Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Intensive


Learning to Meet Yourself with Kindness


September 23-29, 2018


Lefkada, Greece 



Mila de Koning & Christine Braehler

picture-2Join Mila de Koning and Christine Braehler for a gentle week of mindful self-compassion practice and deep rest and rejuvenation on the beautiful island of Lefkada in Greece.

The workshop will take place in the peaceful environment of Urania Villas, which is located on a hill amongst the olive trees overlooking the Ionian Sea and the village of Vasiliki. The stone villas are beautifully designed with a modern and luxurious feel. Each villa has a private swimming pool, terrace and enjoys spectacular views of the sea. Each room in the villa is equipped with an ensuite bathroom. The local village of Vasiliki is a 10 minutes’ drive away offering shops and restaurants.

All sessions will be held in the yoga room, which offers stunning views of the Ionian Sea and islands below. The group will include a maximum of 16 participants.

picture-1On the first day, we will meet in the evening to welcome everyone and introduce you to each other and to the programme. On the second day, we will cover the basics of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) during a morning and afternoon session. On the following days, we will practice MSC during the morning session leaving the afternoons free for relaxation and exploration. You may relax by the pool, hike to the beach below the villas (30 min hike), visit the local village and picturesque harbour of Vasiliki or explore the world famous deep blue beaches of Lefkada.


All the details you need to know


You will stay at Urania luxury villas in a private and quiet location on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea. Each villa has a private swimming pool, terrace and sun beds. All bedrooms have sea views, air-conditioning and are equipped with an ensuite bathroom, some with jacuzzi bath, other with showers. There are limited single rooms and shared twin accommodation. Some limited single places are available for an additional cost.


€ 1395 per person sharing a double room

€ 1795 per person in single room

Price includes:

  • 25 hours teaching the full Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Program
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in luxury villas with ensuite bathrooms, private terraces, swimming pools
  • 3 meals per day (Greek-inspired, fresh local produce, home-made, vegetarian available)
  • Tea / coffee / water / fruits & biscuits all day
  • Towels, cleaning, wi-fi connection

The prices does not include:

  • Flights, insurance, transfers, massages, excursions

Will you join us?

Registration is now open. There is only space for 16 participants. If you want to make sure you are one of them please do apply soon. We still have place for only 7 people! As soon as you have registered we will contact you! For registration click the button below.

About the teachers:


Christine Braehler

dr_christine_braehlerDr. Christine Brähler is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Munich, Germany. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives, MSC teacher trainings and workshops on self-compassion in psychotherapy around the world. In addition to being Secretary of the Board of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), she serves as International Coordinator and as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Center for MSC. She has several academic and popular publications including the first randomized controlled trial of Compassion Focused Therapy. For free meditations visit www.christinebraehler.com

Mila de Koning

schermafbeelding-2016-07-17-om-21-51-56Mila de Koning is a social therapist, nurse and mindfulness and compassion teacher. She has a long professional experience working in (mental) health care with groups. And she worked as a teacher for healthcare professionals. Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and compassion and she started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to healthcare. Currently she works as teacher and teacher trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and MSC courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. One of her great aspirations is to bring mindfulness to healthcare, especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals. For free meditations in Dutch visit www.miladekoning.nl


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training

  • Q.What is MSC?

    A.MSC is an evidence-based training programme for the general population that specifically aims to cultivate self-compassion. MSC is a mindfulness-based compassion training.

    MSC teaches participants the core principles and practices to begin to treat themselves with kindness during moments of suffering.

  • Q.Who developed MSC?

    A.MSC was first developed in 2010 by two pioneering psychologists, Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD. Kristin Neff was the first to conduct ground-breaking research into self-compassion in 2003. Christopher Germer has been integrating mindfulness into psychotherapy since 1980s. www.centerformsc.org

  • Q.What is MSC not?

    A.MSC is not a retreat because sharing of experiences is an important part of the learning process.

    MSC is not psychotherapy insofar as the group training aims to train emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Participants are asked to take personal responsibility for how they apply these resources to their difficulties

  • Q.What happens during MSC?

    A.MSC is a mindfulness-based training programme in compassion. During the course participants are invited to try out various formal and informal practices which aim to facilitate a direct experience of mindful self-compassion and which can be easily integrated into daily life. The course will consist of short teachings, guided meditations, reflection exercises, small and large group sharing and suggestions for home practice. It is normally offered as an 8-week programme. As senior MSC teachers and teacher trainers of MSC we offer you the possibility to experience the full MSC programme in this more intensive format.

  • Q.Who is MSC suited for?

    A.As a non-clinical training programme, MSC was developed for psychologically stable adults. Research has shown that self-compassion enhances emotional and physical resilience and has the potential to be an effective preventative measure. MSC trains us in giving unconditional love to ourselves when we need it the most. Whilst we usually experience this as positive and energizing, we may also experience some distressing emotions in the process. The saying “Love reveals anything unlike itself” summarizes this aspect of emotional healing. For example, we may experience normal grief, which we did not have time to process previously.

    Although previous experience with meditation or mindfulness is not required, participants need to feel comfortable when exploring their inner experience of sensations and emotions with closed eyes. The course is not suitable for individuals who are easily flooded by their inner experience. The course is unsuitable for individuals who are currently acutely psychologically unwell or under emotional duress as the format is emotionally demanding and requires a high degree of self-reflection and personal responsibility for one’s welfare.

  • Q.Is MSC for me?

    A.MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment. To ensure the safety of all participants, MSC teachers assess the suitability of all interested individuals by asking to provide background information on physical and psychological health on registering. Teachers may conduct a brief interview during which suitability is determined.

    Individuals for whom the MSC course would be inappropriate due to acute psychological difficulties may develop self-compassion during individual psychotherapy. Therapist and patient can jointly determine the pace of learning and accommodate individual needs of the patient, which cannot be done in an MSC course.


Join us in Greece for a beautiful week!



Registration will be open in October 2017. There is only space for 16 participants. If you want to make sure you are one of please do apply soon. We still have place for only 7 people!As soon as you have applied we will contact you to.

For registration click on the heart below.