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with Lynne Dowson

8 sessions: Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:00pm: 2nd October – 27 November (no class on 13 November)
Plus a Practice Session: Saturday 2 November 10:30am – 1:30pm


An 8 week course plus a practice session which will enable you to: 

  • Develop better resilience in the face of life’s difficulties
  • Motivate yourself by developing a lasting sense of self-worth 
  • Create resources that will help you to meet your full potential

No previous experience is required, although those with previous knowledge of mindfulness will find the course a valuable extension of their existing practice and understanding. 


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an eight week training programme based on the groundbreaking research of leading American psychologists Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. MSC teaches the core principles and practices of self-compassion, enabling us to respond to difficult moments in our lives with kindness, care and understanding. Cultivating self-compassion can fundamentally change how we view ourselves. Research has shown that these techniques can improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges while supporting emotional wellbeing and healthy relationships. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.


The course will support you in directly experiencing self-compassion and in learning practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC is primarily a compassion training programme rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness remains one of the foundations of self-compassion. 

This nurturing programme uses a combination of self-compassion and mindfulness practices, experiential exercises, teaching and discussions. Some home practice is required each week. Handouts will be provided.

The MSC course includes eight weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings 6.15 – 8.45pm, beginning on 18 September 2019, followed by an additional practice session. Participants should plan to attend all the sessions. Certificates will be available at the end of the course, and for those wishing to continue studying, the course fulfils a key requisite for MSC teacher training.

Lynne is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. She has had a personal mindfulness practice since 2011 and is a great believer in the importance of self-compassion. She decided to train to teach MSC after completing the course herself. She has studied mindfulness both with Bangor University and with the Mindfulness Network. 

Cost: £180 (concessions available) for all 9 sessions and accompanying handouts. Please contact Lynne Dowson on 07500 367644 or lynne@serenityworks.co.uk to book or for further information.


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