Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Free yourself from the shackles of self-criticism by learning how to treat yourself with the same kindness with which you treat friends and family.

8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Evening Course:
8 consecutive sessions
Tuesdays 7pm -9pm
Starts 16 Jan to 6 Mar 2018
Price: £240

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a secular (non-religious), research-based training programme designed to help participants cultivate the life-changing skill of self-compassion. Please note it is not a therapy group, but a skills-based training group.

Over the course of 8 sessions, you will begin to experience:

  • More self-confidence
  • More satisfying relationships with yourself and others
  • Ways of being that will allow you to meet your full potential
  • Better resilience in the face of life’s difficulties
  • The courage to face your own blind spots, creating space for self-development
  • An increased sense of connection to others
  • More natural engagement in healthier behaviours e.g. exercise and drinking less
  • Being less afraid of failure – helping you to live life more fully
  • And much more…

The MSC course is a series of workshops aiming to help you directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

“Thank you very much for everything. Your love and kindness towards us have tremendously affected our learning on this course.

I sincerely think this course is the best course I have attended so far in my life. I had a hard background and followed my father footsteps to join the military. Life was very tough, always rushing and inside me I knew there was always something missing. After leaving the military, I was so hard on myself and I was angry all the time.

I then found your Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course. It has helped me to look at how I was living my life and realised that the great barrier to enjoying one’s life is that we tend to think too much and live with a negative bias. When I look back, I was always fearful and panicking. I can imagine a different life now.

The MSC course has helped me to change my life through love and kindness… No matter where your life is heading at the moment, please come and do this course”
– P, London.

Course content

MSC is based on the research of Kristin Neff (University of Texas) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (University of Harvard). MSC is a training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The sessions cover the core principles and practices that will help you to let go of the inner critic and enable you to approach difficult moments in your life with compassion, patience and understanding.

What to expect

Each 2 hour session will include easy and short meditations (suitable for all levels), short talks, exercises, some group discussion (participants are not obligated to speak if they do not wish to) and some manageable home practices.

MSC includes seven weekly sessions of two hours each. Aim to attend every session and ensure you practice mindfulness and self-compassion daily as you go through the course (audios and handouts will be provided).

More information

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

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.

In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives.

MSC is therapeutic but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.


“The course was very relaxed and I really like the safe atmosphere that Alex created. I have learnt to be more conscious of my own negative and self-criticising voice. The techniques we were taught were very supportive, helping me to find balance in the middle of difficult emotions and to become more present in the moment. Thank you, Alex
– Renee, London

‘It was a fantastic, well-structured course, which journeyed from the basics (in a controlled way) through to a solid understanding of how the mind so often controls us’
Chris, London

‘Thanks you so much for really changing and affecting my life for the better. I am incredibly grateful’
Anon, London

‘This has been wonderful and sooo helpful – thank you so much! I really enjoyed learning to let go…’
Camilla, London

‘Seems to be very effective! Great experience and I’ve learned lots of new skills’
Ann, London

‘The practice…has changed the way I approach stressful situations – I can regain my calm much more easily. I joined to understand how to meditate effectively and thanks to Alex I did’
Erica, London

‘What I have learned has enabled me…to approach life in a much more positive and compassionate way. I told a friend that I wish I had done it years ago… More practically, I feel like I learned some valuable tools to make myself more resilient to whatever life throws at me. The thing that has meant the most to me (and which I think will be a lifelong practice) is the idea of acceptance (of oneself and one’s life), which I believe is the only way to be happy!’
Anon, London.

Alex discussing Mindful Self-Compassion


Alex Newte-Hardie

Mindfulness facilitator and naturopath, Alex Newte Hardie, spent two years as the resident naturopath at the University of Westminster before she joined the Light Centre in 2013. Alex is a General Health Practitioner at the Belgravia branch running Holistic Health Screenings alongside teaching and her naturopathy and mindfulness clinic.

During her early years in clinical practice, Alex identified stress to be the root cause or primary aggravator of her own and her patients’ health conditions. This led her to cultivate her own mindfulness practice and study of mindfulness meditation, and she completed her Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy teacher training at the start of 2013. She has been teaching courses at the centre and around London ever since.

Alex is registered with the General Council and Register of Naturopaths and studied with Enter Mindfulness, recognised as gold-standard training by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers.