Dare to Be Kind:

Befriend Yourself and Build Your Resilience

Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) teaches simple, practical skills that help you to respond to difficult moments in your life with kindness, care and understanding

The next MSC Course starts in January 2020!
Registrations is open! Click here for registration
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What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is the ability to be present in the face of challenges and support ourselves in the same way we would support a good, loyal friend. The MSC course is a cutting-edge, applied mindfulness course that will help you discover and tap into powerful human strengths that all of us already have. The program is very practical and includes many skills you can apply in your daily life. The 9-session MSC program is scientifically-supported and based on the groundbreaking research and clinical work of Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. MSC builds on our basic resources as human beings.  As a human being, each of us already has the capacity for kindness, peace, and openness.  MSC teaches core principles and practices that empower participants to respond to the stresses and difficulties of their lives with a kind, connected presence. In MSC, participants cultivate skills of self-compassion with experiential exercises and practices that they can apply in their daily lives.

The three key components of self-compassion are...

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful awareness. Kindness helps us learn to respond to and treat ourselves like a good friend, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we realize we’re not alone in our difficulty. Mindfulness connects us to the present moment, so we are aware what is happening right now. Woven together as mindful self-compassion, these three elements can generate a state of warm-hearted, connected presence. Think of it as a kind smile when you feel stressed.

Anyone can develop self-compassion, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or people who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. How is that? Because the program builds resources that all human beings already possess, even if we did not work to develop these resources in the past. As human beings, we are born with the capacity for kindness and the capacity to be present. Self compassion is a courageous, empowered stance that stands up to stress and difficulty, including the ways that we unwittingly hurt on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit that we’re not perfect, be authentically ourselves,motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, and relate more wholeheartedly to others. 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. After participating in this training program, you’ll be able to:
  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

How the MSC Training Course Works 


The MSC program includes 8 sessions of 3 hours each plus a 4 hour retreat (a total of 28 hours). Before registering, please check the schedule.  Participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 20-30 minutes per day throughout the program.

Program activities include...


Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.
Please look at MSC as an experiential training and not a class. The main goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is one foundation of self compassion.

MSC is also not psychotherapy or treatment. The emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds.
Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way. It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, the teacher is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.


Who Are We? Meet The Teachers

Benjamin Weinstein, PhD

Dr. Ben is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been living in Thailand since 2003. He has a private practice at Psychological Services International and is an adjunct lecturer for the Psychology Department of Chiang Mai University.  He also works as a consultant and resilience trainer for companies, NGOs and healthcare organizations, including the Thailand Department of Mental Health. Dr. Ben has been practicing mindfulness since 2007 and MSC since 2016. Ben is Thailand’s first Trained Teacher of MSC.  He’s in the process of becoming a certified teacher because he’s excited about MSC’s powerful possibilities for growth and healing.

Lihi Darnell, MSCP

Lihi is a counseling psychologist living in Bangkok with her family since 2010.​ Lihi has been interested in Buddhist psychology and mindfulness since 1999, and she started practicing of self-compassion in 2016. Lihi is enthusiastic about the MSC program; in addition to completing the MSC course and being the course assistant, she has conducted research on the benefits of self-compassion. Lihi completed her own MSC teacher training in January 2019.  Lihi adores flowers and feels we should stop to admire them more often!

Mindful Self Compassion Course (Schedule & Location)

Orientation to Mindful Self-Compassion

Want to learn more about Mindful Self-Compassion? Each course starts with an open orientation session.  Please join us for this brief orientation: you’ll get to taste the mindful self compassion experience and meet us in person.  No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.

8 Week MSC Training Course – General Information

We conduct the course in small groups, with no more than 12 people.  No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend.   Everyone needs to attend the free, pre-course orientation session to register for the full course.  English fluency is required for this program.
In order to establish and maintain psychological safety in the course, we ask participants to provide some personal background information when they register for the program.
The course includes: 8 weekly sessions (3 hours/session) and 1 half-day retreat session for a total of nine sessions and a total course length of 28 hours.  A course handout booklet will be provided.
Participants who attend at least 90% of the program will receive a certificate of completion, which is the basis for participation in further MSC training.
Course fee: THB 15,000 (5% discount for teachers/educators, or 10% discount for two+ people registering and paying together; discounts can not be combined)

Questions?  Contact us for more information through contact form or email us at mscthailand.org@gmail.com

Detailed registration information is below the map.

2020 Course Schedule!!

The next MSC Course starts in January 2020!  Registrations is open!

Each participant needs to attend a free, helpful orientation session before the course starts.  This helps us get to know each other, explain what the course is about and answer your questions.

We usually run the course on Sunday morning.  In 2020, we’re thinking about also adding a weekday morning- if you’d like to take the course on Tues or Wed morning from 8am-11am (same location), please email or message us!!

Day Time What?
Wednesday, Dec. 11 6pm-7pm MSC Course Orientation (this is a free and required session for anyone who has not already completed the MSC Course)
Sunday, Jan. 12 10am-2pm MSC Session 1 (4 hours)
Sunday, Jan. 19 10am-1pm MSC Session 2
Sunday, Jan. 26 10am-1pm MSC Session 3
Sunday, Feb. 2 10am-1pm MSC Session 4
Sunday Feb. 9 BREAK (holiday weekend)- soaking it in….
Sunday Feb. 16 10am-1pm MSC Session 5
Sunday, Feb. 23 9am-1pm MSC Retreat Session (4 hours)
Sunday, March 1 10am-1pm MSC Session 6
Sunday, March 8 10am-1pm MSC Session 7
Sunday, March 15 10am-1pm MSC Session 8 (final session)

Registration is now open!

If you want to be notified when registration opens for that course, sign up here.

You can contact us for more information through contact form or email us at mscthailand.org@gmail.com

What’s the next step?  If you wan to take the next step, please register for the Orienation- it just takes a few minutes!!

Training Location

Psychological Services International (PSI)

9/3 Sukhumvit 43
Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110


How To Register

Registration process:

1. Please check the course schedule and make sure that your schedule allows you to participate fully.

2. Register for the orientation session on Wednesday, December 11  (this session is free but registration is required).

3. Attend the Orientation Session. If you decide you want to try MSC, pay your registration fee to hold your seat in the group.  Space is limited and if demand is high, spaces will be given to people in the order they pay.

If you have any questions, please email us!!

4. Pay the remainder before the first session.

5. To register for the 8 Week MSC course please fill the Registration Form.

Introductory Videos and FAQs

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