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February 2015

Hardwiring Compassion

February 26, 2015, 2:30 pm - February 28, 2015, 9:45 pm PST
The Art and Science of Mindfulness conference, FACES, San Diego, CA,
United States

Thursday February 26:Hardwiring Compassion, Part 1: Strengthening the Neural Substrates of Love Recent research on experience-dependent neuroplasticity is revealing how targeted mental activity can stimulate and thereby strengthen neural substrates - and this practical, experiential, clinically-focused workshop will teach effective ways to take in the…

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March 2015

Empathy, Autonomy and Intimacy

March 4, 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PST
True Purpose Institute – Teleconference,
United States

As we turn our awareness to the shift from “me” to “we,” we are faced with the joys and sorrows of maintaining healthy relationships. Supported by both Buddhism and Western psychology, the keys to healthy relationships include not only empathy and compassion, but also the…

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Taking in the Good

March 14, 2015, 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley, CA,
United States

We all need inner strengths such as resilience, positive emotions, feeling cared about, and confidence for the long and often hard road of life. These strengths largely depend on turning positive experiences into mental structure. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because…

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April 2015

The Neuroscience of Zen: Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

April 9, 2015, 12:30 am - 2:30 am PDT
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA,
United States

Rick Hanson will discuss The Neuroscience of Zen: Happiness, Love, and Wisdom as part of the "Conversations on Science” series at the California Academy of Sciences. He'll cover methods to foster greater emotional balance in turbulent times, as well as healthier relationships, more effective actions,…

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May 2015

Positive Neuroplasticity in the Workplace

May 6, 2015, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Department of Energy, New Mexico,
United States

Presentations on Positive Neuroplasticity in the Workplace. Closed to the public.

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CAMFT Annual Conference – Positive Neuroplasticity

May 14, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
San Francisco, CA,
United States

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” We develop resilience, happiness, love, wisdom, and other psychological resources through internalizing experiences of these inner strengths into the brain. Unfortunately, most such experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias that makes it like…

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June 2015

Positive Neuroplasticity: Growing Psychological Resources through the Deliberate Internalization of Beneficial Experiences

June 2, 2015, 11:15 pm - June 3, 2015, 1:00 am PDT
Freiburg, Germany,
United States

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” We develop resilience, happiness, love, wisdom, and other psychological resources through internalizing experiences of these inner strengths into the brain. Unfortunately, most such experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias that makes it like Velcro for…

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Self-Directed Neuroplasticity Training

June 3, 2015, 7:00 pm - June 5, 2015, 11:00 pm PDT
Freiburg, Germany,
United States

This experiential program is about building a strong, healthy, and happy brain. A study on it found that participants learned how to turn everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths, such as resilience, self-worth, feeling loved, compassion, and happiness. This mindful internalization of psychological resources can…

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Professional Course in Self-Directed Neuroplasticity

June 6, 2015, 2:00 pm - June 8, 2015, 5:00 pm PDT
Freiburg, Germany,
United States

For professionals (therapists, coaches, educators, mindfulness or self-compassion teachers, etc.), this practical, hands-on training applies the methods of Self-Directed Neuroplasticity to clinical, educational, human resources, and personal growth settings. Participants learn how to increase their effectiveness with others, teach Self-Directed neuroplasticity using Dr. Hanson’s four…

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Hardwiring Happiness

June 11, 2015, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Stockholm, Sweden,
United States

The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. Positive experiences are the main source of the neural structures underlying resilience, positive mood, feeling loved, compassion, and other inner strengths. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a…

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August 2015

Neurodharma of Love

August 30, 2015, 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA,
United States

On the whole, we experience our greatest joys and sorrows in our relationships. Supported by both Buddhism and Western psychology, the keys to healthy relationships include empathy, compassion, kindness, equanimity and appropriate assertiveness. These states of mind are based on underlying states of your brain.The…

