Be Your Own Best Friend
Ballyvaloo Retreat and Conference Centre, County Wexford
Learn to use the core practices of compassion so that it is possible to love others without losing yourself
This intensive training offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the key practices of mindful self-compassion, based on the research and work of the founders Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.Learn how powerful and transformative mindful self-compassion is, while staying at relaxing accommodation beside the sea!
How do you reach out to a friend in trouble, who may have had a misfortune or is going through difficult times?
Most of us naturally feel compassion when a close friend is struggling and respond by offering support, a hug, a kind act, and kind words.
What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself whenever you needed it most or when you are experiencing difficulty?
If you are too hard on yourself, learn the skills of befriending your own heart through the research supported Mindful Self -Compassion curriculum.
“The training has softened my inner critic. ” TW
Mindful Self-Compassion is a combination of mindfulness, loving kindness, and compassion. All that’s required is a shift in attention —recognizing that you, too, are a worthy recipient of love, kindness and compassion.
“I found the MSC course extremely helpful in building my understanding and practice of self-compassion.” LG
Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease.
Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ours elves with encouragement, when we feel stressed, fail, or feel inadequate.
“MSC cradled a deep yet gentle exploration, with freedom to choose at all moments. MKA
Kindness has the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Kindness also helps us have a sense of being warm, soothed and nourished giving us a way to express care and respond to whatever challenges come along in life.
“Through this course, I felt really supported, accepted and unjudged by others. I honestly could say that I found many benefits for this course and I really loved it. I highly recommend it to others.” MD
Self-Compassion is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human – to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.
The good news is Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone as it is innate to all human beings and is more a ‘remembering’ of our capacity to repeatedly evoke goodwill towards ourselves especially when life is difficult and stressful, while cultivating the desire that all living beings be happy and free from suffering, including ourselves!
This 5 Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive is equivalent to the full eight-session MSC curriculum experienced in an intensive format, five full days of training, with a Certified MSC teacher who has completed additional MSC teacher training.
As the name suggests, the MSC intensive is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated practice allows you to become deeply involved in MSC and experience its transformative potential.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is based on research by Kristin Neff, integrated with the clinical perspective 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.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you might think.
About the MSC Teacher: Anne Kirwan
- Owner/Manager of Ashe House, Centre for MindBody Integration
- Certified Teacher, Mindful Self Compassion, UC San Diego CFM Mindfulness-Based Professional Institute and Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Bangor University
- Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
- Certified MBSR Teacher with the Institute for Mindfulness Approaches, Germany.
- Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (CSP) with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado
- Trained Teacher endorsed to teach Positive Neuroplasticity (PNT) developed by Dr Rick Hanson
MSC All Inclusive Fee:
Total fee €995.00 is inclusive of Tuition Fee AND Accommodation
Extended Early Bird Discount to July 9th 2023, € 925.00
Registration after July 9th 2023, € 995.00
Deposit € 200.00
Outstanding balance is required by July 28th 2023 (Balance of payment can be made in full or as two separate payments June/July by prior arrangement)
Our rate has no hidden extras and includes deposit, course tuition fee, and guided meditations, room and board in a single ensuite room from Sunday evening 3rd September to lunch on 8th September 2023.
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook is included in the course fee, as well as a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. Morning and afternoon coffee, tea and snacks are also included in the fee.
Registration and Payment Process:
To ensure the course matches your expectations, needs and abilities, we require you to first complete this confidential screening application form. Only the MSC teacher, Anne Kirwan, will view this information.
Once Anne has received the application form and confirmed your eligibility, you will receive a confirmation email together with an invoice from the course administrator, Maria Dominguez. Maria will also offer support with any practical questions. In case of course cancellation, course fee will be refunded.
Payment is always due before the start of the course. The last pay before date and other terms of payment will be stated in the confirmation email with the invoice.
Your participation is final when the invoice has been paid within the stated business term of payment. Not paying in time can lead to cancellation of your participation.