MSC Teacher Training Intensive

Train to teach Mindful Self-Compassion with guidance from Christopher Germer, one of its co-developers.

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 others, 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 warmhearted, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

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 inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

Who Should Attend
This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MSC program, those who would like to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their ongoing professional activities (i.e., psychotherapy, coaching, nursing, teaching, etc.), and individuals who have a professional interest in the field (i.e., researchers, administrators, etc.).


  • Established daily mindfulness practice of at least two years.
  • Ongoing, daily, sitting meditation practice
  • Ongoing practice of loving-kindness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Attendance in at least one 5-day silent teacher-led residential meditation retreat of any kind, at a location of your choosing.
  • Experience teaching meditation in groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or in clinical settings
  • Previous participation in a Mindful Self-Compassion personal program (8-week or 5-day Intensive) at least 6 months beforehand. Two-day Core Skills Workshops, Online MSC and shorter workshops do not satisfy this requirement.

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Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been approved to attend this MSC Teacher Training, please check above to see if you meet the prerequisites. If you do, please apply now and wait to hear back before registering. If you’re not sure, please note any questions you have in the application.

Timing: 45 hours over six days

Fee: Varies based on your choice of accommodation, starting at $2,475 (as a charity, we do not charge HST). Until Feb 24, 2018 it is possible to apply for a partial scholarship. See below.
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Upcoming Courses

6-Day MSC Teacher Training Intensive (FULL – waitlist) 18-340-01

Start: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Facilitator(s): Christopher Germer & Michelle Becker & Dawn MacDonald

6-Day MSC Teacher Training Intensive 19-340-01

Start: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Facilitator(s): TBD