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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

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Bethlehem Centre

2371 Arbot Road

Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9


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This 5-day training program offers a deep dive into Mindful Self-Compassion practice designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)​ is an evidence-based training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr Kristin Neff (PhD) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (psychologist), 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 wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness.

- Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need.

- Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone.

- Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease.

Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves.

It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption.

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.

After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

The MSC curriculum will be offered as:

– an introductory evening

– four full days of training

– a final morning of training and closing

Residential and commuter fee options are available and include meal packages

As the name suggests, an MSC intensive is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated practice allows you to immerse yourself more deeply in MSC and experience its transformative potential

What To Expect:

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion and practices in pairs or small groups. MSC is a workshop held in a retreat setting. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

We are including daily facilitated creative opportunities to support embodiment of the practices. The goal is to support participants in the creation of a personal set of Mindful Self-Compassion Cards to further take away on their journey and support their daily practice.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

This training course fulfills the pre-requisite for the internationally recognized MSC Teacher Training offered through The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion.


Victoria Pawlowski Certified MSC Teacher and Psychotherapist offering mindfulness based, compassion focused counselling and Mindful Self-Compassion Training to people who are struggling with stress, burnout, illness, trauma and grief. Victoria loves collaborating with others to create and hold space for healing and transformation.

Dr. Kristy Williams Trained MSC Teacher and Family Physician in Nanaimo enjoying community practice, hospital rounding, urgent care, palliative care, home visits and street medicine with people who are unsheltered/homeless. Kristy has been meditating for over 14 years and has trained in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, embodied leadership and mindful self-compassion.

Vicki McLeod Facilitator, Author, Certified Coach and Mindful Self-Compassion practitioner. Vicki blends creative tools including writing exercises, collage, visual metaphor, and art exploration into her holistic coaching practice to help clients anchor and embody core insights and concepts. Based on this unique approach she will offer daily creative exploration opportunities to enrich participants’ experience of the Mindful Self Compassion training.

Location: Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada.


Private Room Residential Program Fee includes MSC program, 5 nights private room accommodation and all meals inclusive from dinner on Sunday March 27, 2022 through to lunch on Friday April 1st.

$1700 CAD incl. taxes

Shared Room Residential Program Fee includes MSC program, 5 nights shared room accommodation and all meals inclusive from dinner on Sunday March 27, 2022 through to lunch on Friday April 1st.

$1575 CAD incl. taxes

Commuter Program Fee includes MSC program, day use of facilities and all meals inclusive from dinner on Sunday March 27th, 2022 through to lunch on Friday April 1st.

$1325 CAD incl. taxes

EARLY BIRD discount:

Register before December 31, 2021 and save $200 off your registration fee

Early Bird Residential Private Room $1500 CAD

Early Bird Residential Shared Room $1375 CAD

Early Bird Commuter Program $1125 CAD

Cancellation Fee

Full refund available for cancellations made 30 days prior to the start of the program less an administrative fee of $100 CAD. No refunds later than 30 days prior.

This event will adhere to the guidelines issued by the BC Public Health Authority related to Covid-19. Participants will require up-to-date vaccinations.

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Organizer Vicki McLeod

Organizer of Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Vicki McLeod is a writer, author, coach, consultant and an award-winning entrepreneur. She is an advocate for mindful business, everyday happiness and living a life rich with meaning. She has nearly three decades of experience working with individuals, businesses, civic government and community agencies designing and delivering strategic communications and marketing strategies. She is also a gifted process coach with three decades of experience in the human potential field. She offers corporate and personal coaching, consulting, training, workshops and retreats.  She is committed to building capacity for positive impact at home, at work or in the community.  In the past several years she trained and mentored nearly 200 businesses province-wide and coached and mentored leaders, executive teams, and individuals to take inspiration and turn it into strategy. She has held management positions in the arts, environmental and economic development sectors.

She is the author of Effective Communication at Work, Speaking and Writing Well in the Modern Workplace (Rockridge Press 2020), You and the Internet of Things, A practical guide to understanding and integrating the IoT into your daily life (Self-Counsel Press 2020), #Untrending, A Field Guide to Social Media That Matters, How to Post, Tweet, and Like Your Way to a More Meaningful Life (First Choice 2016) and co-author of Digital Legacy Plan, A Guide to the Personal and Practical Elements of Your Digital Life Before You Die (Self-Counsel Press 2019) and wrote a biweekly newspaper column on the intersection of digital and analog life. She is passionate about being fully human in a technical world and using technology wisely and well.

Her short memoir piece, Georgie, was recently longlisted for the CBC 2020 Nonfiction Prize and she is the winner of the BC-Yukon 2020 Flash Fiction prize for My People Came Down from the Mountains.

Vicki was honoured as the 2014 Business Leader of the Year in Maple Ridge B.C., Canada and was shortlisted by Small Business BC as one of the Top 5 Online Marketers in the province in 2013 and nominated by RBC Women of Influence as a Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014 and 2015.  She is the founder president of Main Street Communications Ltd.

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