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  • Shift Happens: Learning to Cope with Disappointment, Difficulty, Even Disaster
  • Arbor Seminare, Freiburg, Germany
  • May 8-14, 2017

Dealing effectively with the challenges and crises of life is the core of our resilience and well-being.  Developing flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of any transformative process, and essential to recovering from any trauma.

Modern neuroscience is discovering how the neuroplasticity of the human brain allows us to rewire our automatic patterns of response to the disruptive life events inevitable in the human condition, even responses to previously traumatizing events. Research is illuminating which tools and techniques from Western psychology and Eastern contemplative traditions can most safely, efficiently and effectively encode better coping strategies into our neural circuity and strengthen the functioning of the brain to support more resilience and well-being.

Mindfulness and compassion are two of the most powerful agents of brain change known to science. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn to use tools of mindful self-compassion and other tools from relational psychology to reverse the impact of stress and trauma, come out of anxiety, depression, addictions, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame. Participants learn to rewire the inner critic and embark on a path of post-traumatic growth.

Participants learn to deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their inner resources and strengthen relationships that are healthy and nourishing. Through mindful awareness and reflection, participants learn to discern options and make the wise choices that lead to a truly authentic sense of self, to meaningful work and purpose in life, into thriving and flourishing.

  • Cultivating Inner Resilience: Embodied Practices to Help Cope with Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster
  • Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
  • May 20, 2017

Every human being has to face failures and crises. Embodied practices such as mindfulness and yoga help us develop a reliable inner basis of calm and equanimity that is the essential ground of skillful coping, resilience, and well-being.

Participants will learn somatic-based tools to reverse the impact of stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, guilt and shame, and strengthen the clarity, self-compassion, and relational resourcing necessary to discern options and make the wise choices that lead to thriving and flourishing.

  • Shift Happens: Learning to Bounce Back from Disappointments, Difficulties, even Disasters
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
  • June 9-11, 2017, 9:30am-4:30pm each day

Dealing effectively with the challenges and crises of life is the core of our resilience and well-being. Developing flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of any transformative process. Modern neuroscience illuminates how the brain encodes its strategies for coping and has shown mindfulness and compassion practices to be two of the most powerful agents of brain change, thus behavior change, known to science. A wise use of Buddhist contemplative practices and tools from modern relational psychology can help practitioners let go of unwholesome coping strategies and cultivate new, more wholesome ones. This leads to more clarity, response flexibility and resilience, and less greed, hatred, delusion and suffering.

In this 3-day non-residential retreat, participants will learn to reverse the impact of stress and trauma and come out of anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame. Participants learn to deepen their self-compassion and empathy, connect to inner resources and relationships that are healthy and nourishing, and, through mindful awareness and reflection, discern options and make wise choices that lead to thriving and well-being.

Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. A wise use of contemplative practices and tools can help practitioners let go of unwholesome coping strategies and cultivate wholesome ones, leading to more clarity, flexibility, and resilience — and less greed, delusion, and suffering.

In this program, you will learn practices that skillfully harness the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce the impacts of stress, trauma, and our all-too-human conditioning on how to cope with the inevitable disappointments and disasters of life. Through teachings and experiential exercises, you will gain skills in using self-directed neuroplasticity as a genuine support for wisdom and inner peace.

  • Bouncing Back: Rewiring the Brain for Resilience and Well-Being
  • Cape Cod Institute, Cape Cod, MA
  • June 26-30, 2017

Dealing effectively with challenges and crises in life is the core of resilience and well-being.  Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of the therapeutic process. Helping clients harness the brain’s own mechanisms of change to rewire coping strategies that are defensive, dysfunctional, and blocking of growth, and to encode new more flexible patterns of response, is the focus of this workshop.

