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Mindful Self-Compassion programme (MSC)

MSC is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion, finally available in the Illawarra! 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. It can be particularily helpful for health professionals and carers. 

The three 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 programme, 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

Woonona Medical Practice would like to thank the Centre of Mindful Self-Compassion for their permission to use the above information



No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To ensure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the programme.


What Self-Compassion is not:

Kristin Neff’s article in Psychotherapy Networker on the Five Myths of Self-Compassion

Short youtube video:

What is compassion? Kristin Neff youtube link. 
Companion book recommended for programme:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive - 2018 Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer


Your teacher:  Dr Adele Stewart


Our goal is to keep the course accessible to all those who could benefit. The full cost is $595. For regular Woonona Medical Practice patients the cost is $520, For Pension and Centrelink Health Card Card holders the cost is $420. For those who have done MBSR or MiCBT with Adele there is a 20% discount for MSC. Those experiencing financial hardship are welcome to email Adele at to discuss a discount, scholarship or payment plan.

Dates & Times

MSC courses are run 1-2 times per year for 8 x 3 hour sessions usually on Saturday afternoons at Woonona Medical Practice (plus one Saturday or Sunday 5 hour retreat) usually coinciding with the school term. Each session has a 15 minute break. It is important to attend every session if at all possible. Zoom sessions are available if unwell or away. 

The weekly sessions support the daily home practice of up to 30 minutes of formal and informal practices.  


Saturday 30th April 2022 2-5pm

Saturday 7th May 2022 2-5pm

Saturday 14th May 2022 2-5pm 

Saturday 21st May 2022 2-5pm

Saturday 28th May 2022 2-5pm

Saturday 4th June 2022 2-5pm

Sunday  5th June 2022 10am-3pm Mt Keira Girl Guides camp 

Saturday 11th June 2022 no session Queens Birthday weekend

Saturday 18th June 2022 2-5pm

Saturday 25th June 2022 2-5pm


Download the enrolment form here. If you have done MBSR with Adele previously, no enrolment form needed. Please contact her directly.


For questions please phone reception on 02 4283 3433,  click here to submit on online enquiry or you can directly email Adele. Please feel free to make an appointment to see Adele (no charge for a short appointment) to discuss whether the course would be suitable for you.

Mindfulness resources

Click here for Mindfulness resources.