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  • 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.

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