Mindful Self-Compassion Training at The Retreat Holistic Living Centre

With Dr Mary Younger

Monday evenings 7 to 9pm and a Sunday Retreat

Mondays on 5, 12, 19, 25 March and 9, 16, 23, 30 April


an MSC Retreat on Sunday 8th April from 10am to 2pm.

Cost: £250 (includes 8 weekly 2-hour sessions, a half-day retreat, all materials and audio guide)

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-session, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult experiences in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. Three key components of self-compassion are: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Benefits of developing Mindful Self-Compassion include:

Increase in emotional wellbeing.

Decrease in anxiety depression and stress.

Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

Help to manage caregiver fatigue

Transform challenging relationships, old and new

Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

What To Expect

In a safe, supportive environment, this program includes meditation, short talks, individual experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC includes 8 sessions of 2 hours each, in addition to a 6-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone and is important for everyone. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC training.

Places are limited to 14

For more information and to register for the course, please contact

Mary Younger at mary.younger@talk21.com or call 07850 702640

Mary Younger, BSc (Hons) Psych, MSc, C.Psychol, AFBPsS

About the Teacher:

Dr Mary Younger will be running the Mindful Self-compassion Training (MSC). She is a Chartered Psychologist who has been in private practice since 2005. Her personal mindfulness meditation and Buddhist contemplative practice began in 2003, since then Mary regularly undertakes mediation and mindfulness trainings and goes on annual retreats to support personal and professional practice. Her training has taken her across the UK, Europe, the United States and Asia. She completed teacher training in Mindfulness-based approaches with the University of Bangor in 2009. In 2012, she was one of the first group to complete MSC training under Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Chris Germer and in 2014 she became a trained MSC teacher with the University of San Diego, Center for Mindfulness. Cultivating Mindful Self-compassion was the subject of her Professional Doctorate, which she was awarded in 2017. Mary is deeply committed to and passionate about teaching Mindfulness and Self-compassion, it has been, and continues to be, life-changing for her, for clients and students. She is a resident teacher at The Retreat and also offers mindfulness courses, MSC training, meditation retreats and workshops to individuals, groups and organisations.