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Muckental, September 2 – 8, 2024

The MSC Teens program is specifically designed to work with young people to help them become more loving, compassionate and kind to themselves.

The Teacher Training is aimed at people who work with young people in an educational or clinical setting. It is an intensive residential 6-day seminar led by a team of senior MSC Teens teachers. Half of the seminar is a condensed, experiential run-through of an MSC Teens course. It includes short talks, meditations, group exercises, sharing and periods of silence. In the other half, participants practice leading core topics and skills of each session in supervised small groups. The 6-day training is very dense, as participants learn to deepen and teach the self-compassion practice in parallel. All participants live together at the seminar house.

The MSC-Teens Teacher Training is the first step of the training to become an MSC-Teens teacher in order to teach this program as an 8-week course. After successfully completing this 6-day training course, you will be a “teacher in training” (trainee). 
You will be authorized to teach as a trained MSC Teens teacher after the second step: 10 successfully completed Zoom group consultations while teaching your first own course.  

Our ability to teach others depends largely on embodying the practice and discovering the power of self-compassion in our own lives.
Self-compassion thrives in an environment that provides safety, support, privacy, and a shared commitment to presence and compassion. Teens need authenticity and transparency; a strong practice of our own allows us to accompany the journey of these young people with depth and wisdom.


September 2 - 8, 2024

Start: on the first day with dinner at 6 p.m., 7.30 p.m. opening

End: on the last day after brunch, ca. 1.30 p.m.

Course Language

English with consecutive translation into German


Lorraine Hobbs

Lorraine M. Hobbs, M.A., is the founding director of Youth, Family and Education Programs at the UCSD San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She is a family therapist and former clinical director of adolescent treatment programs. Lorraine is a certified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Compassion Cultivation, Altruism, Research & Education (CCT), a Stanford University accredited program developed by contemplative scholars and endorsed by H.H. the Dalai Lama. She is a teacher of the Humanize Contemplative Dyad Foundational Program based on the research of Tania Singer, Ph.D. (Social Neuroscience): Teaching Self-Compassion to Teens (Guilford Press, 2022, German edition currently in preparation by Arbor Publishing) and The Self-Compassion Workbook for Kids (New Harbinger, 2023). She is also a mentor for the MBSR certification process at the UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute.  

During her tenure at the Center for Mindfulness, she has designed and implemented curricula for mindfulness-based interventions for various age groups. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion training for parents, teens and children and co-author of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults, based on the adult program developed by Kristin Neff & Chris Germer. Her new curriculum for children, “A Friend in Me: Growing Kindness, Empathy and Resilience” and the Mindful Compassionate Parenting curriculum will be available for teacher training in January 2024. She has trained non-governmental organization staff through UNHCR in Ecuador and Mentte Cedat in Mexico and is a member of the Mentte Cedat Advisory Board. 


Marta Alonso Maynar

Marta Alonso is a clinical psychologist, specialized in mindfulness and compassion treatments, and recognized by the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations as a European expert in psychotherapy (Europsy certification).She is a teacher trainer and mentor for the MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) program.Marta has taught more than 60 MSC courses in Spanish since 2012, making her a pioneer in the introduction of Compassion programs in Ibero-America.She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for MSC (CMSC).

Marta has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and another in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (SEPYPNA); she works with adolescents in her clinical practice.
Together with Lorraine Hobbs (co-developer of the MSC program for adolescents), she has taught MSC Teens teacher trainings in the US, Germany and Spain.

"I have seen MSC help thousands of people from different cultures and contexts because it reminds us that all humans have a compassionate heart full of seeds of love to nurture.Self-compassion is our universal heritage, and it is a privilege to teach this program and bring its positive effects to youth."

Niina Tamura

Dr. Niina Tamura is a psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist in private practice in Heidelberg, Germany.
She is a trained teacher for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (MSC-T) and co-author of the book “Teaching Self-Compassion to Teens”.

