Mindful Self-Compassion

The way we treat ourselves matters more than we realize. This 8-week course empowers you to work through the difficult moments of life with more grace.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), improves emotional resilience, which helps us get through overwhelming experiences. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing. We practice noticing our difficult thoughts and feelings while staying open and curious. Self-compassion encourages us to be kind and understanding toward ourselves. This allows us to soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting.

Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable you to open yourself to the present moment and feel connected to your world.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”
~ Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

Upcoming Class Info

We’ve been closely monitoring COVID-19 and have decided that the best decision, to keep our community safe, is to move the Free Information Sessions and March Classes to an online, interactive format. See details below.

In MSC you will learn:

  • How to manage caregiver fatigue and burnout
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • How to transform challenging relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • The art of savoring and self-appreciation

Mindful Self-Compassion Program
with Carol Hendershot and April Kaiserlian, LMSW

Carol and April are the co-founders of the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness and have been teaching mindfulness classes in West Michigan for years. Learn more on our Instructor Bios page.

Class Details:

Attendance at a Free Information Session is STRONGLY recommended. The class consists of eight weekly sessions and one All-Day Retreat after the sixth week of class. The retreat is an extended period of practice to integrate what you have learned in the course. Tuition Includes lifetime access to meditation audio files, digital downloads, and the MSC Workbook through the MetaFi app.

Upcoming Mindful Self-Compassion Classes

To help keep our community safe during the current health crisis, we’ve decided to move all our upcoming classes to an online, interactive format. Please sign up for a Free Info Session to receive updates. Even if you can’t participate live, you’ll receive a recording of the info session afterwards.

Free Information Sessions:

Thursday, March 19, 9:30 – 11:00 am with Carol
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm with April

Sign up for Free Info Sessions

Upcoming Classes:

Thursdays, March 26 – May 14, 6:30 – 9:00 pm with April
Includes one All-Day Retreat – Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at TBD

8-Week MSC Class Registration: $250 – $450 Sliding Scale Tuition – Registration Deadline is March 20th

Because we strongly believe that mindfulness is such a key to our health, well-being, and resilience, we’ve decided to lower the prices on all of our online classes to make them more accessible. We also encourage people to request payment plans and/or scholarships if they are finding themselves in financial difficulty during this health crisis.

Sign up for Classes

Discounts available for couples and previous students — contact our office at 616.361.3660 or info@grcfm.com to inquire.

Because we believe cost should not be a barrier to mindfulness education, we offer payment plans on all offerings. We also have limited scholarships available for students unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Contact us for more information.

Attention Healthcare Professionals:

Earn up to 26.5 Continuing EducationISG Credits for our MSC Classes!
CE/CPEs may be purchased for $80 through International Seminars Group
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