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What you will experience in our retreat:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life

  • Understand the evidence-based benefits of self-compassion

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Increase your happiness with savoring and self-appreciation

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

is an empirically-supported program based on the pioneering research of Prof. Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer about the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to grow our ability for emotional wellbeing. The MSC program has been taught to over 200.000 people worldwide.


Our activities will bring an opportunity to immerse in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week MSC program in an intensive format.    

The course supports us to strengthen the innate human competences of mindfulness, common humanity and kindness. It's an opportunity to learn and practice tools for becoming a compassionate and supportive companion to yourself in challenging times, in order to be there for others and to act in the world, becoming an active participant in times of change. It is an excellent way to deepen the content in a new group and in an inspiring outer setting.

In daily life, self-compassion involves noticing when we’re having a hard time, and rather than judging and criticizing ourselves, we respond to our pain with care and kindness, just as we would a dear friend. There’s now an impressive and growing body of research demonstrating that relating to ourselves in a kind, friendly manner is essential for emotional wellbeing. And though self-compassion is not often the first response for many of us during moments of personal struggle, this skill can be trained, even for those of us who did not learn it as children. Motivation based on a self-compassionate inner dialog has greater power than motivation activated through harsh (self-)criticism. There are three elements which comprise self-compassion: Self-kindness vs. self-judgment, common humanity vs. isolation, and mindfulness vs. over-identification.

What you will experience in our retreat:

  • During the different activities we propose, we will viscerally explore the 23 skills and qualities of the 5 IDG dimensions.

  • Through reflection, facilitated conversations, journaling, playfulness and creativity, we will identify the skills and qualities that, if strengthened, would make a difference in our life. Try out different ways to practice these skills and qualities for everyday life.

  • Draw a map of inner growth to help you hold on to the inspiration, courage and intentions going forward. 

  • Learn from others how cultural differences and place-based answers help us grow our mindset and ... connect the dots.

The Inner Development Goals (IDGs)

is a global movement, not for profit and open source initiative,  that links human inner growth to outer transformation. Inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and struck by the slow progress we are making to reach these goals, the purpose of the IDGs is to bring the power of inner development to global challenges faced by humanity. The IDG is a framework of 23 inner skills and qualities, divided into five dimensions - Being, Thinking, Relating, Collaborating and Acting - needed individually and collectively to transform current systems into more sustainable ways of living. With +500 IDG hubs around the world, all working in their own way to put the IDGs on the agenda and moving into practice, we are in great company!

Inner Development Goals Film (5 min.)

The Harvard Human Flourishing Program hosts Inner Development Goals 2023 (59 min.)


IDG Summit Stockholm 2023: Day 1 at Circus (video 3 min)

What you will experience in our retreat:

  • Experience practices for sitting in stillness and in movement.

  • Practice techniques that open the mind to insight, open the heart to beauty, and open the sensory body to more aliveness. 

  • Learn from nature about complexity, change and cycles of life.

  • Deepen your understanding of reciprocity.

  • Connect with the bio-region in a more intimate way and sense into the season's rhythms in this particular location.

Awake in the Wild (AITW)

You will develop and deepen your ability to cultivate mindfulness in nature through “Awake in the Wild” mindful nature connection practices to stay grounded, resourced and nourished in challenging times. Paired with contemplative meditation, nature can become a mentor and a support for calm, nourishment, inspiration, joy and wisdom.

Awake in the Wild practices serve to bring people together to develop awareness and love for the earth and all species through nature-based meditation practice. 

  • Deepen your mindfulness-based meditation practice

  • Connect to community

  • Bring deeper insight and compassion into how we relate to the earth and all beings 

  • Draw on indigenous and wisdom traditions that inspire greater awareness, kindness and understanding.

Going beyond MSC

Deepening our connection to Mother Earth and becoming participatory agents of change

Deepening self-compassion

We will learn the science and practices to become our best friend, when things get tough. From a safe space of both gentle and fierce self-compassion, befriending ourselves and our experiences with awareness of our common humanity.


Planting seeds for renewal

We will  intentionally plant seeds for listening deeper into our and others’ world views and how we relate to our precious planet Earth. Fresh inspiration will be shared from the team at Monviso Institute about science, projects and challenges in regenerative design.


Immersing in nature

We will immerse in nature on a daily basis and sense and savour the great outdoors of Ostana and Valle del Po to nourish our bodies and hearts in a joyful, active way. We will experience place-based approaches and the local Occitan culture and people.



We will enjoy silence and practice awareness in nature and in our self-compassion course. Our group will offer one hour of daily service meditation at MVI campus as informal practice. 


Inspiration and connection

We will find inspiration through a variety of practices for inner growth, inspired and supported by the Inner Development Goals (IDG) framework and hands-on solutions in a Livings Systems' Lab for regenerative design, guided by the local team of  Monviso Institute, other local projects and the  local community.


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