On Campus Program

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training


Self-compassion—an emotional skill that can be learned by everyone—is all about treating ourselves with the same kindness and understanding as we would treat a good friend. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being, reduces anxiety and depression, and promotes healthy lifestyle habits.

Join clinical psychologist and codeveloper of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program Chris Germer and psychotherapist and senior MSC teacher Susan Fairchild as they guide you through key practices from the MSC program which has been taught to 250,000 people worldwide. 

Through meditation, exercises, and group discussion, learn how to

  • Practice self-compassion, including fierce self-compassion and self-compassion for shame, in your daily life 
  • Understand the scientific basis of self-compassion 
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease 
  • Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation 
  • Manage caregiver fatigue and burnout 
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to others.

Come join this journey of self-discovery and return home with tools to integrate self-compassion into your daily life.

Recommended reading Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

Note This program is appropriate for everyone, including caregivers and mental health professionals.

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

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Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, part-time lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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Susan Fairchild, MA, a psychotherapist and meditation facilitator in private practice in the Boston area, is on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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