Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course

Event Date: February 4th, 2019 - April 8th, 2019

CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course

Instructors: Susie Fairchild and Jorge Armesto

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC):  Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations).  Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. MSC is co-developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, a senior adviser of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Click here to read more about MSC!

Open to: individuals with all levels of mindfulness and meditation experience, including beginners.

Course Details:

Time: Monday Evenings 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (break included)

Orientation: February 4, 2019
8-Week Course: February 11 & 25 (skip a week due to February school vacation on the 18th), March 4, 11, 18, & 25, April 1 & 8
Retreat: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 – 1:30 PM

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143, 2nd Floor Community Room

Course Rate:
Early Bird until December 21, 2018: $600 Registration from December 22 – February 11, 2019: $650

POC and Need-Based Scholarships Available – complete the application at www.chacmc.org/scholarship

50% Discount Available in partnership with CHA Wellness for CHA Patients and Staff – contact [email protected] to learn more


Susan Fairchild, MA, is a psychotherapist and meditation facilitator in private practice and on the staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  At WPI she teaches a 7-week mindfulness curriculum, as well as mindful eating and drop-in meditation.  She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as a Section Leader for the year long certificate program. Susan completed teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.


Jorge Armesto, PhD, Ed.M., is a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island, where he works with linguistically diverse communities. Jorge’s work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of people. He is a former graduate and current section faculty in the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at IMP. He is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. Jorge is also a graduate of the foundations in Buddhist contemplative care training through the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. His spiritual practice focuses on applying Dharma teachings to help alleviate individual and community suffering. He practices in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Jorge loves to cook, dance to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, build community, spend time with family, friends, and his poodle, Tashi.