The Power of Self-Compassion

A Step-by-Step Training to Bring Kindness and Inner Strength to Any Moment of Your Life

Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

Kristin Neff, PhD & Chris Germer, PhD

Free yourself from self-criticism and live the life you’re meant to

We all have the tendency to blame ourselves when things go wrong in life. Self-compassion is the antidote. It’s the capacity to be kind to ourselves when we suffer or feel inadequate, so rather than shutting down, behaving unkindly, or other harmful patterns, we can rise above our pain and embrace the wonderfully human aspects of our being.  

This important work will allow you to:

Join us for this immersive 8-part course to transform your life in a truly empowering way.

When You Enroll in The Power of Self-Compassion, You’ll Receive:

Over 8 Hours of Video Trainings

Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer will guide you through their teachings focused on self-compassion concepts, practices, and instructions.

2 Q&A Sessions

Kristin and Chris together will answer your specific questions as they relate to your journey.

Live Monthly Mentoring Sessions

You are invited to engage with experienced mentors each month to discuss your questions, struggles, realizations, and other experiences with the mentor and the community.

Lifetime Access

Receive lifetime access to all video trainings, guided meditations, workbooks, and bonus materials—the entire course is yours to keep forever.

Welcome from Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer

Have you ever marveled at how some people manage to bounce right back from challenges in their lives, keep an optimistic attitude, motivate themselves to achieve lofty goals, and stay healthy and happy?

Chances are, there’s a secret ingredient in their lives: self-compassion.

What, exactly, is it?

In a nutshell, self-compassion is treating ourselves with the same kindness, care, and understanding that we would offer to others when they suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.

Hundreds of studies are pointing to self-compassion as one of the most powerful resources for enhancing emotional well-being.

And while we all have this capacity within us, too often we neglect to strengthen and use it when we’re struggling.

In fact, many first-time participants in our course are actually wary about being compassionate to themselves. Why?

Because we fear that being too kind to ourselves will make us weak or self-indulgent. Or that we need to be “tough” on ourselves to stay motivated and reach our goals.

In fact, research shows it’s just the opposite:

Self-compassion turns out to be much more effective than self-criticism—for success at work, health, personal relationships, and fulfillment of our aspirations.

Since 2010, we’ve tested and continually refined strategies to help people develop self-compassion as a habit—a natural strength that comes to our aid whenever we need it. And guess what? It works. In research studies and in real life.

With The Power of Self-Compassion online course, we’re thrilled to invite you to experience all the core essentials of our work, including live mentoring sessions guided by experienced mentors.

All of us have to deal with seemingly unbearable situations from time to time. Chances are, you already have. It’s just part of the human condition. 

And that’s when the miracle of self-compassion comes to the rescue: to help us meet our inevitable crises and transform our experience through mindful awareness, a sense of common humanity, and self-kindness.

Join us, and we’ll show you how!

Warmly,

Chris Germer, PhD & Kristin Neff, PhD

Meet Your Teachers

Chris Germer

Chris Germer

Chris Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, he is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and a cofounder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance. Chris teaches internationally on the topics of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. A true pioneer in the field, she first identified self-compassion as a measurable trait almost 20 years ago, and today there are almost 2,500 published studies on the benefits of self-compassion. Kristin is a cofounder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and teaches workshops on self-compassion worldwide.

How Self-Compassion Can Change Your Life

Grow in Kindness

toward yourself, a foundation for facing life’s many challenges.

Find New Meaning and Fulfillment

in your life, even if you are currently struggling.

BUILD RESILIENCE AND STRENGTH

when in distress or emotional turmoil.

IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

with partners, friends, and others by giving yourself what you need.

HEAL

the wounds of self-criticism, trauma, self-doubt, and shame.

BE A BETTER CAREGIVER

for your children, aging parents, and your clients.

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Course Curriculum and Schedule

The Power of Self-Compassion was designed to help people who desire step-by-step guidance in a program that creates long-term change—with benefits you can feel from the very first session.

Session One: What Is Self-Compassion?

