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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 5 Day Intensive

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

Facilitated by Malcolm Huxter and Lisa Brown

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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.

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 (15/4/19) when we may finish a little later due to having an afternoon retreat and on Tuesday afternoon (16/4/19) 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 13/4/19  till Monday the 15/4/19 (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.

MSC workbook: as part of attending a MSC course, participants automatically receive MSC handouts. There is however, a newly published MSC workbook that can be purchased and used as a very helpful resource for the course. Malcolm has purchased a limited amount of workbooks that will be available at a discount rate of $35 per copy. An option for ordering a workbook is available below.  Otherwise, workbooks can be purchased independently at $45 through Footprints Bookshop:  link to Footprints Bookshop  

Fee for MSC course:

Early Bird (until 13/3/19),  3 Day-$400, 5 Day-$650

After 13/3/19, 3 day -$450, 5 Day-$690

(35% discount available for people who have previously attended a MSC course) 

About the Trainers:

Malcolm Huxter is a certified MSC teacher, a Lismore based clinical psychologist and meditation teacher. For more info about Malcolm go to:

Lisa Brown is a MSC teacher in training, a local Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and yoga teacher. For more info about Lisa go to:

For more information:

Contact Karen Plumbe course coordinator or phone 0416017372