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September 2015

Buddha’s Brain: Lighting up the Neural Circuits of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

September 13, 2015, 2:00 pm - September 18, 2015, 11:00 pm PDT
Esalen, Big Sur, CA,
United States

Using the power of modern neuroscience, informed by ancient contemplative wisdom, you can use your mind alone to change your brain for the better. Mental activity changes neural structure in a process called neuroplasticity, which gives you a great opportunity to redirect the brain, and…

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October 2015

Hardwiring Happiness

October 2, 2015, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
RECAMFT – Windsor, CA,
United States

The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. Positive experiences are the main source of the neural structures underlying resilience, positive mood, feeling loved, compassion, and other inner strengths. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a…

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Happiness 2.0: Rethinking Mindfulness and the Science of Psychological Well-Being

October 17, 2015, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA,
United States

We all need inner strengths such as resilience, positive emotions, feeling cared about, and confidence for the long and often hard road of life. These strengths largely depend on turning positive experiences into mental structure. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because…

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March 2016

Hardwiring Happiness: From Passing States to Lasting Traits

March 20, 2016, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, DC,
United States

We all need inner strengths such as resilience, confidence, and feeling cared about to bolster us through life—strengths largely derived from our positive experiences of them. Unfortunately, the brain’s evolved negativity bias, which makes it like Velcro for the bad and Teflon for the good,…

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Mindful Cultivation: Growing Happiness, Compassion, Resilience, and Other Inner Strengths

March 23, 2016, 12:00 am - 1:30 am PDT
University of Washington, Seattle, WA,
United States

We grow happiness, compassion, resilience, and other inner strengths in ourselves and our children by turning passing experiences of them into lasting changes in the brain. Unfortunately, most beneficial experiences wash through us like water through a sieve, while stressful, painful experiences “stick" due to…

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April 2016

San Francisco General Hospital Workshop

April 1, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
San Francisco, CA,
United States

Maintaining Spirit, Hope and Inspiration While Working in the Public SectorWorkshop: Positive Neuroplasticity: Turning Passing Experiences into Lasting Inner StrengthsUCSF / SFGH Psychology Retreat

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June 2016

West Coast Dharma

June 17, 2016, 2:00 pm - June 19, 2016, 10:30 pm PDT
Vancouver, BC, Canada,
United States

Vipassana and NeuroscienceIntegrate recent brain science with the ancient wisdom practice of Vipassana meditation. Discover practical methods for improving mindfulness and concentration, calming the heart, weaving positive experiences into your brain and your self, and then using these strengths for kindness and skillful assertiveness in…

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August 2016

Mindful Cultivation: Turning Passing States Into Beneficial Traits

August 4, 2016, 9:00 am - August 7, 2016, 5:00 pm PDT
Denver, CO 80202 United States
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People draw on psychological resources such as grit and compassion for coping, well-being and helping others. We develop these strengths by turning passing experiences of them and related factors into lasting changes of neural structure and function. But the brain’s evolved “negativity bias” acts as a bottleneck in this process, so that people tend to over-learn from negative experiences and under-learn from positive ones. To address this, we can deliberately and mindfully increase the depth of engagement with beneficial experiences in psychotherapy, trainings, and everyday life. As a plenary speaker, Rick Hanson will share ways to enrich and absorb beneficial emotions, thoughts, sensations, and motivations – potentially increasing their encoding in the brain – and then use these methods to grow strengths for individual needs.

