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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 2-Day Intensive Therapeutic Retreat for Mental Health Practitioners

August 9 @ 9:30 am - August 10 @ 5:00 pm


* Includes a half-day silent retreat.

Facilitated by Jacqueline Milner, M.Sc. Clinical Psychologist, Certified Mindfulness Teacher, 200 RYT Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher.

Renew, Reflect, Reconnect:  An opportunity to nourish your spirit, strengthen your resilience and rediscover the joy in your calling. Prioritize your wellness as we explore mindfulness and nurturing practices tailored specifically for those who dedicate their lives to supporting others’ mental health.

This Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Intensive Retreat is offered specifically for Mental Health Practitioners who face unique challenges which make them vulnerable to experiencing fatigue and burnout in their professional roles. Growing research is showing that self-compassion skills can be of particular benefit to health care professionals, allowing them to experience greater satisfaction in their caregiving roles, less stress, and more emotional resilience. Self-compassion skills are trainable and build your capacity to handle stressful challenges.

The 2-Day MSC Intensive Therapeutic Retreat is an adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion Short Course which originates from the empirically supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program. This intensive is designed to begin cultivating and experiencing the skills of self-compassion combined with mindfulness while spending quiet, restful time with yourself and other practitioners with shared experiences.

As opposed to other self-care techniques, self-compassion practices can be used on the spot while at work with clients and colleagues.  As a participant of the program you can learn tools to use throughout the day to:

  • Care for yourself while caring for others
  • Be able to listen with compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Reconnect to the values that give your life and work meaning

What to expect

Participants will meet as a group over the course of 2-days.  The activities of the MSC intensive will include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, mindful movement, group discussions and home practices. There will be a silent retreat during the morning session of the second day.

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the main components of self-compassion and mindfulness and how they may be integrated into their role as healthcare professionals.
  • Explain the difference between empathy and compassion and utilize strategies to avoid emotional exhaustion.
  • Demonstrate strategies they can use on the job to regulate difficult emotions while caring for others in pain.
  • Apply at least one skill from each session to help them regulate emotions and care for themselves emotionally while caring for others who are experiencing difficulty.

Daily Schedule

  • 9:15 – 9:30 am: Sign-In
  • 9:30 – 12:30: Morning Session (with a 10-minute break, light nutrition and refreshments provided)
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break (participants can bring their own lunch or take advantage of any one of the lovely eateries in Wolfville)
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session (with a 10-minute break, light nutrition and refreshments provided)

Who is this intensive for?

This 2-day intensive retreat is being offered exclusively for mental health practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and clinical therapists) who wish to begin integrating the core skills and principles of mindfulness into their work and/or are in much need of an opportunity to simply care for themselves.

Meditation experience is not required.

** Most private health insurance covers the cost of this program. Please contact your insurance provider to determine whether therapeutic group sessions (in-person or online) offered by a Registered Psychologist are covered.  The program fee  for Mental Health Practitioners can also be claimed as a continuing education tax expense

To make our therapeutic groups more accessible to everyone, payment plans are available for those who require them.

Completed registrations indicate understanding and acceptance of our Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

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Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration is required.



August 9 @ 9:30 am
August 10 @ 5:00 pm


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