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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-Week Course

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Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1


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Journey into the heart of self-compassion, with the next 8-week

Mindful Self-Compassion course.

Join holistic therapist, Sarah Jarvis (MA, RCC), for 8-weeks of learning, practicing & integrating mindful self-compassion into daily life.​


When? 8 Monday evenings from April 20th - June 25th; 6:30-9pm
- PLUS a 1/2 day retreat on Saturday June 9th

Where? Empower Health Clinic, Vancouver, BC.
Cost? $375 early-bird price (before March 23rd); $450 regular price

How? To register please contact Sarah by phone or email.
Who? Anyone wanting to cultivate greater self-compassion, mindfulness, and self-love in their lives!

This course has limited space, so early registration is recommended to reserve your place.

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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable people to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

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.

This course is highly transformative. After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices in daily life

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Transform challenging relationships, both old and new

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

  • Understand the theory, research, and practice behind mindful self-compassion

  • Deepen an authentic and loving relationship with yourself

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.

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.

What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for you to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy 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.

It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, Sarah is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.75 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to 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.

It is recommended that participants read one or both of 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

Your Instructor

Sarah Jarvis, MA, RCC

Sarah is a passionate advocate and teacher of mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a holistic counsellor & psychotherapist, facilitator, yoga and meditation teacher, and certified Reiki master. Sarah has worked in the field of mental health and holistic healing for 9 years, and has 8 years of experience in leading meditation and mindfulness groups. She has worked in schools, social agencies for youth and adults, and spiritual health initiatives. She has her master's degree in counselling psychology from Simon Fraser University, where her graduate researche focused on women's lived experience of learning self-compassion. In her courses and workshops, Sarah cultivates space in which others can come to know the power of their own compassionate voice, presence, and gift.

The early-bird cost for this course is $375 (if paid before March 23rd, 2018) and $450 after.
Course payment can be made by cheque or e-transfer.

Please contact Sarah by phone or email to register for this course.

If you would like to speak with me to help discern whether this training is right for you or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch by phone or email.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

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