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.


Fall 2018


  • Dates: Starting on Wednesday, October 31st. ( October 31st; November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; December 5th, 12th, 19th). Mandatory orientation session on October 24th.
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:45pm
  • Retreat date: December 1st.
  • Location: MindSpace Studio Downtown
  • Instructor: Christiane Quoibion, MPs
  • Cost: $575, $480 for students.
  • 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 in the process of becoming a certified MSC teacher at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. As an MSC teacher, Christiane cultivates an open, warm, and connected presence.


Dr Brigitte Bédard, m.d., is a physician who has been practicing family medicine for more than 30 years. In the last 4 years, she trained in teaching the MBSR program( mindfulness-based stress reduction ) at UMass University , in Shrewsbury, USA, and then got trained also as an MSC teacher at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

She is especially interested in making Self-Compassion available to health care professionals, especially physicians, as she believes it is an incredibly powerful tool

to help them deal with the empathic distress often associated with their profession.

She also acts as a mentor to young residents and physicians beginning their practice, and is also teaching McGill students as part of a research project on Self-Compassion.