Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Course

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a research-based training program designed to help participants cultivate the life-changing skill of self-compassion.

Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Dr. Chris Germer, MSC offers skills and practices to help you respond to life’s difficulties with greater awareness, care, and understanding.

What is self-compassion?

Kristin Neff defines self-compassion by three core elements: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.

Self-kindness is giving ourselves what we need and tapping into the natural warmth and wisdom of our own hearts.
Common humanity is the recognition that suffering is a natural experience of being human and that our challenging moments connect us to the larger whole.
Mindfulness is noticing what we are feeling and what is happening here and now so we can respond with greater clarity, acceptance, and ease.
With all three components, we can embody a self-compassionate way of being.

Watch a short video of Dr. Kristin Neff explaining benefits of the common humanity component.

Why sign up?

If you are a human being who has ever experienced stress, pain, loss, or sorrow or who wants to experience more joy, connection, peace, and inspiration, this course is for you.

Self-compassion is a profound and life-changing way to respond to hardships that not only reduces discomfort but also enriches life satisfaction and wellbeing.

In fact, an expansive body of research provides strong evidence that self-compassion consistently:

  • decreases anxiety
  • decreases depression and stress
  • increases happiness, optimism, motivation, and resilience

Even more, self-compassion is related to enhanced interpersonal relationships, positive body image, and increased health behaviors.
In hundreds of studies, researchers find self-compassion to be a source of mental and emotional strength that gives people the skills to meet life with greater courage, wisdom, and wholehearted integrity.

Self-compassion is a way of being that benefits not only you, but also all of those with whom you interact. Come find out for yourself how self-compassion can change your life!

What can I expect from the program?

Program activities include:

  • discussion of topics
  • experiential exercises
  • guided meditations (no previous experience necessary)
  • small group interaction
  • home practices

Handouts will be provided to support your self-compassion practice between sessions.

For more information about MSC and the work on self-compassion:

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC): centerformsc.org/learn-msc
Dr. Kristin Neff’s website: selfcompassion.org
Dr. Chris Germer’s website: chrisgermer.com


September 30*
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
+4 hour local retreat on Saturday, October 27th from 9 – 1pm.

Each class runs 2.5 hours from 1 – 3:30pm on Sundays.
*The first class on September 30 will be 3 hours from 1 – 4pm.


Be Well Austin, 1906 W Koenig Ln., Austin Tx


Marissa Knox is a PhD candidate at UT Austin studying self-compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff. She is currently working on intervention research teaching self-compassion to healthcare professionals and teachers. Marissa is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher, Embody Love Movement facilitator, and Level 1 iRest® yoga nidra teacher.

Rev. Krista Gregory, M.Div., BCC is the Founder and Director of the Center for Resiliency at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.  The Center focuses on the needs of healthcare practitioners, including medical students and residents, in maintaining their humanity in a highly stressful, trauma-filled environment.  She has been a Board Certified Pediatric Hospital Chaplain for over 25 years, working with children and families in crisis.

The Full 8 Week Course Cost (a total of 24 classroom hours):


Space is limited. Registration closes September 23rd.

To Register For The 8 Week Course:


1) Fill out this form
2) Purchase the course via *Paypal by click button below.

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*There are added fees when paying online. If you wish to secure your spot in this course but avoid fees you may mail Marissa a check at least one week before the class start date. Please email Marissa if you wish to pay by check.
If you need a payment plan, we suggest using PayPal credit.

Scholarships are also available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form. *UPDATE: The Fall MSC course currently has no more available scholarships.* Please email Marissa to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about cost and payment.

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