• Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

    Transform Your Life with Loving and Fierce Compassion


    Sarah Westbrook & Kara Taormina

  • Class Details


    The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) is a 6-week course designed to cultivate your self-compassion skills. This course is a great option for those who are short on time and cannot engage in the longer 3-hour weekly class.
    MSC was developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. 
    The class meets once a week, for 1.5 hours each week. Program activities include self-compassion meditations, brief talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices, all in a supportive environment.

    Dates for class:

    Thursdays, from February 3, 2022 to March 10, 2022


    Where: Online via Zoom


    Time: 4:30-6 pm PT / 7:30-9 pm ET

  • Cultivate Calm and Resilience Through Self-Compassion


  • Benefits

    In MSC training you'll learn to:

    • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in your daily life
    • Gain a new perspective on stressful situations
    • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • Manage caregiver fatigue
    • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
    • Become your own best teacher
    This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!
    MSC is a useful tool in mental health settings. Mental health professionals and clients can use these skills to promote emotional regulation and self-advocacy. 

    In this program, you will learn:

    • Self compassion as a skill that can help you to meet life's difficulties with more wisdom and kindness.
    • How to offer yourself the compassion you would naturally extend to a dear friend or stranger.
    • A courageous attitude of mind that will give you emotional stability and resilience to be more fully present with uncertainty so that you can recover from life's difficulties and move on with more ease and confidence.


    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. All that is required is a shift in the direction of your attention--recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.


    From the New York Times:


    "The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic.


    This idea does seem at odds with the advice dispensed by many doctors and self-help books, which suggest that willpower and self-discipline are the the keys to better health. But Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the field, says self-compassion is not to be confused with self-indulgence or lower standards.


    "I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren't more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they'll become self-indulgent," said Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. "They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be."


    Read more at this link.

    What To Expect

    The MSC program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing our emotional distress as well as opening us to the pain that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, some difficult emotions are likely to surface during the program as we grow in our capacity to embrace and heal them. MSC teachers are committed to providing an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to developing compassion for oneself and others.


    MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new.

  • Register for the class

    Click the Buy Now button. Then input your registration fee from the options below. After registration, we will contact you via email so you can fill out the class information form.

    General Fee: $250

    Sliding Scale: $150

    The sliding scale option is warmly encouraged for mental health workers, teachers, students, young adults, people who are retired, and anyone who feels this is the right amount for them.

    *If the Buy Now button is not appearing above, please contact ktaormina4@gmail.com for help registering.

  • Start Your Self-Compassion Journey

    “A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

    — Chris Germer

  • Sarah Westbrook

    Sarah is a native of Pennsylvania, and she has worked at a nonprofit literacy program, a shelter for families, and a policy research organization. She is a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and teaches the 8-week and 6-week course online. Thanks to MSC, Sarah has learned to become a better friend to herself, and to have more understanding for her tricky human brain. Sarah loves to write fiction, bake tasty treats, dance, and spend time with loved ones.

    Kara Taormina

    Kara lives in the Reno/Tahoe area and has worked as an educator teaching children and adults for over 30 years. She has taught elementary students mindfulness practices and has led mindfulness meditations through the community mindfulness center in Reno. Currently, she is teaching international students at Truckee Meadows Community College. She was completely inspired by the Mindful Self-Compassion program because she found it to be a valuable resource program that taps into the inner wise self. So, she completed the MSC Teacher Training and is now teaching MSC online nationwide. During her free time, Kara enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking in the beautiful forests of Lake Tahoe!