What is Self-Compassion?


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically - supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. 

Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. At Wen Zen Wellness, our program is intended to develop the innate ability to cultivate the experiences of mindfulness and self-compassion to transform yourself so you can enjoy all the moments of your life more fully. We can help you do just that. For journal articles and citations on the many benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion practice you may visit this page. 

After participating in this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life.
  • Understand the benefits of self-compassion.
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease.
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new.
  • Manage caregiver fatigue.
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation.


Program Structure and Commitment

The MSC Program Consists Of:

  • Orientation (required for enrollment, no charge)
  • Eight weekly classes, 2 1/2 hours each (26 hours direct instruction)
  •  Silent Day Retreat (between classes 5 and 6)
  • Daily home practice assignments 


Program Cost

The program fee for a Mindful Self-Compassion group class is $500.00.

To get the best benefits from the program a commitment to attend all classes and daily home practice for up to 1/2 hour per day is suggested.