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Past events 2018/2019


The mindful art of


Two-day retreat at the beautiful

mary lake nature sanctuary 

MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION (MSC) is now being taught on every continent of the world and it is changing lives!  Learn about the proven benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion in this retreat-style workshop.  Your will practice safe, simple techniques that boost resilience and well-being, while lowering anxiety and inner criticism.  Deepen your experience with guided art activities (all materials provided and no experience necessary).  Leave with mindful practices that strengthen your self-acceptance and deepen your compassion for you and others.  There will also be opportunities for nourishing walks and mediation in the 67-acre protected forest surrounding the Mary Lake Nature House, situated on the water's edge of Mary Lake.  This retreat is suitable for anyone new to self-compassion , as well as former MSC participants.  

WHEN: June 1 & 2, 9:30 - 4:30 both days

WHERE: Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Road - Just 25 minutes from downtown Victoria

If you are interested in the full 8-week MSC training, it will be offered again October 21 - December 9, 2019 

To register, please contact Patricia using the form at the bottom of this page, or go to Eventbrite

April 1- June 3, 2019: Victoria, Monday evenings 6:30 - 9:15  
8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Includes Silent Retreat May 5, 1-5 pm at Roundhouse Farm

NEW for Spring 2019!!  Patricia Williams of Heartwork Art Therapy is delighted to team up with CC Gneist of The Nurturing ( to offer the 8-Week MSC Training at the beautiful Roundhouse Farm.

“Cultivating a state of loving, connected presence can change our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.”


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. It is solidly supported by research and is being offered around the globe.

The next 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program will be offered at the beautiful Roundhouse Farm only 15 minutes from downtown Victoria.  This training meets the requirements for those wishing to apply for teacher training with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion ( 

Training includes: meditation; short talks; experiential exercises; group discussion; home practices; and a half-day retreat midway through the program.

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


Location: The beautiful Roundhouse Farm at 1506 Burnside Road:

Cost: $395.00 payable by credit card, e-transfer, PayPal or cheque (reduced rates available to ensure access). 

Please visit my Past Events page to learn more about the many research-based 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 

Past Events 2018

Victoria, BC

"Bliss of Being"- Wellness Series 

November 4, 1- 4 p.m.

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion

“Through self-compassion we become an inner ally instead of an inner enemy.”


In this short introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) you will hear an overview of mindful self-compassion, have an opportunity to practice a guided meditation, and finish with a simple creative exercise to integrate and deepen your experience.  MSC offers powerful tools to quiet the voice of the inner critic and ease the suffering it generates. You will explore what it’s like to talk to yourself in the same way you would talk to a dear friend who experienced failure, self-judgement or shame. We will also explore how our common humanity is a powerful antidote to feelings of isolation.

Location: Citizens Counselling Centre, 941 Kings Road, Victoria

Cost: By donation

To register go to: 


(Note: this workshop is a brief introduction to MSC. The full 8-week program will be offered in January / February 2019 - See below for more details.


December 3, 2018 1:30-4:30

HeartFELT: An Introduction to Needle Felting

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:

December 16 - 9:30-5:00
An Introduction to the "Art" of Mindful Self-Compassion
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

“The motivation of self-compassion arises from love, while the motivation of self-criticism arises from fear.  Love is more powerful than fear.”

In this full-day retreat-style workshop you will be introduced to the basic teachings and practices from the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. We will explore the three key components of MSC, which are self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness of suffering.  You will learn the many benefits of MSC, including reduced anxiety and depression, and enhanced resilience and well-being.   You will have an opportunity to integrate what you learn by engaging 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 art experience necessary.  Leave with simple practices that strengthen mindfulness, self-acceptance and deepen compassion for yourself and others. Enjoy this nourishing day in the Highlands Nature House situated on the water’s edge in what has been called, “the gem of the Highlands,” a 67-acre protected forest dedicated to preserving ecosystems and biodiversity. 


Workshop fee:  $120.00 

Register on Eventbrite

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