Mindful Self-Compassion Short Course
with Markus Bohlmann, PhD,
Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

MSC For Healthcare

Do you wish:

  • to follow your heart? 
  • learn to be kind to yourself? 
  • be more loving and understanding of yourself, including your inner critic?

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) provides a path to do just that. MSC unfolds on the wings of awareness (of our suffering) and kindness, for it is only when we become aware of our suffering that we can hold ourselves in a loving connected presence. 

JOIN me for this special opportunity to experience and learn ways to be kind to yourself and be more loving and understanding of yourself, including your inner critic. This online live course helps you develop the skills and capacity to be with yourself in a befriending, more compassionate way. The course is open to everyone, inluding those who have been marginalized and oppressed.

Looking forward to guiding you on your journey, Markus

The course includes 6 online live sessions of 1.5 hours each and

  • Articulates basic theoretical underpinnings of self-compassion
  • Develops and applies informal self-compassion practices to challenges of daily life. We learn to prevent caregiver fatigue, handle difficult emotions, align ourselves with our core values and motivate ourselves with kindness rather than criticism
  • Builds community through a network of participants so you don't feel alone 
  • Sessions may be recorded for training purposes

In this course you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Dive into basic evidence-based theory around self-compassion
  • Practice how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism
  • Practice how to be with difficult emotions with more ease
  • Develop tools to manage burn out
  • Explore what drives you in life and how to embrace your life
  • Practice self-compassion in daily life

Meet Your Facilitator

Markus Bohlmann, PhD
Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

“We need to train the heart before we follow it” ~Joseph Goldstein

Markus Bohlmann, PhD, is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). He has had the privilege to train directly with world-renowned mindfulness teachers including Christopher Germer, Kristin Neff, Steve Hickman, Michelle Becker, Zindel Segal, Patricia Rockman, Susan Woods, and Dawn MacDonald.
Markus is the team leader of the 2SLGBTQ+ Affinity Group of the Circles of Practice, a public meditation offering at CMSC. Recently, Markus has also taken on the role of world-wide translation co-ordination with CMSC and is a member of their DEIB committee (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging), promoting the inclusion of minorities, especially the 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Feel free to learn more about Markus at www.markusbohlmann.com and reach out to Markus at markus.bohlmann@mindfulnesseveryday.org

Markus is also part of the Self Compassion Academy: https://selfcompassionacademy.com/our-team/

learn more

Markus Bohlmann- Self Compassion: Article How Self-Compassion Transforms Queer Shame into Pride

Practice with Markus: Meditations

Compassionate Friend

Affectionate Breathing  

Giving and Receiving Compassion

Loving Kindness Meditation for a Loved One

Loving Kindness for Ourselves

Loving Kindness Phrases

More about Markus....

When I first took my MSC training, it was transformational. I felt at ease and, moreover, I felt there were practical tools that I learned that would help me reduce my suffering. And as transformational as the course was for me, it did not reflect my experience as a gay man, did not reflect the issues I was dealing with as a gay man. It did not embrace my experience as a gay man (yes, we all suffer, but we suffer differently). The course felt aloof.

I nevertheless felt the need to bring MSC to the 2SLGBTQ+ community and Mindfulness Everyday supported me in offering the first MSC course for gay men in Toronto, Canada. We started off with a bunch of gay guys that would later gather in my living room every week, and we would go through the program and learn MSC together and what it meant for us. A few rounds of teaching and then later also co-teaching MSC to the 2SLGBTQ+ community with two fellow MSC teachers and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, I have now co-adapted the MSC program with them for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to better meet 2SLGBTQ+ needs, to reflect their diverse experiences, to make MSC accessible to this minority population.

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC), in particular MSC co-founder Christopher Germer, was very supportive of this initiative and invited us to create this adaptation, which has now launched for the first time through CMSC. It was wonderful to see a community of MSC curious people come together where we were able to learn and practice MSC not only within an inclusive community of practitioners, but within a community of belonging. For it is only when we are with people of our own kind, with kindred spirits, that such a genuine feeling of belonging emerges. We need more spaces like that, I find, also within the mindfulness community, to foster such a sense of belonging within a culture that so often tells 2SLGBTQ+ folx that they do not belong, that they are unworthy and unlovable.

Here's to more love and belonging in 2023! We all are worthy. We all belong!