In alignment with the CDC guidelines, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination OR a lab-certified Covid-19 test that produced negative results taken within 72 hours of their arrival at the Center when checking in.
Be More Authentically YOU
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression, stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. Anyone can learn self-compassion, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves.
Megan Prager and Staci Berman guide this journey of self-discovery and self-kindness through Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)—an empirically supported program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff, and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, and understanding.
Through meditation, interactive talks, experiential exercises, and group discussions, participants directly experience self-compassion while learning practices that evoke self-compassion in their daily lives.
After participating in this program, you will
- Practice self-compassion in daily life
- Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- Meet difficult emotions with greater ease
- Begin to transform challenging relationships, old and new, with self-validation
- Manage empathy fatigue
- Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation.
Attending the MSC program can transform your relationship with yourself through the notion of “attending and befriending.” The formal and informal practices taught in the MSC program are intended as a way of developing a mindful, warm, and kind friendliness to one’s self.
Who Should Attend
This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. Participating in a MSC program satisfies a prerequisite for becoming a MSC program teacher. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 5-day MSC program for professionals. All are welcome!
Recommended Reading Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff, The Mindful path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer, and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.
Continuing Education Credits
Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 24.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal.
Megan Prager, MA, is co-founder of Mindful Labs and compassion programs director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), a Compassion for Couples Instructor (CFC), and an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University. Megan is also a teacher-trainer and mentor for the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness professional training institute and for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. …
Staci Berman, LMFT, is a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher living and practicing in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in working with individuals who have a history of relational, developmental, and complex trauma in her private therapy practice and teaches Mindful Self-Compassion courses and Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities online and in the Chicagoland area. …
Rooms & Pricing
All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of checkout. (Rates below are per person.)
MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION 5-DAY INTENSIVE
September 11–16, 2022
Subject to change.
Arrival Day 7:30–9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 2:30–5:30 pm (no afternoon session Wednesday)
Departure Day 9:30–11:30 am Room checkout is 11:00 am; luggage may be held at Reception
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.
4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00 pm, but if you arrive early we will hold your luggage at Reception.
6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00–7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Actual schedules and venues may vary; please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in.
Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complementary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)
- 9:45–10:45 am Yoga | Thu–Sun
- 11:00 am–12:00 pm Mind & Meditation | Thu–Sun
- 1:30–2:15 pm Guided Hike | Assemble at Shankara Reception | Sat
- 2:30–3:45 pm Ayurveda Cooking Class* | Tulsi Kitchen
Thu: Sweet Treats • Sat: Chef’s Seasonal Recipe
- 4:15–5:15 pm Yoga | Wed–Sat
- 5:30–6:00 pm Guided Meditation | Wed–Sat
- 7:30–8:15 pm Meditative Chants/Kirtan | Wed–Sat
Saturday kirtan is outdoor by the bonfire; weather permitting.
*Included with Wellness Escapes and R&R; Other participants: $35.00/per person
- 10:00 am–6:00 pm Saturday
Clay Handbuilding $35.00 (1 hour)
Throwing Wheel $45.00 (2 hours)
Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily
We invite you to also make reservations for consultations, therapies, and treatments at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness prior to arrival in order to ensure availability. Please call 828-264-8382 for details. Additional cost.
On-Campus Program FAQs
- Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
- Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following date of issue.
- No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guest to not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however, guests may enjoy these items in their rooms.
Our property is always smoke-free.
Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically, we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy, and nuts.
Boone, NC 28607
Discover deep rest and rejuvenation on our tranquil mountaintop campus set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina.