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Christopher Germer
Kristin Neff
And others

First date

6th of July 2018


Participants fee €325 (no day passes available)
Accommodation & Board. 3 nights from July 5-8:
One person room full board €350
Two person room full board €300


The venue for the residential MSC-Intensive is Conference Centre Mennorode, Apeldoornseweg 185 8075 RJ Elspeet. This venue is 1 hour and 45 minutes’ travel from Amsterdam by train or taxi. Check for directions.


It takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to travel by train to Nunspeet, where the Conference Centre is located. Take the train to Nunspeet, this will cost approximately 16,50 euros. For current travel information go to
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For all the route information go to the website of Conference Centre Mennorode.


MSC teachers of all levels

More information

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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 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.

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Edition – July 2018

Dates and times:
Starts on July 6th at 7:00 am, ends July 8th at 18:00 pm.
Please, if possible, arrive and check in on Thursday evening, July 5th.


As MSC teachers we aspire to embody compassion and to create a culture of kindness and common humanity in our classrooms. What challenges do we face in our own compassion practice? Humans are hardwired for kindness. Unfortunately, our social brain is quick to separate people into “us” and “them”. This innate bias limits our compassion to those we feel connected to and agree with and excludes “others” whom we do not know or disagree with. Recognizing our common humanity whilst embracing our diversity is the antidote to our innate tendency to “other”. We believe that we have an ethical obligation as MSC teachers to stretch ourselves in our embodiment of common humanity.

We invite you to deepen your practice in a simple and enjoyable way by coming to the Netherlands in July 2018 to learn, practice and celebrate with each other in our existing global community of teachers!


I am human. Because I am human, nothing human is alien to me.” – Maya Angelou

Our objectives for the Teacher Festival:

  • Participating in global and local community of MSC teachers through facilitated group sharing and presentations from projects around the world
  • Deepening MSC teaching skills through talks and workshops by Chris Germer, Kristin Neff and senior teacher trainers
  • Inspiring and nurturing personal practice through multilingual mediation guidance, talks and joint practices


The Festival is not an academic conference, not a retreat and not an arts festival. The format was uniquely designed to build connections amongst our fast-growing international community by providing opportunities for learning (e.g. plenary talks in the mornings), deepening teaching skills (e.g. workshops in the afternoons), for community-building through dialogue (e.g. council sharing, World Café in plenary and in evening), networking and fun (e.g. evening entertainment).

Keynote talks

  • Christopher Germer – On Being a MSC Teacher
  • Kristin Neff – On Science of Compassion
  • and more

Advanced Teaching Skills Workshops

  • Steve Hickman & Vanessa Hope – MSC Inquiry
  • Christine Brähler & Susan Pollak – Making MSC Safe for Trauma
  • And more

For Whom

MSC teachers of all levels who have succesfully finished the teacher training.


This teacher festival is a co-production of Centrum voor Mindfulness and Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Meet the teachers

  • Kristin Neff
    Kristin Neff

    Professor Human Development, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Kristin Neff

    Kristin Neff, professor Human Development at the University of Texas, discovered that self-compassion has a very beneficial effect in programs of psychological development. She is researching this effect and has developed a great number of practical exercises, which one can use to enhance self-compassion on a daily basis, such as the ‘self-compassion mantra’. She has developed a compassion training with Germer.

    Neff has depicted her work in the popular psychological book “Self Compassion, stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind”. She is also known as the mother of The Horse Boy from the documentary of the same name.

  • 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.