MSC training

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training in Sweden October 18-23, 2015

Five days with the creator of the MSC-program Christopher Germer, PhD together with Christine Brähler, PhD and assistant teachers Rebecka Bobst and Camilla Sköld, PhD.
Denna kurs har redan ägt rum.
”For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others,
first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion,
and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare.
Caring for others requires caring for oneself.”
                                                                                                      – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Christopher Germer

Watch a brief interview with MSC founder Christopher Germer, made by Agneta Lagercrantz.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, 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.

Kristin Neff

Watch an interview with MSC founder Kristin Neff, also by Agneta Lagercrantz.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood orwho 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. And it’s easier than you think.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported 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


What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.
MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2 1/2 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.
It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit


Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. Dr. Germer is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
Christine Brähler, PhD is a clinical psychologist who teaches the MSC program in Germany and other European countries. She maintains a private practice in Munich and is honorary lecturer at the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, UK. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has published the first randomized controlled trial of Compassion Focused Therapy as developed by Professor Paul Gilbert and researches the application of compassion-based interventions in people with complex and severe mental health problems. She has many years of mindfulness practice including training with Rob Nairn (Mindfulness Association, UK). www.selbstmitgefü

Assistant teachers

Rebecka Bobst is a psychosynthesis therapist in private practice, integrating mindfulness, cbt and ACT in her work. She teaches MSC in Stockholm. She is a teacher in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a therapist and group facilitator in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has developed a program based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that she has taught since 2008. She has many years of meditation practice including training in the Zen, Advaita and Theravada traditions. and
Camilla Sköld, PhD is a registered physiotherapist with a basic training in cognitive relational psychotherapy who is an international teacher trainer in Mindfulness based Stress Reduction, MBSR. She has just started teaching the MSC program in Stockholm. She is the founder of Center for Mindfulness Sweden and she initiated the first academic course in Mindfulness-based approach at the medical university, Karolinska Institutet, KI in 2007. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral at KI in Stockholm. Her doctoral degree is in neuroscience. She has many years of meditation practice that she started in the Zen tradition. Center for Mindfulness Sweden,

Facts about the MSC-training

Length of training: 5 days
Dates: October 18-23, 2015
Where: Stiftsgården Vårdnäs in Brokind, Östergötland
Course fee: 9.900 SEK + VAT
Food & lodging: single room 6316 SEK + VAT, double room 5035 SEK + VAT and 4-6 people in a room 4687 SEK + VAT.