Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a life-changing, research-based training programme designed to help participants cultivate the deeply transformative skill of self-compassion.

8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Evening Course:
8 consecutive sessions
Tuesdays 7pm -9:30pm
Starts: 22nd Jan to 12th March
Price: £240

Over the sessions, you will begin to develop:

  • More satisfying relationships (friends, family, partners, colleagues, etc).
  • Resources that will help you to meet your full potential.
  • Better resilience in the face of life’s difficulties.
  • The ability to motivate yourself by developing a lasting sense of self-worth.
  • More self-confidence, the ability to overcome the harsh inner critic and strategies to cope with stress, anxiety, and prevention of depression).
  • The courage to face your own blind spots, creating space for self-development.
  • An increased sense of connection to others.
  • A better sense of the values most important to you in life (and how to live more closely to them).
  • More natural engagement in healthy behaviours e.g. exercising, eating well and drinking/smoking less.
  • Being less afraid of failure – helping you to live life more fully.
  • And much more…


So many things resonated me on this course that I can hardly count.
Simon, London

You are a very warm person and I felt very comfortable and safe in this space. I have learned to be more caring and compassionate towards myself and have learned to look at myself in a more accepting way, acknowledging the way my mind works and being compassionate towards that.

I felt the course was wonderfully led. You get a better understanding of how your mind works plus a lot of wisdom from Alex, and shared experience in the group…
Anon, London

I personally think there could no other who could teach so clearly and warmly. I could see myself open and ready to fly into a new journey. My fear has significantly reduced and I have been telling my friends to attend this course.
P, London

After every session, I felt more relaxed and I looked forward to the sessions as a quiet time for me.
Louisa, London

What you have taught us in these few weeks ripples throughout our lives and I am extremely grateful
Anon, London

Everyone should take a mindfulness or an MSC course with Alex (I have now done both)! You are a kind, caring and compassionate person – I instantly feel more relaxed and present in the classes. The course was very grounding as it makes you realise you are not the only person struggling with these issues
Esther, London

It was very helpful to be part of a group and to realise I am not the only one! I would recommend this course to others – it’s a great course to keep you growing as a human being!
Maria, London

It’s been a precious time to focus on myself, a time of nurturing, a chance to learn techniques for life and gain insight from others
Helen, London

“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 and a half 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 randomised, 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 emphasised more than awareness itself.

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.