The Community Mindfulness Project


An Introduction to Mindful Self Compassion Workshop

A fully funded workshop for North Canterbury residents: brought to you by The Community Mindfulness project 2021, thanks to an AIA Vitality community grant.

This 4hr workshop provides the theory, science and research findings alongside practical exercises to take with you. (it is not therapy)

The workshop will cover the following:

  • The science stuff: The proven benefits and physiology of self-compassion
  • Dispelling common myths and barriers
  • How to be more on your own side to reduce stress in your life
  • Follow up resources

Take the self compassion quiz


Sunday 8th August 2021

By registration only (sorry we are full) to go on waitlist please email me

1-5 pm (light afternoon tea included)



This workshop is based on the cutting edge work by Dr. Kristin Neff   who has pioneered research into the benefits of living with more self compassion and co- developed the programme Mindful Self Compassion with Chris Germer.

Kate developed this series of workshops from her training in this programme, over the years including with Chris Germer himself and her own practice. She also teaches it to Health/ caring professionals.

What is self compassion?  We will be exploring this in the workshop, but in a nutshell it is about treating yourself like you would a mate when things are difficult or painful. For many of us that is easier said than done! As we have been taught and conditioned to treat ourselves mean.

What are the Benefits of self compassion? The research shows that there are many benefits of learning to be more self-compassionate, including reducing stress and stress related unhelpful behaviours, increased resilience to life’s difficulties and more ability to be with others pain.

Self compassion research

Who is this course for?

It is for everyone. Self compassion is an often misunderstood and neglected part of our western culture. This means that many of us are missing out on the natural system we have for soothing and being with painful difficult situations that are part of life.

Anyone wanting to make changes in their lives and reduce stress but have difficulty with motivation and self-criticism also benefit from mindful self compassion practice. It is found that motivating ourselves with kindness is much more effective then with self criticism, fear and aggression.

Carers both professionals and lay carers, anyone who works with others especially who are suffering, can really benefit from this workshop and practice. Evidence shows that the more we are able to be with our own pain the more we can hold others, without having to fix it, get rid of it,  numb out or be overwhelmed by it. It is a great CPD activity for health professionals.

This introduction workshop is also the pre requisite for the “mindful self compassion for health/ caring professionals” email me for more information on this here