Self-Compassion and Self-Empathy: Mindfulness Meditation in Life and Professional Practice

October 22, 2022 10am-1pm (Digital Workshop)


This two-part workshop explores different aspects of mindfulness and approaches to reflection, well-being and resilience. Each 1. 5 hour session will help learners develop an enhanced understanding of the link between mindfulness and resilience. Practical tools and resources will also be shared. The workshops will be taught by Bill Gayner and Sarah Kim, two experienced clinicians and mindfulness practitioners.

Part 1 – Deepening Self-Compassion and Self-empathy

In the first half of the workshop, participants will learn how to deepen self-compassion and self-empathy to better navigate challenging feelings in meditation and life. Activities will include an introductory talk, meditation, journaling and discussing the meditation experience. Newcomers to meditation will learn a gentle, welcoming form of meditation, while more experienced meditators will discover ways to expand and refresh their practice.

Part 2 – Embodied Mindfulness and Narrative Medicine

In the second half of the workshop, participants will be introduced to embodied mindfulness techniques as narrative explorations. They will examine the way they think about different forms of attention and how this shapes their experience and influences communication, both with themselves and others.


Participants will learn about, experientially explore, and be able to describe how self-compassion and self-empathy:

  1. Can be integrated more deeply into mindfulness meditation
  2. Are inter-related ingredients for cultivating genuine relationships with self, others and world
  3. Are well supported through silent, unguided meditation


Course Fee: $385+HST


Cancellations will be accepted until October 14, 2022 and are subject to a processing fee of $60 plus applicable taxes. Refunds will not be processed after this date.

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to .

Registrations are not transferable.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel events. Registrants will be notified at the earliest possible date in the event of a cancellation. Registration fees for events cancelled by the University will be refunded; however, the University will not be liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause.


College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+® (Group Learning):
This 1 credit(s)-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 3.0 Mainpro+® credits.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 3.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

American Medical Association – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Designation
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at:

European Union for Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Live educational activities recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®.

Accrediation Letters: Attendess must attend the live delivery of the education program, in-person and/or synchronously online, in order to receive their letter of accreditation or claim hours.