Mar 11, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
Jul 18, 2020 - Jul 22, 2020
Sep 26, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
We are offering the following:
The aim is to support those who wish to cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion in their personal and work life to ease stress and promote well-being.
Mindfulness means paying attention in the here-and-now, so we can develop an awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. Self-Compassion means that we attend to ourselves with kindness and care, wanting what is in our best interest in the long term to strengthen and empower ourselves. When we add self-compassion to mindfulness we greatly increase the power of transformation and our capacity for happiness.
Mindful Self-Compassion involves acceptance of ourselves; meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging or criticizing ourselves or seeking the “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. By practising being in the present, we are not at the mercy of our harsh inner critic or of our wandering mind that is rehashing the unpleasant past or worrying about the future. We are more able to learn from the past to create a better future.
In the early stages of the practice, you become more able to recognize triggers or influences around you and opt out of the auto-pilot mode, so you can break unhelpful habits and cravings; thus becoming freer, to find your own meaningful way to live. As you become more experienced, you become more discerning and able to redirect your mind in ways where you can problem solve more effectively and enjoy life better.
Mindfulness is easy and simple. We just need to remember to do it. We can increase mindfulness and self-compassion by meditating and practising yoga, but also in everyday activities by simply paying more attention in a specific way, while walking, driving, brushing our teeth or having a shower.
Mindfulness was initially introduced to the Western World by Jon Kabat-Zinn who the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and more recently of self-compassion. Numerous modified programs are targeting schools, prisons, hospitals, business, corporate sectors and beyond. More recently, in 2010 Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff designed a Mindful Self-Compassion program to integrate the most recent neuroscience research findings.
Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program 36 years ago to treat the chronically ill. Since then Mindfulness has revolutionized behavioural medicine and psychology. On the other hand, the Mindful Self-Compassion(MSC) program was co-created more recently, 2012 by Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer following years of studying, researching and teaching mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion. Mindful Self-Compassion is a skill-based training program similar in format to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) focusing on the practice of mindfulness but also on the key aspect of how we meet our stresses and struggles.
The Mindful Self-Compassion program aims to integrate the last 30 years of research and clinical work in mindfulness and self-compassion including various concepts/strategies from MBSR, MBCT, DBT, ACT and Positive Psychology. The Mindful Self-Compassion training program incorporates principles and practices that are taught in MBSR on mindfulness but more specifically teach additional practices to improve on how we relate to ourselves to find ways to calm and soothe ourselves in times of stress. Mindful Self-Compassion introduces new practices, specifically aiming at reducing self-criticism, managing difficult emotions (emotional regulation), promoting resilience and self-care, raising motivation and confidence, developing positive relationships with the self and others as well as increasing well-being and positive emotions. It also introduces new meditations such as "affectionate breathing", "giving and receiving compassion", "compassionate friend", "loving kindness for ourselves", "soft-soothe-allow", "compassionate walking" and others.
Numerous studies have shown that practising mindfulness and self-compassion, even for just a few minutes per day for a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, cognitive and social benefits.
Here are some of these benefits in many various settings:
Mindfulness, Meditation and Self-Compassion training is for everyone from all walks of life, young or old, who wants to be more aware, to act more consciously, to live more deeply, to cultivate a more compassionate self.
What to Expect
The emphasis on Mindful Self-Compassion training is on learning mindfulness and self-compassion practices to build emotional resources. We become stronger as we develop the capacity to be with our difficulties and with ourselves, in a mindful compassionate way enabling us to deal more effectively with challenges. During the Mindful Self-Compassion Classes, the goal is for participants to directly experience and learn practices that evoke mindfulness and self-compassion that they can practice in their daily activities to transform their lives. The program was developed by Chris Germer and Kristen Neff based on the MBSR and MBCT adding the element of self-compassion based on the latest neuroscience research findings.
During the program, you will learn formal and informal practices which means ways to practice mindfulness and self-compassion throughout your day for a minute or so at the time as well as the more formal mindfulness meditation which require 15-20 minutes of dedicated time.
To assist in your learning you will be provided with a manual handout and mp3 downloads to support your home practices.
