Kristin Neff's work has changed my life, not just as a scholar and a researcher but also as a mom, a partner, and a friend.”
– Brené Brown, Ph.D, LMSW

Cancellation Policy

​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only.


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About the Presenter

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. 

Kristin’s work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Reader’s Digest, and Psychology Today. She offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide, and has developed (in partnership with Chris Germer) an eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program; an empirically supported and internationally recognized program designed to cultivate self-compassion. In 2016, Kristin also partnered with 
Brené Brown, Ph.D.,  to develop and co-facilitate an online course on Self-Compassion.

Kristin is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s journey to Mongolia where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.

Kristin is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to writing numerous academic articles on the topic, she is author of the book
Self-Compassion and co-author (with Chris Germer) of the books The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals.

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Fierce Self-Compassion 
with Kristin Neff, PhD, Self-Compassion Expert

November 19, 2020, 9:00am - 5:00pm

For more information about Kristin and her work, go to

 **Please note that an Eventbrite fee is added when registering online  and paying by credit/debit/paypal.  To avoid this fee, register using  the below option

​​​​​​​​​​​Instructor: Kristin Neff, PhD​
Location: Bingemans Conference Centre,

425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, ON​
Early Bird Cost: $250 CAD + 13% HST (=$282.50) by Oct 18, 2020
Regular Cost: $275 CAD + 13% HST (=$310.75) after Oct 18, 2020
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.71 USD (as of March 26, 2020 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 12, 2020 at 4 pm

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

​Since the publication of Kristin Neff's ground-breaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But that has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. We comfort and soothe ourselves when in pain, just as we might for a friend who is struggling. We give ourselves our own kind attention and care rather than cutting ourselves down with self-criticism. And we validate our pain, acknowledging that our suffering is worthy of attention.

But self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender.

Fierce self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves to alleviate our suffering. It means saying “no” to others who are hurting us - drawing our boundaries firmly.  Or saying "no" to our own harmful behaviors, so that we can be safe and healthy. It means giving ourselves what we genuinely need - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually - without subordinating our needs to those of others, so we can be authentic and fulfilled. And it means motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes in our lives.

This unique workshop will teach skills of both types of self-compassion - the fierce as well as the tender. Led by Dr. Neff, the pioneering researcher of self-compassion, it will not only cover scientific findings on the topic but also provide concrete practices drawn from Dr. Neff's empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion program for use in daily life. The program will include a satisfying mix of experiential learning and science-based insights. It will be relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Across the program, Dr. Neff will reveal how, in order to be truly self-compassionate - in order to be whole - we need to integrate both versions of self-compassion: If we are gentle without ferocity, we risk becoming complacent or disempowered; if we are ferocious without tenderness, we risk becoming hostile, selfish, or perfectionistic. Like a tree with a solid trunk and flexible branches, we need to stand strong while still embracing others as part of an interdependent whole. We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate harm, but we need fierceness in our belly to stand up to harm.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is most appropriate for individuals who already have some experience practicing self-compassion and/or mindfulness.  It is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

** Please note: Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting cheque registrations at this time in order to protect our staff, as our mailbox is off-site.