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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training 2017

Dates: May 23, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Course Leader: Christine Braehler & Bal De Buitléar

Cost: £275 single room, £200 per person twin, £160 dorm. Course fee £380

Workshop Outline

The program is an intensive, weeklong version of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. Now being offered all over the world we are delighted to be able to offer this on wonderful Holy Isle.

We would like to invite you to consider how you typically react to difficulties in life—work stress, feeling rejected, physical problems, or financial hardship? As human beings, most of us instinctively, or typically, 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. But what might 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 and way of being 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. We have come by these habits honestly and are always doing the best we can.

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.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to goals such as enhance 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?

In this workshop, 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 explore 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

For more detailed information please feel free to contact us and to visit www.centerformsc.org


The cost for the retreat is £380. To book, please send an email to Bal at msc.onholyisle@gmail.com with your name, address, phone number and accommodation preference. Bal will then email you to discuss things further and send out more detailed information and booking form. We will be taking bookings on a simple first come, first served basis and we can only guarantee your place once the fee has been paid in full. We wish to make the MSC as accessible as possible so if you require help with payment we have scholarship places available and, with prior arrangement, the fee can be made in installments. The cost of the accommodation and full vegetarian board during the retreat (5 nights) is £275 for a single room, £200 for sharing a twin room and £160 for sharing a dormitory. This cost is paid directly to the Holy Isle Centre at the beginning of the retreat.

Inquiries & Bookings 

Please contact Bal De Buitléar for booking of course and accommodation at msc.onholyisle@gmail.com

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Dietary requirements

Our kitchen is run by a team of volunteers. Our aim is to offer delicious vegetarian food but regretfully we can only cater for dietary requirements arising from a diagnosed medical condition. 

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