Change Through Compassion

Change Through Compassion Seminar Series and Events

The Change Through Compassion Seminar Series is based on the Mindful Self-Compassion program, developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, and Christopher Germer, PhD.  Research on self-compassion has shown that it boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise.

What is Self-Compassion?
• Being open to and moved by one’s own suffering
• Experiencing feelings of caring and kindness toward oneself
• Taking an understanding, nonjudgmental attitude toward one’s inadequacies and failures
• Recognizing that one’s experience is part of the common human experience

For participants interested in learning more about mindfulness and self-compassion, we offer the Change Through Compassion Workshop and Introductory Seminar, as well as standalone events.
8-Week Seminars, plus Retreat Day:

The Workshop provides participants with the opportunity to gain experience in mindfulness and self-compassion by deepening their own wisdom through an emphasis on practice. For those participants interested in pursuing the Teacher Training in Mindful Self-Compassion, the Workshop fulfills the prerequisites.

The Introductory Seminar provides a gentle primer to mindfulness and self-compassion, with more emphasis on understanding the concepts. Our goal is to meet participants where they are on their journey, and for some, a gentle entry into the concepts is helpful. Our hope is that participants who choose to begin with the Introductory Seminar will proceed onto the Workshop itself. The Introductory Seminar is not a prerequisite to complete the Workshop.

The Workshop meets for 8 weekly 2½ hour sessions, while the Introductory Seminar meets for 8 weekly 1½ hour sessions. Each session will incorporate hands-on activities and exposure to the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion. The tuition for the Workshop is $300, and for the Introductory Seminar is $150.

The Retreat Day will provide an extended opportunity for hands-on practice of skills learned in class and a chance to practice with current students and alumni.

For the Workshop, participants receive instructional materials. For the Introductory Seminar, participants will follow along with The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher K. Germer, PhD (2009). For convenience, Samaritan Counseling Center offers the book for $15.  It is also available through local retailers.

Participants will learn how to:
• Be kinder to themselves and to others
• Handle difficult emotions and relationships more effectively
• Self-motivate through encouragement vs. criticism
• Integrate Mindfulness and Self-Compassion into daily practices
• Customize their daily practice to fit their needs and schedule

Standalone Events:
Throughout the year, we offer different events to provide a brief view into the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. Events have included the use of self-compassion as a way to clarify goals for the year ahead that are grounded in our values, to find balance during the busy holidays, and to savor the wonderful experiences of daily life through our senses.

Alumni Community:
The 8 week classes always end too soon.  As an alumni of the Change Through Compassion Seminars, participants are included in a variety of alumni specific practice sessions, as well as able to attend the Retreat Days scheduled as part of the 8 week seminars.

2017 Seminars and Events:
January 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – A Compassionate Start to the New Year
February 11, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Loving Your Compassionate Heart Through Your Senses
March 1, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Free Information Session for Spring Classes
March through May – Workshop offered Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
May 26, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Free Information Session for Summer Classes
June through August – Workshop offered Friday mornings 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
September 6, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Free Information Session for Fall Classes
September through November – Classes TBD

For More Information:
Contact Lesley Huff, PsyD, 717-560-9969, extension 259

To Register:
Download a registration form from the specific class or event listing at

About the Instructors:
Lesley Huff, PsyD teaches the Workshop. She is a licensed psychologist and a Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, and has received her instruction through the Center for Mindful Self Compassion ( She started the Change Through Compassion Seminar Series in March 2013, and has practiced mindfulness personally for many years. Additionally, Lesley has trained with Dr. Christopher Germer at the Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge, MA, and with Drs. Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff at the Esalen Retreat Center in Big Sur, CA, and at the Chapin Mill Retreat Center in Batavia, NY. Mindfulness and self-compassion are key components in the work that Lesley does with clients in individual and couple therapy.

Herb Landis, LCSW, BCD teaches the Introductory Seminar. He is a psychotherapist who has been providing therapy for the past 25 years. He has used mindfulness practice personally since 2006 and is also a 2014 graduate of the Change Through Compassion Workshop. Herb uses mindfulness with clients who experience grief and complicated grief and finds that it augments self-compassion in the healing process.

Katie Mount, LPC teaches the Introductory Seminar. She is a licensed professional counselor who has worked in the behavioral health field for 12 years. She is also a 2014 graduate of the Change Through Compassion Workshop. Katie began learning about mindfulness in 2011 and has sought to deepen her understanding and practice of mindfulness through readings, retreats and seminars. Katie often introduces and supports a mindfulness practice with her clients and has seen the benefits from this practice grow exponentially through the transforming power of self-compassion.


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