Welcome to The Self-Compassion Academy!

Discover a journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth through Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Our academy offers transformative courses and teacher trainings based on the groundbreaking work of Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Join us on a path towards cultivating compassion for yourself and others, and experience the profound impact it can have on your life.

Welcome to The Self-Compassion Academy!

Discover a journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth through Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Our academy offers transformative courses and teacher trainings based on the groundbreaking work of Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Join us on a path towards cultivating compassion for yourself and others, and experience the profound impact it can have on your life.

What do we offer?

Mindful Selfcompassion training Chris Germer and Mila de Koning

Mindful Self-Compassion Courses for everyone

We offer a variety of formats in-person and online. Like: 8 week courses, 4 week core-skill courses and a 6 week short course.  We also offer courses for specific target-groups like healthcare professionals and the LHBTQI+ community.

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MSC Teacher Training

For those passionate about sharing the power of self-compassion with others, we provide MSC Teacher Trainings. Our teacher trainings are offered by senior teacher trainers. We pride ourselves in a personal approach and will support you during every step of the teacher training.

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Deepen your MSC practice or teachings

We encourage and support you in deepening your personal MSC practice. Through our courses and ongoing resources, we provide the tools and guidance to help you explore the depths of self-compassion. Embrace the transformative power of deepening your practice and witness its profound impact on yourself and those you teach.

About Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a research-backed approach that combines mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance emotional well-being and resilience. Developed by leading experts, Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, MSC provides practical tools and techniques to navigate life’s challenges with kindness and understanding.

Our academy offers a range of comprehensive MSC courses designed to guide you through the transformative journey of self-compassion. Whether you’re a beginner or seeking to deepen your practice, our courses provide a nurturing environment to cultivate self-compassion and develop resilience in the face of difficulties.

Our Approach

At The Self-Compassion Academy, we are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive community where individuals from all walks of life can embark on their self-compassion journey. Our approach is rooted in the three important principles of mindful self-compassion: mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity. 

The Self-Compassion Academy is a non-profit organization. We are committed to providing scholarships to individuals living in countries facing financial instability, conflict, or severe economic challenges. We truly believe that self-compassion is a caring force that can change the world. 

We are an Official International Partner of CMSC and keep up with the international standards of the MSC Program. We have been teaching MSC programs and MSC Teacher Training since 2014.

“This teacher training felt like a warm bath. Throughout every step of the training I felt supported and carried by my fellow students and the teachers.”

Teaching faculty

At The Self-Compassion Academy, we value the diverse and extensive experience of our teachers, who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. Our teaching faculty consists of highly skilled and experienced individuals who have dedicated themselves to the practice and teaching of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

Seniority is an important aspect of our teaching faculty, as it represents the depth of understanding and the years of commitment to the MSC approach. Our senior teachers have demonstrated exceptional proficiency in their own personal practice and have accumulated a wealth of teaching experience in the field of self-compassion for a significant period of time.

Our teachers bring a deep expertise and a compassionate presence to guide you through the curriculum, ensuring a safe and transformative learning experience. They will support you in cultivating a compassionate attitude towards yourself and others, helping you develop resilience, reduce self-criticism, and foster well-being.

Join our community

By joining The Self-Compassion Academy, you become part of a growing global community dedicated to practicing and spreading self-compassion. Connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and learn from one another’s journeys. Together, we can create a ripple effect of compassion that extends far beyond ourselves.

What our participants say about us?

Nadja Hereitani

Nadja Hereitani“In my Intensive Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher Training, I learned together with 40 teacher trainees from more than 20 countries, how to teach Self-Compassion.

Our teachers Mila de Koning, Chris Germer, and Laura Bassi created and maintained a space for over a week, in which we were able to share some of our darkest and brightest parts with loving connected presence. What a journey!
On day one, I started practicing with 40 complete strangers, and when I left a week later, I was deeply connected to the whole group.

Leading by example, our teachers created an immense positive energy with which healthy learning and development in the face of challenging contexts in todays world can happen.

As emerging teachers and leaders of Self-Compassion, we must learn to do just that, and everything else will come with great power, joy, and ease. I can say without exaggeration that it was one of the best weeks of my life in which I understood something very fundamental about what it means to be a good teacher.”

Daria Steketee

Daria Steketee“I spent an inspiring week with teachers Mila, Chris, and Laura, and an international group of students for the MSC Teacher Training. There was so much material to cover which they managed to deliver in an organized, thoughtful and engaging way. They communicate their passion for the subject and give us plenty of exercises to try things out ourselves experientially.

I’m amazed how much I learned in just one week, not only from the teachers but also from my fellow participants.

The training really gave me the tools to begin teaching MSC and the sense of being part of a community of like-minded people. I highly recommend this institute and hope to take more courses with them in the future.”

Daniel Berg

“I attended the MSC teacher training in the Netherlands in the summer of 2023. It was a transformative experience for me. There were approximately 40 attendees from over 20 countries, all sharing a commitment to bring more compassion and self-compassion into their lives and the lives of others. The opportunity to interact with so many inspiring people from around the world was unique for me.

The senior teachers, including Mila, Chris (Germer) and Laura were delightful, insightful and inspired with their wisdom, experience and sense of humor. It was a wonderful experience to hear the history and details of the development of the MSC program. The academy made sure that the location and food was excellent. It was hard to leave and we continue to stay in touch with a whatsapp thread.

I would recommend this program wholeheartedly to anyone interested in developing their self-compassion.”

Elle Gray

“Personally and in my Clinical Psychology work, I see the impact of Self Compassion as transformative. I had been practicing mindfulness for 15 years but it was attending the MSC course as a participant that changed my life – it was like the key peice of the jigsaw.

I have an interest in the research on Self Compassion, so for me it was important to learn from the specialists and leaders in the field who have been teaching, developing and researching the MSC programme. The MSC has a strict protocol that is unique and well defined, with it’s active elements being tested accross many different populations.

The initial training week itself was glorious. A well planned teaching container and fully nourishing – easily the best training I have ever received in a specific intervention. The 10 week TTP afterwards ensured that we were well prepared and practiced as teachers.

If you have completed the MSC course as a participant, fulfill the other requirements and know the generative value of Self Compassion then do consider this MSC teacher training… this is a growing area and there is a need for more people to live and share this work.”

Embark on a Journey of Self-Compassion

Are you ready to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth? Join The Self-Compassion Academy and unlock the transformative power of self-compassion in your life. Explore our courses and teacher trainings, and take the first step towards embracing a more compassionate and fulfilling way of being.

Start your self-compassion journey today at The Self-Compassion Academy!