Self-Compassion with Kathleen Cator

What would it be like to treat yourself with the same kindness that you would give to a friend? Join clinical psychologist and expert mindfulness and compassion teacher Kathleen Cator as we explore how cultivating skills in self-compassion can help us experience a sense of safety, calm and acceptance of ourselves and others. 

Cultivating self-compassion in a competitive world can be a difficult task. While our high standards for ourselves may stem from the desire to continually improve and be the best we can, when we fall short of our own expectations we judge ourselves; interpreting our feelings as signs that we are less capable or worthy than other people. There is a growing body of research that highlights the importance of including yourself in your circle of kindness and compassion. This research shows that people with higher levels of self-compassion will experience greater physical and mental health and more satisfaction in their relationships.

In this 3-hour workshop we will be guided through a series of exercises and discussions designed to cultivate self-compassion. These include experiential activities such as guided meditation practices, facilitated enquiry based discussion and reflective written exercises. We will draw on leading ideas from psychology, neuroscience and philosophy and leave with a range of practical skills to continue to develop our self-compassion.

In this 3-hour workshop you will learn:

  • Discover biases and fears about self-compassion;

  • Understand how self-compassion enhances wellbeing and personal effectiveness;

  • Explore and learn how to better manage difficult emotions;

  • Practice the art of gratitude and self-appreciation;

  • Cultivate self-compassion;

  • Integrate practical, simple self-compassion skills into daily life.

No prior experience in mindfulness meditation is required.

TIMETABLE - Sat 9 February

9.45am            Tea & welcome
10.00am          Workshop Begins
11.45am          Break (times vary)
13.15am          Workshop Concludes

TIMETABLE - Sun 24 March

12.45pm          Afternoon tea & welcome
1.00pm            Class begins
2.30pm            Break (times vary)
4.00pm            Class finishes

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'Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.'
― Maya Angelou


Kathleen Cator is a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. A warm and authentic teacher, facilitator, and therapist, Kathleen specializes in the contemplative and scientifically based techniques of mindfulness and compassion. Kathleen founded her own private practice, Metta Health & Psychology, and is dedicated to teaching and helping people live their lives filled with joy, meaning and purpose. 


Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.

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Full price: $100.00
Concession: $80.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email

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