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 sessions
Tuesdays 7pm -9:30pm
Starts: 17th Mar to 19th May (no classes on 7th/14th Apr)
Price: £265

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…


Being shown how to give myself kindness and self-compassion was amazing. My inner critic is certainly weaker and I am now able to love myself more. I wish this course has existed 30 years ago – I could have changed my life earlier. Alex is a brilliant teacher
Kate, Tadworth.

I leave each session feeling at peace and humbled, I am usually an introvert so being to attained every session without feeling drained, in fact the opposite is a testament to Alex’s genuinely warm and friendly aura
Anon, Enfield.

This is a beautiful course. It’s helped me find more beauty and kindness in myself and the world. I wish that my brother, my best friends and the people I love (even those I don’t even life) could do this course and find more peace and compassion in their lives too
Carol, London.

This course taught us how to re-parent ourselves and rebalance our human tendencies. It will help you become your own best friend and discover your worth
– Eliza, London.

This course was a lovely journey. I have started to learn to love myself more and how to enjoy ‘the ride’… I hope our paths meet again
– Ieva, London.

The course provides you tools to use whenever you need them and a completely different outlook on life. Everyday there is hope to be happy, compassionate and calm. We only have to practice…
– Chiara, London.

I think the ripple effect of Mindful Self-Compassion would bring peace to the world. As a person becomes kinder to themselves, it results in them being more compassionate towards others”
– Lily, London.

This is the first step in helping you to be at peace with yourself
– Serafina, London

The course allowed me to recognise when I was trying to fit in (culturally) and in the process, not being fully true to myself, and therefore losing connection with myself. MSC has given me tools to process difficult emotions, instead of pushing them away and has helped me to be kinder to myself
– L, 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.