Tender and Fierce Self-Compassion
Soft Front – Strong Back

20.09.2024 |
- 20:30
21.09.2024 |
- 12:00
21.09.2024 |
- 16:00
22.09.2024 |
- 12:30
22.09.2024 |
- 16:00

The Power of Self-Compassion – Free Introduction

  • Friday, September 20, 2024
  • 19:00 – 20:30

This Free Introductory session is part of the weekend workshop.


Weekend Workshop: Soft Front – Strong Back

Exploring Tender and Fierce Self-Compassion

With Self-Compassion we can access a sense of a loving, connected and supportive presence. 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.

Comforting and Soothing practices are teaching us how to be with ourselves in a gentle and tender way, which helps us to gain inner strength.

Fierce Compassion – the action-oriented side of self-compassion – enables us to see a situation with clarity, giving us the courage to act skillfully and effectively in the world.

In this experience-based workshop we will explore both aspects of Self-Compassion and offer you theory and practices; activities include meditation, short talks, exercises and group discussion.

In this workshop we will explore together

❥ how to comfort and soothe ourselves with Tender Compassion,

❥ how to protect and motivate ourselves with Fierce Compassion,

❥ how to take a Self-Compassionate Break from a challenging situation,

❥ Mindfulness and Self-Compassion practices for everyday life.

Workshop Schedule 

Friday September 20: 19:00 – 20:30: The Power of Self-Compassion – Free Introduction
Saturday September 21: 09:30 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 16:00
Sunday September 22:   10:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00

To benefit from this workshop and to promote a safe space for participants, the workshop has to be attended in total and it’s not possible to join only for one day.


❥ Early bird Discount: €180 (available until October 1, 2024)
❥ Regular fee: €200
❥ Discount for students, unemployed people and the retired: €180

About Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

This workshop is based on the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program which was developed by Kristin Neff, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion ( and Christopher Germer, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts. Dr. Neff published her book „Fierce Self-Compassion – How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive“ in June 2021.


Spaces are limited. To book the workshop please express your interest by sending an email to or

Anja Benesch and Wiebke Pausch

Spaces are limited
Please express your interest via email


Early bird bis 30.6.2024 €180
Regular fee: €200
Students, unemployed, retired: €180


English only


Anja Benesch and Wiebke Pausch have been teaching MSC trainings and Workshops together in Berlin and online since 2016.

Anja (she/her) works as a psychotherapist in Berlin-Pankow and accompanies people on their path to healing and change. Her own meditation practice of many years gives her peace and creative energy, which she likes to share with others. She has been teaching mindfulness and self-compassion in courses and workshops in German and English since 2016 and is a certified teacher for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

Wiebke (she/her) has been teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion MSC Program internationally since 2016. She has been practicing meditation, mainly in the Buddhist tradition, for over two decades and leads meditation retreats. As a Creative Therapist Wiebke is providing workshops and seminars on various topics. She is teaching in German, English and French.

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