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St Louis Somatic Self-Compassion

July 9, 2021 - July 14, 2021

Please note that this program has been moved from 2020 to 2021 and we do not have exact dates yet.

Welcome to Somatic Self-Compassion®! I’m so glad that you’re here!

We all want to live our most authentic lives. We all want to be as happy as possible. We all want to have solid tools for managing life’s inevitable stress. Somatic Self-Compassion training is birthed out of a series of understandings about the stressful world we are living in today and addresses that understanding with methods for helping us be our most authentic, happy, emotionally well-equipped selves.


you feel out of alignment with your purpose and you want to motivate yourself to realign and act from a place of love;

you feel disconnected from your body and yearn to connect with this source of information, wisdom, permission-giving, nurturing and pleasure;

you feel stressed: you want to understand why and then collect tools to support yourself in the heat of the moment as well as sustainably into the future;

you want to forgive your body;

you are tired of putting everyone else’s needs first to the detriment of your own;

you want support to develop your own sustainable self-compassion practice;

you want to take a journey with like-minded people who will support you as you go.



Hi, I’m Kristy Arbon, the developer and facilitator of this program. I have been teaching self-compassion skills to individuals and groups for 6 years, and I developed this program in response to a need for a body-based self-compassion curriculum that uses methods to motivate self-compassion practice in daily life and offers an ongoing community to support practice. Self-compassion is my life’s practice and I feel called to service in the HeartWorks community through regular opportunities to connect, practice, and grow with you all.



Intention of the training

Somatic Self-Compassion is a body-focussed skills training program offered in a group setting designed to give you the knowledge and tools to listen to your body and respond with compassion to live more intentionally and easefully in the world. In this non-clinical program (ie not group therapy) training will be offered in three stages (called journeys), sequenced in a way so that each component builds on the last:


This journey of 4 Gatherings is designed to gather the group and set the foundation for a self-compassion practice through learning what self-compassion is and how self-compassion practice fits in with your sense of purpose, your goals, your strengths and the ways you can naturally motivate yourself. We will spend time reflecting on our personal preferences and style so that we have a good sense of what we need when we start to work with ways to bring more intentional compassion practices to our daily life.



This journey of 5 Gatherings is designed to introduce you to the body and the neurochemicals that affect how we feel; inform you on ways to develop an understanding of messages from your body; normalize the mechanisms of stress; assist you to practice self-care through self-compassion; and introduce you to sensory modulation (tending to our stress through our senses). Below is a video from the middle of Somatic Self-Compassion Online, to give you an idea of the content of this journey.


This journey of 4 Gatherings is designed to support your ongoing self-compassion practice through identifying and fostering sources of personal pleasure and wellbeing; connecting practice to your sense of spirituality; strengthening community bonds for continuing practice connections; and creating rituals for practice beyond our time together in SSC.



November 29 – December 4, 2020.


We will Gather at the beautiful Mercy Center in St Louis, Missouri. While the Mercy Center is quite central, it is on a 70-acre campus, close to the St Louis airport.


Training is facilitated through morning and afternoon Gatherings of:

talks, meditations, and exercises lead by Kristy;

practicing deep listening, dialogue and council circle in the group;

guided group inquiry;

opportunities for quiet centering and reflection;


Continuing Education

26 CE credits will be available for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Educators and Nurses.


July 9, 2021
July 14, 2021
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