In our first session, we learn what self-compassion is, what it is not, and a variety of tools and techniques to bring more of it into our daily lives.

  • Exercise: How Do I Treat a Friend?
  • Exercise: Hand Gestures
  • The Physiology of Self-Compassion
  • Misgivings and Facts about Self-Compassion
  • Practice: Soothing Touch
  • Practice: Self-Compassion Break

Session Two: The Foundation of Mindfulness

Mindfulness and self-compassion complement each other powerfully. Here we learn how mindfulness helps us identify the thoughts and perceptions that lead to self-criticism and suffering, and how to work with them.

  • Meditation: Affectionate Breathing
  • What Is Mindfulness?
  • Mindfulness and Resistance
  • Exercise: How Am I Resisting?
  • “Backdraft”: How Self-Compassion Can Bring Up Difficult Emotions
  • How to Work with Backdraft for Emotional Healing
  • Practice: Soles of the Feet

Session Three: Lovingkindness

Here we explore the importance of lovingkindness when we or others are suffering. We’ll learn how to create individualized lovingkindness phrases and other strategies to support ourselves.

  • Lovingkindness Meditation Fundamentals
  • Meditation: Lovingkindness for a Loved One
  • Using Phrases to Cultivate Lovingkindness
  • Practice: Creating Your Own Lovingkindness Phrases

Session Four: Finding Our Inner Compassionate Voice

This session explores how to honor, understand, and witness the inner critic. Through a variety of practices, we’ll learn to nurture greater self-acceptance and invite our inner compassionate voice to come forward.

  • Meditation: Lovingkindness for Ourselves
  • Understanding the Stages of Progress on the Path of Self-Compassion
  • Exercise: Where Am I in the Stages of Progress?
  • Understanding Self-Criticism and Safety
  • Exercise: Motivating Ourselves with Compassion

 

Session Five: Living a Meaningful Life

In this session, we learn to tap into the unlimited reservoir of compassion within us and all around us. We also take a deep dive into the unexpected benefits of suffering, explore our core values, and learn how to fully honor them, to bring more meaning to our lives.

  • Meditation: Giving and Receiving Compassion
  • Finding Value in Suffering
  • Exercise: Silver Linings
  • Exploring Your Core Values and Life Purpose
  • Exercise: Discovering Our Core Values
  • Practice: Living with a Vow to Bring Your Core Values into Daily Life

 

Session Six: Working with Difficult Emotions

During this time, we’ll learn to work with difficult emotions and discover that we can hold all of the good and bad that life has to offer us. We’ll engage many practical tools to work with these feelings in the moment, as they arise.

  • Strategies for Working with Difficult Emotions
  • Practice: Soften-Soothe-Allow
  • Understanding and Working with Shame
  • Practice: Compassionate Movement

 

Session Seven: Self-Compassion in Relationships

Relationships can be one of life’s greatest sources of joy, but also of pain. Here we’ll learn how to engage self-compassion to transform our connections with others.

  • Meditation: Compassionate Friend
  • The Pain of Connection
  • Practice: Self-Compassion Break in Relationships
  • Caregiver Fatigue
  • Self-Support for Caregivers
  • Practice: Compassion with Equanimity

Session Eight: Embracing Your Life and Yourself

To sustain our self-compassion day-to-day, joy and happiness are essential. In this final session of the course, we focus on cultivating these resources, while learning to fully embrace our lives and ourselves in the process.

  • Meditation: Compassion for Self and Others
  • Cultivating Happiness
  • Savoring Gratitude 
  • Exercise: Gratitude for the Big and Small Things
  • Self-Appreciation
  • Exercise: Self-Appreciation
  • Exercise: What Would You Like to Remember?
  • How to Continue Your Practice in Daily Life

 

Live Q&A Sessions

2 LIVE Q&A Sessions with Kristin and Chris

Chris and Kristin join together to answer your specific questions. These sessions will take place on April 12 and May 10, 2023, so if you are enrolled at that time, you can participate. 

