When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.
– Kristen Neff
In order to obtain the full benefits of this program participants are encouraged to commit to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

Program Cost
$590 / person

Concessions available including for financial hardship, and payment plans also available

Dates for Mindful Self Compassion Program


Term 2, 2020

Tuesday evenings
6.30pm to 9.30pm

April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5th
May 12th

Half Day retreat, Sunday May 17th (9.30-12.30)

May 19th
May 26th
June 2nd 

Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with understanding, care and kindness.

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.

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 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.

There is a growing body of research that demonstrates 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. Read more about Dr. Kristen Neff and her self-compassion research here

After participating in our MSC group, you will learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to relate to difficult emotions with more ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • How to practice the art of gratitude and self-appreciation
  • How to practice core mindfulness and self-compassion skills in daily life
  • Manage carer fatigue – suitable for caregivers and health care professionals

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 different from therapy 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.
  • MSC is a journey that entails a variety of challenges. Compassion has the effect of soothing and comforting us as it paradoxically opens us to emotional discomfort. Suzanne and Jo are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. We welcome graduates of our previous MBSR courses, as MSC offers an extension to cultivating foundational mindfulness skills.


As part of the Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness Team, Suzanne Peyton and Jo Dunin are experienced mindfulness teachers offering Mindfulness Training programs for resilience and wellbeing within the healthcare sector, to professionals and recipients of health services.

Refund policy

If you withdraw from the course after week 1 you can obtain a refund less $50 admin fee.


Cancellations are possible five days prior to the commencement of a course or workshop, however a $25 processing fee applies in all cases.

If you are unable to complete the course due to serious illness or other crisis we are happy to review these circumstances and may provide a credit note so that you can enroll in a future course. Please email the teacher of your course as soon as you are aware that you cannot continue and your situation can be reviewed.


Courses occasionally run over school holidays and on public holidays. Please check your availability at these times.