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Self Compassion 6 Week course

Mindfulness in simple terms means awareness and we can say that this awareness is the foundation of all emotional healing and true inner happiness. With mindful awareness, openness and a sense of spacious curiosity we can learn to turn towards our stress and emotional suffering instead of being overwhelmed or running away from it. It might be a strange concept at first, but when we mindfully turn towards our pain (anger, sadness and fear etc) we can bring relief, healing and integration.

tickThe NHS and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now endorses mindfulness as an effective treatment for various health conditions including depression.

Although mindfulness is the necessary foundation for all forms of emotional healing we also often need self-compassion. Self-compassion invites us to cultivate a sense of kindness, gentleness and understanding so that we can bring a greater sense of comfort and soothing to the very emotions we feel are contributing to our pain and suffering. Self-compassion in short is a sense of kindness, and gentleness we would have towards a friend in need but directed towards ourselves. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing, boosting happiness, reducing anxiety and depression. Self-compassion can also help us maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Mindfulness together with self compassion will help to empower you to live your life with joy, meaning and true happiness.


Is Self-compassion effective?

Self-compassion is now scientifically validated and widely researched. Dr James Doty, MD a member of our Dorset Mindfulness Centre Advisor Board (click here for more information) from The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is actively researchng the impact that compassion has on our sense of physical and emotional wellbeing.


A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that self-compassion significantly increased self-kindness, compassion for others, self-awareness, and general life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Click here to view the research article.





I completed the mindfulness course in December 2015. After reading about mindfulness I wanted to integrate it into my daily routine and for me the best way to do that would be through a practical, interactive course, that really brought it to life. The interaction and group support during the course was excellent and I am already seeing significant benefits in my life. Some of the benefits include clarity of thought, feeling grounded and calm even when times are tough, an inner strength and a greater compassion towards myself and others – Lisa Ratnam, entrepreneur.


This self-compassion course is for you if you want to:

tickReduce self-judgement and enhance a sense of self appreciation and self compassion.

tickBegin to heal old unresolved emotional wounds and habits and live more in the present moment.

tickLet go of limiting beliefs and create happiness and success in your life.

tickLearn how to how to stop being so hard on yourself and be your own best friend.

tickCreate more head space, free from chattering thoughts.

tickLearn how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism.

tickTransform difficult relationships with skill and compassion.

tickLearn how to respond rather than react.

tickDiscover your true sense of purpose, meaning and happiness.

Taking part in the course – We offer full support

This course is highly experiential and requires reasonable commitment. Learning a new skill takes time and patience before a greater sense of ease can emerge. However we offer all the support you need at all stages of the course. It is however important to remember that the course is not a form of therapy even though it is immensely therapeutic. You need to be able to commit to at least 40 minutes a day of self practice. This usually includes a 30 minutes of guided mindful self-compassion practice, some mindful movement as well as keeping of a simple personal log diary.

It is important to note that If you have a history of severe or major depression and are in doubt about taking part in the course, that you discuss this with your chosen health professional or GP. Mindfulness courses Bournemouth


Is this course right for you?

This course is open to all people of all backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of well-being. Our 8-Week Self-compassion requires some basic knowledge and experience of mindfulness meditation. We usually recommend that you have some kind of an established self care routine either through mindfulness meditation, yoga or other form of self-healing. If you do not currently have a regular meditation or self care routine we recommend that you either do our 8-Week or our 6-Week One to one Mindfulness for Life course. If you are unsure whether this course is for you then please contact us so that we may advise and support you.


About Robert Gebka, the mindfulness trainer


Robert is a Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Centre for Mindfulness, USA (UCSD CFM). He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. It is during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. He is an accredited psychological counsellor and has completed a two year project in Mindfulness Based Interventions in an NHS psychiatric hospital with a clinical population. He is also the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. Robert studied the neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness with Neuragy UK and is a registered member of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. He abides by their Good Practice Standards for teaching mindfulness-based courses. His mindfulness work is supervised by the managing director of the UCSD CFM. Read about Robert’s mindfulness journey and qualifications HERE. Robert is a member of:

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Robert works in mental health for Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and is CRB checked and fully insured.
Listen to Robert on soundcloud below.




Course content & structure/what do you get for your money
  • Initial no obligation telephone chat - A 15 minute interview to answer any questions you may have, and discuss whether the course is right for you at this time.
  • 8 weekly classes - 2.5 hour sessions, with mindfulness meditation, compassion mindful movement & self-compassion meditation, followed by group exercises and discussions.
  • Home Practice - 30 minutes every day, doing self-compassion meditations or gentle mindful movements, as well as mindful daily life activities.
  • Mindfulness Audio CD and Workbook - To support you in your mindfulness practice and learning, offering an opportunity for reflection of your experiences.
  • Day Self-compassion Retreat (from 10am to 4.30pm) - Between weeks 6 and 7 we will meet for a full day retreat in at our of our sea side Bournemouth hotel where we will practice mindfulness and self-compassion together.
  • Trainer Support - Whenever you feel the need for extra support in between classes, or would just like to talk some things through, you can contact Robert by phone or email


Course themes & dates

Our next 8-Week Self-compassion course will be in Autumn 2018.
The course takes place at the The Oceanview Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AP


Course fees & payment details

The cost includes the informal telephone chat, 8 weekly 2.5 hour meetings, a full mindfulness retreat day between week 6 & 7, two mindfulness audio CDs and a course notes. & Mindfulness courses Bournemouth.
Early Bird special: £180
Standard price: £205 per person.
Payments can be made via bank transfer, cheque or paypal. Contact us for paypal link option if preferred


I’d like to join, what do I do next?

Once you have read all the information about the 8-week self-compassion course and feel you would like to join then email me requesting a booking form. Alternatively if you have more questions you may wish to arrange a free (15 minute max), no obligation telephone callback.

For more information or an application form please contact Anna

Anna Dorset MindfulnessHello, my name is Anna and I am here to help you in whatever way I can. Whether you have a question about our mindfulness courses or simply want to know whether mindfulness could help you, I will be delighted to be of assistance.

Feel free to email me on or give me a call on

01202 021 063 for a no obligation telephone chat


Or click here to use our CONTACT FORM

This chat does not commit you to anything – we can discuss if the course is suitable for you at this time, and answer any questions you may have. Once you have decided that the course is for you, we will email or post you a booking form with all payment details.


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NHS-OSCARSWe are the winners of both the Runner Up CEO Award for Innovation at the 2013 NHS OSCARS for our contribution to NHS staff wellbeing and the finalists at the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants, 2015 awards ceremony in London.


Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
- M. Scott Peck