Join Rick Hanson, Ph.D., for two three-day workshops in Götzis/Vorarlberg, Austria:
Positive Neuroplasticity and Resilient Well-Being:
Growing an Unshakable Core of Calm Strength and Happiness
The world is increasingly volatile and uncertain. Lasting wellbeing requires resilience, and resilience comes from inner strengths such as grit and gratitude, compassion and confidence. Resilience is not just for surviving the worst day of your life; it’s for thriving every day of your life!
In this experiential, evidence-based workshop, we’ll explore how to use positive neuroplasticity to turn everyday experiences into powerful psychological resources hardwired into the nervous system. Topics include:
- Major mechanisms of positive brain change
- Why the brain’s negativity bias makes us less resilient – and how to overcome it
- Key inner strengths to address fear and anger, frustration and disappointment, and hurt, resentment, and low self-worth
- How the internalization of beneficial experiences actually reduces the stressful drivenness and “craving” that causes so much suffering and harm
- Using resilience to foster well-being, and using well-being to grow resilience, in a wonderful upward spiral
- As you train your brain in these ways, you’ll be more able to meet the challenges of life feeling already centered in happiness, love, and peace.
No background with mindfulness, meditation, or neuroscience is needed. The information and methods in this workshop are appropriate for the general public, therapists, and health care professionals.
Opening into Everything:
The Practical Brain Science of Lasting Inner Peace
Throughout history and around the world, great teachers have pointed to the underlying nature of everything – including ourselves! – as open, timeless, and peaceful. And now modern neuropsychology is beginning to understand what is happening in the brain when the mind comes to rest in this vast peace.
Informed by both contemplative wisdom and modern science – and respectful of mystery – this experiential workshop will explore:
- Neural factors that steady the mind and “turn off” negative rumination
- How to let go of stressful striving and engage life from the “green zone” of calm, contentment, and caring
- The neural networks on the sides of the brain that promote a sense of wholeness and reduce painful self-preoccupations – and how to stimulate and strengthen them
- Our egocentric and “allocentric” (self-less) neural networks, and how to shift in the allocentric direction
- What could be happening in the brain during radically self-transcendent experiences
- Resting more and more in your true nature: open, at ease, warmhearted, at peace
The deepest roots of the highest happiness are in the body. At the intersection of modern science and ancient wisdom – which could be called neurodharma – we can find very practical tools for an openhearted, joyful, and generous life.
No background with mindfulness or meditation is needed, but it will help. We’ll explore powerful internal practices, and participants need to be able to stay grounded and comfortable with going deep.