Mindful Self-Compassion 5-Day Intensive for Professionals-Canberra

Presenter: Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist, John Julian, Social Worker and Kathryn Cripps

Date:  to be held in June

Time: Wednesday-Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm, finish on Sunday at 1pm

Location: TBA

Price: Early bird (11 Feb.) $790.00 Regular $870.00

Note: This MSC 5-day program meets one of the requirements to attend the teacher training MSC for adults and "Making Friends with Yourself" for teenagers.  

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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive 


I and Marie Bloomfield will be offering a 5-day MSC Intensive in Newcastle from 29 April to 3rd May. 

The hours for this non-residential 5 day intensive are 9:00am-5:00pm each day, with an early finish on Sunday at 1pm.

Your presenters are: John Julian, Clinical Social Worker and senior certified MSC teacher, and Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist and senior certified MSC teacher, assisted by Petrina Longworth.

Morning tea, light lunch, and afternoon tea are included in the cost.

The current early bird price represents a saving of approximately $80 and is available until 11 March 2020.

You can book the 5 day intensive here.

If you are a low income earner and/or have a mental health care plan a further discount may be available. Please contact John to discuss: 0439 901 795


Compassion is the essence of Mindfulness and the bedrock of emotional strength.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an outstanding didactic and experiential training workshop where you learn the powerful practices of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion from inside out: that is by applying Mindful Self-Compassion in your life, you can better use it in your professional work for more effective engagement and interventions.

In this intensive training workshop you will be presented with new evidence-based strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, pain and other conditions but as well you will be introduced to new powerful micro self-care practices. The aim of the workshops is to develop your own personal ability to meet yourself with self-compassion in more depth. At the end of the workshop, you feel refreshed and revitalised.

Mindfulness increases our ability to deal with the inevitable stresses and struggles with more calm and balance. When we add Self-Compassion to Mindfulness we greatly increase the power to deal with life with balance and equanimity. The practice of self-compassion is about easing difficult moments while increasing our feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment with life to improve our capacity for happiness overall. We suffer less and enjoy more.

During the training program, you will be introduced to 25 powerful simple tools to soothe, to calm as well as strategies to promote emotional strength, resilience, flexibility, acceptance and positive motivation that you can practice in your daily life and teach your clients. Mindful Self-Compassion is about being present with connection and warmth during times of pain and struggles. We increase our ability to ease difficult emotions, care for others compassionately and be more fully ourselves in our roles. Mindful self-compassion has transformed the lives of many people including health professionals and their clients.

Mindful Self-compassion is a brave new way to care for ourselves that is uplifting and empowering. The training program consists of easy, simple ways to soothe and calm in times of stress while increasing the ability to resolve challenges and to enjoy life. Once we can learn those skills for ourselves we can also teach them effectively to others. Everyone will benefit!

Self-compassion transforms lives. It is redefined as the ability to care, to soothe and to comfort but also to strengthen when it is needed. It is revolutionizing self-care and emotional coping skills in psychology. Mindful Self-Compassion is a new skill-building program to cultivate our inner strengths; to courageously attend to difficulties with understanding and kindness, to empower the self. Developing self-compassion is to acquire an attitude of goodwill towards the self and to be able to skillfully attend to the self when times are tough in order to resolve challenges more effectively.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, is not sainthood, self-indulgence, narcissism or self-pity but a new way to relate to shame, anger, anxiety and distress by reconnecting with the self and others in order to ease pain and gain greater emotional strength, resilience and well-being. The practice of self-compassion can create dramatic changes for the better in all aspects. Mindful Self-Compassion teaches how to be aware in the present moment when difficult feelings arise(mindfulness) a how to tame our inner critic and change our default mode for better problem-solving.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is empirically supported by research. This training program is designed to cultivate the skill of mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. It includes the latest techniques from the science of well-being and positive psychology. Mindful Self-Compassion teaches practices, to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding and resilience.

Participation in this program has been extraordinary; thousands of health professionals have attended similar workshops in Australia, America and Europe since 2013. Mindful Self-Compassion was developed by Christopher K. Germer, a leader in the integration of compassion and psychotherapy and Kristin Neff, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. In this one training program, they have successfully integrated concepts and practices from various mindfulness-based models such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassionate mind training, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Therapy (CBT) as well as Positive Psychology.

