Courses and Workshops
Mindful Self-Compassion Course
Find care, connection and calm by transforming your relationship with the inner-critic by learning how to treat yourself and motivate yourself with kindness.
Mindful Self-Compassion Evening Course:
Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00
Date: 11th March 2018 – 19th May 2019
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a secular (non-religious), research-based training programme designed to help participants cultivate the life-changing skill of self-compassion. Please note it is not a therapy group, but a skills-based training group.
Over the course of 8 sessions, you will begin to experience:
Improved relationships with yourself, with your body and with others by managing the inner critic.
Better resilience in the face of life’s difficulties.
The courage to face your own blind spots, creating space for self-development.
An increased sense of connection to others.
More natural engagement in self-care behaviours e.g. exercise and drinking less.
Being less afraid of failure – helping you to live life more fully.
Connection to your core values, helping to guide you in a direction that resonates with you deeply.
And much more…
The MSC course is a series of workshops aiming to help you directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
“Thank you very much for everything. Your love and kindness towards us have tremendously affected our learning on this course.
I sincerely think this course is the best course I have attended so far in my life!
It has helped me to look at how I was living my life and realised that the great barrier to enjoying one’s life is that we tend to beat ourselves up, think too much and live with a negative bias. When I look back, I was always fearful. I can imagine a different life now.
The MSC course has helped me to change my life through love and kindness… No matter where your life is heading at the moment, please come and do this course”
– P, London.
MSC is based on the research of Kristin Neff (University of Texas) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (University of Harvard). MSC is a training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The sessions cover the core principles and practices that will help you to let go of the inner critic and enable you to approach difficult moments in your life with compassion, patience and understanding.
What to expect
Each session will include short talks, easy and short meditations (suitable for all levels) exercises, some group discussion (participants are not obligated to speak if they do not wish to) and some manageable home practices.
Audios and handouts will be provided.
MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.
In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives.
MSC is therapeutic but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.
Dates for 2019 retreat TBC...
A transformative weekend to help turnaround your physical and emotional health – without having to leave London…
Want to feel lighter and stronger, both emotionally and physically? Want to kick-start a health regime ready for winter and learn how to easily maintain a healthy diet? Or would you simply like more energy?
If your answer is YES PLEASE! then join Alex and Sybille for their REBOOT Urban Retreat at the Light Centre Belgravia.
The weekend includes:
Delicious JUICES and NUT MILKS throughout both days for cleansing, health and vitality
Easy, GENTLE YOGA to cleanse, calm and lightly strengthen the body
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION to manage stressed and busy minds
EXPERT ADVICE on maintaining a healthy diet and toxin-free home for life
Fun and informative HEALTHY COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Free Reboot HANDBOOK and cleansing SUPPLEMENTS
Book online here -
or call Light Centre Belgravia reception on 0207 881 0728. Alternatively, you can contact Alex at or
Early Bird offer: £150 if you book before Friday October 10th.
The fee is £200 thereafter, but if book with a friend between October 11th and October 24th, you can buy one ticket and get the second ticket half price.
DATES AND TIMES:
Saturday 25th Oct 10am – 4pm
Sunday 26th Sept 10am – 3pm
(At the beautiful and relaxing) Light Centre Belgravia, 7-9 Eccleston Street, London SW1W 9LX.
For more detailed information, read on…
Juice Cleansing: The merits of fasting have been highlighted most recently by the 5:2 diet, however, there is much more to it that weight management and chronic disease prevention. From a naturopathic perspective, vitality is elevated and skin, digestive, mental and liver health all improve. and your desire for consuming healthy food is renewed. Participants will drink juices and nut milks over the course of the weekend, breaking their brief fast with a small, but delicious healthy meal on Sunday afternoon.
Total Body Cleanse Yoga: Total Body Cleanse teaches a selection of specialised techniques on how to cleanse the entire body. This type of Hatha yoga focuses on cleansing all the organ systems, incorporating yogic breathing, cleansing techniques and asana to improve posture and aid relaxation.
Mindfulness Meditation: Learn to live in the present moment. In the modern world, every day stresses and worries mean many of us unable to really be here, right now. Cultivating a basic meditation practice increases your ability to concentrate, improves stress levels, helps you to manage unhelpful, ruminative thought, and will change your relationship with yourself, and therefore also others, for the better.
Healthy food preparation demonstrations: Alex and Sybille will demonstrate some simple but truly delicious healthy recipes to inspire you to continue with healthy eating after the weekend.
Nutrition talks: understand what is happening in the body when juice cleansing and why it’s a great thing to do intermittently. Learn about how the body works and which nutrients it needs to stay in good health.
Half-day self-compassion retreat at Light Centre Belgravia this Sunday 23rd Feb 10am-2pm.
This retreat will help you to gain insights into the nature of your patterns of thinking and self-critical thinking that don't serve you and strengthen the muscle of self-compassion of turning towards yourself with kindness (as you would with a friend) to support yourself when you are struggling. It will also help you to begin, deepen or help you stay connected to any existing meditation practice.
Alex will be integrating some new practices on this retreat often used in Compassionate Mind Training (the practical arm of Compassion Focussed Therapy).
The retreat will be guided throughout and we will experience a variety of supported, seated, walking and mindful eating practices.
Those anxious about spending 4 hours in silence should know that anyone who has attended before has found it to be really enjoyable - particularly the opportunity to totally switch off from daily demands and distractions.
Snacks, bespoke audios and handouts will also be provided. Please book this directly with me by simply emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org. The session is £55, but if there are any financial constraints, do let me know and I can offer a discounted place with no questions asked.
Drop Alex an email here to book
6-Week Mindfulness Courses (AM & PM options)
Introduction to Mindfulness 6 Week Course
Tuesday evenings 19:00 - 21:00
Starts: 29/03/16 - 03/05/16
BOOK NOW online or call 020 7881 0728
Join Alex Newte Hardie, naturopath, general health practitioner and mindfulness facilitator at the Light Centre Belgravia to help you gently wake up to the extent of the extraneous suffering we experience due to over-thinking our lives, and to experience ways of anchoring yourself to the present moment with gentleness and compassion.
Research shows that for at least 50% of our waking hours, most of us are trapped in endless excess thought - worrying, planning for the future, going over to-do lists, reflecting on conversations and scenarios from the past, criticising ourselves...the list goes on and on. This mind ‘chatter' causes our health to suffer as we feel more stressed and exhausted then we need to be, tensions build up in the body creating dysfunction, and work and relationships are affected because we are unable to be truly present with our colleagues, friends and family. This dustbowl of thoughts we live inside means we are also less able to listen to the quiet wisdom in our hearts and minds that knows what is best for us and what we truly need to feel content and well.
This course will help you to:
- Learn to live in the present moment and gain freedom from relentless thoughts or ruminations about the past, and plans or worries about the future.
- Experience peace and contentment no matter what is going on around you (or inside your mind and body).
- Begin to embody curiosity and compassion towards yourself and others.
- Transform your relationship with your life, your family, partner, colleagues, friends and most importantly, yourself.
- Improve weight problems, pain and immune system issues, heart disease, mild addictions and other stress-related health issues.
Maximum participants: 10
*If participants need to miss a session for some reason, they can choose to have a one-on-one session with me to catch up in person (ideally) or via Skype.
TO BOOK: Please call Light Centre Belgravia reception to reserve your place 020 7881 0728 .
"I enjoyed everything about the course! 10/10" - Liz, London.
"What I enjoyed most about the course was meeting Alex - a beautiful person inside and out - calm, caring and supportive. I also enjoyed meeting new and friendly people who I could relate to and feel at ease with" - Melissa, London.
"I enjoyed having dedicated time to work on myself and learn a new tool for inner peace. I also enjoyed lying down :)" - Max, London.
“The course was great and of a high quality. I enjoyed all the practices, even the challenging ones. The readings were great and sharing with others was invaluable. Discussions with Alex were also engaging – she gave generously of herself in each class” – Faryal, London.
“I really enjoyed the course… Alex created an engaging, warm and open environment to talk and share which made a real difference (especially as this is new for me). My favourite aspect of the course was being able to take time for myself and feeling comfortable to do this. Also learning not to judge myself so much” – Penny, London.
“Alex was very approachable and knowledgeable, she made us all feel very comfortable and it was lovely to meet other like-minded people. My favourite aspects of the course were the meditations and activities, which really made you realise where you could utilise mindfulness in daily life. The discussions were very good and I gained a lot of insight into myself through listening to Alex and to others” – Lindsey, London.
“I would highly recommend this course to people – I have found it very helpful, particularly the group discussions and the exercises” – Mel, London.