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Mindful Self-Compassion Class


8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Dates and Times: TBD


Teachers: Monica Gelinas 


Location: TBD


Fee: $500 for 8-week class, including booklet of practices

Retreat: Half-Day Retreat Included (Saturday, October 19)


A limited number of partial scholarships are available; please inquire.

This is also available for non-profits.

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.


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.


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.


An expansive body of research provides strong evidence that self-compassion is associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, satisfying personal relationships and greater happiness, optimism, motivation, and resilience.

After participating in the course, you'll be equipped to: 

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life 

  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism 

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease 

  • Transfer challenging relationships, old and new 

  • Manage caregiver fatigue 

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

The goal of the 8-week course is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.


Program activities include:

  • Discussion of topics

  • Experiential exercises

  • Guided meditations (no previous experience necessary)

  • Small group interaction

  • Home practices


Participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.


We recommend that participants read one or both of the following books before or during the program:


Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

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


Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Dr. Kristin Neff’s website

Dr. Chris Germer’s website


Monica Gelinas is a refreshing voice in the field of positive psychology. She is the founder of New Season New Vision life coaching, a speaker, author, and certified practitioner in positive psychology, integrating self-compassion tools for her clients as well as her own personal well-being. 


Diane Rane Jones has been practicing meditation for many years. Integrating self-compassion into her practice has been a life-changing experience and she can’t wait to share it with you. Diane currently works as an Educator for Girls with Grit, an Austin-based organization working with teens to prevent sex trafficking through education.

1) Fill out the required MSC Participant Background Survey 

2) Pay via Paypal or Venmo (@Monica-Gelinas)

Please contact Diane Jones (dianeranejones@gmail.com) with any questions.