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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Wednesdays, Sept 18 - Nov 20 (no class Sept 25 or Oct 9)


Retreat Day: Oct 26 from 10am-2pm

$320 members/$480 general public

Facilitators: Susan Wilkes, PhD & Carolina Bautista-Velez  

When you’re struggling, do you treat yourself as well as you’d treat a friend? If not, what would it take to give yourself the same caring attention? Are you “too hard on yourself,” yet open to the work of self-discovery? In this empirically-supported course taught in 20+ countries, you’ll gain powerful tools for healing, building inner strength and increasing confidence and self-respect.

Learn to motivate yourself with encouragement instead of criticism, cope with emotional challenges, cultivate more compassionate self-talk and consciously savor the good moments in your life.

Financial assistance is available for all of our programs.  Please email with your request.



Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD  is a psychologist, award-winning instructor, Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher, and Certified Teacher in Mindful Self Compassion and Compassion Cultivation Training.  A former university professor, she owns her own consulting firm and is a frequent facilitator with nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Her community engagement is extensive, including her current service on the Board of Health Brigade, on the founding leadership team for Impact 100, and as past-President of the Chrysalis Institute. Currently on the faculty for The Innerwork Center, Susan was co-editor of the Words for the Journey anthology and the 2017 recipient of the Chrysalis Spirit Award. Susan is also a certified spiritual director.

Carolina Bautista-Velez is an immigrant, Latinx, activist, professional life coach and consultant. Her mindfulness journey started back in 2016 after attending the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class. Since then, Carolina has incorporated mindfulness practices in her daily life. She has also taken other trainings such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Cultivating Compassion, and has joined practice groups in DC and VA. She believes our internal liberation contributes to the liberation of others. This has led her to deepen her understanding and share her skills with individuals and groups on the role of self-care and self-compassion as tools of resistance and social change.



Date and Time
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:30PM (UTC)

The Innerwork Center at 213 Roseneath Road
Richmond, Virginia United States