UAMS Mindfulness Program Offers Self-Compassion Course

By News Staff

The program’s first Mindful Self-Compassion course is being offered this month. The course lasts eight weeks and consists of two classes a week — one that lasts two hours and one just 30 minutes. There is also a four-hour retreat on Saturday, July 29.

The upcoming course is being held in-person 4-6:30 p.m. June 28 through Aug. 16 with Jim Holland, LCSW and Matt Boone, LCSW, at this registration link.

Research shows self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, improved maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. Participants of the course will learn mindful self-compassion through meditation, short talks, experimental exercises, group discussions and home practices. While mindfulness is a big part of mindfulness self-compassion, the course is about learning self-compassion, not mindfulness.

The course fee is $300 and open to the public. UAMS faculty, staff and students can take the course for free. Details about Mindfulness Self-Compassion can be found on UAMS Mindfulness Program website.

This course will be held in person at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

To register, visit or email the

The UAMS courses are taught by certified mindfulness teachers from UAMS. Additional courses and dates with our other certified instructors will be announced on the website. Pele Yu, M.D., directs the UAMS Mindfulness Program.

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