liked the fact that we received different tools to use in everyday life, and that we could learn different kinds of meditations so that at the end we had the possibility to choose what we like the most and what works best for us. I also liked the breaks in small groups because they gave us the possibility to get to know the other participants a bit better.”Anonymous (09/2020)
“Amazing workshop which trained me on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Great atmosphere, talented trainers and supporting hands-on exercises.“Anonym (April 2019)
“Highly recommended! Do yourself something good, take a lot home and enjoy a positive and encouraging atmosphere.“Sandra (04/2019)
“An inspiring, enlightening and motivating workshop, led with warmth, wisdom and openness. Thank you.“Sophie (04/2019)
“I had few expectations upon starting the MSC course, apart from hoping to learn about self-compassion, as I needed some. I’m so glad I followed my instincts: after just eight weeks I feel more positive, lighter and am kinder to myself and others. The course gave me tools to develop and maintain an appreciation of daily life, with all its ups and downs, and Anja and Wiebke created a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which I felt comfortable sharing my experiences with the group. I can heartily recommend doing this course with them!”Sophie (04/2017)
“It has been a great course and a wonderful experience! Anja and Wiebke created a warm atmosphere and managed in a very respectful way to stick consequently to the MSC program and never getting lost in ‘therapy sessions’. I learned a method and a way of being that will accompany me from now on. THANKS!”Sandra (03/2017)
“Anja and Wiebke took us on an inspiring 8-week journey to become more patient, caring and less critical with ourselves. I am happy that I have joined this program and still benefit from it every single day.”Stefanie B., 25, student (02/2017)
“At the MSC group I found support, Community, and practical tools to use on a daily basis. The tools, or Core Meditations have helped me to be in touch with my emotions, to give myself care and support, to be compassionate to myself in moments of difficulty, to soothe my heart and nervous system. I have a better relationship with my self, more patience for others, less stress, less negative internal monologue, and when it occurs I can meet it with kindness. I had been practicing various forms of mindfulness meditation but hadn’t learned to give my self much care. With Loving kindness practice I have begun to to speak to myself internally in a new way, and really see myself and my mind change, I have hope after years of uncertainty about whether it was possible to find more peace and joy in my life. It is a true gift that I can effect this change myself. Anja and Wiebke are very experienced practitioners of meditation, and also therapists – they are warm and kind. I felt safe to be vulnerable and and to explore difficult emotions and venture to try new practices. Practicing in a group is extremely rewarding. We have the opportunity to share our experiences of the practice and we are mirrors to each other. Reflecting our common fears, hopes, struggles and beautiful lessons. We learn that we are not alone in our experiences. The practice space itself is beautiful, cozy and well maintained, a perfect sanctuary from the busy day and mind. I highly recommend taking the time for yourself, join the next group! I found the experience so moving that I repeated the course, to solidify my practice.”
Shakrah Yves, 33, Software developer (02/2017)