8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Self-criticism and perfectionism play a key role in maintaining a variety of mental health struggles. These states of mind can cause us to feel ashamed, isolated, stressed in our bodies, and doubtful about our ability to change and participate fully in our lives. The 8-week MSC course is designed to help individuals build self-worth, and cultivate greater emotional resilience and well-being. Instead of meeting yourself with harsh judgment and defeating statements, this course will allow you to experience a new way of relating to yourself – one that is much more nurturing and supportive. You will develop the confidence  to soothe and care for yourself in a way that is deeply meaningful and more helpful to you. 

About the Mindful Self-compassion Course


Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is in pain or is suffering in some way. We intuitively feel moved to extend our warmth and encouragement to them. What would it be like if you could treat yourself in the same way when you are experiencing pain or suffering?  Learning to treat ourselves just as we would a good friend is the essence of this course.

The 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course was originally developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. 

Research repeatedly shows that mindfulness and self-compassion can help improve our overall psychological well-being, our ability to cope with life’s challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, promote healthy habits, and lead to more satisfying personal relationships.


Course Content


You’ll learn the key principles and practices of self-compassion, and how you can use these skills to cultivate emotional resilience and wellbeing. The course is a welcoming and nurturing programme that uses meditations, group discussion, and experiential exercises, to explore the following themes: 

  • Bringing mindfulness and self-compassion into your daily life.
  • Handling difficult situations and emotions with more confidence and ease.
  • Motivating yourself with kindness, rather than self-criticism.
  • Growing and sustaining compassion for others so you can improve relationships.
  • Practicing the art of savouring and self-appreciation.
  • Exploring the role of self-compassion in caregiver fatigue.
  • Developing an understanding of the science around how self-compassion works.


Who is the Mindful Self-compassion Course (MSC) for?


The MSC group is open to anyone who wants to learn how to cultivate the skills of mindfulness, self-compassion and greater emotional and mental wellbeing.

MSC can be learned by anyone. No previous experience with meditation is necessary.




Dates: To be confirmed.

Times: We will host one session per week, each session will be 2.5 hours long, with a short break in the middle. The first session will be slightly longer, running for 3 hours, again with a short break halfway through. 

Retreat Day: We will also provide an additional half-day ‘retreat’ halfway through the course. The retreat will last for 5 hours, and it is designed to give our participants the opportunity to deepen their MSC practice and understanding of mindfulness and self-compassion. The retreat is included in the price of the course.

Location: All of the sessions will take place online, we will send you secure meeting links by email.

Fee: The fee for this course is £350. This includes more than 25 hours of mindfulness and self-compassion training over 9 weeks (including the retreat). We will also provide a course handbook and weekly guided meditations to support you in cultivating your understanding and practice of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Number of Participants:  We can only take a maximum of 12 people in this group; if you are interested in joining us, please book your place as soon as possible.


How to book the Mindful Self-compassion (MSC) Course


To book your place on the Mindful Self-compassion Course, please email: natalie.chua@altumhealth.co.uk or contact us on 020 7193 5974 for more information.


About your teacher

Dr Natalie Chua

Natalie is a clinic Dr Natalie Chua al psychologist and a certified yoga, mindfulness and self-compassion teacher. She is committed to helping her clients overcome their difficulties, develop greater self-trust, and live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. She believes that each person holds immense capacity for growth and transformation regardless of the nature of their struggles.

Originally from Singapore, she earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University College of London, and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Education with a concentration in Spirituality and Mind-Body Practice at Columbia University. 

Natalie trained to teach the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) and has been sharing the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion since 2015. She is passionate about sharing these practices with her students to help them live more balanced, kind, and embodied lives. Natalie truly values every opportunity to share these teachings and learns as much from her students as she teaches. Natalie’s teaching is informed by her daily practice, eastern and western psychology, and her time in retreat.

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