What Our Students Are Saying

Join more than 3,000 people who have experienced The Power of Self-Compassion

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Both teachers had a wonderful approach, explained things very well, gave real-life examples, and set a very positive tone for the entire workshop. They made this a wonderful, life-changing experience that far exceeded my expectations.
David F.
David F.
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I appreciated all the ways, formal and informal, that Kristin Neff and Chris Germer created space for everyone and taught with their humanity and humility. This program was one of the best blends of teaching and practice that I've ever experienced. Powerful.
Susan U.
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Really made it clear just how little compassion I give myself. What Dr. Neff says is so true—being compassionate with ourselves can open us up to a greater depth of compassion for others. Highly recommended.
Tara A.
Tara A.
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Both teachers had a wonderful approach, explained things very well, gave real-life examples and set a very positive tone for the entire workshop. They made this a wonderful, life-changing experience that far exceeded my expectations.
David F.
David F.
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I appreciated all the ways, formal and informal, that Kristin Neff and Chris Germer created space for everyone and taught with their humanity and humility. This program was one of the best blends of teaching and practice that I've ever experienced. Powerful.
Susan U.
Susan U.
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Really made it clear just how little compassion I give myself. What Dr. Neff says is so true—being compassionate with ourselves can open us up to a greater depth of compassion for others. Highly recommended.
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Live Monthly Mentoring Calls

Each month, course participants are invited to engage with experienced mentors, personally selected by Chris and Kristin. During the call, you can discuss your questions, struggles, realizations, and other experiences with the mentor and the community. It’s a valuable tool to further deepen your understanding of the material and apply it to your life.

There’s still time to join the community and participate in the live mentoring events.

  • Jan 11, 2024 – Thursday 6pm MT
  • Feb 8, 2024 – Thursday 6pm MT
  • Mar 14, 2024 – Thursday 6pm MT

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These Special Bonuses for Free:

Bonus 1 Self-Compassion and Men

BONUS #1
“Self-Compassion and Men”

1 hour of video content with Chris Germer, PhD ($18.95 value)

Men, more often than women, see self-compassion as a weakness. Yet again and again, the opposite turns out to be true. For example, in a recent study, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with high self-compassion were much less likely to suffer PTSD symptoms—regardless of the severity of their combat experiences. In this video intensive, Chris guides us through principles and practices tailored to help men gain the proven benefits of self-compassion: higher motivation, drive, courage, and resilience in the face of setbacks.

Bonus 2 Self-Compassion and Our Bodies

BONUS #2
“Self-Compassion and Our Bodies”

1.5 hours of video content with Kristin Neff, PhD ($18.95 value)

Research shows that how physically attractive we believe ourselves to be deeply influences our sense of self-worth. And that for women, it is the most powerful determinant. Fortunately, there’s also strong evidence that self-compassion is an excellent antidote to this harmful learned bias. In this bonus video session, Kristin helps us to accept and love our bodies, and to adopt a self-nurturing and healthier relationship with food.

Bonus 3 Self-Compassion Step by Step

BONUS #3
Self-Compassion Step by Step

6 hours of audio meditations, practices, and teachings with Kristin Neff, PhD ($48.97 value)

Here’s the perfect on-the-go audio companion for your online course, filled with dozens of essential guided meditations and practices taught in The Power of Self-Compassion—plus additional topics, stories, and exercises. The tracks and titles make it easy to find and play your favorites. Add this to your phone or portable music player to enjoy whenever you need some instant “listen anywhere” guidance with Kristin.

When You Enroll in
The Power of Self-Compassion, You’ll Receive:

Plus

Bonus 1 Self-Compassion and Men

BONUS #1
"Self-Compassion and Men"

1 hour of video content with Chris Germer, PhD

Bonus 2 Self-Compassion and Our Bodies

BONUS #2
"Self-Compassion and Our Bodies"

1.5 hours of video content with Kristin Neff, PhD

Bonus 3 Self-Compassion Step by Step

BONUS #3
Self-Compassion Step by Step

6 hours of audio meditations, practices, and teachings with Kristin Neff, PhD

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