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The next 8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course begins April 12, 2022 and is hosted by Mind Oasis. I will be teaching with Leanna Gilliam.

To learn more about mindfulness self-compassion join me and Leanna for a 30 minute Short Introduction to Mindfulness Self-Compassion on March 22, 2022 at 6pm Central time.

Contact Kelly for more information!

Mindful Self-Compassion: Befriending Yourself

The MSC course focuses on building emotional resources and cultivating mindfulness to see what is wanted and needed for ourselves with kindness.


Spring Session
Tuesday Evenings, April 12, to May 31, 2022

6:00 to 8:30 pm Central Time

(Includes Saturday May 14, 9am-1pm CT)


Live on Zoom. Join from anywhere in the world.


This course is designed to be experienced live but if you can not make a session they will be recorded and we will cover any material you may need help with.
Group size is limited.


$300 /$325/ $350

Please visit the registration page for more information about Mind Oasis’s tiered pricing model.

About Kelly and Leanna.

Kelly Sell is a certified Mindfulness Self-Compassion Teacher (MSC) by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is a Licensed Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioner with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Passionate about the mind-body connection and the role that emotional healing plays in health and wellness, Kelly is known for his caring, compassionate and down-to-earth approach to spirituality. Because he discovered acupuncture during a physical healing crisis and found MSC during a time of emotional upheaval, he knows first hand the power of integrating the time-tested techniques into one’s life.

Leanna delights in sharing the transformative practice of meditation with others. Her heartfelt desire is to create a container that allows practitioners to be held just as they are, right where they are, so the practice can come alive for each individual in their own particular way. The inspiration for her meditations comes from real-life experiences and observations that reflect the teachings she studies wholeheartedly. Leanna weaves poetry, Buddhism and self-compassion into her shamatha (peaceful abiding) instructions. She is a certified meditation instructor through the 300-hour Dakini Teacher Training program in Austin, Texas and is currently receiving Mindful Self-Compassion training through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.


  • Practice self-compassion in daily life

  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend this training. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.


The following book is highly recommended as a companion to the course:

  • The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer

Additional recommended books, before or during the course:

  • Self-compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer


Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than a mindfulness training, although mindfulness is the foundation for self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Beneficial change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

Compassion is a positive, energizing emotion. However, it is said that, “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While learning self-compassion, some difficult emotions arise. MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey enjoyable for everyone.

This MSC Short Course is six sessions that cover the basics of mindfulness and self-compassion. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.


Kelly Sell,

Leanna Gilliam