You can find out more about Niina Tamura and her work on her website

Dr. Niina Tamura ist Psychologin und Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapeutin in eigener Praxis in Heidelberg. Sie ist ausgebildete Lehrerin für Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) und Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (MSC-T) sowie Co-Autorin des Buches "Teaching Self-Compassion to Teens".





The required prerequisites for taking the MSC-T Teacher Training course are:

  • Established daily mindfulness practice of at least two years
  • Ongoing, daily, sitting meditation practice
  • Ongoing practice of loving-kindness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Previous participation in an 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course, 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive or 10-week Live Online MSC (LOMSC).
  • Attendance in at least one 3-day silent, teacher-led, mindfulness-based meditation retreat
  • Experience working with teens in an education or clinical setting, preferably in groups
Note for MSC Teachers

The Teacher Training is also aimed at trained MSC teachers, as the focus is on the specifics of teaching self-compassion specifically to teenagers.

It is a different protocol, even if the MSC-Teens program is referred to as an adaptation. MSC-Teens differs significantly not only in terms of the content of the program (e.g., adolescent issues such as social comparisons, finding identity, specifics of emotion regulation at this stage of life), but also in terms of the group processes with teens and the specific dynamics with them.
It is important to participate in the entire training path because the teachers have to experience the program in the role of the teenagers and become familiar with the curriculum by living it.

The Training Path 

Step 1: 
MSC-Teens Teacher Training

6-day, residential

Course Fee: 1.450 Euro (plus accommodation and meals)

Step 2:
10 Online-Group Consultation Sessions, while co-teaching your first MSC-Teens course

The 10 Online Group Consultation Sessions (60 min.) are the second step of the training path. You take the sessions, facilitated by a teacher trainer, while you conduct your first MSC-Teens course. 
Course Fee: 490 Euro

In order to apply for the status "Trained MSC-Teens Teacher", you have to complete these requirements:

  • Your MSC-Teens Course must have at least 5 registered participants.
  • You need to have a co-teacher or assistant (only very few exceptions are granted)
  • You should teach at least 50% of the course.
  • Your course has to follow the MSC-Teens Curriculum and may not be a modification or adaptation of the curriculum.

After the completion of your first MSC-Teens course and of the online group consultations you will receive a confirmation as "Trained MSC-Teens Teacher". 

Please note:  
The  Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) plans to offer a certification step in the future in order to support MSC-Teens teachers. Currently certification is not yet possible. 


Please find the link to the online application form 
Your details will be sent directly and exclusively to the Teacher Training management team and will be treated confidentially. Please understand that the teacher trainers cannot provide any individual information before receiving your application.

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You will receive a reply no later than 4 weeks after receipt of your application. You will either receive an acceptance or a rejection indicating the criterion that you have not fulfilled. Participation in the teacher training is dependent on the approval of the trainers.

If you have any further question regarding the application procedure, please contact Andrea Ocker (Arbor-Seminare) via email with the contact form on the right side, or give her a call:  +49 (0)761.89629110.

Course Fee

1,450 Euro  (without accommodation and meals)

The course fee can also be payed by installments. 

There are a limited number of discounted places available for the training. If you would like to make use of one of these places, please send us an email with a brief explanation.

Recommended Reading

Lorraine Hobbs and Niina Tamura, Teaching Self-Compassion to Teens. Guilford, 2022

This is the basic reference book for the MSC-Teens program. The German edition is currently being prepared by Arbor-Verlag and is expected to be published in spring 2025.

Cancellation Conditions
  • Cancellations up to 60 days before the start of the course will be charged a cancellation fee of 120 euros.
  • Between 60 and 21 days before the start of the course, 50% of the participation fee will be charged.
  • If a cancellation is made less than 21 days before the start of the course, the entire participation fee will be charged. If there is a waiting list and the place can be filled, only a cancellation fee of 120 euros will be charged.  
  • In the event of non-attendance or discontinuation of the training, the full participation fee must be paid. 

    We recommend that you take out seminar cancellation insurance. 
    Please contact an insurance provider of your choice. 
Notice of Liability

Participation in this training course is at your own risk.
Instructors and organizers assume no liability for personal injury or property damage arising from participation in the course.