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self-compassion training

Mindful Self-Compassion  (MSC) training combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. See or for further information on self-compassion, or course links below to train with certified teacher Dr Anna Friis in New Zealand

 Self-compassion is a powerful practise of turning towards difficult feelings with a spirit of openness, acceptance and curiosity, and then responding with kindness, empathy and understanding. The rewards of learning self-compassion include:

*the capacity to handle difficult  situations and emotions with greater ease 
* being able to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism 
* handling  challenging relationships better  * increasing resilience and preventing  burn-out
* finding more joy and happiness in daily life

The good news is that self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone, bringing a greater sense of ease, happiness and better health.  Anna teaches mindful self-compassion (MSC) as an 8-week programme in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as offering intensives, short workshops and day seminars by design.


"Working with you has changed the most important relationship in my life .. the relationship with myself. For that, I am truly grateful." Vanessa

Conference presentations and workshops

ASPIRE Conference University of Auckland, July 15,2019

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upcoming sessions

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-Week Course Tuesday evenings  July 23  -Sept 10, 2019 - ***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

July 23, 2019 6:15 PM
130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. St Luke's Community Centre

This course comprises one evening session a week for eight weeks, with each session beginning promptly with meditation. Places on MSC courses are strictly limited to ensure small group sizes. Upon completion of this programme, participants will be able to (1) motivate themselves with kindness rather than self-criticism (2) integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into their daily lives (3) have strategies for dealing with difficult emotions and challenging relationships .... and so much more

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October 5, 2019 9:00 AM
St Luke's Community Centre, 130 Remuera Road, Remuera. Auckland

Mindfulness and self-compassion are powerful practises scientifically linked to improved wellbeing, happiness and health. Join Dr Anna Friis for a lively introductory workshop experiencing these ancient practises for yourself. Learn what self compassion is - and what it isn't, learn how to motivate yourself with kindness instead of self-criticism, and take away simple tools to improve your daily life, relationships, and health. Places will be limited so book early to secure your place. Morning tea supplied. Suitable for anyone.

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MSC FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE TRAINING MANA RETREAT CENTRE, SEPT 15-20 2019. enrolments now open. This is a residential retreat

September 15, 2019 7:00 PM
Mana Retreat, Coromandel New Zealand

This is the full MSC course in an intensive five-day format, co-taught by Kristy Arbon and Anna Friis. This is a live-in retreat at the gorgeous Mana Retreat Centre in the Coromandel, North Island New Zealand during which the full eight-session MSC course will be taught over five days. Accommodation and meals at beautiful Mana are included in the fee. See link to register directly through Mana Retreat Centre

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