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Autumn 2024 Mindful Self Compassion Plus Group

September 12 - November 14

About this event

The Mindful Self Compassion PLUS course is available both in person and online to residents of Ontario. This fo is an expansion of the 8 week MSC curriculum to make MORE TIME for Compassionate Listening and Working With Shame.  It also INCLUDES a DAYLONG MINDFULNESS RETREAT.

Dates for the Autumn 2024 Mindful Self Compassion PLUS Group are below:

Is Mindful Self Compassion for you?

If you are too hard on your self, learn the skills of befriending your own heart through the research supported mindful self compassion curriculum. Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

As the name suggests, the MSC intensive in Nature is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion in the support of a beautiful natural environment. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated MSC practice allows you to become deeply involved in MSC and experience its transformative potential. Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness. This MSC Intensive is very special as there will be additional emphasis on nature connection and accessing the ecological Self Leadership that emerges from deep personal practice of mindfulness in nature.

Participants Will Learn:

To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. This eight week course explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

MSC Training Modules Covered During this Intensive:

Session 1:  Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

Session 2:  Practicing Mindfulness

Session 3:  Practicing Loving-Kindness

Session 4:  Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

Session 5:  Living Deeply

Session 6:  Meeting Difficult Emotions

Session 7:  Exploring Challenging Relationships

Session 8:  Embracing Your Life

Who Should Attend

All are welcome. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.


8 weeks PLUS two extra workshops on Compassionate Listening and Working With Shame

5 to 6:45 pm Thursdays


Dates:September 12/19/26
October 3/10/17/24/31
November 7/14

Fees: $1195

Register by calling our ORIMH Care Coordinator at 613-656-3331 or by emailing to arrange a meeting or phone call with a Care Coordinator at info@ottawariverintegrative.com

Course fee includes access to course platform and guided meditations.


201 McLeod Street unit 100 centrally located in downtown Ottawa , Ontario

Your Teacher:

Dr Kimberly Sogge, PhD C.Psych is a registered clinical health psychologist and certified mindfulness and compassion teacher (IMTA, CMSC) with 18 years of dedicated experience as a practitioner of insight, compassion and nature-based meditation. She has had the benefit of skilled in person practice, training and mentoring from esteemed secular meditation teachers such as Jon Kabat Zinn, Kristin Neff, and Mark Coleman as well as with monastics and lay teachers from both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Kimberly combines her lived experience of personal transformation through meditation and contemplative practice in nature with 30+ years of training and experience as a psychotherapist and psychologist. She draws from trauma-informed, somatic, internal family systems, compassion focused, and contextual behavioral science perspectives to create containers for re-alignment, transformation and renewed love for self and the living world in her courses and retreats. She specializes in work with burnout and stress in high performers, specifically physicians, and welcomes all who suffer from perfectionism and control to find liberation and compassionate self leadership.

Other Details:

Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

All participants must be free of substances

All participants must follow ORIMH COVID protocols for in person services

All participants must attend 80% of sessions to qualify for a certificate of completion

An invoice will be provided upon completion for this group activity under the clinician’s name and license number. If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.

Professional CEUs available in the form of a participation certificate which confirms the number of hours completed throughout the course.

Refund Policy:

No refunds, transfers only


September 12
November 14
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Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health Inc.
(613) 656-3331
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Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health Inc.
201 Mcleod St.
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0Z9 Canada
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