This training course is for everyone but is very popular with professionals who value and wish to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into their work. This Mindful Self-Compassion program is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and promoted on the Australian Psychological Society (APS) on the calendar of events.

Mindful Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone. Self-compassion is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-absorption. It promotes social and emotional intelligence, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with self-kindness, practice self-forgiveness when needed as well as relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves.

Research findings over the last 30 years support the benefits of the practice of mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion promoting better health, well-being, satisfying relationships and higher functioning at home and in the workplace. More specifically it:

- Increases resilience to stress, fostering emotional strengths and flexibility

- Promotes emotional regulation, relaxation and calm

- Activates brain circuits to promote well-being, confidence, problem-solving and creativity

- Reduces the risk of illness by boosting the positive effects of the vagus nerve and strengthening the immune system

- Promote healthy lifestyle habits such as diet/exercise, to assist in maintaining a healthy weight

- Increases happiness, curiosity, enthusiasm, commitment, inspiration, and excitement, while decreasing negative emotions

- Promotes better communication, social intelligence and stronger relationships

- Increases ability to focus, to concentrate, to be open to new ways, to innovate

- Promotes leadership skills

- Increases life satisfaction, social connectedness, vitality, optimism and joy of living

Training objectives

After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:

- Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life

- Cultivate feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards self and others

- Motivate yourself and others with encouragement rather than harsh self-criticism

- Handle difficult emotions with greater resilience

- Manage stress, anxiety, anger, guilt and shame with greater ease to resolve challenges

- Begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new

- Manage burnout, caregiver fatigue and vicarious trauma

- Learn from your failures and inadequacies with understanding and kindness

- Become more aware and able to attend skillfully to your needs and the needs of others

- Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

- Teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, clients, students, children or partners

What to Expect

The emphasis on Mindful Self-Compassion training is on learning mindfulness and self-compassion practices to build emotional resources. We become stronger as we develop the capacity to be with our difficulties and with ourselves, in a mindful compassionate way enabling us to deal more effectively with challenges. During the Mindful Self-Compassion classes, the goal is for participants to directly experience and learn practices that evoke mindfulness and self-compassion that they can practice in their daily activities to transform their lives. The program was developed by Chris Germer and Kristen Neff, which include some MBSR and MBCT components while adding self-compassion supporting the latest neuroscience research findings.

During the program, you will learn formal and informal practices which mean ways to practice mindfulness and self-compassion throughout your day for a minute or so at the time as well as the more formal mindfulness meditation which require 15-20 minutes of dedicated time.

To assist in your learning you will be provided with a 50-page manual hand out and mp3audio to support your home practices.

Who is it for

Mindful Self-Compassion was initially designed for everyone, however, the program has been very popular among professionals such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, teachers, trainers, coaches, nurses, lawyers, accountants and others who wish to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their personal life and in their work practices.

Training content

The training program includes:

  • guided meditations, visualizations, talks, experiential exercises, self-reflective writing, group discussions, strategies, tools, and suggested home practices.
  • 11 meditations and informal practices mp3downloads
  • Workbook with concepts and tools.

Various new mindfulness meditations will also be presented such as "affectionate breathing", "loving kindness", "compassionate friend", "giving and receiving compassion", "compassionate mindful walking" and many others.

The program will explore the following: definition and research on Mindful Self-Compassion, clinical practices of Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness, de-fusion of inner critic, promotion of inner compassionate voice, strengths and core values, regulation of difficult emotions, transformation of challenging relationships, forgiveness and self-forgiveness, self-care and savoring, appreciation practices to re-wire the brain for greater happiness and flourishing.

What mindful self-compassion is not:

The Mindful Self-Compassion program is not group therapy, although participants are encouraged to share their experiences on the path of mindful self-compassion which can be very healing. The emphasis of the program is on skill building to enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.

Participant Guidelines

The Mindful Self-Compassion workshop is an adventure in self-discovery and personal growth. During the program, participants can open up to their struggles in a way that is soothing and comforting to uncover inner strengths. The group comes together to provide a safe, supportive, confidential environment to develop compassion for ourselves and for others.


