28th November – 1st December 2024

with Marta Alonso Maynar

Mindful Self-Compassion has often focused on the tender, nurturing aspect of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way.

But self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender.

The practice of Fierce Self Compassion helps us in:

  • Taking action in the world: protecting, providing for, and motivating oneself to alleviate suffering and support thriving. This includes making decisions that benefit personal well-being and development.
  • Establish boundaries: being able to say „NO“ to situations or people that cause harm, clearly and firmly establishing one’s boundaries and fighting injustices, so that we can be safe and healthy.
  • Rejecting harmful behaviors: saying “NO” to our own’s harmful behaviors. This includes breaking negative habits and replacing them with healthier choices.
  • Satisfying your needs: giving ourself what we genuinely need: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. This means not subordinating our needs to those of others, so we can be authentic and fulfilled.

This unique course explores the action-oriented side of self-compassion that begins with the inner work of fierce self-compassion. Prior experience with self-compassion is recommended before taking this course. This course will take you one step further as you learn how self-compassion can help you speak up and claim your power.


  • Exploring how the three key components of self-compassion manifest when protecting ourselves, providing for our needs, and motivating change
  • Beginning to recognize and transcend the blocks to drawing effective boundaries
  • Learning to work with and harness your anger as a constructive support
  • Identifying your needs and give yourself permission to meet them
  • Developing skills to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • Understanding how fierce self-compassion can be utilized for social change

The program helps discovering that in order to be truly self-compassionate – in order to be whole – we need to integrate both versions of self-compassion, the tender and the fierce.

If we are gentle without fierceness, we risk becoming complacent or disempowered; if we are fierce without tenderness, we risk becoming hostile or selfish.


Marta Alonso Maynar is a registered psychologist specialized in Clinical Psychology at the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. She is the vice president of the Executive Committee of the Center for MSC and former regional coordinator for Europe and Latin America, a role she held for years. She is the first Certified Teacher, Trainer, and Mentor of the MSC program in Spanish and a pioneer in introducing the program in Spain along with Dr. Vicente Simón. Since the end of 2012, she has taught in more than 54 editions of the MSC program in Spain and other countries. She has been practicing meditation for 30 years. She is the former president of AEMind (Spanish Association of Mindfulness and Compassion). She has the recognition of European Expert in Psychotherapy by the E.F.P.A. She is currently developing the project for the new title of the Center for MSC on Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy. She is also a co-founder of the Spanish Network of Standardized Mindfulness and Compassion Programs.


“I have seen how the MSC has helped thousands of people from different cultures and backgrounds, because it teaches us to remember that all human beings have a compassionate heart full of seeds of love to water. Self compassion is our universal heritage and it is a privilege to teach this program.“

Marta Alonso Maynar


The program runs across 4 calendar days. We will be starting on Thursday 28th November at 18:00 and end on Sunday 1st December at 13:00.

Prerequisite for attending

This course is open to anyone who has completed the 8-week or 10-week Mindful Self-Compassion Course, or the 5-Day Intensive MSC Course.


Registration fees

540,00 € (including 20% VAT)

To be paid upon registration


Registration is online and it is confirmed upon receipt of the payment. Updated information will be sent to enrolled participants.

Please register here.


Casa per ferie San Marco, Monteortone Abano Terme, Padova, Italy

Full board from dinner on Thursday until lunch on Sunday:

  • 222,00 € in single room
  • 207,00 € in double room per person

to be paid upon arrival.

It includes also drink served with meals in form of a self-service buffet.


The nearest train station is Padua and the nearest airports are Venice and Treviso