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Mindful Compassion Courses

Mindfulness at Ramapo offers a variety of Self Compassion courses:

The 8-week course Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course is empirically-supported and 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 well-being, 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. SEE DATES BELOW.

The 4-week course Mindfulness and Compassion for Difficult Times offers an introduction to mindful compassion, providing tools to address the times we are experiencing.

Free Orientation for Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Course - TBA

Free Orientation to Mindful Self-Compassion Course with Catherine Magner TBA

Mindful Self Compassion 8-Week Course - Dates and Registration TBA

 MSC Class | TBA

Instructor: Catherine Magner


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 Mindfulness at Ramapo College, 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.


All classes currently LIVE ONLINE! 

Should the college campus open for the fall, classes will be held in the Anisfield School of Business, room 420 at Ramapo College of New Jersey which is  located at 505 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Please dress comfortably. The temperature of the room varies, you may want to dress in layers or have a shawl or light blanket available.   We do ask you to remove your shoes in the meditation room and that no food or drink be brought in (only closed top water bottles, if needed).   Additionally, we ask that you do not wear any scented perfumes or deodorants or essential oils.

Course Schedule for 8-Week Course


The MSC course consists of eight weekly classes plus a half-day silent retreat. Each participant in the course will receive: 27 total hours of instruction in Mindful Self-Compassion, which includes carefully sequenced self-compassion exercises, guided meditations, written exercises, group discussions, and mindful movement. A handout packet will reinforce learning and provide support and reminders for home practice. Weekly homework assignments are optional, but highly recommended if participants wish to cultivate self-compassion. Access to all meditation audio recordings will be shared after each class via email from the instructor.




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 R – Retreat


Session #6 – Meeting Difficult Emotions


Session #7 – Exploring Challenging Relationships


Session #8 – Embracing Your Life

4-Week Mindful Compassion Course

Mindfulness and Compassion for Difficult Times | 4 Week Course with Catherine Magner |

Dates TBA

About our Instructor

Bio for Catherine Magner

Catherine Magner

Catherine has been devoted to practicing mindfulness both formally and informally for the past 6 years. Her personal journey and daily practice encompass meditation, self-compassion and Buddhist philosophy. She has been with Ramapo College since 2015, starting as the previous Managing Director of the mindfulness programs on and off campus. Catherine teaches Mindful Self-Compassion at Ramapo College and leads meditations for Ramapo and around Bergen County, NJ. She is also a Peer Leader for the NY Insight NJ Sangha in Ridgewood NJ, where she leads meditations and provides dharma readings once a month. 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 mindful and kinder life.

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505 Ramapo Valley Rd
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
(201) 684-6855