Teacher Training

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The Making Friends With Yourself program is offered in different formats for maximum flexibility:

  • The 8-week course – consists of 8-weekly 2 ½ -hour sessions with 15 min breaks in a classroom plus a 4-hour retreat. This class is often most easily integrated into our lives and offers an extended opportunity to deepen and solidify our practice.
  • A 5-day intensive
  • A 2-day core skills workshop
  • Retreat

If you work with adolescents and are interested in bringing a Making Friends with Yourself teacher training to your area, please contact Lorraine Hobbs, jalhobbs@yahoo.com

Teacher Training – Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults

The pilot program of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults launched its first teacher training at U.C. San Diego Center for Mindfulness in April 2016 with great success. This teacher training is the first of several to be offered in the U.S. and abroad within this next year.

Read what participants had to say about their experience:

“I, too, was one of the fortunate ones to be participate in the first teacher training of Making Friends with Yourself (MFY). It was an absolute gift to see the beautiful sequencing of this material, as well as the heartfelt incorporation of so many of the key components of MSC. Karen and Lorraine’s work on this program demonstrate an exquisite example of development of curriculum for a new population. The differences that stood out to me from an MSC course were the pacing (faster tempo), the inquiry (more horizontal than vertical), the different creative modalities (music, art, storytelling), and movement. I was touched to see the beautiful duo of Karen and Lorraine, as co-teachers/trainers they modeled genuine love and respect for each other and a deep trust and knowledge of the material. It is an exciting and hopeful time for MFY.” Michelle Bobowick


“Words cannot express the gratitude I feel as I begin to settle into this new, wide world of self-compassion for teens. Lorraine Hobbs and Karen Bluth wove together their two worlds to create a program that is fun, informative, engaging and transformative.” Celedra Gildea


The following criteria are prerequisites for application to this first teacher training:

  • Mindfulness practice
  • Completion of 5-day or 8-week MSC Course
  • Experience working with adolescents in a clinical or educational setting