Teacher Training Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

In 6 days you will learn the fundamentals of begin a mindful self-compassion teacher.

Theoretical background combined with practicing guiding the different exercises, meditations and teachings alternate during this teacher training

Trainersopleiding mindful zelfcompassie (MSC)

In 6 lesdagen leer je de fundamenten van het zelfcompassie trainerschap. Theoretische achtergrond en zelf praktisch aan de slag met het begeleiden van de verschillende oefenen wisselen elkaar af tijdens deze opleiding.

Becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

The foundation for teaching MSC is to embody the qualities of mindfulness and self-compassion and to have an ongoing, daily practice.

In addition, you need theoretical background and practical knowledge of the various topics and components of the training.

ZelfcompassieMSC Teachers are often deeply touched during their own self-compassion training and would like to pass this on to others. Becoming an MSC teacher is a wholehearted endeavor and a rich experience for those who choose to embark on this path. 

During this 6-day teacher training, you will actively engage in teaching the important self-compassion themes and exercises. 

"This trainer training felt like a warm bath. Throughout every step of the training I felt supported and held by my fellow students and the teachers."

The MSC Teacher Training Pathway

1. The first step of the learning pathway consists of completing the 6-day residentiële trainersopleiding.

De residentiële The residential teacher training is designed for people who want to teach self-compassion training (MSC) independently or who want to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into their professional activities (e.g., psychotherapy, coaching, healthcare, education, etc.). In addition, this training is suitable for those who have a professional interest in it (e.g., researchers, administrators, etc.) 

2. In het practicumgedeelte van de trainersopleiding (TTP) oefen je met een groep mede trainers in opleiding, met de opgedane kennis uit de residentiële trainersopleiding.

3. If you want to gain Trained MSC Teacher status you so can independently teach the 8-week self-compassion training you need to complete step 3 of the teacher training pathway. 

During step 3 you will be guided (via Zoom) by an experienced MSC Teacher during teaching your own 8 week mindful self-compassion course. trainer tijdens het geven van jouw compassietraining. 

Summary of the steps of the teacher training pathway:

As a partner organization of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC), the Mindfulness Academy (dMA) offers prospective teachers support in their route to becoming "trained" or "certified trainers.

On this page you can read a detailed description of the entire self-compassion trainer learning pathway.

Program of the MSC Teacher Training

Step 1: 6-day self-compassion teacher training

The 6-day self-compassion teacher training is taught by experienced, certified self-compassion teachers and is built around getting to know, experience and practice all the components of the 8-week MSC training. zelfcompassie trainersopleiding wordt gegeven door ervaren, gecertificeerde zelfcompassietrainers en is opgebouwd rondom het leren kennen, ervaren én oefenen met alle onderdelen uit de 8-weekse MSC training.

During the teachback sessions, participants will have the opportunity to examine each exercise from their own experience and reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the exercises. In addition, the different elements of the self-compassion course are practiced in exercise groups. All under the guidance of the teacher trainers. 

You will receive al the teacher materials that are needed to teach the 8-week program.

Participants must attend all sessions to advance to the next step in trainer training (exceptions will only be made in exceptional situations).

Learning goals

Upon completion of the 6-day teacher training, participants should be able to:

Step 2: MSC Teacher Training Practicum (TTP)

The TTP is a 10-week online program with a group of up to 16 teachers-in-training to practice teacher skills in a safe, structured, online environment. The TTP is supervised by two certified MSC teachers/TTP trainers.

Each week, one MSC session will take center stage. As a trainer-in-training, you will prepare each session.

Each time, one teacher in training will have the opportunity to guide one part of the MSC session, followed by feedback and discussion.

There is also the opportunity to meet outside the weekly sessions to prepare the session together.

The TTP provides new trainers with a "laboratory" where they can find their own "voice" as they begin to practice what they have learned in the teacher training.

Between each session there is time to reflect on what was learned, prepare for the next session and reflect on personal learning.

The cohort model gives participants the unique opportunity to experience peer support in a safe environment and thus can be a source of support and help long after the practicum is over.

Once you are accepted into the teacher training, you will automatically receive a link to register for your Teacher Training Practicum. Each weekly session lasts 2.5 hours.

Required literature

At the start of the teacher training we assume that you have read all of the literature below.

All books are available in bookstores or online. Both (obligatory) books by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff are also available in Dutch. Click here to read the article that is mentioned. hier om het artikel te lezen.

Recommended literature

Who is the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training suitable for?

The teacher training is designed for people who want to teach the 8 week mindful self-compassion course (MSC) independently or who want to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into their professional activities (e.g., psychotherapy, coaching, healthcare, education, etc.). In addition, the training is suitable for those who have a professional interest in it (e.g., researchers, administrators, etc.). 

"I not only learned a lot about the different facets of self-compassion during this teacher training, but it also deepened my own self-compassion practice."

Required Prerequisites

Voor deelname aan de MSC trainersopleiding gelden de volgende vereisten:


Practical information trainer training Mindful Self-Compassion


The trainer training takes place at a beautiful location in the Netherlands. Since there are also evening programs, we have a residential setting.


Course fee: €1,475. Exempt from VAT.

Accommodation: hotel Westcord de Veluwe:  € 1375,- (6 nights in a single or double room on a full board). Click here to have a look at the hotel

Important to know

The cost of the Trainer Practicum is not included. niet inbegrepen.


Please contact us using one of the options at the bottom of this page. contact met ons op middels één van de opties onderaan deze pagina.

Starting date


Teacher Training Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) June 25 2023


Christopher Germer & Mila de Koning

June 25 - July 1 FULL!
(Only places available on the waiting list. If you want to be put on the waiting list please sign up and fill in the application form).

