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Self-Compassion and Archetypes: Training in Resilience and Embodied Action for Challenging Times

January 31, 2024 - January 31, 2026

Our Lady of Guadalupe. Public Domain Image, Wikipedia

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Self-Compassion and Archetypes

In order to take care of others and to show up in the world, we need to be able to take care of and show up for ourselves first. Self-compassion is an important piece in this process. Self-compassion gives us the flexibility to weather life’s storms and to feel empowered to take action.

Archetypes have, for thousands of years, inspired us to be the world citizens we aspire to be. Archetypes help us to see, and then embody, a set of qualities we want to realize in our own lives. We develop faith that it is possible to align ourselves with our values, and that we can lean on the teachings of archetypes to support us in the work we are showing up for in the world.

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In this secular, online, 3-workshop video series, we’ll explore the intersection of archetypes and self-compassion training. Through learning about three archetypes embodying different aspects of self-compassion and compassion in action – Kuan Yin (from Buddhism), Maleficent (from European folklore), and Our Lady of Guadalupe (from Catholicism) – we’ll discover how we can use the inspiration and support of these embodied beings to support our own resiliency, self-care, and creativity.

Kuan Yin. Creative Commons image by Rebecca Arnett

Through readings, videos, exercises, meditations, and talks, we’ll connect our own contemporary practice with ages-old sources of spiritual inspiration, values-directed motivation, and skillful action.


Kristy Arbon will be facilitating these journeys. Kristy is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, and the developer of the empirically-support Somatic Self-Compassion program. She has a background in psychology and social work. She studies under Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and has done the Singing Over the Bones Facilitator Training through Dr Estés’ Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies Institute. She holds a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is a senior student in David Treleaven’s Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness community.


This program is presented in a video series, with each video’s exploration building on the last.

Maleficent. Image by Kristy Arbon

The program invites participants to explore readings, videos, exercises and meditations in their own time, in addition to the material offered during the course videos (recorded during live online gatherings).


You can register for the three video workshops below, choosing the investment that works for you and your budget.

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Want to know more?

Please email kristy@heartworks.training if you have any questions.


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