Mindful Self Compassion 5 Day Intensive August 6-10, 2018

*30 hours CEUs from the Canadian Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy*

“Now I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast and shattered, it will reach you everywhere.” – Leonard Cohen

Mindful Self Compassion:

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.
What is a Mindful Self Compassion Intensive?

As the name suggests, the MSC intensive is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated practice allows you to become deeply involved in MSC and experience its transformative potential. The MSC Intensive consists of five full days of MSC training with a Certified MSC teacher who has completed additional MSC teacher training.

What Will I Learn?

In the experiential structure of the Mindful Self Compassion curriculum developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer, we learn what mindful self compassion is, the motivational power of self compassion, our barriers and resistance to self compassion, how to befriend our self–critic, how to develop self-compassion skills, and how to foster goodwill towards ourselves and others even in situations of conflict, difficulty and caregiver stress. The 5-day intensive also explores typical responses as difficulties arise in the intensive practice of mindful self compassion.


This MSC intensive will be led by Certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher, Dr. Kimberly Sogge C.Psych. a registered clinical psychologist in private practice in the region.  Dr. Sogge will be assisted by experienced mental health professional and mindfulness practitioner Sarah Housser, M.A. former director of the Toronto Mindfulness Clinic and private practice therapist specializing in interpersonal difficulties and trauma.

Who Can Attend

All are welcome.  This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

Anyone with or without mindfulness or mindful self compassion experience, healthcare professionals and lay people alike, can attend this program.  This training intends to be a nurturing, pleasurable, and potentially life-changing experience for all.

Mindful Self Compassion training may be particularly beneficial for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBCT/MBSR/MiCBT. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.

It should be noted that mindful self compassion training is not a substitute for psychotherapy, but may be a very helpful adjunct to personal coaching and psychotherapy.  Please confirm with your health care provider if you have any concerns.

For professionals, this program fulfills the pre-requisite for MSC teacher training. For healthcare professionals, registered psychotherapists and wellness professionals, this MSC Intensive has been approved for thirty (30) CE hours available through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.


This MSC Intensive is held in the beautiful Gatineau River corridor of Quebec (40 min from Canada’s capital of Ottawa, 6 hours North from New York and Boston). Course cost is in Canadian $ (US exchange = +/- 30% savings). We invite you to be held in the natural embrace of the northern boreal forest on unceded territories of the Algonquin Nation.


9am to 5pm Monday to Friday August 6-10, 2017


Early Bird Fee: $799 (prior to May 15, 2018)
Regular Fee: $950 (after May 15, 2018)
Fees includes daily vegetarian catered lunch, course handouts and guided meditations.
Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Kimberly Sogge Ph.D., C.Psych. Clinical Psychologist of Sogge & Associates Practice in Psychology. Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Lodging and Meals

There are many B&Bs and quaint inns in the area, as well as some lodging and camping facilities at Gaia Wellness Center. Intensive course fee includes a delicious catered vegetarian lunch daily. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, breakfasts and dinners.


  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
  • Professional CEUs may be available. (Application in process).

Recommended reading

Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
Christopher Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Click the link below to register for “Mindful Self Compassion 5 Day Intensive August 6-10, 2018”.


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