Who is it for
Anybody can attend this Mindful Self-Compassion course. This program was initially designed for everyone, however, the program has been very popular among parents as well as professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses, medical practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, school teachers, coaches, mindfulness/yoga teachers, counsellors, as well as public servants/defence personnel.
Meditation or mindfulness previous experience is not necessary to participate in this training program.
Health Professionals can also attend this course and the hours will count toward their Continuing Professional Development(CPD). This Mindful Self-Compassion training course is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers(AASW) and is promoted in the Australian Psychologist Association(APS) on the calendar of events. A certificate providing the number of hours of CPD attended will be provided for professionals requiring evidence of professional development certificates(CPD) (i.e. nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, doctors, teachers etc.).
Training Program Content
The training program includes 8 weeks of weekly classes plus free attendance to a full day or a half-day mindfulness retreat. We also provide intensive in Mindful Self-Compassion over 4 or 4.5 days workshops.
Each class in the course consist of:
Various new mindfulness guided meditations are also presented such as "affectionate breathing", "loving kindness", "compassionate friend", "giving and receiving compassion", "compassionate mindful walking" and many others.
In the training program, we will explore the following: Definition of Self-Compassion, new research and practices in Mindfulness, Loving-Kindness, compassionate voice, reduction of inner criticisms, core values, ways to manage difficult emotions, challenging relationships, forgiveness and self-forgiveness, self-care and re-wire the brain for greater happiness and flourishing.
What Mindful Self-Compassion program is not:
The Mindful Self-Compassion training program is not group therapy, although participants can share their experiences on the path of mindful self-compassion which can be very healing. The emphasis of the training program is on skill building to enhance emotional resources and personal capacities. Mindful Self-Compassion is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatments.
The Mindful Self-Compassion training course is an adventure in self-discovery and personal growth. During each class, we can open up to our struggles in a way that is soothing and comforting to uncover our inner strengths. The group comes together to provide a safe, supportive, confidential environment to develop compassion for ourselves and for others.
This course teaches skills and strategies to build emotional resources and does not provide "therapy" as such.
If you are on a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) from your GP, you should consult with your health professional to assess the suitability of this course for you. If you are on a Mental Health Treatment Plan, it is also strongly advised that you are under the care of health professionals to provide you with appropriate individual treatment while attending the Mindful Self-Compassion course. The Mindful Self-Compassion course is an educational group program to build emotional resources and does not replace individual medical or psychological treatments.
Continued Professional Development Certificate (CPD)
We will issue a Continued Professional Development (CPD) certificate of attendance to participants who have attended 6 or more sessions of the 8-week program or for 75% or more of the workshop.
If you are missing some session in your current program you can inquire with us about how you can make up for the missing sessions by attending another program at a later date.
Scholarships for students and income-based reduction fees
MindfulPath is committed to offering mindfulness and self-compassion training programs, courses, retreats and workshops at an affordable price in the Gold Coast, Canberra and Sydney in Australia.
We believe that mindful self-compassion benefits everyone. Therefore, we would like to make the course available to everyone. We don't want finances to be an obstacle to your participation in this program. We are open to discuss income-based reduction fees. We also provide a limited number of Scholarships for students in health and medical professions. If you wish to discuss this further with us, please contact us via email.
Repeating the program
If you wish to do the program again to consolidate your journey in mindful self-compassion (had previously done MSC with us), please contact us, and we will give you a 25% discount on the second registration fee.
Bringing a friend or your partner along.
Doing the 8-week course or workshop with someone you know has added benefits, since you can support each other in your journey in self-compassion. Therefore, If you and a friend(s), relative or your partner wish to join one of our training workshop or course, we will give you a 25% discount on the second registration. Please contact us for more information.
-Cancellations received up to or before 2 weeks (10 working days) before the event – the full payment will be fully refunded.
-Cancellations received up to 10 working days before the event – 50% of the payment of the workshop/course will be refunded or you will be able to attend a future workshop of your choice.
-Request after registration, for a transfer to a later workshop, received 10 working days or more before the event will be accepted and no fees charged.
-Cancellations received 10 working days or less before the event – sorry, there will be no refund however, you will be able to attend a future workshop plus $50 in administrative fees.
-If you are missing some sessions in the current 8-week program, you can inquire about how you can make up for the missing sessions by attending another program at a later date for a minimal fee.