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Thu 14

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 14 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 15

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

November 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon 18

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 18 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 20

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

November 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 21

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 21 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 22

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

November 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon 25

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 25 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 27

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

November 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 28

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

November 28 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Mindful Self-Compassion Eight-Week Course

New Offering and Partnership with CMSC

Course: Saturdays from October 19-December 14 | 9:30am-12:15pm (no class on November 30) and retreat on Sunday, November 17 | 9am-1pm


CMSC Mindful Self-Compassion Eight-Week Course Information

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It was developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy ( and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion ( and teaches participants skills needed for greater awareness in the present moment of their own distress or suffering so they can respond with kindness and wisdom. Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat themselves more like someone they love, befriending themselves, cultivating a gentle curiosity about inner experiences, motivating with encouragement rather than punishment, and coping with difficult emotions with greater calm and ease. The course consists of eight weekly 2.5 hour classes plus half-day retreat. Each participant in the course will receive:

24 total hours of instruction in Mindful Self-Compassion, which includes carefully sequenced self-compassion exercises, guided meditations, written exercises, group discussions, and mindful movement;
Weekly handouts to reinforce the learning and provide support and reminders for home practice;
Weekly homework assignments (optional, but recommended);
Access to all meditation audio recordings

Bios for Leaders Beth Sandweiss and Catherine Magner

Bio for Beth Sandweiss

Beth Sandweiss, MSW, MA

Beth trained as an MBSR Instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and with the Mindful Schools Program. She teaches MBSR at Montclair State University, the VA Hospital in Orange, the Krame Center at Ramapo College and at Valley Hospital where she developed a Mindfulness for Teens program.
Beth has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, and maintains a private therapy practice in Montclair, NJ where she uses mindfulness based interventions to treat families, adults and teens. Through her personal mindfulness practice and clinical work, Beth has come to value the power of mindfulness to enhance the capacity for joy and to develop greater awareness, wisdom, compassion and resilience in the face of inevitable challenges we all encounter. As a consultant, Beth trains and supervises therapists, and provides Mindfulness Workshops for educators, parents, clergy, organizations and human service practitioners throughout the tri/state area. She is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at Jewish Family Services of Metrowest NJ and serves on the Steering Committee of the NY/NJ MBSR Collaborative.

Bio for Catherine Magner

Catherine Magner

Catherine has been devoted to practicing mindfulness both formally and informally for the past 5 years. Her personal journey and daily practice encompasses meditation, self-compassion and living a healthy lifestyle. She is the Managing Director of the Krame Center for Mindful Living at Ramapo College, where she occasionally leads day meditations. Catherine is one of four Peer Leaders at the NY Insight NJ Sangha in Ridgewood NJ, leading meditations and providing dharma readings on a monthly basis. Working in the fast-paced corporate world of advertising in Boston and New York City led her on a personal journey of living a slower, more fulfilled and kinder life.

Cost Information

Tuition for the eight-week course is based on household income. Certain groups are eligible for a special discounted tuition of $450. Proof of identification must be presented on the first day of class for discounted pricing. Spaces are limited. Sign up below. All pricing includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Refund Policy: Refund less $100 after first class (prior to day of second class) and no refunds on or after day of second class.

Household Income                                            8-Week MSC Course Tuition
$50,000 or greater                                                    $652
$40,000-$49,999                                                      $522
$39,999 or less                                                          $490

Special Discounted Tuition (ID Required)                 $450 *See payment information below
K-12 Educators and Administrators
RN and Nurse Practitioners
Social Workers
Current Ramapo Faculty and Staff with Rampo ID
Founding Members of Friends of the Krame Center, Friends of Ramapo

Payment information: Payments are accepted via credit card at time of registration.

*We do not accept purchase orders.  Registrants are responsible for making payment via credit card at time of registration.  We can provide a payment receipt, upon request, to submit for reimbursement.

Five-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive


Center For Mindful Self-Compassion Six-Day Teacher Training

The next step in becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher after taking the 8-Week or 5-Day Intensive and a 5-Day Teacher led silent retreat.

August 9 – 15, 2020
with Leaders Chris Germer, Steve Hickman, and Michelle Becker
This course will sell out, space is limited.

To register for the CMSC Six-Day Training click here

MSC Six-Day Teacher Training Information

MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day, residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. The training is built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC with each half day dedicated to a condensed, experiential review of one of the sessions, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion in that session with the close consultation of one of the Teacher Trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence.

For more information on becoming an MSC Teacher, please click here.

Cost and Registration 

For cost and registration information, please click here.

Bios for Leaders

Chris Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD is a co-developer of the MSC program and a co-founder of the Center for MSC. He is the author of the popular book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Kristin Neff) of the professional text, Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, and a workbook, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. Chris is an MSC Teacher Trainer and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.

Chris is also a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. Chris has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. He has co-edited two influential volumes –Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy – and he is a founding faculty member of both the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. Chris maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.

Christopher K. Germer Phd – The Mindful Path to Self Compassion on Facebook

Steve Hickman

Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. His role is to provide oversight, vision, direction and focus for the development and expansion of CMSC around the world. He is also the Director of Professional Training, overseeing the training of teachers from “start to finish” and assuring the highest quality standards and the best possible resources for teaching. Steve is the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 17 years and has trained teachers of MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Steve is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.

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Michelle Becker

Michelle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based approaches to psychotherapy. In addition she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. Michelle is a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and co-founder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally, especially in regard to relationships, healthcare, and the workplace. She particularly delights in supporting compassion teachers. For more information on Michelle’s teaching and schedule please visit her website:

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Krame Center for Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey