Mindful Self-Compassion


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported 8-session program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

MSC is 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.



Attending the MSC program can assist in transforming your relationship with yourself through the notion of ‘attending and befriending’. This is quite a different approach than the usual one taken in our busy lives of the ‘subtle aggression of self-improvement' (Bob Sharples). The formal and informal practices taught in the MSC program are intended as a way of developing a mindful, warm and kind friendliness to one’s self.

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 in those difficult times. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone, and we understand the fact that being human means making mistakes and having our glitches. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can get a wider / clearer picture of our experience, thus learning to accept it with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Here is a video of one of the co-creators of MSC Dr Chris Germer explaining session-1 of the program


Chris Germer on Mindful Self-Compassion

These programs are open to adults of any age.
The 8-week involves 1 x 3-hour session over 8-consecutive weeks, allowing time between each session to put the new skills and practices into use in your everyday life.


MSC can be experienced in an intensive format, with the 8-sessions occurring over consecutive days including the extra retreat session. The group deeply connects and the immersion itself can deepen understanding.


The MSC intensive follows the same format and content as the 8-week program.
Due to work or family commitments the intensive training may work better for some, it allows participants to fully immerse themselves in MSC. There are options of retreat style residential MSC intensives or non-residential. For 2020 we are currently offering one in April and July.


Thoughts from Tina...

"I am passionate about creating and teaching compassion-based mindfulness to people of all ages and all walks of life. I believe that all things are truly workable, and that there is a lot more right with people than wrong with them, no matter how stuck they might feel. At Adelaide Mindfulness we creatively deliver our teachings with heartfelt presence, humour and authenticity. We are committed to assisting people to care for themselves and each other in a sustainable way - benefiting our community and our world. So start your journey of  greater awareness and compassion here, in this very moment."

Some attempts to define mindfulness and self-compassion

‘Self-compassion is really about treating ourselves as well as we'd treat someone we love who is suffering, no more and no less.’ - Chris Germer

‘Compassion is the deep awareness of the suffering of oneself and other living beings, coupled with the wish and effort to alleviate it. We are biologically set up to connect and relate with others, and if we are starved of these connections our lives are greatly impoverished.’ - Paul Gilbert

‘Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment with non-judgment’ - Jon Kabat-Zinn

‘Being the architect of your experience.’ – Lisa Feldman-Barrett

‘When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.’ - Wayne Dyer

'The art of conscious living.'
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

'The awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.'
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

For More information:
Contact Tina: 0430-328-007 or email: tina@adelaidemindfulness.com ​

If you are worried about the costs of a program or workshop please get in touch with Tina to discuss flexible payment plans, our aspiration is that MSC be available to all who seek it.

Latest research:

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.

Some testimonials on the Adelaide Mindfulness Month of Mindfulness program:

“This has been a significant experience for me, especially at this time. I have been greatly inspired.”

“It’s great to get in touch with the REAL you. Warts and all!”

“I was surprised by the range of techniques that are available to practice mindful meditation from the extended formal practice to the quick informal sessions.”

“This course has changed my way of thinking and made me feel calm in a way I never felt before. I feel more prepared for adversity and managing it in an effective way.”

"A great introduction to mindfulness whether you have previous experience with meditation and would like to take it deeper or if it is all new to you.Very welcoming, informative and helpful for everybody"

"During and since completing the course I am experiencing "untangling" and a greater view within and outward"

"Fantastic program. I would highly recommend for anyone"
Compassion-Based Mindfulness Programs and Workshops:
Creating and delivering individual sessions or group training in Mindfulness, Meditation, Compassion and 
Self-Compassion to manage problematic stress and anxiety.
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