Courses & Workshops

Experience the art and science of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Practicing Mindfulness
A 3-week workshop series

January 31st, February 7th & 14th, 2022
10:00 – 11:00 am ET


Some simple definitions of mindfulness include: “Awareness of present moment experience, with acceptance” or “Knowing what you’re experiencing, while you’re experiencing it.” – Christopher Germer.

Among the many benefits, practicing mindfulness can help to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing, bring more balance to how we hold life’s experiences, cultivate a sense of presence and grounding, and invite savoring of pleasant experiences.

Join this three-session course to explore, practice, and discuss a range of mindfulness practices including: meditations, mindfulness exercises, and small group discussions to deepen learning and connect with fellow participants.

All course exercises and discussions will be offered in a relaxed and spacious way.

Offered through MerryMeeting Adult Education

Introduction to Mindful
A 3-week workshop series

February 28th, March 7th & 14th, 2022
10:00 – 11:00 am ET


Most of us feel kindness and compassion for our close friends. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself? The first step is a shift in attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

Self-compassion is the practice of treating ourselves like we would a good friend. Rather than adding to our to-do list, the practice of self-compassion incorporates tools and perspectives to employ on-the-spot anytime, anywhere.

Compassion is considered to be an energizing emotion and can help us to feel more connected with others and with our own inner resources and wisdom.

Join this three-session course to learn more about self-compassion. The class will include discussions and exercises to explore the three core elements of self-compassion, meditations and reflective exercises, and small group discussions. The session will draw, in part, from the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program developed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.

Offered through MerryMeeting Adult Education

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Program
A 10-week program

Join us for the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program to pause, rest and reflect, and to gently expand your capacity to navigate life’s many ups and downs with a bit more compassion, wisdom and ease.

Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9 pm ET
March 15 – May 24, 2022
3-hour virtual retreat on Sunday, April 24th

Pay what you can. Choose the registration rate that reflects your current circumstances:

  • $495 USD – Covers the cost of the course + provides support for others to join the course
  • $395 USD – Covers the cost of the course
  • $295 USD – Available to anyone with less resources at this time.

All registration rates include the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook

Offered in partnership with MSC Trained Teacher Emily Whyte Rubin

Curious to learn more before signing up for the MSC Program?
Join us for a free 1-hour
Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Learn the three components of self-compassion
  • Experience a self-compassion practice for difficult moments
  • Learn about available resources for yourself, and to share with others

Offered in partnership with MSC Trained Teacher Emily Whyte Rubin

Time to Unwind: Self-Compassion for Nurses
A free series

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already pressing issue of compassion fatigue, stress and burnout many nurses experience in the face of overwhelming demands and limited resources.

As nurses, care is most often focused outward – toward patients, families, and communities. What if we offered ourselves permission to include ourselves in the circle of care? Not to add to the to-do list or things we “should” be doing, but to offer ourselves a moment of respite in the midst of our demanding roles.

Join us for this series to explore practices that invite you to rest, reflect, and re-connect with inner resources always available to you.

This event is free but registration is required.

Series schedule:

Attend as many (or few) as you wish.

  • Wednesday, February 9th, 8:30 – 9 AM ET
  • Wednesday, February 9th, 8:30 – 9 PM ET
  • Wednesday, February 16th, 8:30 – 9 AM ET
  • Wednesday, February 16th, 8:30 – 9 PM ET
  • Wednesday, February 23rd, 8:30 – 9 AM ET
  • Wednesday, February 23rd, 8:30 – 9 PM ET

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