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Dr. Anna Friis

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Anna is a New Zealand-registered health psychologist. As well as seeing private psychology clients, she runs regular training courses in self-compassion and emotional resilience. She was one of the first teachers to be trained in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) by the programme's founders, Drs Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. As part of increasing scientific understanding of the effects of mindfulness and self-compassion, she undertook  a Ph.D  through the University of Auckland, creating new knowledge of the mental and physical health effects of these ancient practises. She also holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts (political studies) and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Science (Distinction), a Master's degree in Science  (1st Class Honours) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology. She first worked as a journalist and has had a substantial career in corporate communications, specialising in crisis management. Anna and her husband live in Auckland, New Zealand. They have three adult children and an adorable dog called Toby.

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A 5-day Mindfulness Self-Compassion Retreat with Anna Friis and Mara Elwood

Mana Retreat Centre 608 Manaia Road, State Highway 25, RD1Coromandel,

The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Chris Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding. Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of mindfulness when...

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We draw special attention to two of our guidelines before registration: Mana provides lacto-ovo vegetarian food only, this means no fish or chicken and is an alcohol and drug free environment.

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This group requires a minimum number of participants to go ahead, if that number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Should you, for any reason, decide to cancel your registration, please note our cancellation policy :

  • 30 days or more prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee, and your spot will be offered to someone else.
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  • 0-9 days prior to the start of an event, no refund will be made.
  • These policies are reassessed in certain circumstances.


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