Christine Brähler
Mila de Koning

First date

8th July 2018


For the non-residential course the price is €645 including VAT and course materials.


Centrum voor Mindfulness
Raadhuisstraat 15
1016 DB Amsterdam


As this course is for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work, no meditation experience is necessary to participate in this MSC - Intensive program.

Cancellation policy

A refund (minus your €150 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing via email 30 days prior to the starting date of the training. No refunds will be allowed after that date. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, the Centrum for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.


Upon request a certificate of participation is available.

More information

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All dates Enroll

July 2018 – English spoken

with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer Check out our specific page for this training for more information.

December 2018 - 4 day intensive (English spoken)

Startdatum: 17 december 2018
Startdate: 17 december 2018 Data: 17, 18, 19 (this day includes an evening session) and 20 december 2018 English spoken
Trainers: Mila de Koning and Christine Brähler


Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. They have brought their experience together in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. This intensive offers you the full experience of the MSC training

Self-compassion: what is it

Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of mindfulness when we come in contact with suffering. Whereas mindful awareness is usually directed toward moment-to-moment experience, self-compassion focuses on the experiencer. Mindfulness says, "Open to your suffering with spacious awareness and it will change." Self-compassion adds, "Be kind to yourself in the midst of suffering and it will change." Mindfulness asks, "What do I know?” and self-compassion asks, "What do I need?"

With compassion for myself, I suddenly get so much more confidence and believe in my own capabilities and strength.

Self-compassion: how to learn it

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.

When I notice that I’m too hard on myself, I can sometimes soften now. That makes life easier for me.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

The MSC program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing and comforting as well as opening us to emotional distress that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, some difficult emotions are likely to surface during the program as we grow in our capacity to embrace and heal them. The teachers are committed to providing an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to developing compassion for oneself and others.


Rapidly expanding research has clearly demonstrated that self-compassion enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, helps to maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and is related to better personal relationships.


Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises and group discussions. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. For more information on self-compassion, please see www.centerformsc.org

By practicing self-compassion I’m much more friendly for myself. It helps me to take better care of my body and mind.


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

  • motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
  • practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
  • teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients
  • describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
Recommended reading

  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

For whom

This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 5-day MSC program for professionals. All are welcome!

Becoming a MSC teacher

Participating in a MSC program satisfies a prerequisite for becoming a MSC program teacher. International teacher training for MSC is offered yearly in the Netherlands. For more information on the upcoming international Teacher Training MSC in the Netherlands look at our website

Meet the teachers

  • Rob Brandsma

    Psychologist and mindfulnesstrainer

    Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma is director of the Centrum voor Mindfulness. His main interest lies in applying mindfulness and compassion to the many domains of daily life and specifically to health care. He has been involved in developing a number of mindfulness-based interventions.

    Rob is directing the mindfulness teacher training programs of the Centrum voor Mindfulness. He is the author of several popular books on mindfulness in Dutch. He published books on on the pedagogy of teaching mindfulness, such as The Mindfulness Teaching Guide: Essential Skills and Competencies for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

    Keen on following the progress of scientific research on mindfulness he tries to base his work as a teacher and developer on the newest insights in the field.

    Rob, sharing about his passion for mindfulness: ‘Mindfulness enables me to deal better with challenges and obstacles and realize more often that the here and now is (almost) always the best place to dwell in. It enriches my life with insight, wonder and tenderness. It’s a gift to be able to bring this in my work as well.’

    Rob used to work as a prevention officer in addiction treatment, as director of an organization in the health prevention sector, and in his own practice for psychology. He is a trained pedagogue and a registered (but not-practicing) healthcare psychologist.

  • christine brahler
    Christine Brähler

    Clinical psychologist, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Christine Brähler

    Dr. Christine Brähler (DClinPsy, PhD) is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Munich, Germany. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives, MSC teacher trainings and workshops on self-compassion in psychotherapy around the world. In addition to being Secretary of the Board of the Center for MSC, she serves as International Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Center for MSC.

    She has published several academic and popular articles, including the first randomized controlled trial of Compassion Focused Therapy. www.christinebraehler.com

  • Mila de Koning


    Mila de Koning

    My name is Mila de Koning. In 2008 I started, next to my job, my private practice focusing on mindfulness, workshops and mindfulness training. Since 2010 I do also individual coaching and counseling. At the Centrum voor Mindfulness I am one of the teachers of its teacher training program for mindfulness teachers.

    I work for the Free University’s Amstel Academy, responsible for its expertcenter for mindfulness. That center specializes in applying mindfulness in health care. We train social workers, nurses and physicians.

    Mindfulness gave me more quiet and relaxation in a full live. I see it as a bid big gift, one of the biggest you can give yourself.