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Past events 2017


May & June

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Program

Victoria, BC

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Program 

May 8 - June 26

6:15 – 9 pm

Includes a Half-day Retreat May 28, 1-5 pm 

Located in Oak Bay (address provided upon registration)

Standard Fee: $395.  Reduced Rates and Scholarships Available (to ensure accessibility)


“For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others,
first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion,
and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare… Caring for others requires caring for oneself.” –
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama –

Self-Compassion is a Skill that can be Learned

Self-Compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone.  It provides emotional strength and resilience, allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves, relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves. 


After the MSC Training, you will 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

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

Training includes:


Meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, home practices, and a half-day retreat midway through the program.


Contact Patricia at to reserve a seat in the MSC program and to discuss payment and scholarship options. 

Read more about MSC in the Heartwork Spring Newsletter: Click here to access.


Cost:  $395 Reduced Rates and Scholarships Available (to ensure accessibility) 

Payment options include credit card, cheque, e-transfer, or PayPal using the "Buy Now" button below.



Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warmhearted, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption.  Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

Further information available at the following sites:

Kristen Neff - co-founder of Mindful Self-Compassion

Christopher Germer - co-founder of Mindful Self-Compassion




In this workshop, you will explore process painting in a warm and supportive atmosphere.  Often creativity is defined by the final product, which is deemed to be “good” or “bad” art.  In this workshop, the emphasis is on the creative process itself, rather than the finished product.  It takes courage to face the blank page without a preconceived plan, but the rewards of journeying with openness, intuition, and imagination are rich!  The inner critic will rise up with judgments, but we will cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance, mindfulness and self-compassion. The workshop fee includes all materials, instruction, and discussion regarding the practice of process painting.  It also introduces “ONEBird,” a model that integrates creativity, mindfulness and self-compassion to promote well-being and personal discovery.                 

Workshop fee:  $295 payable by cheque, credit card, e-transfer or Paypal

To register, use the contact form below or call 250-413-7185

In this 3-hour workshop participants will connect with their innate capacity for compassion for self, other and the earth.  After an introduction to ONEBird, a model that combines the principles and practices of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with the transformative power of the creative process, you will be invited to experience the rhythm of compassion.  We will explore the idea that deep self-care leads us to a deeper concern for the Earth, and caring for the Earth leads us closer to our essential self.  After an experiential exercise based on MSC practices, we will engage in a mixed media art exercise to integrate the experience.  We will close with a sharing circle and discuss how the integrative nature of ONEBird might help address the rising anxiety we all share for the future of our planet and her inhabitants.  To register, please visit the CATA website at:

Cultivating Compassion for the Earth
through Creativity & Self-Compassion



Vancouver, BC

Join me for a playful introduction to the art of needle-felting.  You will create a 2-dimensional needle-felted tapestry, while connecting with your intuitive, creative, and playful self. In addition to learning how to attach colourful wool to a felt base, you will also learn several advanced techniques to embellish and add visual interest to your image. We will mindfully and compassionately set aside your inner critic and you will be free to explore your own unique creative expression.  No experience or special talent required! All supplies provided.


Class fee: $55 ($45 + $10 for materials).  Location: Knotty by Nature, 1704 Lillian Road, Victoria

Please contact Knotty by Nature at 250-413-0198 to register and visit their website to see sample projects:


November 4, 2018 1:30-4:30

HeartFELT: An Introduction to Needle Felting

November 24-26

A “Brush” With Compassion: Process Painting

Reclaiming the magic of spontaneous expression. – Cassou & Cubley

(Friday 7-9, Sat 10-5:30, Sunday 10-5 with lunch breaks from 12:30-2:30)

In this full day workshop, we will explore your creativity, experience mindfulness, & engage in self-compassion practices.  It will include teachings and practices (both formal and informal) from the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion training. You will have an in-depth opportunity to engage in a creative activity in a mindful and contemplative way.  We will use string and India ink to create evocative images, which will be the base for a mixed media exploration.  All materials included & absolutely no experience necessary.  Bring your inner child and experience directly the powerful synergy of ONEBird.  Leave with simple practices that strengthen self-acceptance and deepen compassion for yourself and others.                                                                                                    ONEBird = mindfulness + compassion + creativity.

Workshop fee:  $120.00 payable by cheque, credit card, e-transfer or Paypal

To register, use the contact form below or call 250-413-7185

December 9 - 9:30-4:30 Creative Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a skill that can be learned by anyone.  It provides emotional strength and resilience, allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves, relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves. 

The next 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program will be offered early in the New Year and as soon as dates are confirmed I will send out an email. Visit my Past Events page to learn more about the benefits of MSC .

NOTE: If you would like to have a presentation or workshop tailored to the needs of your clients, staff or organization please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs. Research provides strong support that mindfulness and self-compassion training are effective self-care interventions that provide a powerful buffer against life stress, workplace burnout, and compassion fatigue.                         


There is no house like the house of belonging.  - David Whyte 

January-February 2018: Victoria, 
8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 

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