Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)

This 9-session program will help you practice the healing power of compassion for the person who needs it the most - YOU!
]*** currently accepting referrals for Spring 2019 programs***
Next class starts:
Tuesday May 21 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm 
Thursday May 23 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, for helping professionals. 
Prerequisite: previous Yoga for Stress Resilience Course, Yoga of Burnout Recover or MBCT/MBSR.
All participants will need to be assessed prior to starting the group to ensure fit with the program. Please have your family doctor fill out the referral form and fax it to us. 

About Mindful Self-Compassion

Based on the research of Kristin Neff (www.self-compassion.org) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.


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.


MSC teaches core principles and practices of Self-Compassion that enable us to respond to difficult moments in our life with kindness, care and understanding.


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 savouring and self-appreciation



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.

Persons suffering from PTSD may find this course overwhelming, and a prior trauma-sensitive mindfulness course is suggested.


Application Form: 

Background Information for Prospective Applicants

Please fax back with the Referral Form to 416-536-3352


Once applications are received and reviewed, we will email you from CLAIRHURST MEDICAL to set up an assessment appointment. Once accepted into the program, you can register via by paying the deposit via paypal below or by Interac



Dr Vaidya's fees covered by OHIP + $200.00 for course materials, meditations, and other non-OHIP covered services (Sliding Scale - please discuss with Dr. Vaidya)

Deposit: $80
Balance: $120.00
Full Course: $200.00

About Self-Compassion


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.


What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants 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 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.


It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are 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 3 hours each, in addition to a 3-hour retreat, for a total of 9 sessions Prior to registering, participants should ensure that they can attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

Recommended Reading:

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 and/or The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

For more resources on this course, please refer to the following links:

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