Mindful Self-Compassion Course from Oct 16 (8 lessons & retreat) - Newton

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Brahm Centre @ Newton

47 Scotts Road

Goldbell Towers #04-02A

Singapore, 228233


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Self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress & maintenance of healthy habits.

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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

The 3 key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. 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.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:

• Practice self-compassion in daily life

• Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion

• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

• Transform challenging relationships, old and new

• Manage caregiver fatigue

• Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

What To Expect: Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

Compassion is a positive, energising emotion. However, it is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions may arise. MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each plus to a 4-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.

Everyone is welcome, including people of all backgrounds and identities. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC.

Who is this for?

  • People are are hard on themselves
  • People in the caregiving profession or have caregiving responsibilities
  • People who are self critical or feeling a sense of shame
  • Suitable for adults and teenagers 16 and above

Testimonials of July-August 2021 MSC course participants:

"Entered with skepticism and left with new lens and perspective on what it really means to be compassionate towards self and others. Highly recommend ! " - Tai Wen

"The MSC is a great course! I have personally gained many applicable techniques that I can apply especially when i have been harsh to myself or experienced difficult situations" - Sharine

"Self-compassion needs to be nurtured intentionally. This course empowers us to connect with our heart mindfully with self-compassion" - Siew Lian

"The course helped me realise that most of the time, our greatest and harshest critics are actually ourselves. We learnt very helpful techniques to acknowledge, befriend and transform these self-criticism into something much kinder but productive" - Rui

"Having more courage to shine and being proud of it. Also reminded me that everyone has their struggles and always be kind"

"My kindness-to-self index has increased. The same applies in my work and relationships"

"I have been practising meditation for a while and have found this course to be full of practical tips that I can use to enhance my practice."

"Some of the things we learnt are actually what we have been doing for ourselves in our daily lives, just that we aren’t mindful of. If we take more notice and make it more intentional, it will be more helpful for us"

"To be more appreciative for all the little things instead of just focus on the negativity, to be more compassionate and forgiving"

"it is a good course to discover and understand ourselves"

Participants will be asked to provide some personal information when they register for this course to help teachers determine their safety and readiness for this kind of emotional work.

Schedule: 8 weekly Sessions plus 4 hour retreat (All sessions and retreat must be attended to receive a completion certificate)

Date: Every Saturday starting Oct 16 - Dec 11 (inclusive of one session: 4-hour retreat from 1pm-5pm on 20 Nov)

Time: 2:30pm-5pm

Teacher: Dr Mabel Yap, Director at Ministry of Health (see photo and biodata below)

Venue : 47 Scotts Road #04-02A, Goldbell Tower, Singapore 228233

Nearest MRT: Newton station - one min walk

Course fee: $550

Recommended readings: The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer (2018)

Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff (2019)


  • Please note that payments for courses are non-refundable.
  • Request for transfers or make up-classes for selected mindfulness courses are subjected to availability and fees of $30 for transfers and $10 for make-up are applicable.

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Adj A/P Mabel Yap, is a medical doctor and public heath specialist with a PhD in human nutrition. Her day job revolves around standards in training and assessment of healthcare professionals in Singapore.

Her passion is in promoting wellness and healing, especially to those in the caring professions, through teaching mindfulness and art. She is trained as MBSR teacher at Brown School of Public Helath and MSC teacher at the Centre for Mindful Self Compassion, and has been teaching mindfulness related courses with Brahm centre for about a year.

NO-Refund Policy

  • Please note that payments for courses are non-refundable.
  • Do ensure that you are able to attend the first session of the course before registering for the course as you will not be allowed to continue with the course should you miss the first session.
  • Request for transfers or make up-classes for selected mindfulness courses are subjected to availability and fees of $30 for transfers and $10 for make-up are applicable.

Upon successful payment, you shall receive a confirmation email.

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Brahm Centre is a leading course provider of a wide range of science-based mindfulness programs to reduce stress and enhance well-being in today's fast paced world. We have worked with healthcare agencies, schools and corporations to equip employees, parents and students with mindfulness tools to help them stay physically and mentally well. 


Course graduates may enhance their practice by joining our weekly mindfulness clubs. Furthermore there are free regular health talks conducted by healthcare professionals and qualified speakers open to the public.


Launched in 2012 as a charity that aims to promote happier and healthier living, Brahm Centre is a full member of the National Council of Social Services and an Institution of Public Character.


Come begin your mindfulness journey with us. 


Please note that all course registrations are NON-refundable. Transfer of selected mindfulness courses is subject to a $30 transfer fee and a $10 admin fee for a mindfulness make-up class. There are NO transfers or make-up classes available for all other courses. 

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