Dates: June 25th - July 1st (July 25th registration opens at 4.00 pm, 7.30 pm starting session.. July 1st we end at lunchtime (around 12.00 o'clock).


Teacher Training Practicum 24 AUG 2023



Helle Laursen & Laura Bassi

Costs: € 925

Start:  Thursday Aug 24  7.00 pm CET - 9.30 pm CET
Dates Aug: 24, 31 | Sept: 7, 14, 21, 28 | Oct: 5, 12, 19, 26



Teacher Training Mindful Self-Compassion Tune 29, 2024


Rob Brandsma & Mila de Koning

June 29 - July 5 2024

Dates: June 29 - July 5 (July 29th registration opens at 4.00 pm, 7.30 pm starting session.. July 5 we end at lunchtime (around 12.00 o'clock).

Get to know the teachers

Christopher Germer

Psychologist, Harvard Teacher and Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff in 2010 and MSC has since been taught to over 100,000 people worldwide.

They co-authored two books on MSC, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program. Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion.

He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and he maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.



Helle Laursen

Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher

Helle Laursen, MA, is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and has 20 +  years of experience supporting people on sick leave due to mental health  issues. For more than 20 years, she has been a dedicated student of  Heartfulness Meditation and a meditation trainer.

She teaches open MSC courses online and in-person, in Denmark as well as internationally. She also teaches for Center for MSC in the US, where she is a Teacher Trainer and Supervisor of the MSC program, as well as teaching the live online MSC program regularly.

 Earlier, she had the position  of Leading Mentor Coach in the largest Coach Training Institute in  Denmark for 10 + years, as well as holding a position of Head of Project for a regional based 12-week program for those on sick leave from jobs due to mental health issues like stress, depression and or anxiety. Helle works with varied groups, primarily with social workers, teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and doctors. 

Helle is committed to bringing compassionate awareness into everyday life in a  lighthearted way so that life can be even more enjoyable and rich,  and meaningful.

Laura Bassi

Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and Regional Coordinator for Italy

Laura Bassi is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and Regional Coordinator for Italy. She has been practicing meditation for 12 years.

She has been working as a physiotherapist in Ferrara for 13 years. Science disseminator and curator of the Fisiocamera YouTube channel.

Mindfulness Opleider Mila de Koning

Mila de Koning

Oprichter, Hoofddocent Opleiding Mindfulness en Mindful Zelfcompassie Opleiding

Mila de Koning geeft al sinds 2006 mindfulness en zelfcompassie trainingen, workshops en coaching aan verschillende doelgroepen. Zij geeft trainingen op open inschrijving maar ook aan artsen, verpleegkundigen en hulpverleners en aan mensen met angstklachten.

Zij is jaren werkzaam geweest in de gezondheidszorg, binnen de GGZ in verschillende functies, waaronder als verpleegkundige / sociotherapeut, docent en preventiewerker en projectleider. Sinds 2011 richt zij zich helemaal op mindfulness en zelfcompassie, binnen het VU medisch centrum richtte zij het expertisecentrum mindfulness op met als doel om mindfulness en zelfcompassie naar de gezondheidszorg te brengen.

Samen met Marga Gooren schreef Mila in 2020 het boek Hart voor de dokter, met zelfcompassie aan het werk.

Momenteel is zij oprichter van De Mindfulness Academie en hoofddocent van de opleiding tot mindfulnesstrainer. Daarnaast is zij verbonden aan het Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego, U.S.A. als trainer en als opleider en supervisor voor trainers. Nog steeds ligt haar hart bij de gezondheidszorg en geeft zij speciale mindfulness en zelfcompassie workshops en trainingen o.a. aan artsen en andere zorgverleners.

“Trainen en opleiden doe ik nog steeds met heel veel passie en plezier. Het doorgeven van mindfulness en zelfcompassie doe ik met recht met hart en ziel. Mindfulness verveelt nooit!”

Rob Brandsma

Hoofddocent Opleiding Mindfulness­trainer

Rob Brandsma is de ontwikkelaar van de Opleiding Mindfulness­trainer en geeft nog steeds met veel plezier les aan de opleiding. Hij is vooral geïnteresseerd in het benutten van mindfulness en compassie in de vele domeinen van het dagelijks leven en in het bijzonder de gezondheidszorg.

Hij is de auteur van een aantal publieksboeken over mindfulness voor het grote publiek zoals Beter nu en Elke dag meer mindfulness. Op het terrein van het trainersvak publiceerde hij de trilogie Mindfulness Basisboek, Mindfulness Praktijkboek en Mindfulness Trainingsboek. Het Praktijkboek is in een internationale editie verschenen onder de titel The Mindfulness Teaching Guide. Hij volgt geïnteresseerd het voortschrijdend wetenschappelijk inzicht in mindfulness en baseert daarop ook zijn werk als trainer en het ontwikkelen van nieuwe mindfulness-based interventies.

Over zijn passie voor mindfulness en compassie zegt hij: ‘Mindfulness stelt mij in staat om beter met uitdagingen en obstakels om te gaan en mij vaker te realiseren dat het hier en nu (bijna) altijd de beste plek is om te vertoeven. Het verrijkt mijn leven met inzicht, verwondering en mildheid. Het is een geschenk om dit ook in mijn werk te kunnen brengen.’

Rob werkte eerder als preventiemedewerker in de verslavingszorg, als directeur van een organisatie voor gezondheidsvoorlichting, en in een eigen praktijk voor psychologische behandeling. Hij is niet praktiserend GZ-psycholoog, orthopedagoog en psycholoog NIP.