courses /
workshops

mindful
self-compassion training


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.

 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.




Recent Conference presentations and workshops

- New Zealand Institute of Architects wellbeing webinar
-Compassion in Healthcare Conference, University of Auckland  2021
-St Hilda's Collegiate Staff Wellbeing Day
- Russell McVeagh
- Northern Club Pink Ribbon Breakfast
- Auckland Council
- Auckland District Health Board
- Hawke's Bay Primary Care Symposium
- Compassion in Healthcare Conference, UoA
- NZ Psychological Society
- University of Auckland Wellbeing Seminar
-ProCare
- Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents
Club
- Be Pure
- St Kentigern's College
- Baradene College
- International Coaching Federation - - Aspire Conference University of Auckland


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upcoming sessions

Mindful self-compassion five-DAY INTENSIVE TRAINING Mana Retreat, May 14-19, 2023

May 14, 2023 7:00 PM
Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel
Course Fees: $750 early bird until January 31. $855 thereafter

This is the full MSC course in an intensive five-day format, co-taught by Dr Anna Friis and Mara Elwood. Register directly through Mana Retreat. https://manaretreat.com/event/a-5-day-mindfulness-self-compassion-retreat-with-anna-friis-and-mara-elwood/

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