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Mindful Self Compassion Course

MindfulCSUSM,  Human Resources and the Faculty Center are pleased to host a free eight week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course. This course is open to all CSUSM employees.

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 participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course in Spanish (offered by HR and Faculty Center):

The course takes place over eight Tuesday sessions (Feb. 18, 25; Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14) from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm with a full day silent retreat on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. We will be meeting in SBSB 4117. Please register at

As you consider registering for this course, please be aware of the following:

  • No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC and self-compassion can be learned by anyone.
  • It is important to attend all sessions of the course and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.
  • Compassion is a positive, energizing emotion. However, while learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may arise. MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone. To aid in this process, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.
  • 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.

After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able 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
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

Please register by emailing us at

If you have questions, you can contact Ranjeeta Basu