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Mindful Cultivation: Turning Passing States Into Beneficial Traits

August 4, 2016, 2:00 pm - August 7, 2016, 10:00 pm PDT
APA, Denver, Colorado,
United States

People draw on psychological resources such as grit and compassion for coping, well-being and helping others. We develop these strengths by turning passing experiences of them and related factors into lasting changes of neural structure and function. But the brain’s evolved “negativity bias” acts as…

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The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Joy

August 28, 2016, 9:00 am - September 2, 2016, 6:00 pm PDT
Esalen Institute,
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States
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This workshop brings together a team of internationally recognized scientists, meditation teachers, and clinicians to deepen our understanding of how to live a meaningful, healthy, and joyful life. Weaving together ancient wisdom traditions with modern neuroscience, we explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. Participants will be taught simple yet potent meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation, compassion practices, mindful yoga, and experiential exercises. The group will also learn about revolutionary research in neuroscience that offers this hopeful message: We can change and reshape our brain to live healthier, happier lives. We will immerse ourselves in the practice of being fully present, and re-train our minds and hearts toward pathways of greater joy, compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude.

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Esalen

August 28, 2016, 2:00 pm - September 2, 2016, 11:00 pm PDT
Esalen, Big Sur, CA,
United States

This workshop brings together a team of internationally recognized scientists, meditation teachers, and clinicians to deepen our understanding of how to live a meaningful, healthy, and joyful life. Weaving together ancient wisdom traditions with modern neuroscience, we explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. Participants…

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October 2016

Positive Neuroplasticity Training

October 15, 2016, 10:00 am - October 17, 2016, 6:00 pm PDT
Unity in Marin,
600 Palm Drive
Novato, CA 94949 United States
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The three day Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) is a deep experiential exploration of powerful methods for turning passing experiences into lasting inner resources - like self-compassion, mindfulness, grit, gratitude, and self-worth - encoded in your nervous system.

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Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity

October 18, 2016, 9:30 am - October 20, 2016, 6:00 pm PDT
Unity in Marin,
600 Palm Drive
Novato, CA 94949 United States
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The three day Professional Course (with PNT as a prerequisite) applies these general methods to the specific situations, populations, and issues faced by therapists, coaches, educators, managers, and healthcare professionals. Details forthcoming.

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November 2016

How to Turn Real World Experiences into Lasting Inner Resources

November 3, 2016, 9:00 am - November 4, 2016, 11:00 am PDT
The Capital View Conference Center,
101 Constitution Ave NW #900
Washington, DC 20001
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February 2017

World Government Summit

February 11, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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The Neuroscience of Happiness. Not open to general public. At a pre-summit event, this talk will explore major neural factors of lasting well-being, with some practical suggestions.

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March 2017

FACES Compassion & Wisdom Conference

March 3, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PST
San Diego, CA 92109 United States
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FACES Compassion & Wisdom Conference

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FREE

The Neuroscience Training Summit 2017 – Online

March 20, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Online Summit
NeuroscienceTrainingSummit

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is kicking off the 10-day Sounds True Neuroscience Training Summit that begins March 20, with videos and other resources from Dan Siegel, Linda Graham, Michael Taft, Kelly McGonigal, Peter Levine, Steve Porges, Janina Fisher, and other experts. This is your chance to learn directly…

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April 2017
$30 - $200

Neurology of Awakening

April 1, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Webcast, Woodacre, CA,
United States
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NeurologyofAwakening

Live Webcast Available - 6 CE Credits. This experiential workshop from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center will cover the relationship between the mind and the brain; strengthening neural factors of mindfulness; the role of concentration in Buddhist practice; and practical help from brain research for steadying and quieting the mind and bringing it to singleness.

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Private Event

Physician Wellness Conference

April 28, 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills,
Woodland Hills, CA United States
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pwc

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a keynote speaker at this special event for Kaiser Permanente Physicians and staff. This event is not open to the public.

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$290.00 - $390.00

Harvard Medical School: Meditation and Psychotherapy

April 29, 8:30 am - 12:45 pm PDT
Harvard Medical School: Meditation and Psychotherapy,
HYATT REGENCY In Downtown Crossing One Ave de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Balancing compassion and assertiveness

This course will explore how meditation can support emotional well-being and patient care. Discussions will focus on identifying key mechanisms of action; using meditation to improve behavior and cultivate positive mind states; describing the benefits and limitations of its application in psychotherapy; teaching techniques to…

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May 2017
FREE

Live Webcast: Hardwiring Happiness

May 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Online Webcast
Whil

Don’t worry, be happy. Everyone says that, but never reveals how. Did you know that happy salesmen sell 37% more and that companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20%? Join Dr. Rick Hanson and Joe Burton-CEO/Founder of Whil-as they discuss scientifically backed ways…

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$75 - $200

Equanimity in the Dharma and in Your Brain

May 13, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA,
United States
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equanimitydharma

Equanimity means not reacting to your reactions, and that is both a wonderful relief from upsets and traumas and a profound resource for spiritual growth. In Buddhism, equanimity is one of the four Brahmaviharas (Divine Abodes) and is often considered the foundation of the other…

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$75

Awakened Action Fundraiser Talk: Relax! We’ve Got a World to Save

May 27, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Dominican University,
Edgehill Mansion, Dominican University
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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Green Sangha

 A conversation with Rick Hanson at the 8th Awakened Action fund-raiser. Edgehill Mansion, Dominican University, San Rafael. Reception and light refreshments at 6:30. Gentle yoga and meditation at 7:00. Interview with Rick at 7:30. Reservations: your $75 ticket supports our programs of awakened action, including Mindful Leadership…

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June 2017
$945

IFM Annual Conference – The Dynamic Brain: Revealing the Potential of Neuroplasticity to Reverse Neurodegeneration

June 1, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm PDT
JW Marriott,
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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IFM

Attendees at IFM’s 2017 Annual International Conference (AIC) will be presented with the most recent scientific evidence on the ways in which neuroplasticity can be harnessed and optimized to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases, brain injury, stroke, and mental disorders. This will result in clinically…

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€405

Positive Neuroplasticity Training, Ireland

June 6, 9:25 am - June 8, 6:00 pm PDT
The Grand Hotel Malahide,
Dublin, Ireland
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pnt

Join New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson for a 3-day deep experiential exploration of lasting positive brain change – the essence of self-reliance and lasting inner strength and peace in a topsy-turvy world.

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€40.00

Walking Evenly on Uneven Ground: Public Talk

June 8, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Bar of Ireland, Law Library,
145 -151 Church Street, Arran Quay
Dublin 7, Ireland
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Sanctuary
€842

Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity, Ireland

June 9, 9:30 am - June 11, 6:00 pm PDT
The Grand Hotel Malahide,
Dublin, Ireland
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The Professional Training Course includes the Positive Neuroplasticity Training (6-8 June 2017) plus practical applications for Hardwiring Happiness into your professional and private life. Deepen your practice and help others change their brains for the better!

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£140 - £250

Mindfulness in Society – Changing the World One Mind at a Time

June 15, 9:00 am - June 18, 5:00 pm PDT
Samye Ling,
Scotland United Kingdom
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SamyeLing

How is Mindfulness changing to suit these diverse contexts? How is integrity being maintained in this diversification? What does the future look like as a mindful society? How can we ensure that Mindfulness training is inclusive and accessible to Everyone? What is the relationship between mindfully being and compassionate action? Keynote speakers include Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson, Vidyamala Burch, Paul Gilbert and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, and will pick up on these themes in order to explore the frontiers of Mindfulness and the unique dilemmas that are being thrown up at this tipping point moment in history.

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€120 - €235

Positive Neuroplasticity: Two Day Workshop + Livestream

June 24, 9:30 am - June 25, 5:30 pm CEST
HUB Madrid,
Calle Gobernador, 26 (Garaje)
Madrid, Spain
NikaraMindfulness

This workshop at Nirakara will be the first that Rick Hanson teaches in Spain. There is also a live-stream option for €120. We all need psychological resources such as resilience, positive emotions, and feeling cared about for the long and often hard road of life. Acquiring these…

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July 2017
$75 - $200

No-Self in the Brain: Insights from Neuroscience

July 15, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA,
United States
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notselfbrain

