Mindful Self-Compassion Courses 

Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens INTENSIVE

This class will be held over these 4 days rather than over 8 weeks.

August 11-14, 1-5 pm

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Sheryl-Mar South Bldg. Room 120 521 South Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC 27510



 Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation.

This course, Making Friends with Yourself, is designed to facilitate awareness, self-kindness and an understanding of our common humanity in response to these growing challenges. Through developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, teens have an opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease.

This course creates an opportunity for adolescents to construct a healthier world-view and gives rise to greater compassion and empathy toward self and others. In a preliminary research study, this program demonstrated a significant decrease in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood. The curriculum was adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and has been endorsed by Neff and Germer.


Mindful Self-Compassion


June 2-7, 2019

Heartwood Refuge Center

Hendersonville, NC

 Dr. Karen Bluth and Laura Prochnow Phillips teach this 5 day RESIDENTIAL intensive version of the evidenced-based 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum developed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. 

Mindful Self-Compassion combines the skills and practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to increase emotional well-being. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

In MSC you’ll learn to:

• Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
• Understand the science of self-compassion
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
• Teach simple self-compassion skills to others

Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices.  MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.


This course is held at Heartwood Refuge Center in Hendersonville, NC, a small town in the NC mountains. All meals are provided by Heartwood Refuge and included in your registration fee. Minded handles all accommodations for the retreat. You do not need to reserve a room directly with the Retreat Center. Heartwood Refuge provides three meals a day, and this is included in your program fee.


$595 early bird tuition (before April 1, 2019) + $360 4 nights accommodation = 855

$695 regular (after April 1, 2019) + $360 4 nights accommodation = 955

No refunds are available after May 2, 2019

A $50 cancellation fee applies prior to May 2.


Heartwood Refuge is easily accessible from the Interstate. The closest airports are Charlotte-Douglas International (1 hr 45 mins) and Asheville Regional Airport (25 mins).