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MSC-Intensive & Mindfulness and Compassion in Nature

A Time to Come Alive, Thrive and Care for our Planet Earth
Jul 10, 2022 – Jul 15, 2022, Monviso Institute, Piemont, Italy

To live well, we need to live well together and even thrive. Compassion helps to broaden our awareness and our respect for other living beings; expanding and deepening our relationship with our beloved planet Earth, opening us to our interconnectivity. Our strength lies in the wisdom of knowing we cannot live in disconnection, separation from ourselves, each other, the Earth. And compassion is not a luxury, it is a necessity, if we are to survive. Life is calling us to live it and live it well, fearless and intentional, to not only survive, but to thrive. Life is a precious gift. Let’s celebrate it!

Join Mirjam Luthe and Helga Luger-Schreiner (Certified MSC Teachers), - as well as Christiane Wolf and Cassondra Graff with one online evening contribution - at Monviso Institute, Italy, for an immersion into self-compassion in connection with nature. Set in the mountains of the Italian Alps, in Ostana province, immerse yourself in your natural capacity for compassion and wisdom by taking a 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive course, the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program 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. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Program activities will include meditation, short inspirational talks about the science of mindfulness and self-compassion, many experiential exercises, and group dialogs. We will take care of our physical needs and incorporate movement though yoga, hikes, swims and dance (optional). We will enjoy healthy local food. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond, when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. We will also enjoy sensing and savoring in the great outdoors and explore our surroundings, the local Occitane culture, connect with local people and learn about their adaptive resilience to climate change and about new ideas for repopulated Alpine villages like Ostana, adapted to latest Covid-19 requirements.

No meditation experience is necessary. All are welcome.
This course qualifies as a pre-requisite on the path towards becoming a Trained MSC Teacher (see www.centerformsc.org)
Course language: English (with possibility of German translation)

Mirjam Luthe (MA International Cultural & Business Studies, Development Cooperation & NGO Management) is a practising Certified MSC, MBSR ad Yoga Teacher, trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum, and continuously exploring Council Practice and contemplative dialog as a means to invite equity and build bridges in-midst of diversity. She cooperates with the CMSC since 2016, currently as Global Engagement Coordinator, has taught MSC in Germany, Vietnam and in California, worked for Arbor Seminare, teaches at AVE Institut (Germany) and is engaged since its foundation in the core team of the European network for Grateful Living „Dankbar leben“. She also teaches at UC of Irvine, Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, California. Mirjam is a Trained Teacher with Mark Coleman’s “Awake in the Wild” nature meditation and intends to integrate interconnectedness with our planet into all other classes. She has lived in Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, California and other countries; her home base is Freiburg, Germany. Mirjam has most of her work life been engaged in development cooperation in developing countries. She passionately stands for a socially engaged practice out of a dharma perspective. As a mother of three children in rapidly changing times, she cherishes the power of connection and cooperation, in order to learn from each other and inspire.

Helga Luger-Schreiner is a certified mindful self-compassion trainer, metta meditation teacher, an art teacher, art therapist and artist. On behalf of the City school Board of Vienna, she developed the concept of the project "Mindfulness in School and Teacher Training" and leads this project at the ZLB, University of Vienna. She is part of the development team of the master's program "Mindfulness inEducation, Consulting and Healthcare" at the KPH Vienna, and is a lecturer there. She founded and led a free school with focus on mindfulness and creativity. She is a lecturer and course instructor at Arbor Seminare and at the competence center for children and adolescents and many other Institutions. She co-authored the book "Self-Compassion Therapy Tools”. At her own institute www.powerful-heART.at she offers workshops and retreats based on the inspiring combination of artistic processes with mindfulness and self-compassion training.

Virtual contribution:

Christiane Wolf is a physician turned mindfulness and compassion teacher and teacher trainer. She is an authorized Buddhist teacher in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, teaching classes and retreats worldwide. She is the co-author of “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness” and author of the upcoming “Outsmart Your Pain – Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind”.

Cassondra Graff (M.S., LCSW) is a Certified Senior teacher of MSC and MBSR. She taught at the University of California at San Diego Center for Mindfulness and was the Director of the Speakers Bureau and teaches MBSR for a long-range National Institutes of Health (NIH) research study evaluating the potential benefits of mindfulness in the senior aging process. Cassondra works closely with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, CMSC. With over 22 years of experience as a mental health practitioner, Cassondra had a private practice as a licensed psychotherapist and also mentored therapists for the California state licensing exam. Her work transformed over the years, becoming mindfulness and compassion based. “I cannot, not do this work. It is tied to the way I live, truths I cannot deny.  It is a joy to witness us humans discover our own strengths and capacities, and in this, become more alive and thrive. MSC offers skills and wisdom needed to effect real growth, real freedom.” She offers Mindfulness and Compassion Training in the USA and worldwide, is currently being based in Arizona, USA, but she also is aware of her Greek heritage.

This course is embedded in a cycle of cultural musical events on July 16-18, 2021 and a new pilot "Mindful Innovation" Course of 4 days from July 19-23, 2021 with Tobias Luthe, Justyna Swat, Mirjam and Helga, possibly with a virtual contribution by Mark Coleman, Awake in the Wild. The place offers amazing possibilities of hikes and excursions. A mindful hike around Monviso from July 24-27 will be offered with Philip Svobodnik. Families are welcome and child care would be available. Camping, glamping, Agriturismo, local hotel accommodation are possible.

More information: https://monviso-institute.org/mindfulness/


Course details:

Jul 10, 2022 – Jul 15, 2022
Start is the late afternoon of July 11th. Please arrive on Sunday afternoon.
Monviso Institute, Piemont, Italy