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Compassion-oriented events

These events support the development of people interested in compassion-oriented approaches, such as Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living (MBCL). These include events lasting from one day up to a week and are typically led by nationally and internationally renowned speakers, as well as by local teachers with experience and training in this field.

  • Train to teach Mindful Self-compassion

    Delivered by the Center for Mindful-Self-Compassion on behalf of Sussex Mindfulness Centre

    Cancelled: Face to Face: Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training:  15th - 21st March 2021, led by Ali Lambie and Vanessa Hope, assisted by Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher

    As we start 2021 it’s with regret, that due to the current Covid lockdown, we have had to cancel the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training at Ammerdown, Somerset planned for March 2021.

    We are in touch with our colleagues at the Center for Mindful Self-compassion ) to arrange another face-to-face training course as part of the MSC European and US events programme.   We have arranged another course at Ammerdown which will run from Sunday 20th -Saturday 26th November 2022. The course will be led by Ali Lambie and Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher. People who have registered for the 2021 training have the option to have a refund or to transfer their booking to this rearranged course.

    It is possible to take MSC Teacher training online in a 12-week non-intensive format instead.  
    For more information about the programme of online trainings, please see more details on the Center for Mindful Self-compassion website here:

    Enquiries can be made via

  • 2-day Core Skills Workshop in Mindful Self-Compassion

    with Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Chris Germer

    Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel our face-to-face workshop planned for July 2021. However we have rearranged a date for 2022 to host this workshop in Mindful Self Compassion workshop with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer as part of their 2022 European tour:

    Saturday and Sunday 2-3 July 2022


    Paganini Ballroom, Old Ship Hotel, 31-38 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NR

    The MSC Core Skills program is a workshop and not a retreat.  Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life (and the rationale behind them).

    **This Core Skills Workshop allows an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive 2-day format. **

    After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

    1. Understand the science of self-compassion    
    2. Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    3. Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism  
    4. Manage caregiver fatigue           
    5. Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
    6. Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients
    7. Take the first step towards training as an MSC teacher

    This workshop is an introduction to MSC and is not a qualification to teach the 8-week MSC Course which requires further training. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.


    £290 Standard ticket 

    £240 Trust-employed ticket 
    for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust-approved mindfulness teachers, trainers and SPFT advocates (no free places). 

    The price includes tea & coffee with pastries/biscuits during the breaks. Lunch or overnight accommodation are not included.

    Booking details to be posted here soon.

    For enquiries, please contact us at E:
    T: 0300 304 2057



    Cancellation Policy  

    If we have to cancel this event due to Covid-19. You may cancel your place up to 3 months before the course start date but the following charges will apply:  Before 11 Jan 2022 we can give a 90% refund. Between 11 Jan and 10 April we can give a 50% refund. If you cancel your place within 3 months of the workshop start date (after 11 April 2022)  no refund will be available.