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Mindful Self-Compassion 5-Day Intensive

  • Casuarina Steiner School Gentle Street Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia (map)

For more information and to register:

An MSC Intensive with Mal Huxter & Lisa Brown

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 5-day intensive or less intensive 8 sessions  plus half day silent retreat, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.  MSC has been developed from the ground-breaking research of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. The three key components of mindful self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety depression and stress as well as the maintenance of healthy habits.

The next MSC course taught by Malcolm will be in Coffs Harbour NSW from 29th of September till 3rd of October 2018.  He will be assisted by Lisa Brown, MSC teacher in training, psychologist, yoga and MBSR teacher. 

This course will aim to teach participants to:

  • Practice self-compassion, mindfulness and loving kindness in daily life
  • Understand, experientially, the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate oneself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with ease
  • Transform destructive emotional patterns and challenging relationships
  • Approach difficult relationships with equanimity
  • Practice the art of self-appreciation

MSC is suitable for anyone who wishes to cultivate these skills. Professionals from health and education often attend MSC courses, as this training is helpful to prevent burnout and enhance wellbeing.

MSC sessions include meditation training and practice, short talks, experiential exercises, small and large group discussion, optional mindful-compassion movement and home practices. This MSC intensive will involve eight 2.5 to 3 hour training sessions and one 3-4 hour silent retreat focused completely on individual practice. The morning sessions are scheduled from 9.30am till 12.30pm and the afternoon sessions, for the most part, will be 2pm till 5pm. There may be exceptions on Monday afternoon (1/10/18) when we may finish a little later due to having a retreat and on Tuesday afternoon (2/10/18) when the afternoon will be scheduled as free time. Though participation in the whole intensive is recommended, it will be possible to attend just Saturday 29/9/18 till Monday the 1/10/18 (3 days) with an option to complete the course at a later date. In addition, even though it is not normally part of MSC, on this intensive Lisa will be offering an optional yoga session from 8.00am till 9.00am every morning over the five days of this MSC intensive.

(3 day weekend option available)


Early Bird until 7/9/18, 3 Day-$400, 5 Day-$650

After 7/9/18, 3 day -$450, 5 Day-$690

Download information sheet with more details here: MSC info sheet Coffs Harbour Oct 2018

Download flyer hereMindful Self Compassion October Flyer

About the Trainers:

Malcolm Huxter is MSC teacher certified and a clinical psychologist who has many years of experience teaching mindfulness and the meditational development of compassion and lovingkindness. A practicing psychologist for over 27 years he has been teaching professionals since 2001. Malcolm trained in MSC with Neff and Germer in the UK in 2014 and has facilitated MSC courses in London, Brisbane, Lismore, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. For more info about Malcolm go to:

Lisa Brown is a MSC teacher in training, Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and yoga teacher. She currently works in private practice in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction groups and Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. She completed the MSC 6-day teacher training course with Chris Germer and Steve Hickman in April 2017 in Australia. For more info about Lisa go to:


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information to Malcolm and Lisa, which will be read with complete confidentiality

For more information contact Karen Plumbe course coordinator or phone 0416017372

Earlier Event: September 7
UQ 2018 Compassion Symposium