Two Online MSC Courses Coming Soon:

9 Sunday Mornings Starting 11 Sept, 2022,

8 Sunday Evenings Starting 2 Oct, 2022


Mindful Self-Compassion Course Online:  Discover Your Inner Strengths & Build Your Resilience As Part of A Diverse Community From Around Asia-Pacific

Directly From The Comfort and Convenience of Your Own Home...

See what people who completed the course say about how Mindful Self-Compassion changed their lives: https://www.mscthailand.org/testimonials/


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 training program is a cutting-edge, applied mindfulness course that will help you discover and tap into powerful human strengths. 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 GermerAnd the program is proven to work.  Research in the last 15 years shows that increasing self-compassion increases resilience and emotional well-being.  Period.  MSC builds on our basic resources as human beings.  As a human being, each of us already has the capacity for kindness and resilience.  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 Program Works 


The MSC training program includes 8 sessions plus a 4 hour retreat. We learn at least 2 or 3 new skills in each and every session! 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.  In 2017, Ben became Thailand’s first Trained Teacher of MSC and as of January 2020, Ben is Thailand’s first (and for the moment only…) Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.  Ben has devoted himself to developing as an MSC Teacher because he’s really excited about MSC’s powerful possibilities for growth and healing.

Lihi Darnell, MSCP

Lihi is a licensed counseling psychologist. Her interest in Buddhist psychology and mindfulness began in 1999, and she started practicing self-compassion in 2016. Lihi is enthusiastic about the MSC program; in addition to completing the MSC course and being the course Mental Health Assistant for a year before taking the Teacher’s Training in January 2019, she has conducted research on the benefits of self-compassion. Lihi believes in the healing power of compassion and kindness, and is devoting her time to cultivate it in the global community. As such, immediately after taking the teachers training, Lihi volunteered providing consultations and workshops for social activists and healthcare providers serving vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Lihi believes that all human beings are worthy of compassion and kindness in their lives!

Mindful Self Compassion Training Program (Information, Schedule & Location)

Our Current Programs

Please use the links at the top of this page to navigate to our current programs.

The MSC Course Online is a simple and easy way to continue your personal journey of healing and growth!

Office (all programs currently online with diverse and inclusive groups from across Asia-Pacific!)

Psychological Services International (PSI)

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


How To Register

Introductory Videos and FAQs

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