Mindful Self Compassion Training
Instructor: Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D.
8 Weeks, Starting in January, Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm / Cost: $450.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend!
Mindful Self-Compassion is an eight-week program designed to cultivate and nourish the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness to oneself and others. It is based on the groundbreaking research of Kristen Neff, PhD, of the University of Texas and Christopher Germer, PhD of the Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Health Alliance.
A rapidly growing body of research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety and depression. It improves ability to handle stress and maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise; and helps to build more satisfying interpersonal relationships.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough in childhood, or those who feel uncomfortable when treating themselves with kindness. Self-Compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, reduces self-criticism and isolation, makes it easier to handle challenging situations, admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves when needed, and relate more authentically to others.
The weekly 2.5 hours class includes short talks, experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion. In addition to the weekly class, there is a 4-hour retreat. The best results are achieved if you attend every session.
About the Instructor:
Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. She also serves as adjunct clinical faculty in UCSF. In addition to being an MSC teacher, Marina is also a certified teacher of Mindfulness Meditation.
In her clinical work, Marina uses empirically validated mindfulness based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Beyond her education and professional training, Marina brings personal experience to her work. She has been a long-time meditator and has personally experienced the impact of mindfulness and compassion practices in her own life. These experiences form the foundation of her teaching.
More Information & Registration:
Please contact Marina Bystritsky at email@example.com or call 415-458-2725 if you have any further questions. You can reserve a space in the class by sending in your class tuition to
Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D. 870 Market St, Suite 1063, San Francisco, CA 94102
You may also send a deposit if paying the full tuition is problematic. You may receive a full refund (minus $25 processing fee) if you cancellation request is received no later than 30 days before the first class. Once this training has filled there will also be a waitlist, and another section may be offered at a different time. Sliding scale if needed.
Gestalt Process Group
Bay Area Gestalt Institute
Through the exploration of mindful awareness, community support, self-support, and boundaries, we are inviting group participants to explore a deepening of contact with ourselves and others. Our group does not have a single theme. We invite group members to bring all parts of themselves and notice what is present in the current moment. We believe that noticing and honoring our differences is essential in making meaningful contact with self and others. Thus, there is no “type” of group member we are looking for, and no “right or wrong” way to be in the group – whether we are talking about difference in race, gender, sexuality, expression of yourself (introverted or extro- verted) or physical ability, just to name a few. We want to provide a safe place where all people are welcome and honored.
We hope to provide a place for members to find and give support, explore what happens when a range of emotions emerge, and notice how we impact or are impacted by others. We will invite several forms of exploration, including personal, interpersonal and dream work.
Cost: $50 per person per group (we want a variety of people in this group—including economic status, so if you have trouble affording $50 per group but you are definite- ly interested in joining please contact us anyway and we can dis- cuss a sliding scale fee)
Location: Zazen at 2219 Filbert St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Time: Tuesday 9:30am – 11:00am
Starting: November or mid-No- vember 2016 depending on partic- ipant availability.
We look forward to meeting you and noticing the quality of our contact. ￼￼ If you are interested, please contact:
Margaret at 415-702-1588 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith at 415-548-1963 or email:email@example.com
Group Size Limited to 8. Register soon! For more information go to www.bagisf.org
Finding Grace in the Midst of Hardship: A Sufi Perspective
We are living in challenging times. You may be facing anxiety over the loss of health insurance. You may be in fear for your safety and security. Or you may be distraught over loss of relationships because of political differences. You long for peace, but the stress never ends.
We look for peace by trying to change the circumstances on the outside - “ If I only had...”, “if only they would... ”. But focusing on the outside, expecting change, only brings heartache and more fear.
The only way to lasting peace is to journey inside - to discover the light that dwells within and develop a peace in your heart that does not waver despite life's challenges. This may sound impossible, but the Grace of God is showering down on you in every moment. It rains down from the heavens and streams out from your heart. It is neither deserved or earned. It is just there.
When we open to this grace, peace is possible.
This workshop will use teachings and practices from the Sufi tradition to teach you how to receive this grace and live with a peaceful heart. It will address the questions and issues of both beginners and those experienced on a spiritual path.
The workshop is open to all.
"Finding Grace in Hardship" will be taught by Rahima Schmall, Ph.D. Rahima is a founding faculty member of the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. She is a master teacher and healer in the Sufi tradition as well as a registered nurse and clinical psychologist. For over thirty years she has blending counseling, medical knowledge and spirituality to help people achieve the healing and peace they long for. She currently lives in Santa Fe, NM where she is the Department Chair for a Masters in Counseling program.
Please join us Saturday, July 22nd from 1-5 pm at Zazen SF, 2219 Filbert Street in San Francisco
Suggested contribution is $50, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Light refreshments will be served. Metered street parking is available, as are nearby parking garages. Fragrance free please.
Questions? Please email Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not able to join Rahima Schmall in person, we are pleased to be able to offer the option for you to attend online via zoom classroom, or to be able to listen to the workshop afterwards via recording. If you would like to join remotely, please use the link below to call in or attend online. If you are unable to attend in real time but would like a copy of the recordings, please email email@example.com and I will send you a copy of the recordings after the class is completed. Donations for the speaker gratefully accepted from those attending remotely.
Join the class from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/745573725
Meeting ID: 745 573 725
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=IXzPXj0GO4SldM3BV5VIWAJcK-RmsbUK
Register Online / Free / Donations Appreciated