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Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

July 22 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
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Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

July 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

July 25 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
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Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

July 29 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 31

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

July 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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For information on our MSC 5-Day Silent Retreat, please click here.


“The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion For Emotional Well-Being” with Chris Germer Ph.D

Monday, September 23, 2019
7-8:30pm | Book signing at 6:30pm
Berrie Center, Ramapo College of NJ

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The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion For Emotional Well-Being Information

Self-compassion is the art of caring for ourselves with the same kindness and understanding as we might care for a dear friend. Burgeoning research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing; reduced stress, anxiety and depression; maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise; and satisfying personal relationships.Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

Dr. Germer is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)training program that has been taught to over 60,000 people. He will provide an overview of the theory and research on self-compassion and why self-compassion matters – why it is suddenly so popular throughout the world. He will also offer guidelines and simple skills for bringing self-compassion into our daily lives.

This lecture is open to the general public.  Healthcare professionals and mindfulness practitioners will learn key principles and practices that can be integrated into their personal and professional lives.

Cost and Registration

Cost: $20  or $25 for yourself and bring a friend special for Community/Free for Current Ramapo Faculty, Staff & Students with id at the door.
Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

Registration: To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Bio for Chris Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-developer (with Kristin Neff) of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbookand Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.  He is also a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He teaches and leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and compassion, and has a private psychotherapy practice specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.   Website:


CMSC Mindful Self-Compassion Eight-Week Course

New Offering and Partnership with CMSC

Mandatory Free Orientation: Saturday, October 5 | 9:30-11:30am

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

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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

Cost and Registration

Special, one time introductory pricing of $450.  For course registration, please click here.

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 is a Graduate of Villanova University with a BS in Economics, and is a Certified Holistic

Catherine Magner

Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Before joining the Krame Center in 2015, she was the Program and Marketing Coordinator at the Chambers Center for Well Being at Morristown Medical Center; and was a major part of the team instrumental in opening this new 20,000 square foot wellness center. Her past experience includes management in NYC and Boston Advertising Agencies; pioneering the health and wellness committee at one of the elementary schools in Glen Rock, NJ; and offering coaching services and education as a Holistic Health Coach and a writer for an online newsletter and her local Her own personal journey has been focused around healthy living and the practice of vinyasa yoga, meditation and mindfulness.


MSC Five-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Sunday, January 12 – Friday, January 17 2020

with Leaders David Spound and Amie Eckhardt

MSC Five- Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Information

The full eight-session MSC curriculum can be experienced in an intensive format, usually consisting of an introductory evening, four full days of training, and a final morning of training and closing. As the name suggests, an MSC intensive is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion. While it can be emotionally challenging, concentrated practice allows you to immerse yourself more deeply in MSC and experience its transformative potential.

Cost and Registration 

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MSC Six-Day Teacher Training

August 9 – 15, 2020

with Leaders Chris Germer, Steve Hickman, and Michelle Becker

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 

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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.

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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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