Self-Compassion and Care Topic of Next illuminate Speaker Series Presentation by Kristin Neff

Hospice of Santa Barbara Virtual illuminate Speaker Series Presentation on 

June 22, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT


Since 2020, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has adjusted to the new realities that come with COVID-19 by creating their free illuminate Speaker Series – a series which addresses aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and offers active solutions to navigate through this new reality.  No topic could be more important today than learning about self-compassion and care and how to integrate it into our lives.

Neff will present The Strength of Self-Compassion on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT. The event is free, but registration is required.

In her presentation, she will share the theory and research on self-compassion, which studies have increasingly shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. A short practice will be taught for use when needed in daily life.

Kristin Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion nearly twenty years ago. She has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in psychology worldwide. She is the author of the bestselling book Self-Compassion. Along with her colleague Chris Germer, she developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program, taught internationally, and co-wrote The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.  Her newest book is Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.

“It is a pleasure to have Kristin Neff as our next speaker in our illuminate Speaker Series,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “We look forward to learning about her journey to self-compassion and how we all can implement it in our daily lives.”

As we all know, people are reeling from this world-wide crisis emotionally, socially, and economically. People have shared a variety of intense feelings they are experiencing during this time, among them: fear, deep sadness, anxiety, grief, uncertainty over the present and what the future holds, vulnerability, despair, anger, hopelessness. HSB will present a new nationally known speaker every other month.

The series continues through 2022 with Kelly McGonigal in August, Richard Louv in October and Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman in November. Hospice of Santa Barbara would like to give a special thanks to Santa Barbara Foundation, Robin and Roger Himovitz and Natalie Orfalea Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Past speakers of the series, include Roshi Joan Halifax, Frank Ostaseski, Katy Butler, Sharon Salzberg, Dr. BJ Miller, Dr. Sunita Puri, Jenée Johnson, Daniel Goleman, Nora McInerny, Pico Iyer and Amanda Kloots.

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Interpretación simultanea al español disponsible.


Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on fifteen local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit

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