Modern neuroscience is teaching us how to use the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to rewire coping behaviors, even when they are seemingly “stuck” and intractable.  Clinicians will learn through didactics, experiential exercises, and group discussions which tools and techniques of brain change best help clients use their own self-directed neuroplasticity to: reverse the impact of stress and trauma; regulate surges of emotions to come out of anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt, and shame; deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their inner resources; overcome resistance and strengthen the resonant relationships that foster the perseverance that develops resilience; and shift their perspectives through mindful awareness and reflection to discern options and make wise choices.

Participants will learn to apply these tools and techniques, which underlie the therapeutic modalities they may already be familiar with–Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP, DBT, and EFT–to four intelligences – somatic, emotional, relational, reflective–and recover the natural resilience that supports well-being and flourishing.  Clinicians will also learn to apply these tools to their own brain as self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.

  • Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Resilience and Well-Being
  • 1440 Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA
  • July 7-9 2017

Dealing effectively with the challenges and crises of life is the core of our resilience and well-being.  Developing flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of any transformative process, and essential to recovering from any trauma.

Modern neuroscience is discovering how the neuroplasticity of the human brain allows us to rewire our automatic patterns of response to the disruptive life events inevitable in the human condition, even responses to previously traumatizing events. Research is illuminating which tools and techniques from Western psychology and Eastern contemplative traditions can most safely, efficiently and effectively encode better coping strategies into our neural circuity and strengthen the functioning of the brain to support more resilience and well-being.

In this experiential workshop, participants will learn to reverse the impact of stress and trauma, come out of anxiety, depression, addictions, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame and rewire the inner critic.

Participants learn to deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their inner resources and strengthen relationships that are healthy and nourishing. Through mindful awareness and reflection, participants learn to discern options and make the wise choices that lead to a truly authentic sense of self, to meaningful work and purpose in life, into thriving and flourishing.

  • Cultivating Resilience: Coping with Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster
  • Esalen Institute
  • September 10-15-, 2017

Every human being has to face failures and crises. How we deal with such challenges is central to determining our level of happiness and well-being. Mastering flexible, adaptive strategies to cope with both everyday disappointments and disasters may be the most important skill we can ever develop. Recent neuroscientific research has shown that mindfulness and compassion practices can be highly effective agents of brain (and thus behavioral) change. This workshop explores how to use both ancient contemplative practices and tools from modern relational psychology to help let go of unwholesome coping strategies and negative emotional responses (stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, guilt, shame, etc.) and instead rewire our neural responses to awaken and strengthen our clarity, self-compassion and empathy, to discern the best options and make wise choices that will help us thrive.

  • Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, September 19-November 7, 2017
  • Tuesdays, 7pm-9:30pm

Mindful Self-Compassion, as developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, is a powerful 8-week training in empirically-supported tools and techniques that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, understanding, and wise action.

Practices in loving kindness and compassion allow us to keep our hearts open in moments of struggle and suffering. Practices in mindfulness allow us to see our experiences and our reactions to our experiences, and ourselves as the experiencer, more clearly, discern options and make wise choices.

Understanding our common humanity brings us out of isolation into connection and resources again. MSC, through discussions, meditations, and many experiential exercises, teaches practices of loving connected presence that allows us not just to feel better but to cope wisely when we are feeling bad.

This course helps participants deal effectively with life’s challenges and crises while creating community and deepening practice. Participants are asked to attend all sessions of the course.

  • Bouncing Back: The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being
  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Center, Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • November 10-12, 2017

Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. A wise use of contemplative practices and tools can help practitioners let go of unwholesome coping strategies and cultivate wholesome ones, leading to more clarity, flexibility, and resilience — and less greed, delusion, and suffering.

In this program, you will learn practices that skillfully harness the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce the impacts of stress, trauma, and our all-too-human conditioning on how to cope with the inevitable disappointments and disasters of life. Through teachings and experiential exercises, you will gain skills in using self-directed neuroplasticity as a genuine support for wisdom and inner peace

Links to venues

Awakening Joy, Berkeley, CA

Cape Cod Institute, Cape Cod, MA

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA

Leading Edge Seminars

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Omega Institute

Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

San Rafael Meditation Group

Spirit Rock Meditation Center