Kristy’s stated “vision” for individuals and therefore the world [a world where we all took care of ourselves, leaving no need to exploit and attack others to serve our needs] seemed way too optimistic at first, but when I saw her sincerity I was moved because I shared it. Kristy for president!
Barry – Norwalk, Iowa
Kristy was very open and honest which encouraged others to be open and honest. She encouraged us to understand what we were experiencing. She helped me understand the importance of every day meditation practice and gave me ideas on how to work it into my day. It was a great group. I miss it. It was a wonderful safe place. I really may take the class again.
Catherine Klostermeier – Clayton, Missouri
An extremely valuable experience. Kristy’s discussion of the anatomy of shame was especially profound for me. The best I have ever heard or read.
Christopher Stanley-Steven – Stephenville, Texas
I feel like MSC is something that is applicable and vitally important for every human being. The content was spot on and Kristy’s style of instruction was very conducive to my learning and integration of the material in my own life.
Jack Jacobsen – St Louis, Missouri
Experiential – Transformative – Encouraging – Loving – Motivating – Kind – WONDERFUL!
JoAnn Bloomberg – Macomb, Illinois
Lots of useful tools; very warm, accessible facilitators.
Laurie – Montague, Massachusetts
The teachers truly embodied this practice. They were well-organized and creative in their presentation and exchange with students, with strong and clear intentions.
Gloria Zahka – Norwich, Vermont
It’s difficult to narrow the strengths as overall the teachers, concepts and application were amazing. All very pure and true to the core values of MSC.
Gina Rolkowski – Middletown, Delaware
It is a progressive practice. Breaking into small groups helped a lot. Several of the exercises are real keepers for me.
Barry – Norwalk, Iowa
Strengths of the course were: Creating an atmosphere of safety; encouraging participation on a voluntary basis; I especially liked when I felt that the person guiding the meditation was themself meditating.
Dori – Somerville, Massachusetts
I liked the warmth and knowledge of the presenters and the way of including the whole group and creating a safe space.
Susan – Lexington, Massachusetts
I felt like my boundaries as they relate to self compassion were tested in an environment that was supporting and nurturing. It was definitely a place where I felt more at ease addressing my suffering.
Annie – Champaign, Illinois
The teachers were clear in their presentations, very supportive. I was impressed by their hard work in also keeping things on track and on topic.
Nancy Stolarz – Dedham, Massachusetts
Strengths of the course: The community! The content! The loving/compassionate instructors! The timeframe was really great – having time for fun/alone time was very nourishing. The encouragement to care for ourselves even if we have to leave a session.
Leslie S. Leff – Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
The strengths of the course were the teachers’ ability to help me connect with my deeper self, flexibility and awareness, and their ability to lead by example.
Kaori Hattori – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Strengths of the course were the teachers “practicing what they preach” – embodying compassion, kindness and mindfulness; the balance between practice and “lecture,” and the practices we learned.
Richard Koch – Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Course was very experiential, teachers were highly engaged and organized, great time schedule management.
Marc – Wayne, Pennsylvania
One of the strengths of the course was welcoming people to do whatever they needed to be kind to themselves, even sleep!
Strengths of the course were the experiential learning; relaxed schedule; loving-kindness expressed by leaders; constant reminder to do what we need to take care of ourselves moment to moment.
Brooke – Decatur, Illinois
A real challenge for me, one that offers openings and further learning. I expect to be more self-compassionate and look to work at making more of a daily practice.