Summer 2022 Mindful Self Compassion Intensive in Nature

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

If  you are too hard on your self, learn the skills of befriending your own heart through the research supported mindful self compassion curriculum.

This 5 Day Mindful Self Compassion Intensive is  the full eight-session MSC curriculum can be experienced in an intensive format, five full days of training, with a Certified MSC teacher who has completed additional MSC teacher training.   As the name suggests, an 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. Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

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.

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.

Participants Will Learn

To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. The 5-day intensive explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

Mindful Self Compassion Curriculum

Over 6 nights and 5 days you will develop in the skills of Mindful Self Compassion in a supportive community guided by two experienced mindfulness teachers, one of whom is a registered clinical health psychologist and the other who is a lifelong teacher and lineage holder in the Plum Village Zen tradition.

Session 1:  Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

Session 2:  Practicing Mindfulness

Session 3:  Practicing Loving-Kindness

Session 4:  Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

Session 5:  Living Deeply

Session 6:  Meeting Difficult Emotions

Session 7:  Exploring Challenging Relationships

Session 8:  Embracing Your Life

Your Experienced Teachers

Dr Kimberly Sogge C.Psych. is a registered clinical health psychologist with a specialty in process based approaches including IFS, ACT, SE, mindfulness integrated and compassion focused therapies. She is a Senior Certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self Compassion (University of California San Diego) with over 16 years experience in committed mindfulness practice, including certification as a Professional Mindfulness Teacher from the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and training from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher multi-year training program.

Dr. Andre Vellino will be assisting Dr. Sogge in Mindful Self Compassion teaching sessions and will lead silent and nature-based practices to complement the Mindful Self Compassion curriculum taught by Dr. Sogge. Dr. Vellino is Associate Professor of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has practised mindfulness meditation for 30 years, in both the Buddhist tradition of the Thai Forest and the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh from whom he received the authority to teach in 2014. Andre has taught mindfulness to university professors, medical students and the general public and is a co-founder of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Who Should Attend

All are welcome. No prior meditation experience is required.  This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.


MSC Spring Intensive at the Ecology Retreat Centre in Mono, Ontario will take place from July 7 to 13, 2022

Opening session  July 7 from 7-9pm

Closing session  ends July 13 at noon.

Other Information

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Kimberly Sogge Ph.D., C.Psych. Clinical Psychologist of Ottawa River Psychology  Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

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 available.

Click the link below to register for “Summer 2022 Mindful Self Compassion Intensive in Nature”.


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