Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Neff is a ground-breaking researcher in the field of self-compassion and Christopher Germer is a clinical psychologist specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based therapy. Both have authored books in the field of MSC.

Research suggests that a consistent practice of Mindful Self-Compassion can help you reduce stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of shame. It can also lead to better health.


In this course, you will learn:

  • How to tame the inner critic

  • How to offer yourself compassion in times of difficulties

  • How to cultivate more courageous states of mind

  • How to build your capacity for resiliency

  • How to cultivate more happiness

  • How to transform difficult relationships 

  • How to be your own best teacher

Who will be guiding me?


norma rubio

UCLA-Trained Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher (IMTA Certified)

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
— Rumi

Through a long-winding journey Norma has landed upon her true calling; sharing the practices of mindfulness, meditation, & self-compassion. At her core, Norma has always longed to deepen her own experiences through meditation. Through her training in UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, she evolved into a meditation teacher and guide.

Norma has also been trained in the Mindful School's curriculum. Her greatest intention is to cultivate a safe and authentic environment for others to become closer to who they really are through the practices of self-compassion & meditation. She believes we all have the wisdom inside ourselves to heal and become more at ease in our busy lives.

Throughout her demanding career as a tv producer/writer in news and entertainment, she discovered great freedom through meditation. She is honored to be sharing her love for it through this Mindful Self-Compassion course.


Cori rosenthal


Cori is a mindfulness-based marriage and family therapist, meditation, mindful eating and mindful self-compassion teacher. She specialized in working with clients who struggle with food and their bodies, emotional eating, binge eating, love addiction, anxiety depression and co-dependence.

Having experienced her own journey of healing her relationship with food and her body, Cori believes the foundation of that relationship is self-care, self-love, and self-compassion. She is passionate about supporting her clients to heal and create healthy relationships with themselves and others.

The Format:

During the 8 weekly sessions - 2 1/2 hours - we will meditate, learn about the skills used in self-compassion, practice the tools through experiential exercises and connect in community.


Sunday Evenings: July 29th - September 23rd, 2018


NOTE: We will NOT meet on September 2nd.

Also there will be a half-day retreat on date TBD.