Mindful Self-Compassion | Omega
July 2015
Michelle BeckerSteven Hickman

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Mindful Self-Compassion

July 05, 2015 – July 10, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
Michelle Becker, Steven Hickman

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

How do you typically react to difficulties in life, such as work stress, rejection, physical problems, or financial hardship? Do you instinctively fight uncomfortable experiences or find fault in yourself when things go wrong? What if, instead, you took a moment to comfort and soothe yourself when you felt bad—as you would do for others?

Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It’s the heart of mindfulness. Research has shown that it boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine.

This Arts Week workshop provides essential tools for living your life fully and wholeheartedly. You learn how to:

  • Stop being so hard on yourself
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Transform your relationships, old and new
  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion exercises in everyday life

This workshop meets a prerequisite for admission to MSC teacher training, and is particularly valuable for health-care professionals and nonprofessionals who want an in-depth experience of mindful self-compassion.

More Information

This program is an intensive version of the 8-session, empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion Training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff.

Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:

  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher K. Germer
  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff

Additionally, if you are taking the course for continuing education credit, faculty recommends you also read the book listed below in preparation for the course:

  • Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice edited by Christopher K. Germer and Ronald D. Siegel  

Arts Week Schedule

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.-7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00-9:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00-10:00 p.m. David London’s “Magic Outside the Box”
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00-10:00 p.m. "Behind the Mask/Beneath the Ego” performance by Rob Faust
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00-9:00 p.m. Poetry Festival Faculty Showcase
9:00-10:00 p.m. Circus Night with Peter Gold’s Trapeze Experience
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m. Doors Open for Gallery Show and Participant Showcase
8:00-8:30 p.m. Sandra Jackson-Dumont from Metropolitan Museum of Art “Beauty and the Imagination”
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–2:00 p.m. Lunch & Departure

Events and times are subject to change.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Michelle Becker

Michelle Becker, MA, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice, teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion as a senior teacher at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She utilizes a mindfulness-informed approach in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. michellebeckerlmft.com , centerformsc.org

Steven Hickman

Steven Hickman, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, associate clinical professor at the University of California San Diego, and executive director of the University of Califonia San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He teaches Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and is a teacher-trainer in MSC and MBCT. centerformsc.org