Workshop: Self-Compassion in a Time of Crisis and Disruption.
How can Self-Compassion support you in the face of the current COVID-19 crisis?

Date: April 26, 2020; Time: 10:00 – 13:00 (10am – 1pm CET Berlin Time)

Location for Training Program: ONLINE on ZOOM

Cost: No fee – give what you can. Thank you.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion practices are providing a powerful toolbox for emotional resilience in this moment of crisis and disruption.
They can help us to manage challenging situations (isolation through self-quarantine, illness, economic hardship, instability, uncertainty) with greater moment-to-moment acceptance and respond to difficult feelings with self-kindness.

Taking good care of your experience and yourself is stabilizing, enables you to act skillfully and to care for others and the world with warm-hearted and connected presence.

This workshop offers meditations, short talks, experiential exercises/inquiry as well as practical tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.
We will have group discussions and connect in small groups – allowing us to experience our common humanity and to feel supported.

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Cultivating the Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion.
A Weekend Workshop to unleash the Power of Self-Compassion

[currently no dates set]
Saturday 10:00 – 17:00, Sunday 10:00 -15:00
Location: [currently none set]
Trainers: Anja Benesch and Wiebke Pausch

About this Workshop

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

Self-Compassion has many different aspects. The YIN aspect of self-compassion contains “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way: comforting, soothing and validating – while the Yang is about “acting in the world”, protecting, providing and motivating ourselves.

When we look at the Chinese symbol of YIN and YANG, we see this duality displayed in the fact that each side of the symbol has a dot of the opposite color contained within it. This expresses that all seemingly opposite attributes are complementary and interdependent, and need each other to be in balance. In order to fully benefit from the practice of Self-Compassion, we need to practice both the YIN and the YANG attributes.

In this weekend workshop we will offer you theory and practices; activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises and group discussion. Participants will directly experience the YIN and YANG of self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion, as well as practical tools which can be easily applied in daily life.

In this workshop you will learn

❥ what self-compassion really is,
❥ some theory and research behind mindful self-compassion,
❥ how to comfort, soothe and validate yourself with Yin-Compassion,
❥ how to protect, provide and motivate yourself with Yang-Compassion,
❥ how to take a Self-Compassionate Break from a challenging situation,
❥ how to respond to difficult moments in your life with compassion and self-kindness,
❥ mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life.

Prerequisites for participation

The workshop is for anyone who would like to learn about Self-Compassion. No previous knowledge or meditation practice is required. People who practice Self-Compassion and/or meditate regularly are equally welcome.


Saturday 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday   10:00 – 15:00


To benefit from this workshop and to promote a safe place, the course has to be attended in total and it’s not possible to join only for one day.
❥ Early bird Discount: €150
❥ Regular fee: €170
❥ Special Discount for students and the retired: €150
Please note: registration ends two weeks before the event.


Spaces are limited. To book the workshop please express your interest by sending an email to or to, specifying what event you would like to register for.

About Us

Anja Benesch and Wiebke Pausch (Trained Teachers). Both were trained by Chris Germer, Christine Brähler, Regula Saner and Hilde Steinhauser. Anja works as a psychotherapist in private practice and Wiebke is a body-centered Certified Art Therapist.

This workshop is based on the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program which was developed by Kristin Neff, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion ( and Christopher Germer, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts. Anja and Wiebke are regularly teaching the 8-week MSC training program in Berlin.