Courses and Workshops
Mindful Self-Compassion Course
Learn at lunch: 8-Week Course in association with the Light Centre (online)
Fri 04/03/2021 - 29/04/2022
8-Week Course (online) in association with the Light Centre (online)
Mon 07/03/2022 - 02/05/2022
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence-based training programme helping participants to cultivate the life-changing skills of emotional regulation, and self-compassion (treating yourself as you would treat others when you are suffering i.e. with patience, warmth, understanding and seeing yourself in context, rather than seeing oneself as separate from others or as a fatally flawed individual). Please note it is not a therapy group, but a skills-based training group.
The course will help you to have:
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, eating well 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...
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 or supportive/motivating awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives and help us to keep going with resilience, wisdom and strength.
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.
COURSE TESTIMONIALS: “Being shown how to give myself kindness and self-compassion was amazing. My inner critic is certainly weaker.... I wish this course has existed 30 years ago - I could have changed my life earlier. Alex is a brilliant teacher” - Kate, Tadworth.
“This is a beautiful course. It’s helped me find more beauty and kindness in myself and the world. I also wish my male friends and the people I love (even those I don’t even like!) could do this course and find more peace and compassion in their lives too” - Carol, London.
"This course taught us how to reparent ourselves... It will help you become your own best friend and discover your worth"- Eliza, London.
“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.
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.