All workshops are non-residential.


It is recommended, but not required, that participants read one of the following books before the training program:

  • Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer (2018)
  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff (2011)
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer(2009)
  • The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert (2013)

Note: This MSC 5-day program meets one of the requirements to attend the teacher training MSC for adults and "Making Friends with Yourself" for teenagers.

To enquire further please contact John on 0439 901 795, or BOOK ONLINE HERE.


In collaboration with Marie Bloomfield, the following five-day Intensive MSC retreats are also being offered:

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive for Professionals 5-day-Canberra

Mar 11, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive for Professionals 5-day-Gold Coast

Jul 18, 2020 - Jul 22, 2020

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive for Professionals 5-day-Sydney

Sep 26, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020

You can follow the links above for further information and the booking page, or go to Marie’s webpage at https://www.mindfulpath.com.au

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBCT / MBSR)

 This 8-week group is usually held in Belgrave Victoria, at the Belgrave Medical Clinic.

The next group will commence on Tuesday, 11 Febrary at 7.00pm.  Please contact John directly.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence based approach for preventing relapse into depression. It was derived from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program which was developed by Jon Kabot-Zinn, and is also evidence based for a remarkable number of emotional and physical disorders. This combined MBCT/MBSR program offers the full MBCT program and additional elements from the original MBSR program.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Participants of this 8-week program will learn the core skills of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone.

Recent research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. This workshop will provide essential tools for learning and practice for treating yourself in a respectful, compassionate way for use when you feel as though you are having a difficult time, suffering, or feel inadequate.

It is expected participants build up 30-minute personal daily practice of both formal and informal meditation and practices to get maximum benefit.  This 8-week workshop, if all sessions are attended, is worth 16 PD points for health professionals

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
  • motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
  • practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
  • integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
  • teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

This is also the core foundational program to undertake if you wish to become a trainer in this program – this is the first stage of the process to do so.

The full cost of this 8 week program is $613.74

If you are a low income earner or eligible for a Medicare approved mental health please contact John  to discuss more options.

Dates for 2020 will be posted shortly.

To enquire about future programs please call  John: 0439 901 795.  Alternatively you can email john on john.julian56@gmail.com

Five-day Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat

A 3-day silent retreat may occur in 2020 - potentially at Inverloch. Timing to be confirmed.

Depending on the needs of participants, the retreat will likely explore background material to both MBSR and MSC programs - the four noble truths, the three marks, or distinctive features of existence, as well as focusing on the three core MSC meditations.

 If you would like to express interest in attending the 2020 retreat please contact John: 0439 901 795

Drop-in Meditation Support Group with John Julian: Tecoma

The drop is being planned for a weekday afternoon. Dates not yet confirmed.

Cost will be $15.00 

 South Gippsland Meditation Group

At Milpara Community House, Korumburra.

This group generally meets on a Monday evening around  7.00 pm, with some exceptions during school holidays. Each session is for 1-hour except when special programs are running.

Cost is by dana (donation) plus a small amount of $4.00 to cover room hire. Bookings are not needed.

Days of Mindfulness & Self-Compassion and Compassionate Communication

These full-day programs of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, or Mindful Compassionate Communication, occur at either Krowera Public Hall or Saint Stephens Anglican Church Brighton. 

Mindful Self-Compassion days are an effective way to deepen your practice, to restart your practice, or just to have an enjoyable day! They are open to all individuals, but preference is given to people who have already undertaken either an 8-week program or a retreat based program.

With Mindful Compassionate Communication the emphasis will be on learning to deal with oneself with our inner talk, and working with others through our language and communication, with greater compassion and equanimity. Both meditation and compassionate communication will be used in conjunction with a number of well-founded techniques from evidence-based therapeutic methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  There will be an overview of model, observations and what effects introduction, feelings and the ways feelings and needs interact, what are our real universal human needs in everyday life, the difference between a request or action, and how to tell a request from a demand.

It is a BYO lunch to share. The cost is Dana.

Dates for 2020 coming soon!