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. Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Self compassion Bournemouth, Dorset


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. Our 10 Week Mindfulness for Life Self-compassion course draws from many evidence compassion based approaches such as CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) by Prof Paul Gilbert, CBLC (Compassion Based Living Course) by the Mindfulness Association, MSC (Mindful Self-compassion), by Dr Christopher K. Germer & Dr Kristin Neff, CEB (Cultivating Emotional Balance) by Dr. Eve Ekman, CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) by Dr. Thupten Jinpa, Radical Acceptance by Dr Tara Brach, Positive Neuroplasticity by Dr Rick Hanson, Vulnerability Focused Approach by Dr Brené Brown as well as the Tibetan Buddhist work of Tsultrim Allione.

A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that Mindful 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 course a while back now, and personally think it’s something everyone should do! I’m so much more self-aware as a result of practising mindfulness, and it’s true that the more you practice the more you feel the benefits. Mindfulness helps keep me grounded and recognise when a bit more self-care is needed. I stretch mindfully every evening before bed, which is great for connecting with my body and winding down. Practising in this way regularly helps me to take a mindful approach in day-to-day life, which means I find myself appreciating the small pleasures a lot more than I used to!- Lauren Bishop – Wellness Coach




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 designed to help you deepen your sense of awareness and compassion. We can say it’s the next level after taking an 8 Week mindfulness course. It 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, however some basic knowledge and experience of mindfulness meditation is needed before joining this course. We usually recommend that you have some kind of an established self care routine through mindfulness meditation, yoga or other form of self-healing. If you have not completed an 8-Week Mindfulness Based course and 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 your course trainers

The courses are taught by both Robert and Caroline. Robert Gebka is a Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA. 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. He has a strong interest in Self compassion and has taught the professional Mindfulness Based Self-compassion modules as well as co-facilitated self compassion courses in Bournemouth. Read about Robert’s mindfulness journey and qualifications HERE.

Caroline Rice-Varian is an NHS occupational therapist (OT) and works as a psychological therapist in a pain management service providing one to one pain psychology interventions to people with persistent pain problems. She also facilitates the pain psychology sessions on the Fibromyalgia Pain Management programmes in this service.  She is a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and CAT Supervisor and is also trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR). She has completed her MBSR Teacher Training with Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness and has graduated from our Certified Mindfulness Practitioner training with the Dorset Mindfulness.Caroline has a deep interest in self-compassion as a way of supporting people’s life journey and wellbeing and has co-facilitated self-compassion and Loving Kindness courses in the Bournemouth areas.

Our team are members of:
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Listen to our self-compassion practice 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, if needed.
  • 10 weekly classes – 2 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.
  • Online mindfulness bases self-compassion Audio CD and printed 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 the trainer by email


Course themes & dates

The course take place at the Durley Dean Hotel, 28 Westcliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5HE

Course fees & payment details

The cost includes the informal telephone chat, 10 weekly 2 hour meetings, a full mindfulness retreat day between week 7 & 8, online mindfulness audio CDs and a course notes & Mindfulness courses Bournemouth.
EARLY BIRD special: £215 until 15 February if paid in full.
STANDARD PRICE: £235 thereafter
Alternatively: £100 deposit to secure your place followed by £135 by 20 March

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 10-Week Mindfulness for Life Self-compassion course and feel you would like to join then download the booking form located further down below. 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 Clare Clements

Hello, my name is Clare 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 support.

Feel free to email me on info@dorset-mindfulness.co.uk or give me a call on

01202 021 063 for a no obligation telephone chat


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Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
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