Self Acceptance Event

Self-Acceptance with Kelly McGonigal, Kristin Neff, and Tami Simon

A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, and Heart

February 6–7 | San Diego, CA

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February 6–7
9:30 AM–5:00 PM

Doors open at 8:30 AM

9 CE Credits Available for $36

Hilton San Diego / Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA, 92014

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The Experience

Self-Acceptance with Kelly McGonigal,PhD, Kristin Neff,PhD and Tami Simon
A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, and Heart

Is your inner critic the loudest voice in your mind? Do you find yourself dwelling on your shortcomings far more than your successes? Is it easier for you to extend kindness and forgiveness to others than to yourself?

If so, you’re not alone. Even after years of spiritual practice, self-improvement, or therapy, many of us still find self-acceptance to be the hardest challenge we face.

But there is a solution.

With Self-Acceptance: A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, and Heart, you’re invited to a weekend dedicated to helping you cultivate this essential quality for happiness and success. Hosted by Sounds True founder Tami Simon, this experiential workshop features two of today’s leading experts in this emerging area of study, Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Kelly McGonigal. Come together in a beautiful seaside setting to explore the latest scientific research on self-acceptance—and learn transformative practices for treating yourself with kindness, honesty, and love.

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Self-Compassion: The proven power of being kind to yourself with Dr. Kristin Neff

With her breakout book Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind, Dr. Kristin Neff shared the surprising findings of 15 years of research into the critical area of how we relate to ourselves. Perhaps her most valuable discovery was to define a clear difference between self-esteem and self-compassion. As Dr. Neff explains, “Many of our attempts to build self-esteem involve comparing ourselves to others—and can reinforce unwanted traits such as narcissism, a judgmental outlook, and deep insecurity.”

How is self-compassion different?

“Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly,” says Dr. Neff, “like we would a close friend we cared about. Rather than making global evaluations of ourselves as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease.”

In this our first day together, Dr. Neff will spend the morning presenting theory and research on self-compassion, which a growing body of empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological resilience. Here you’ll learn:

  • What distinguishes genuine self-compassion as opposed to self-esteem or selfishness
  • Dispelling the myths around self-compassion, and re-examining the core beliefs that cause us to become our own worst enemy
  • Self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness—the three essential elements of authentic self-compassion
  • Why self-compassion is more powerful than self-criticism, and actually improves our inner drive and motivation to succeed
  • Skills for using self-compassion effectively in caregiving settings and avoiding caregiver burnout
  • Practical ways to integrate self-compassion in your personal and professional life

In the afternoon following Dr. Neff’s presentation, you’ll be guided into a direct practical experience of embodied self-compassion. Tami Simon, who is both Sounds True’s founder and a senior teacher of “Meditating with the Body,” teaches you that the key to internalizing self-acceptance is in learning to release tension, open to space, and be with your experience at the level of sensation. Tami will lead us in a practice session into the experience of inhabiting the totality of our soma—our felt experience—with unconditional kindness towards ourselves.

In the late afternoon, Tami and Dr. Kristin Neff engage in a conversation about everything we’ve learned and practiced over the course of the day. After their initial discussion, we’ll open the floor to your questions, so you can clarify your understanding of anything you found confusing and share your own experiences.


Self-Compassion in the Brain and Body with Dr. Kelly McGonigal

In her acclaimed book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It, health psychologist and Stanford lecturer Dr. Kelly McGonigal revealed eye-opening evidence that self-forgiveness and self-compassion actually boost our willpower and discipline.

“I think the absolute basis of any type of change is self-compassion,” says Dr. McGonigal. “But that is not where most of us start. Most of us feel there is something fundamentally wrong or broken with who we are, and we look for some sort of strength inside of ourselves to correct, or fix, or even punish that part of ourselves. That almost always backfires.”

In the morning session of our second day, Dr. McGonigal shares the latest neuroscientific insights on self-compassion and how we can practically apply them in our lives. Together we will explore

  • How cultivating self-compassion can change the brain to disrupt old patterns and self-defeating habits of mind
  • How our inner critical voice can draw strength from the brain’s survival instincts—and what to do about it
  • Contemplative practices to instill self-acceptance and self-care
  • Using nonjudgmental awareness to develop an attitude of curiosity and acceptance towards every aspect of ourselves
  • Connecting to Your Future Self—an exercise scientifically demonstrated to transform negative emotions, support change, and help create a more resilient brain

This afternoon, Tami Simon will once again lead us in a guided practice session to reinforce Dr. McGonigal’s teachings at the level of the body. Tami shares key techniques for working with the mind-body connection to overcome the instinct to resist our experience—so we may open to lasting transformation in the way we treat ourselves.

