Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Dec 6 - 11, 2020

Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warmhearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience that allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, care for others and be more fully ourselves. Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being; lower levels of anxiety and depression; healthy habits such as diet and exercise; and more satisfying personal relationships.

Fortunately, self-compassion is a skill that can be cultivated by anyone. During this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage compassion fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to others

This workshop is an intensive training program rather than a retreat. It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness — supported by the beautiful Esalen campus. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher.

Recommended reading: Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself; Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; Neff and Germer, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.

Additional tuition $525 per person, added to the workshop cost.

CE credit for nurses; see faculty.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs; see faculty.

CE credit for psychologists; see faculty.


Rising Strong™ Workshop

Sep 11 - 13, 2020

Rising Strong™ Workshop is based on the latest groundbreaking research of best-selling author Brené Brown and led by San Francisco therapists and certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong facilitators Michelle Gannon, PhD, and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW. This workshop is ideal for anyone interested in personal growth and wholehearted living.

When we take personal and professional risks in our lives, we will inevitably fall and experience disappointment, hurt, failures and heartbreaks. Rising Strong Workshop helps anyone dealing with a life transition, personal or professional setback, or disappointment get back up with more courage, creativity and connection. The experience is about learning positive practical tools and strategies to live a more authentic, empowered, self-compassionate and brave life.

This is a safe, supportive, nurturing, positive, fun and empowering experience. It includes exploration, experiential exercise, videos, guided journal writing, creativity through arts and crafts, music, movement, stories and play.

Recommended reading: Brown, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and Gifts of Imperfection

(A $15 materials fee will be added to the workshop cost.)

CE credit for MFT/LCSW/LPCC/LEP, see leader.

CE credit for Nurses, see leader.

CE credit for Psychologists, see leader.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

Oct 11 - 16, 2020

Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine and society — to alleviate human suffering and also to nurture psychological health and wellness. This body of work offers a fresh perspective on psychological suffering and powerful clinical strategies that support meaningful life changes. In this workshop for mental health professionals, you will learn about one particular approach and set of evidence-based practices called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT balances mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change in the service of living a more vital life.

Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and practical experiential exercises, you will learn new ways to help your clients grow and live meaningfully without first having to defeat or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. This work can be challenging for both therapists and clients because it calls on each to stand in difficult places and open up to that difficulty, both personally and professionally. You are encouraged to engage the material at a personal level, as it applies to your own life and also in the context of your mental health work. Mental health professionals, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, are invited to attend. Familiarity with ACT is not required.

Recommended reading: Forsyth and Eifert, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition; Harris, ACT Made Simple, Second Edition.

(A $75 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost.)

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. CE for nurses. CE for psychologists; see leader.