Mag. David Mayrhofer, MSc
Währinger Straße 132/10
1180 Wien



0680 32 35 945

8-Weeks-Course Mindful Selfcompassion (MSC) in English

Starting on 18th of May 2022 in Vienna.

We wholeheartedly invite you to join our Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course in English which will take place between May, 18th and July, 6th 2022 in face-to-face-format in Vienna.


What is MSC? (most parts of the text are from centerformsc.org)


The Mindful Self-Compassion training (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 (www.chrisgermer.com ) and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (Self-Compassion.org).


MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.


Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same kindness and compassion that you give to others when you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate? All that’s required is a simple (but often not easy) U-turn—including yourself in the circle of your compassion.


Self-compassion involves the capacity to soothe, comfort, and validate ourselves, as well as to protect, provide for and motivate ourselves, when things go wrong in our lives.  It is learned, in part, by connecting with our natural compassion for others. Learning how to be self-compassionate also helps us sustain and expand our compassion for others.


Numerous research studies show that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves.


Fortunately, self-compassion can be cultivated / trained.


What to expect from the course?


In MSC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Work with challenging relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

MSC is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC.  All are welcome! The program is based on the values of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.


Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices.


MSC is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Self-compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing our emotional distress as well as opening us to the pain that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, challenging emotions are likely to surface during the program, including past trauma. MSC teachers are committed to helping participants feel safe and comfortable during the course.


MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on building the resources of mindfulness and self-compassion. MSC is not a substitute for medical or mental health care. Participants agree at the outset that they will take primary responsibility for their emotional wellbeing.


Participants should also be aware that MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training. Mindfulness and compassion go hand-in-hand, but our main purpose is compassion training.


In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives. MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to ½ hour per day, and teachers guide and support participants in that endeavor.”


When and where will it take place?


The whole training includes 8 weekly meetings (every Wednesday from May, 18th till July, 6th at 6.30-9.00 PM) and 1 longer practice day (Sunday, June, 19th at 10.00 AM – 02.00 PM).

Please save the dates!


The training will be held in face to face format at Währinger Straße 132/10, 1180 Vienna.

We will comply with all current sanitary and epidemiological requirements.


How much does it cost?


Regular price: 350 €

Students’ price: 315 €

Early bird: 300 € (if paid before April, 18th 2022)


We wish the training to be as accessible to everyone as possible. If this cost is currently difficult for you, contact us and we will try to find a solution together.


How to sign up?


In order to pre-register please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/Tc8pkCJ4UjYYf5g16  

We will contact everyone before the start of the course for a short individual interview and to provide you with detailed information.


Who are the facilitators?


David Mayrhofer. Mag., MSc


As a psychotherapist and psychologist, I have been accompanying people through difficult times in their lives for over 20 years. In this role, it has always been a great concern of mine to find out what can support people to stay awake and present, caring and in tune with their values, even when confronted with loss, suffering, their own weaknesses or experiences of failure. MSC training is one of the most effective and most beautiful tools I have had the privilege to experience in my career. Therefore, as an MSC teacher in training, I am pleased to be able to share the knowledge and tools of the MSC.


I am a psychotherapist and clinical- and health-psychologist in private practice in Vienna. I work as a lecturer and teaching therapist in various training institutions for psychotherapy and clinical psychology (ÖAGG, ÖAP, Hopp). In addition, I am a trained teacher in the Feldenkrais method (a movement therapy that works centrally with mindfulness for the body).


Grzegorz (Greg) Poplonski – co-facilitator


For 17 years, as an HR consultant, trainer and coach, I have been supporting people in development at work. For last 10 years I have been practicing meditation and educating myself in contemplative approaches (within Shambhala Buddhist lineage, Plum Village tradition and teachers such as Adyashanti).


Today my mission is to integrate my competences related to supporting the development of people with experiences in contemplative approaches and to use this combination to support people looking for a more integrated and satisfying life and professional path.


I am a certified coach in Zen Coaching approach, a trainer of the Proactive Leadership Academy (leadership based on contemplative approaches) and a graduate of advanced training of Mindful Communication (Green Zone Leader awarded by the Green Zone Institute). I studied Psychology at the University of Warsaw.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


e-mail: msctrainingvienna@gmail.com

phone: +43 680 323 5945

website: https://www.david-mayrhofer.at/mindful-selfcompassion-msc-course/


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