Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8-week mindfulness program designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. The MSC program is based on the innovative research findings and clinical expertise of self-compassion experts Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. MSC participants will learn the essential principles of self-compassion, with practices designed to help you meet difficult periods in your life with wise attention, understanding, and lovingkindness.


Winter 2018


  • Dates: Starting on Wednesday, February 07th (February 07th, 14th, 21st, 28th; March 07th, 14th, 21st, 28th). Mandatory orientation session on January 31st. 
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:45pm
  • Retreat date: March 10th, 9am-1pm
  • Location: MindSpace Studio; 1310 Greene avenue (suite 500) in Westmount
  • Instructor: Christiane Quoibion, MPs
  • Cost: $575, $480 for students. See the FAQ for information about scholarships.
  • Register here. Please note this course is given in French. 


What to expect in the MSC program:

Participants will learn self-compassion practices that can be integrated into daily life. The eight-week program includes:


  • Meditations
  • Psychoeducation
  • Group discussion
  • Home practice


After the MSC workshop, you’ll be able to:


  • Practice self-compassion in everyday life
  • Motivate yourself via self-compassion rather than criticism
  • Tolerate painful emotions with greater ease
  • Transform difficult relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Cultivate self-appreciation

The MSC program involves eight weekly 2-hour-and-45-minute sessions, as well as a 4-hour meditation retreat on the weekend between the fifth and sixth sessions. MSC participants are asked to commit to a) attending all nine sessions and b) practicing self-compassion meditation for at least 30 minutes per day for the duration of the program.

MSC is a self-compassion training program and not a form of psychotherapy. No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary. However, MSC may be considered a logical next step after participation in an introductory program such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Difficult or painful emotions may arise during self-compassion practice. Your MSC instructor is committed to providing a supportive environment in which every participant’s self-compassion journey can unfold safely. Participants are asked to attend a mandatory orientation session one week before the MSC program to ensure that MSC is the right fit at the right time.


Orientation Session

The mandatory orientation session is an important final step toward your enrollment in the MSC program. The orientation session is included in the cost of the program and provides the opportunity to:


  • Learn about MSC and ensure that it’s the right fit for you
  • Meet the group instructor(s)
  • Meet the other participants in your group
  • Sample the methods and approaches you’ll learn during the program
  • Ask your questions about MSC
  • Finalize your registration

Participants will hear a group presentation about the MSC program and have a short interview with an instructor to ensure that MSC is a good fit. In the event that the instructor believes that MSC is not a good fit, you will be offered other options and a complete refund of your registration fees.



More on self-compassion

The three main principles of self-compassion are self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness


  • Self-kindness opens our hearts to our suffering so that we can nourish and care for ourselves
  • Awareness of common humanity reminds us of our essential inter-relatedness and deepens our feelings of connection to others
  • Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, helping us accept our experience with greater ease

Together, self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness promote a warm and present connectedness.



Christiane Quoibion (MPs) has been a psychologist in private practice for 26 years. She considers daily mindfulness and compassion practice to be essential to well-being and to promoting access to interior resources and healing.

Christiane has been a mindfulness enthusiast and practitioner for 15 years, specializing in teaching mindful self-compassion. She is presently completing her MSC teacher training at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. As an MSC teacher, Christiane cultivates an open, warm, and connected presence.