24 January 2023 15:30-17:00 CET

Peace in oneself, peace in the world with self-compassion

- Mobilizing a movement towards the IDGs -

This Gathering focuses on Self-Compassion: What it is, how self-compassion can be cultivated as an inner resource available to us 24/7, and how self-compassion might support our work on the 23 IDG skills and qualities. 

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. MSC can help us to be kinder to ourselves in moments that we need it the most and it is also a great way to explore our inner self, re-wire our brain to help us befriend and heal, and on the other side, also to protect, motivate and stand up, where needed. From an intentionally resourced self-compassionate inner voice we are more likely to listen deeper and to courageously explore our relation to self, others and the world, and as a consequence, bring more understanding and compassion to the interconnectedness of all life. 

Regarding the IDGs, one of the three pillars of MSC deserves special focus, which is our awareness of our common humanity, enabling us to be interested and appreciate the diversity of life paths and experiences and, as a consequence, collaborate with each other in new ways. 

Ph.D. Chris Germer is the co-creator of the Mindful Self-Compassion programme and with Dr. Kristin Neff the co-founder of the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). In this Gathering, Chris will share his knowledge of self-compassion and offer an opportunity to experience MSC. 

MSC teachers Dr. Susan W Gitau, Galia Tyano Ronen, Ha Tran and Mirjam Luthe will share stories of how self-compassion has supported their work in their particular contexts, e.g. with young abused women in Kenya to relate again to their dignity; supporting groups of Israelis and Palestinians to have fruitful conversations, and provide steps towards healing inter-generational trauma in a war-experienced country like Vietnam.

About the IDGs

In 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals provided us with a comprehensive plan for a sustainable world by 2030.However, progress is not happening fast enough. 

There is an urgent need to increase our collective abilities to face and effectively work with complex challenges. This is why we are co-creating the Inner Development Goals (IDGs) - a blueprint of the capabilities, qualities and skills that are needed to achieve the 17 SDGs.

The Inner Development Goals is a non-profit, open-source organization to help us develop the collective inner skills and qualities needed to overcome our global challenges and move towards a thriving world.


Chris Germer

Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. Chris first learned mindfulness meditation at a hermitage in Sri Lanka in 1977. His interest in mindfulness was rekindled in 1985 when he joined a study group in Cambridge that became the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Decades of conversations came together in 2005 with the publishing of a co-edited, professional text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (now in its 2nd edition), and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy (2012). Mindfulness is the heart of Buddhist psychology, and interest in mindfulness-, acceptance-, and compassion-based psychotherapy has recently blossomed to become a mainstream approach to psychotherapy.

Chris’ primary interest is self-compassion—the warmhearted attitude of mindfulness when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. He stumbled onto self-compassion in 2005 as a solution to his decades-long struggle with public speaking anxiety. In 2007, Chris began collaborating with Kristin Neff, psychology professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and pioneering researcher on self-compassion.

He co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff in 2010 and MSC has since been taught to over 200,000 people worldwide. They co-authored two books on MSC, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program. He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy.

Chris spends his professional life traveling internationally, teaching and writing about mindfulness and self-compassion, supporting MSC teachers and students, consulting on self-compassion research, and maintaining a modest psychotherapy practice.

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Susan W Gitau

Dr. Susan W Gitau is a counseling psychologist, a certified mediator and trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, trauma counseling specialist, researcher and motivational speaker. She lectures in counseling psychology, clinical practice, multicultural and trauma counseling. She is a senior supervisor with the Kenya Counselling & Psychological Association (KCPA), and a member of the East African Standby Force (EASF of AU). She works to empower vulnerable people, families and communities through counseling, mindful self-compassion, coaching and civic education on self-awareness, growth and development.

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Galia Tyano Ronen

Galia Tyano Ronen loves life on earth with all it brings into her soul and the diversity of connections with people, nature, arts, body, music, and spirit. Galia is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and serves as the Program Director for the Self-Compassion In Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program. She is a focusing-oriented therapist, artist, and clinical psychologist walking a path, accompanying people over a section of their lives and incorporating mind-body-spirit work in her encounters. Galia is pioneering Mindful Self-Compassion in Israel, mentoring Hebrew-speaking MSC teachers and creating a bilingual Arab Jews MSC course. With her local community, she creates cultural festivals based on generosity, togetherness, free will, spirit, and talent of citizens. Learn more at and https://www.themagicalchildren...

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Ha Tran

Ha Tran is the co-founder and Director of Authentic Live & Learn in Vietnam, a network of trainers and learners who aspire to promote happiness and compassion in Vietnam. She is on the Advisory Board for the Global Compassion Coalition and project leader of Tue Vien-Wisdom garden Buddist Centre that designs nature-connecting activities for youth to improve their well-being. Ha is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

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Mirjam Luthe

Mirjam Luthe, MA (European Studies, Development Cooperation & NGO Management) is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, a trained Yoga teacher and trained Awake in the Wild Teacher for mindfulness practices in nature. She combines 15 years of project management and consultancy work experience in International Development Cooperation with supporting global engagement projects and trainings in socially engaged mindfulness, gratefulness and self-compassion practices in several languages, among others at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC), at UC Irvine and at Monviso Institute.

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The gathering takes place on Zoom. 

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