Mindful Self Compassion Training

Mindful Self Compassion Training & Retreat

9 Day MSC Mexican Retreat will offer three hours of Mindful Self-Compassion Training each day as developed by Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. K. Neff and The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion. A half day silent retreat will be offered on Day 6 of the retreat.

In a beautiful oceanside setting, there will also be time each day for yoga, swimming, rest, relaxation or exploring. The final evening together will feature a closing ritual by the sea. This course is for anyone wanting to learn or deepen mindfulness and self-compassion skills and qualifies as one of the prerequisites for the MSC Teacher Training.

Retreat Pricing

Jungle View
$1695US based on double occupancy, please list your travel partner

Ocean View
$1895US based on double occupancy, please list your travel partner

Single Occupancy Mixed Ocean Jungle View
$2295US single occupancy

Some payment plan options are available based on individual needs
Please let us know if you would really like to attend but need a roomie!

Once payment is processed, you will received a full registration package and further information about Yelapa and Pura Vida Eco Resort arrival.

Payment includes 9 nights accommodation, 3 hours of mindful self compassion training/day including a silent retreat component, daily am gentle hatha/yin yoga, delicious mostly Vegetarian breakfasts and lunches, dinner on the first and last evening and beverages of fresh juices, coffee and tea, help with luggage and basic gratuities.

Payment does not include airfare, water taxi transfers, hotel in Puerto Vallarta (make sure you check timing of flights and water taxis to ensure arrival in Yelapa by 12 noon on Feb 14), delicious Smoothies and Blended juice drinks at Pura Vida, 7 dinners (may be purchased at Pura Vida for $10US/meal) or you may experience the wonderful and varied local restaurants.

Cancellation Policy: 90% refund available prior to January 10, 2019

The MSC program is for anyone interested in learning skills to support themselves to be happier, less reactive, less stressed and more loving towards themselves and others.

You will learn new information, skills and practices that you can use to apply your mindfulness and self-compassion skills to different areas of your life including dealing with difficult emotions and difficult people. The skills you will learn will help you in all areas of your life.

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.
Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In MSC you’ll learn:
how to stop being so hard on yourself
how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
how to become your own best teacherCompletion of this course is a prerequisite for the MSC Teacher Training program offered developed by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Chris Germer and offered through The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Day 1 February 14th, 2019
MSC Session Session: 2 pm to 5 pm.
Group Dinner
Day 2 February 15th to Day 8 February 21st
Breakfast 9 to 10 am
MSC Session: 10 am to 1 pm
Lunch 1 pm to 2 pm
The afternoons and evenings are yours to follow your hearts desire. You may choose to lie on the beach, go horse back riding, explore the shops or hike in the jungle.
Day 8 also includes a group dinner and evening closing ritual by the sea.
Day 9 February 22nd, 2018
MSC Final Session finishes at 1 pm
Optional Yoga and/or Creativity Classes offered daily.


Victoria Pawlowski, R.C.C., M.Ed.,
Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion
The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health

Zoey Ryan, BSc., PCC, CMC
Life, Leadership & Mindfulness Coach
Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher in Training


Pura Vida Eco Retreat, Yelapa, Mexico

MIndful Self-Compassion Training