Thursdays, January 4 to February 22 2018, 6:30pm to 9pm and Retreat on Saturday,  February 3rd ,  9am to 1pm

Location:  Zazen Spa, 2219 Filbert St, San Francisco, Ca 94123
Instructor:  Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D.
Cost:  $450

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend!

Mindful Self-Compassion is an eight-week program designed to cultivate and nourish the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness to oneself and others. It is based on the groundbreaking research of Kristen Neff, PhD, of the University of Texas and Christopher Germer, PhD of the Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Health Alliance.

A rapidly growing body of research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety and depression. It improves ability to handle stress and maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise; and helps to build more satisfying interpersonal relationships.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough in childhood, or those who feel uncomfortable when treating themselves with kindness. Self-Compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, reduces self-criticism and isolation, makes it easier to handle challenging situations, admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves when needed, and relate more authentically to others.
The weekly 2.5 hours class includes short talks, experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion. In addition to the weekly class, there is a 4-hour retreat. The best results are achieved if you attend every session.

About the Instructor:
Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. She also serves as adjunct clinical faculty in UCSF. In addition to being an MSC teacher, Marina is also a certified teacher of Mindfulness Meditation.

In her clinical work, Marina uses empirically validated mindfulness based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Beyond her education and professional training, Marina brings personal experience to her work. She has been a long-time meditator and has personally experienced the impact of mindfulness and compassion practices in her own life. These experiences form the foundation of her teaching.

More Information & Registration:
Please contact Marina Bystritsky at or call 415-458-2725 if you have any further questions.

You can reserve a space in the class by sending in your class tuition to:
Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D.
2171 Union St, #4 San Francisco, CA 94123

You may also send a deposit if paying the full tuition is problematic. You may receive a full refund (minus $25 processing fee) if you cancellation request is received no later than 30 days before the first class. Once this training has filled there will also be a waitlist, and another section may be offered at a different time.


Managing Stress and Anxiety through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

6 weeks course

Dates:  Thursdays, June 22th  – July 27th6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $350






WAKE UP to the truth that life is what you make it. Peace of mind improves physical well-being as surely as exercise and a healthy diet.

PAY ATTENTION to how your thoughts can create stress, tension, anxiety and ill health.

LEARN how to practice MINDFULNESS and cultivate Self-Compassion.


Research-proved to reduce anxiety and pain. Excellent practice for Stress

  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Anyone with human body and mind

ALL ADULTS are welcome. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. In order to receive the greatest benefits, it’s important that participants plan to attend every session.

This 6-week class is based on training in mindfulness meditation and self-compassion.  The curriculum is designed to teach program participants how to integrate and apply mindfulness in their everyday lives and to the range of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions and life stressors.

Please call me or email me to register for the class or if you have any questions.