Mindful Self Compassion Intensive in Nature

Mindful Self Compassion Intensive in Nature

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Ecology Retreat Centre

308046 Hockley Road

Mono, ON L9W 6N2


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Discover your True Nature. If you are too hard on your self, learn the skills of befriending your own heart through MSC

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Is Mindful Self Compassion for you?

If you are too hard on yourself, learn the skills of befriending your own heart through the research supported mindful self compassion curriculum. This 5 Day Mindful Self Compassion Intensive in the beautiful natural environment of the Ecology Retreat Centre in Mono, Ontario outside Toronto is the full eight-session MSC curriculum experienced in an intensive format; this is six nights and five full days of training, with a psychologist and Certified MSC teacher who has completed additional MSC teacher training.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges. MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

As the name suggests, the MSC intensive in Nature is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion in the support of a beautiful natural environment. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated MSC practice allows you to become deeply involved in MSC and experience its transformative potential. Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness. This MSC Intensive is very special as there will be additional emphasis on nature connection and accessing the ecological Self Leadership that emerges from deep personal practice of mindfulness in nature.

Participants Will Learn:

To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. The 5-day intensive explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

MSC Training Modules Covered During this Intensive:

Session 1:  Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

Session 2:  Practicing Mindfulness

Session 3:  Practicing Loving-Kindness

Session 4:  Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

Session 5:  Living Deeply

Session 6:  Meeting Difficult Emotions

Session 7:  Exploring Challenging Relationships

Session 8:  Embracing Your Life

Who Should Attend:

All are welcome. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.


MSC Intensive in Nature with Dr Sogge will be July 7 to 13, 2022. We will begin by opening with our introductory session the evening of July 7 from 7-9pm and running with full sessions daily to July 13 at noon.

Your Teachers:

Dr Kimberly Sogge C.Psych. is a registered clinical health psychologist with a specialty in process based approaches including IFS, ACT, SE, mindfulness integrated and compassion focused therapies. She is a Senior Certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self Compassion (University of California San Diego) with over 16 years experience in committed mindfulness practice, including certification as a Professional Mindfulness Teacher from the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and training from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher multi-year training program.

Dr. Andre Vellino will be assisting Dr. Sogge and leading silent and nature-based practices to complement the Mindful Self Compassion practices taught by Dr. Sogge. Dr. Vellino is Associate Professor of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has practised mindfulness meditation for 30 years, in both the Buddhist tradition of the Thai Forest and the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh from whom he received the authority to teach in 2014. Andre has taught mindfulness to university professors, medical students and the general public and is a co-founder of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Other Details:

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Kimberly Sogge Ph.D., C.Psych. Clinical Psychologist of Ottawa River Psychology Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

All participants must be free of substance misuse.

If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.

Professional CEUs available. Approved for 30 hours CEUs from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

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