• CAD $413.00 – Program Price (before tax)

Date & Time Details:
Program starts at 9:00 AM on October 19
Lunch and Tea included
Program ends at 4:30 PM on October 20th

Location: Shepherd's Hall

Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills

With Victoria Pawlowski M.Ed., R.C.C. and Dr. Kristy Williams MD

October 19 - 20, 2024

We invite you to join us for this weekend retreat and immersion into the core principles and practices of mindful self-compassion, so you can learn to better relate to and care for yourself, both physically and emotionally.

The venue, Bethlehem Centre, offers beautiful gardens and forests, peaceful trails, a mindful walking labyrinth and nourishing whole foods. It will hold us beautifully while together we take a deep dive into mindfulness and self-compassion practice.

Self-compassion—an emotional skill that can be learned by everyone—is all about treating ourselves with the same kindness and understanding as we would treat a good friend. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being, reduces anxiety and depression, and promotes healthy lifestyle habits.

Join Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers Victoria Pawlowski, Registered Clinical Counsellor and Kristy Williams, Family Physician, as they guide you through key practices from the MSC program. Taught to more than 250,000 people worldwide, the MSC program teaches you how to practice self-compassion—including “fierce self-compassion” and self-compassion for shame—in a straightforward way.

Through meditation, exercises, and group discussion, you will also learn how to:

  • Understand the scientific basis of self-compassion.
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease.
  • Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation.
  • Manage caregiver fatigue and burnout.
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to others.

Come join this journey of self-discovery and return home with tools to integrate self-compassion into your daily life.

Recommended reading
Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

NOTE This program is appropriate for all adults including caregivers and mental health professionals.

The program will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm


Victoria Pawlowski M.Ed., R.C.C.
Victoria is a registered clinical counsellor and certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher who has been practising, studying and teaching MSC at Bethlehem since 2014. She is grateful for her co-teachers, mentors and all the participants who have shared this path of learning to turn towards our difficult experiences with the balm of self-compassion. Victoria is passionate about contributing to a more compassionate world through the development of personal skills and resources that can help us our include ourselves in our big arms of compassion for others.
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Dr. Kristy Williams MD
Kristy is a teacher of mindful self-compassion family physician and parent who is continually humbled by the breadth of being human in these times. She is passionate about learning and sharing in community and finds MSC skills essential for her personal well being. She offers one on one care as a physician and has offered programs since 2018 to the public (specifically to those training and working in health care.) She has trained in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, embodied practice, attending to grief and socially engaged Buddhism and strives to integrate and embody these concepts into her teaching.
Learn more about Dr. Kristy Williams MD