What does it mean to build inner resilience with self-compassion?

The practice of noticing and acknowledging our moments of suffering or self-criticism from a place of curiosity and non-judgment, coupled with providing ourselves with love and kindness.

“With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.”
                                                                                               – Kristin Neff


Is building resilience through self-compassion effective?

There are now more than 1,200 empirical articles on the benefits of self-compassion, and research demonstrates that mindful self-compassion significantly increases life satisfaction and decreases depression, anxiety, and stress.

What will I be introduced to in this workshop?

  • How to notice and quiet your inner critic 
  • How our brains can be wired for negativity; how to turn towards the positive
  • How to bring gratitude into your life on a regular basis
  • How to meditate on the positive emotions of love and kindness
  • How to handle difficult emotions with less reactivity


There is not currently a next scheduled start date for this course. Please reach out to me at jessicadixonmindfulness@gmail.com to be placed on a list to be notified of upcoming dates.

The course is live online, not pre-recorded. The course participant size is kept small so group members have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences.

  • We will connect through the Zoom platform. After you register for the class, I will send you a calendar invite with a link to a Zoom video conferencing event. The first time you connect, you will be prompted to download the Zoom application. I will log in ten minutes early before the first class to assist with anyone having difficulty, and am available to do a “practice call” with any participant who is concerned about their ability to get logged in.
  • Participants should attempt to attend all sessions, as the material builds on itself and there is benefit to having a consistent cohort.  Please send me an email if there is a class that you need to miss.

Registration and Payment

The course fee is $150 and is due by the first day of class.

To register, please add the course to your cart through the registration and payment page.

I am able to offer a couple of spaces on a sliding scale fee to participants each course. Please reach out with more details if your financial circumstances are a significant barrier to your participation.


  • Can I do this course if I have no meditation or mindfulness experience?

Yes! While a foundation in a meditation or mindfulness practice will enhance a self-compassion practice, this course is designed with the beginner in mind. You will have opportunities to ask questions and share experiences with others new to a self-compassion practice throughout the course.

  • Is this a religious course?

While meditation and mindfulness are core components of a number of religions as well as Buddhist philosophy, the practices taught in this workshop will be secular in nature.

  • Is this group therapy?

While we will have opportunities during the course to share with fellow group members about our experiences, this is not a therapy session.  Some people find that when they start a meditation or self-compassion practice, they uncover some unmet needs or emotions, which can be helpful to have therapeutic support to process and grow from.  I am happy to provide referrals for counseling or therapy should any participant identify a need.

  • Will self-compassion make me “weak” or undermine my motivation?

Self-compassion practices actually help to increase motivation, resilience, and strength.  This recent Harvard Business review article provides a summary of the recent research on the relationship between self-compassion and motivation.

  • Is self-compassion self-centered?  Shouldn’t we focus on compassion for others?

Research shows that people who are high in self-compassion are actually more compassionate to others, more willing to compromise in conflicts, and more nurturing and caring in relationships.