with Colette Power and Wiebke Pausch
24th – 29th June, 2019
Language: English and French
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, intensive training course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The course can be taught weekly or in a residential format as it is here. It is based on research by Kristin Neff, integrated with the clinical perspective 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 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 inter-relatedness, 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, 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 well-being, 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 course, you’ll be able to:
Course 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 a compassion-training course rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), although mindfulness skills are taught as a foundation for self-compassion. MSC is also different from therapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Nonetheless, psychological healing may occur as we develop the capacity to be with our difficulties, and with ourselves, in a loving, compassionate way.
MSC is a journey that entails a variety of challenges. This is particularly true in the residential format of this training, as going through the whole course at once is a much more intense experience. Compassion has the effect of soothing and comforting us as it paradoxically opens us to emotional discomfort. While some difficult emotions may arise when practising self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to make the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone. If you have any concerns about taking this course, please feel free to contact one of the instructors and they will respond as soon as possible.
The course occurs over 6 days, and there will be some free time each day to enjoy the beauty of the Moulin de Chaves (for more about the venue, accommodation and meals see below).
Before breakfast there will be a silent early morning. In the evenings the teachers will offer talks to help you relate experientially to the following day’s practices. You will also have at least one individual interview with a teacher where you can discuss your practice, and how you are finding the retreat.
This retreat is suitable for those who have an interest in exploring mindful self-compassion. You may have completed a mindfulness course or similar training, but this is not essential.
This course does not constitute a training to teach MSC, athough it does fulfil one of the prerequisites for entering training to become an MSC teacher. Please see the application process (below). For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit Center for Mindful Self Compassion
It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before the course:
You are welcome to arrive on the 24th from 14h. It is not possible to arrive before unless you are attending a previous retreat. Dinner will be served at 6.00pm, followed by an orientation session. The final session will end soon after 12 noon on 29th June.
Rooms need to be vacated by 10h on the 29 th and we ask that you leave after lunch. It is not possible to stay on at Le Moulin unless you are attending the next retreat which is The Mindful Self-compassion Silent Retreat (Heart Work for Hard Times led by Colette and Wiebke). This silent retreat fulfils the annual retreat requirement for mindfulness teachers. Please contact us for further information.
Our application process involves the following steps:
£450 pounds or €500. You can pay by cheque or BACS. Please contact Colette Power for payment details (email@example.com).
Camping €300 + €10 membership
Moulin shared tent €325 + €10 membership
Moulin single tent €400 + €10 membership
Shared room €350 + €10 membership
Single room €425 + €10 membership
This event must be paid in full at the time of registration. Payment is by Paypal and credit card through the online registration process.
Once you have completed the process, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your booking. If you do not receive this email, (check spam folder first) or you experience any difficulties booking, please contact us directly by email or telephone.
If there is a cancellation, the event is refundable, less a €100 administration fee, until one month before the event begins, and 50% refundable until 14 days before the event. If you cancel less than 14 days before the event start date then there is no refund.
You are welcome to arrive between 14h and 20h on the opening day of this event.It is not possible to arrive before this date unless you are attending a previous retreat.
Rooms need to be vacated by 10h, on the closing day of this event and we ask that you leave by 15h. Lunch is the last meal which you are welcome to stay for. It is not possible to stay on at Le Moulin, unless you are attending the next retreat.
All rooms in the main house share two bathrooms and toilets on each floor of the building. There are no en-suites.
We provide bedding and towels for all rooms.
If you choose to stay in a moulin tent, we will provide you with everything. A bed ( yes a bed!!) quilt, bedding, lighting, torch, towel, and anything else to make you comfortable. The tent will also have space to keep your luggage and belongings.
Hots drinks are available all day.
We provide meditation mats, cushions, chairs and shawls.
We have enough yoga mats for up to 50 people, however if you use yoga props, you need to bring your own.
See a sample schedule of a previous retreat. (Please note this is just an example and may differ on this retreat)
Click here for Le Moulin guidelines. Please read before arriving.
Please bring indoor shoes/slippers for the main building,
An alarm clock.
Comfortable loose clothing for sitting and walking meditation, plus exercise practice.
Appropriate clothing for cool and hot weather.
A european power adapter
Your own cup (optional)
It can get very hot in the height of the summer, so sun hats, water bottles, and sun cream can be useful. However as we are next to a river, the mornings and evenings can be quite cool, so do bring a warm jumper/jacket.
Moulin de Chaves is a non profit Association. Everyone who comes here on retreat contributes one hour of their time each day towards the running of the Moulin. This may be anything from washing up, veggie chopping, cleaning, or gardening. We thank you in advance for helping us in this way.
The Moulin de Chaves operates as a French registered Non Profit Association (loi 1901). In order to maintain this status, all activities are offered as a service to Association members. The annual subscription of €10 allows us to offer events at the Moulin for the lowest possible cost. Without membership, we would have to operate as a profit-oriented, tax-paying organisation.
Please click here to find out more details on how to get to Le Moulin.