In the late afternoon, Tami and Dr. McGonigal discuss the lessons of the weekend, then invite your responses and shared impressions in a final Q&A session.

A Life-Changing Intensive Workshop on Self-Acceptance

The latest research shows that self-acceptance is a “miracle ingredient” to many of our life challenges—and that instilling self-compassion enhances our health, happiness, relationships, and success.

Yet as much as we conceptually accept that it is best to be kind to ourselves, the real challenge comes when we try to embody such kindness, and overcome a lifetime of conditioning toward self-sabotaging patterns of thought.

Self-Acceptance: A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, and Heart is your chance to learn how to create lasting change—whether in your professional practice or your personal life. Join Dr. Kelly McGonigal, Dr. Kristin Neff, and Tami Simon for a weekend of scientific insights, practical techniques, and embodied experience to nurture the quality that can be most challenging—and most important—for creating the life we desire

Self-Acceptance: A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, and Heart will be held on-site at the beautiful Hilton Del Mar. We’re pleased to offer a special room rate for those seeking the full experience of a retreat into beauty and serenity—rooms are limited, so we recommend early reservation.


For participants coming from a distance or for those who want a more retreat-like experience during the event, we’re pleased to offer a special room rate of $159 per night at the Del Mar Hilton. There are a limited number of rooms, so please book your room early. You must book your room by January 6 to receive the discounted rate.

To foster community building and a more cohesive experience, we encourage you to consider lodging and dining with your fellow attendees at the Hilton Del Mar. See the Details below for lunch options onsite.

Lodging Nearby

Hilton San Diego / Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
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The Details

Register online or at the door—space at the venue is limited, so we encourage you to reserve early.

This event is ticketless, and you will need only to check in at the door with your name or the name of the person who purchased your admission. Doors open each day at 8:30 AM. Please arrive early to reserve your seat.

There will be at least two 20-minute breaks during the event and a 1.5-hour lunch break each day. You may bring a notebook, journal, or small cushion for your comfort during the event.

Lunches at Hilton Del Mar

A private lunch buffet will be offered onsite for workshop participants. Enjoying lunch with your fellow participants offers an opportunity to remain in the retreat-like space created by the workshop. Participating in the group lunch will also help you deepen your practice through eating meditations and mindful interactions with the community. Each lunch will feature gluten-free and vegetarian options, and is available for purchase with your event registration for an extra $15. Alternatively, you can make your own plans to go offsite for lunch at local area restaurants.

An option to add lunches to your admission will be presented when you register for the event.

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The Buzz

"I loved everything about this programme and have recommended it to many of my clients. (I am a counsellor). I have been looking for something to support my development of self-compassion and feel I have found something very useful. Each day I pick something I feel I need as soon as I wake up. I also liked how Kristin puts well-timed pauses into her meditations, giving time to feel and consider the meditations in the body. Thank you Kristin for your wonderful work on what I consider very important for self-development especially considering what's happening in the world today!” —Amanda

"Very thorough grounding in self-compassion. Loved Kristin's insightful explanations, calm, soothing voice, and her guided practices.” —Kate D.

"Excellent program on a subject that is at the heart of any healing journey. I really valued seeing the relationship between perfectionism and self-criticism and how self-compassion and kindness are the processes that lead toward gently accepting ourselves as we are, in all our humanness. It is from acceptance, at that level, that we grow as spiritual beings.” —SJS

"Excellent content. Kelly has a natural ability to translate concepts into things I can put into practice. A rare gift!” —Carolyn H.

"Very helpful/informative, with a diverse variety of perspectives from which to contemplate and address issues. I especially like the simply-put metaphors and analogies. I would highly recommend McGonigal's approach to change.” —Danny C.

"Kelly is amazing—this program changed my life for the better. Thank you.” —Morwenna K.

"The sessions were very insightful and helpful to me. I've swung between depression and anxiety, and Kelly's observations about each state helped me see how they are playing me against myself. I've made definite progress in isolating my default state and moving into a more present state with compassion for myself.” —Richard K.

"Great Neuroscience discussions and introspections. Kelly is articulate and well-researched.” —Gus C.

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9 CE Credits

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