Center for Mind-Body medicine, Israel
MSC - Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Course
July 15 - 19, 2019, Israel
A philosophy professor at Oberlin College and certified MSC Teacher
Galia Tyano Ronen
A clinical psychologist and trained MSC teacher
The workshop is open for English speaking students and will be conducted primarily in English, some of the practices and questions may be in Hebrew – translation of those to English would be provided if needed.
For those who wish to travel to Israel to attend, assistance with logistics, accommodation and transportation can be provided as an included service.
for the webpage in Hebrew press here
For details and registration:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 03-5495149
"A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life." Chris Germer
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy ( ) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion ( ).
Participants will learn and apply the three key components of self-compassion - mindful awareness, kindness, and a sense of our common humanity—to cultivate a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.
Program activities include:
Meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise, and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves and others. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
• begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
• motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
• relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
• teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients
• alleviate caregiver fatigue
This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. No previous experience with meditation or mindfulness is required to participate in this 5-day program. And the program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher. All are welcome!
The intensive is held at, Hataas 11 st, Kfar-Saba, Israel.
Monday: 15/7 between 9:00-17:00
Tuesday: 16/7 between 9:00-17:00
Wednesday: 17/7 between 9:00-13:00
Thursday: 18/7 between 9:00-17:00
Friday: 19/7 between 9:00-13:00
Tuition fee is 2,600 nis (new Israeli Shekel).
Martin is a wonderful MSC teacher. He introduced me to MSC when I was suffering from postpartum depression and for that I will always be grateful to him. I took Martin's very first MSC course with him and learned an incredible amount. Martin is kind and thoughtful and introspective and humble and intelligent. He embodies the perfect combination of compassionate kindness and kind intelligence and used both to teach and nurture us through the course.
MSC opened my eyes to a gentler and more loving way of relating to myself. I cannot overstate how meaningful and transformative this was for me. And I can't imagine a wiser or more humane instructor than Martin. His presentation of the material was engaging, his compassion for the students was palpable, and his peaceful demeanor and kindly sense of humor put everyone at ease.
Martin is a gentle and compassionate guide to these profound teachings. I took the MSC course with Martin several years ago, and the teachings continue to reverberate every day. Martin's course changed my life, helping me to heal old wounds and find the source of new strengths.
Martin is such a professional. It's easy to hear "self-compassion training" and think it's going to be all touchy-feely and "woo-woo." But this is a practical, well-organized course based on scientific research. Yet he also leaves plenty of space for the more emotional moments that may arise. This course truly opened my eyes and ears to the sometimes harsh "scripts" that run in my head—about myself and about others. Hearing those scripts, taking care of them, and gently challenging them has allowed me to find more joy and acceptance in my life.
I had been interested in mindful self-compassion prior to learning that Martin was going to offer the class for the benefit of the people in our small college town. At the outset, I was skeptical of several things. First, that individuals who pride themselves on being academic (and sometimes argumentative) would dare learn about compassion. And secondly, that any teacher would be able to gracefully handle a group of adults from disparate walks of life, such that all would be encouraged to trust him and each other. My skepticism proved unfounded on both counts.
I am delighted to report that Martin brings a truly unique mix of strength, kindness, wit, and gentleness to his work. I believe he embodies the highest hopes of students and facilitators alike when he teaches, listens, and responds flexibly to whatever arises in the course of a classroom discussion. He has an inherently curious mind, a brilliant way of engaging everyone, and a deep understanding of the material. He has single handedly had a significant impact on the contemplative nature of this community here. I believe this is nothing short of miraculous! I am profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to study with him.
Joan W., MD
A Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). He first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, when he took Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2010. From there, he found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work, and took the course from them in 2013. He was then invited to be part of the first MSC teacher training course, led by Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, Michelle Becker, and Steven Hickman in 2014, and he has been teaching MSC ever since. Martin recently co-taught the first full run of MSC for men, and he is scheduled to co-teach a Globally Engaged MSC Intensive in Kenya in 2020.
Originally from England, Martin has now been living in the U.S. for more than half his life. He is Professor of Philosophy at Oberlin College, and previously taught philosophy at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University, and a B.A. (Joint Hons.) in physics and philosophy from Oxford University.
Galia Tyano Ronen, M.A.,