Christopher Germer
Rob Brandsma
Frank Vollmering


20 September 2017


The cost of this non-residential course is €795, including VAT and course materials.


Centrum voor Mindfulness
Raadhuisstraat 15
1016 DB Amsterdam


This program held in the center of Amsterdam. There are numerous hotels in the immediate area. We recommend the following: Hotel Larende, Radisson Blue Hotel, Amsterdam or the Ambassade Hotel. The Larende and Radisson are more affordable, but the Ambassade Hotel is quite charming and only a short walk from the venue. Participants are also encouraged to consider Airbnb and hotel websites such as trivago.com for more options.

Prerequisite for MSC Teacher training

This program fulfills one of the requirements for MSC teacher training—participation in a full MSC 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.

Certificate of Participation

Upon request, participant will receive documentation that they attended this course. You need to attend 80% of the program to receive a certificate.


The program will be conducted entirely in English.

More information

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All dates Enroll

September 20-24, 2017

Times: Wednesday Sep 20th - Saturday Sep 23th: 10:00 - 17:30 hrs. Sunday September 24th: 10:00 - 13:00 hrs.
This training has been canceled



This course for men is a unique, 5-day immersion in mindful self-compassion based on the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion training developed in 2010 by Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist, and Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the scientific study of self-compassion.


This training is designed specifically for men—those who consider themselves newcomers or sceptics to mindfulness and self-compassion as well as men who are familiar with mindfulness and want to deepen their understanding and practice.

Being Human

Expectations are very high for men in all areas of our lives—health, wealth, love and work. It’s really not possible to do it all—all the time—because we’re only human. What happens when we don’t meet our own high standards, or those of others?

  • Do we criticize ourselves in an overly harsh way?
  • Do we become our own worst enemy, demanding more and more from ourselves?
  • Do we get into conflict with those around us?
  • Do we act in regrettable ways—working or drinking too much—but can’t seem to step out of it?
  • Are we running ourselves down by our efforts to get it right?

Maybe there is a way to deal with all the expectations in a more constructive and supportive manner? Maybe we can actually thrive in the midst of constant challenges?

Mindfulness and self-compassion are not necessarily qualities that men are taught in childhood. However, these are essentials skills for men to live happy, effective lives. Some men are naturally mindful and self-compassionate. Fortunately, anyone can become more mindful and self-compassionate with specialized training.


Self-compassion—treating oneself with the same kindness and respect as we would treat a good friend—is a powerful inner resource.

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

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with reduced stress and enhanced wellbeing, and a wide range of other positive factors such as improved relationships; better physical health; stronger immune functioning; healthy lifestyle habits like diet and exercise; decreased anxiety, depression and substance use; enhanced emotional resilience and coping ability; and wisdom.

Self-Compassion for Men

Of course, self-compassion is as important for men as it is for women. Although commonly associated with care and comfort, self-compassion also helps everyone to motivate themselves to succeed in tough situations and find the courage to challenge injustice and protect ourselves and others from harm. Furthermore, self-compassion is an effective way to calm the nervous system when things go wrong and to break out of the cycle of cycle of shame and blame.

This course is the full MSC program. We will also address unique challenges that men face in modern times, such as the need to be strong, courageous and invulnerable as well as open-hearted, collaborative and sympathetic.

This program is about men talking to men, and discovering together how to bring more mindfulness and compassion into our daily lives.


In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Manage stress with self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Live life closer to your core values
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships for the better
  • Enjoy your life more fully

It is a 5-day experiential workshop focused on the direct experience of mindfulness and self-compassion. At the end of this program, participants will be able to practice 23 different skills that can be tailored to fit the needs and requirements of each individual.

Suggested Reading

The following books are recommended, but not required:


  • Germer (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Neff (2011). Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. New York: William Morrow


  • Germer (2012). Mindfulness en zelfcompassie: verlos jezelf van destructieve gedachten en emoties. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds
  • Neff (2013). Zelfcompassie. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij De Bezige Bij

For Whom

This program is intended for men of any background. It is designed primarily for personal growth and development. However, professionals who wish to integrate mindful self-compassion into their work activities are also encouraged to attend. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.

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

  • christopher germer
    Christopher Germer, PhD

    Psychologist, Harvard Teacher and Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Christopher Germer, PhD

    Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance.

    He teaches internationally on mindfulness and compassion, and has a private clinical practice of mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. www.mindfulselfcompassion.org

  • 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.

  • Frank Vollmering
    Frank Vollmering

    Management consultant and certified executive coach

    Frank Vollmering

    Frank Vollmering is an independent leadership and change management consultant and a certified executive coach. Prior to his career in coaching and consulting, he has held leadership positions in international technology corporations for nearly 20 years. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion are key pillars of his coaching approach.

    Frank has qualified as a Trained Teacher of Mindful-Self Compassion in 2015. He lives in Munich, Germany, and works with clients across Europe.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the cancellation policy regarding this training?

    A refund (minus your €150 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing via email 30 days prior to 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.