Fall 2022 Mindful Self-Compassion

Tuesday, 9 August 2022 3:00 PM - Tuesday, 27 September 2022 5:00 PM EDT

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Tuesday, 9 August 2022 3:00 PM - Tuesday, 27 September 2022 5:00 PM EDT

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) - with optional Heart Rate Variability

Learn to be less self-critical and treat yourself with kindness

Open to all, no prior mindfulness experience is necessary. 8 week course starts August 9 and takes place every Wednesday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm ET with the last class on September 27, 2022. There is also an "at-home retreat" day on Saturday, September 10 from 1pm to 3pm ET. Read further below for possible discounts and scholarships.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well-being. Click here to view an overview of the themes explored over the 8 weeks and learning objectives and outcomes. MSC is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion, co-developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, a CMC senior advisor. We welcome you to explore Mindful Self-Compassion tools and resources, including guided meditation and a course overview, through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) website. For the first time, we will bring together two scientifically validated trainings in one 8-week program so you can start the year getting more benefits from our Programs. If you enroll in our February Mindfulness and Self Compassion (MSC) course, you will have the choice to include the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) biofeedback in the training. This means you will be able to maximize the benefits of the MSC curriculum and quantify your progress in a measurable way. To learn more about HRV and its benefits, visit our FAQs page.

Participant Testimonials

“MSC helped me to welcome, soften, and let go of my inner critic. Practicing Self Compassion has changed my life.” “MSC supported me, for the first time in my life, to have the courage to really see myself as I am, without a mask, the guard of my inner critic, or a fake outer smile.”

Why Mindful Self-Compassion?

- Learn the science and components of self-compassion
- Practice self-compassion to live in alignment with your values
- Gain tools to manage difficult emotions with greater ease
- Build emotional strength for dealing with daily stresses
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

Why Include HRV Training?

- Improve physiological self-regulation
- Strengthen the ability of your nervious system to experience self-compassion
- Utilize reliable data to assess your progress

Scientific research shows that HRV is strongly tied to self-compassion. Participation in the HRV component of this training is optional. For those that are interested, there is no need to wait. Go to OptimalHrv.com to learn more. HRV training is provided in partnership with OptimalHRV and Dr. Inna Khazan. Questions? Visit our FAQs page. This program is designed for the general public: no meditation experience required. Participants will complete a background form and connect with instructors.

Discounts and Scholarships

From the generosity of our community, a limited number of scholarships and discounts are available. Please fill out the scholarship application form or contact us first for a discount code before registering. Need-Based Scholarships - please fill out the scholarship application here: chacmc.org/scholarship. Friends/family $100 off discount - contact cmc@challiance.org to learn more. 50% Discounts available for CHA Staff and Patients not enrolled in the CHAMindWell program - contact us at cmc@challiance.org to learn more. Full scholarships for eligible CHA staff and patients enrolled in the CHAMindWell program. A limited number of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Discount Scholarships are available at a reduced rate of $100 (This is $550 off the regular rate of $650). Complete the application at chacmc.org/bipoc-scholarship before registering. We will get back to you about the status of your scholarship request.

Refund Policy

Full refund will be issued, minus $100 processing fee, for cancellation made up to two weeks before the start date of the training or course. A 50% refund will be issued for cancellation in the period between two weeks and two working days before the start of the training or course. No refund is available if cancellation is within 2 working days before the start of the course or training or once program training materials are received.




Center for Mindfulness and Compassion - Cambridge Health Alliance


The Center for Mindfulness & Compassion is part of the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. Our mission is to enhance health and well-being by integrating mindfulness and compassion into healthcare and our communities with a commitment to inclusivity, accessibility, and diversity. Mindfulness and compassion are basic human capacities that support health and well-being. CMC is an organization grounded in current scientific understanding of mindfulness and compassion, and the promotion of empirically-supported theory and practice.CMC is committed to using mindfulness and compassion to foster an inclusive and caring community that ensures access on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity/culture, gender, sexuality, language, economic status, mental and physical ability, and literacy, recognizing that these often intersect.

Contact the Organizer

Lisa Kim
Center for Mindfulness & Compassion

Lisa Kim, MA, directs programs and community engagement for the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher. She teaches 8-week MSC courses, 6-week Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) courses, as well as the 8-week Mindfulness Training for Living Well (MTLW) course developed at CMC. Lisa is committed to personal development and well-being and is on a path of personal inquiry about what it means to be well. She has lived and traveled abroad and brings heart and commitment to connection to her role. Lisa is also a certified yoga instructor and earned a certificate on health and nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Prior to joining the Center, Lisa was most recently Director of Programs and Engagement for the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), Director of Eastern Region for the National Teen Leadership Program(NTLP), and an English Instructor at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. She also worked in community relations at WGBH and conference coordination and circulation management at Pegasus Communications, Inc. Lisa earned her Master's in English with a concentration in creative writing. She is deeply inspired by the work of CMC and is excited to be part of such a committed, heartful team. Lisa spends much of her free time out in nature - swimming, running, hiking…


About Lisa Kim

Center for Mindfulness & Compassion
Susie Fairchild
Center for Mindfulness & Compassion

Susie Fairchild, MA is a psychotherapist and meditation facilitator in private practice in the Boston area and western suburbs. Susan is on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as a Section Leader for its Certificate Program. In addition her work at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Susie also teaches MSC to veterans at the Providence VA. Susan is a trained teacher for Mindful Self-Compassion through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. She also serves as a Regional Ambassador for The Yellow Tulip Project (a nonprofit dedicated to reducing mental health stigma).


About Susie Fairchild

Center for Mindfulness & Compassion