In this workshop, we will examine "self" and its release in light of Buddhism and modern brain science. These perspectives inform each other, and together they offer powerful and practical tools for deconstructing the apparent self. Topics covered: Buddhist perspectives on the interconnectedness of all things and thus the "emptiness" of any apparent thing; the four defining characteristics of the presumed "I"; the absence of these characteristics in both your experience and your brain; why the apparent "I" is not just "empty" but actually does not exist; ways to fill the hole in the heart and thus reduce self-ing; brain-savvy ways to relax the sense of self, take things less personally, feel more at peace with the world, and rest in the spacious awareness.

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September 2017
closed to public

Search Inside Yourself: Webinar

September 6, 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT
Search Inside Yourself Institute
RickMarc

Contemplative neuroscience is the idea that we are changing not only our subjective experience but also our brains through practice. Those with different backgrounds take these ideas to their apparent conclusions–a buddhist might ask "what is an enlightened brain like?" a Christian might ask "what happens…

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$147.00 - $372.00

Positive Neuroplasticity Training

September 7, 5:00 pm - October 12, 7:30 pm PDT
PNTevent

The six week online course Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) is a deep experiential exploration of powerful methods for turning passing experiences into lasting inner resources - like self-compassion, mindfulness, grit, gratitude, and self-worth - encoded in your nervous system. This course is eligible for 18…

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Search Inside Yourself

September 28, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Search Inside Yourself Institute,
CA United States
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Engage

Session 2: At the Engage mindful leadership program, you’ll develop the knowledge, tools and leadership capacities to bring the benefits of mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (EI) to your workplace or community. You’ll learn from SIYLI’s experience bringing mindfulness and EI to such organizations as Google and…

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October 2017
$372.00

The Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity

October 12, 5:00 pm PDT
PCevent

The Professional Course is very hands-on and practical, showing you how to apply the powerful ideas and methods from the Positive Neuroplasticity Training in your work with others. It’s perfect for those who are working with others: therapists, healthcare providers, educators, business consultants, trainers, coaches, mindfulness and…

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Closed to the public

University of Pennsylvania MAPP Talk

October 28, 9:00 am - October 29, 4:30 pm PDT
University of Pennsylvania,
PA
Upenn

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will be delivering a talk at the University of Pennsylvania as a part of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program. This talk is closed to the public.

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November 2017
FREE

Stanford Contemplation by Design Summit

November 2, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Stanford Contemplation by Design Summit,
291 Campus Drive Hewlett 200
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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ContemplationDesignEvent11.03.17

Mindfulness of passing mental states is great – but it is not enough to grow traits of resilience, happiness, and compassion. Due to its “negativity bias,” the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. This talk will explore practical ways…

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$75.00 - $200.00

Opening into Allness Workshop

November 11, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA,
United States
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OpeningIntoAllness

Modern brain science is beginning to shed light on the underlying neuropsychological basis of deep experiences of present moment awareness, integrated wholeness of mind, and the sense of interdependent connection with nature and physical reality. We can use these new findings in very practical ways…

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$25 - $65

A Dialogue Between Rick Hanson & George Silberschatz

November 14, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST
San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group,
JCCSF 3200 California Street
San rancisco, CA 94118 United States
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SFPRG

George, an internationally known psychotherapist and psychotherapy researcher and Rick, a NYTimes Best Selling Author and clinical psychologist, will address relevant topics about how psychopathology develops, why psychotherapy works and how advances in neuroscience and Buddhist psychology have helped inform the progression of "talk therapy."…

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December 2017
$15 - $30

Monday Night Dharma Talk & Meditation Group

December 11, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA,
United States
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equanimitydharma

Rick Hanson will be a guest teacher for this week's Spirit Rock Live: Monday Nights with Jack Kornfield & Friends. This group meets every Monday night from 7:15pm – 9:15pm in the Community Meditation Center. The sit is also available Live and On Demand through…

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