“What I like best about the retreat is the depth of knowledge of the teachers”

“The retreat reminded me of the stillness inside, of what’s important in my work life and personal life”

“The retreat benefited my ability to recognize when I am overwhelmed by lack of control and providing energy to those in my life”

“The retreat brought a sense of calm to my day and helped me recharge to be able to continue providing compassion to others”

“The retreat benefited me by cultivating self-compassion, to be more compassionate, more present for colleagues and patients at work and friends and family at home”



– Retreat Testimonials








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“Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness”

Mud & Lotus Wellness would like to invite you to participate in a Mindful Self-Compassion 9 session program. This program will be offered by Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teachers Anna Marie Batelaan  and Dagmara Urbanowicz certified through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the University of California San Diego.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a “proven way to accept yourself, build inner strength, and thrive.” 

MSC is an empirically supported 9 session program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. This program was developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy and Dr. Kristen Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. 

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It fosters emotional strength and resilience, allowing one to admit to ones shortcomings, motivating oneself with kindness, forgiving oneself as needed, transforming empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others and being oneself more authentically. The intention of this program is to support participants in building their well-being, resilience, and self- compassion tool box. 




The program will be run at the facilitators residence in south Mississauga, minutes from Atwater Rd and Cawthra Rd. Exact location to be provided upon registration.



  • January 11 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Session 1
  • January 18 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Session 2
  • January 25 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Session 3
  • February 1 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Session 4 
  • February 8 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Session 5
  • February 15 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Session 6 
  • February 22 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Session 7 + Retreat
  • March 7 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Session 8
  • program skips February 29


INTAKE INTERVIEWS: To be scheduled via video conferencing with each participant the week prior to start of program.

* Please note that intake interviews must take place during the scheduled times – participation in the program is dependent on your ability to attend the intake interview*



Registration Deadline: December 20, 2019

Cost: $595

***Full refunds will be available up until the registration deadline of December 20, 2019***


****In order to move forward with the group a minimum of 6 participants will be required. In the event of low registration a decision will be made by Dec. 20.  Registered participants will be entitled to a full refund and will be notified via email of any cancelation****




Program activities:

  • Discussion of a variety of topics on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion 
  • Experiential exercises
  • Informal and formal Meditation practices
  • Small group interactions
  • Home practices


Learning expectations:

  • Practicing mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Managing caregiver fatigue
  • Exploring the research and science behind self-compassion
  • Using self-compassion to live according to your values
  • Managing difficult emotions 
  • Motivating yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Working with challenging relationships
  • Practicing savouring and self-appreciation
  • Explore practicing in a silent retreat setting 



This program is designed for anyone. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. 


 This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher. 



MSC participants must purchase The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook prior to starting the program as part of the course material. The Workbook can be purchased through Amazon.


MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to ½ hour per day during the course. In order to recieve a certificate of completion participants can miss no more than 2 sessions. 



Insurance Coverage: 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. Social Worker) 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). Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.



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