Making Friends with Yourself (MFY)

Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion




11-14 years old

Program Details

  • 1.5 hour classes  
  • Meet once a week for 8-weeks
  • Other materials to support practice

Class Fee

Supported $250 per person
Course Fee $300 per person
Supporter $350 per person

Adolescence is a time of tremendous change and growth, is often fraught with confusion, anxiety, or depression. Making Friends with Yourself  course teaches core principles and practices that enable youth to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and compassion.

Teens will engage in activities, practices and meditations, that provide the opportunity to learn to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. Backed by research, findings indicate tools taught in this course increase in emotional well-being and greater resilience.

Two preliminary research studies on this program have now been published. In the first pilot study (Bluth, Gaylord, Campo, Mullarkey & Hobbs 2016 MFY), findings indicated decreases in depression, anxiety, stress, and negative affect after the 6-session class. Findings in the second pilot study (Bluth & Eisenlohr-Moul 2017) demonstrated decreases in stress, and increases in resilience, positive risk-taking (willingness to take on new challenges) and gratitude after the course was over.

Based on research, possible benefits of the MFY course may include:

    • Willingness to take on new challenges
    • Increase in resilience
    • Decreases in stress and anxiety
    • Decrease in depression
    • Acceptance of life’s struggles with greater ease
    • Use practices to support yourself in difficult moments
    • Learn self-kindness practices
    • Create a deeper connection to self
Upcoming Classes

Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) w/ Valerie

Fridays, June 18 – August 6 

2:30pm – 4pm

on Zoom LIVE

Valerie DeWitt, E-RYT, CYKT, Mindfulness Teacher & Trainer. Her experience spans 20 years of active teaching – offering classes and programs for youth in schools, public and private settings, including family sessions. Valerie’s work in the community has impacted thousands of children ages 3 – 18.  Valerie blends her knowledge of yoga with mindfulness practices, so all programs offered are an integration of body & mind practices.