Self-Compassion in Seattle, WA

Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” 


-Christopher Germer

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If you answered YES, then then this Mindful Self-Compassion in Seattle course might be for you!


Self-compassion can be described as treating yourself with the same kindness that you’d treat a close friend or loved one.Β The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courseΒ 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.


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.

Β After participating in this mindful self-compassion in seattle course, you’ll be able to:

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Improve overall health and well-being
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation


Dates & Location


Tuesdays 6:15-9pm (no class on April 14th)

  • March 3
  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24
  • March 31
  • April 7
  • No class on April 14th
  • April 21
  • April 28

Location:Β  2808-II East Madison St. Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98112

**Half-day retreat on Saturday, April 4th (4 hours long), location and exact times TBD


What To Expect of this mindful self-compassion in seattle course:


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.


Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend all eight sessions, as well as the half-day retreat, and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.


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, energizing emotion. However, it is said that β€œlove 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.


Important 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 programΒ (see below for required registration form)

  • This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming an MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit


  • To keep a sense of supportive community and connection, class size will be limited to 12 participants only. This training is expected to fill up quickly, so register soon.


  • Participants are requested to purchase “The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook” by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Available onΒ Amazon.

Recommended Resources:

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself,Β by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion,Β by Christopher GermerΒ 

Instructors of this mindful self-compassion in seattle course:

Kelly Mulligan is a LMHCA and has over 25 years working in the field of education, social services and mental health. Her life’s work has been focused on helping individuals of all ages build resilience, increase self awareness of behavior and thinking patterns, while strengthening relationships and self compassion. She currently integrates her mindful self compassion in her personal life as well as in her private practice in which she provides therapy and counseling services to adolescents, adults and parents, To learn more about Kelly Mulligan you can visitΒ her website


Melissa Parks has her PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology and currently works as a life coach for people living overseas. She’s passionate about spreading the word about self-compassion because she’s seen just how transformative it has been in the lives of her therapy and coaching clients, as well as in her own life and relationship with herself. To learn more about Melissa and the resources she has available on the topic of self-compassion, please visit herΒ website.

Registration Requirements


You can register for the event on Eventbrite.Β 

All participants must also complete this form:Β BACKGROUND INFORMATION FORM


If you have any questions about the course, please contact the instructors:


Melissa Parks at 206-334-8326 or

Kelly Mulligan at 206-818-4645 or

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