Available September 9, 2024

Mindful Self-Compassion for Burnout: Tools to Help You Heal and Recharge When You’re Wrung Out by Stress

5 Day In-Person Teacher Training Course

September 28 – October 4, 2024 w/ Lisa Baylis

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Intensive

October 15 – 20, 2024 in The Netherlands (Elspeet)
with Chris Germer & Mila de Koning

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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.

Mindfulness & Compassion in Psychotherapy

A powerful combination that allow us to live our lives more fully and happily.


Books, articles and other publications.

Upcoming Workshops

Join clinical psychologist and codeveloper of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, Chris Germer, at one of his many upcoming online or in-person workshops.

september 2024

04sepAll Day06Introduction to Self-Compassion for Shame w/Carolina Valez (TBA)

21sep10:00 am4:30 pmSelf-Compassion and Burnout, Brighton UK

28sepAll DayMindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training w/Chris Germer and team (TBA)


Feel free to download the following meditations for your personal use. They are intended to guide you through the first phase of mindful self-compassion training. The meditations are primarily instructional in nature and briefer than most meditation sessions. Please use the downloads until you understand the practices and can practice on your own.

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

Developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.

MSC 8-Week Course (In person)

MSC is offered once a week for eight week and includes a half-day silent retreat.
Find a course in your area.

Live Online MSC

This 8-week MSC course contains the same content and has the same learning objectives as the in-person course, however we offer it online to increase access to those who live in areas where an in-person MSC is not offered.
Learn more about LOMSC.

MSC Intensive Course
This format usually consists of an introductory evening, four full days of training, and a final morning of training and closing. Concentrated practice allows you to immerse yourself more deeply in MSC and experience its transformative potential.
Find an Intensive.
2-Day Core Skills Workshop

This workshop is an in-depth opportunity for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive 2-day format.
Find a Workshop.

MSC Teacher Training

This 6-day, residential program is facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. Half of the training is a condensed, experiential review of the MSC program, integrating short talks, meditation, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence. The other half of the program focuses on how to teach the core themes and skills of each session in simulated, guided, small groups. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach the 8-week form of MSC.
Find a Teacher Training.

About Me

Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff in 2010 and MSC has since been taught to over 250,000 people worldwide. They co-authored two books on MSC, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion.  He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr. Germer maintains a small, online, private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.

Books, articles, and other publications

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being.

Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals

The authoritative guide to conducting the Mindful Self-Compassion program and integrating MSC into professional activities.

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Learn how to be kind to yourself when you need it the most.

Start your self-compassion journey!

For questions about MSC programs or MSC Teacher Training,
please send your inquiry directly the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.