Somatic Self-Compassion Weekly Practice Cycle
January 1 - December 31
Somatic Self-Compassion Weekly Practice Cycle offers a weekly video leading you through the Somatic Self-Compassion® (SSC) curriculum with the option of meeting regularly in community to explore the material with like-minded travelers. We will explore each of the 15 topics from SSC over 12 months, taking our time to immerse ourselves in regular study, practice, and reflection. This is an opportunity to establish and deepen your mindfulness, embodiment, and self-compassion practice through exploring the SSC material at a structured, easeful pace.
Results of a study done in collaboration with Hendrix College found that after 13 weeks of SSC, participants’ coping self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-compassion increased while their levels of shame, perceived stress, and body shame decreased. Our aim in the Weekly Practice Cycle is to further enhance these benefits. Folks who have been exploring this material for a year or more report that the benefits to their self-development have taken time and that the commitment to their practice has paid off in ways they wouldn’t have imagined in the early months of their work.
Kristy Arbon, the developer and facilitator of the SSC program. Kristy has been teaching self-compassion skills to individuals and groups for 7 years, and she developed SSC 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. The SSC Weekly Practice Cycle was birthed in response to an identified need for practitioners to explore the material in regular cycles, in more depth, with more time, in community.
Kristy is passionate about embodied, trauma-informed self-compassion and mindfulness training. She is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher, an MSC teacher training consultation session host, and a member of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. She is a member of the Dedicated Practitioner Program with David Treleaven‘s Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Community and she has completed the Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness training program. She offers self-compassion workshops and retreats online and in the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Bhutan, and Australia.
Kristy adapted the MSC program for the online environment, creating Live Online MSC for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and designed and implemented the MSC Teacher Training online learning support platform. She has also helped develop online learning programs for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy) and InnerKids (Inner Kids Professional Development Program). She loves the online environment, and hopes to continue to develop tools that make online learning even more accessible and rewarding.
She is delighted to take up this opportunity to share self-compassion study and practice with you!
SSC is a body-focussed skills training program 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 (i.e. not group therapy) training will be offered in three stages (called journeys), sequenced in a way so that each component builds on the last. You are welcome to join the group at any time of the year.
January-April: Motivating Somatic Self-Compassion
This 4-month journey is designed to set the foundation for a self-compassion practice through learning what Somatic 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 how to bring more intentional self-compassion to our daily life.
May-October: Developing Somatic Self-Compassion
This 6-month journey 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).
November-December: Practicing Through Connecting
This 2-month journey is designed to support your ongoing Somatic 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 the program.
We’ll formally begin the program in the first week in January 2021. Each week you’ll receive a link to a video that will lead you through a meditation, guided reflection, and study material. In addition, you have the option to meet with Kristy and the group for one hour at the end of each month, at a time that works for the maximum number of people in the group (identified by taking a group poll). We also plan to offer optional weekly peer-facilitated “Watch, Practice, Discuss” online gatherings to watch the videos as a group and engage in structured small group discussions.
We will meet on in a video conference platform called Zoom, and connect 24/7 via a discussion board in an online learning platform called PowerSchool Learning.
Training is facilitated through:
- pre-recorded 60-minute (or less) video of talks, meditations, exercises, reflection invitations, and self-inquiry prompts lead by Kristy;
- the Somatic Self-Compassion Companion Notes, a downloadable, printable workbook that offers all of the material we’ll be exploring, with space for recording personal reflections;
- a monthly live 1-hour online gathering of the group with Kristy (the gathering will be recorded so that you can view it later);
- weekly peer-facilitated “Watch, Practice, Discuss” groups (beginning in February);
- access to an online course library of supplemental readings, videos, meditations, and research articles;
- guided discussion board conversations to work through each topic together;
- unlimited email support by your teacher.
What you will get:
- cutting edge theory, concepts, and research about the mechanisms of stress and relief in the body;
- a comprehensive toolkit of practices and exercises to set you firmly on the path to being more self-compassionate;
- embracement in a stable, ongoing community of like-minded self-compassion practitioners;
- ongoing practice support by Kristy Arbon for as long as you need it.
Your choices for learning (you can do any or all of these):
- set aside time to explore each week’s material in an environment of curiosity and spaciousness;
- attend the monthly live 1-hour gatherings with Kristy or view the recording of the gatherings in your own time;
- attend the weekly peer-facilitated “Watch, Practice, Discuss” groups,
- read fellow practitioners’ posts and contribute to the discussion board;
- bring a sincere desire to live in alignment with your purpose, and to understand and tend to your stress.
Please see the Somatic Self-Compassion Practices on this page for a taste of Somatic Self-Compassion practices.
This training implements the trauma-informed approach outlined by the US National Center for Trauma-Informed Care in that it is designed with these guiding principles in mind. In implicit and explicit ways it aims to help us:
- Realize the widespread impact of trauma;
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in community members;
- Understand potential roads for recovery;
- Respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
- Seek to actively resist re-traumatization.
SSC Weekly Practice Cycle is a subscription program. You can choose your rate of subscription between US$10 and $40 per month. I don’t want finances to get in the way of you being part of this group so please let me know if you need to discuss a different rate that works for you. You can cease your subscription and participation in the program at any time.
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