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AUSTRIA: Two in-person workshops on Positive Neuroplasticity and Neurodharma

June 27 - July 2


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.



June 27
July 2
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Arbor Seminare

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and expert on the impact of toxic narcissism. She is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.

The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic, and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. She has spoken on these issues to clinicians, educators, and researchers around the world.

She is the author of Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist, and Don't You Know Who I Am? How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. Her work has been featured at SxSW, TEDx, and on a wide range of media platforms including Red Table Talk, the Today Show, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, and Bravo, and she is a featured expert on the digital media mental health platform MedCircle. Dr. Durvasula’s research on personality disorders has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and she is a Consulting Editor of the scientific journal Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has been president of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences, which represents approximately twenty-thousand biobehavioral scientists. He’s led a number of other organizations and received a wide variety of professional awards.

In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological states in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders, and has had a major impact on the field of psychology.

Dr. Porges has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across a wide array of disciplines. He’s also the author of several books including The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation.

Dr. Bruce Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. From 1993 to 2001 he was the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital.

He’s one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of trauma in childhood, and his work on the impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs, and policy across the world. His work has been instrumental in describing how traumatic events in childhood change the biology of the brain.

Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released earlier this year. Dr. Perry is also the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Additionally, he’s authored more than 300 journal articles and book chapters and has been the recipient of a variety of professional awards.

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith is a child clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and issues of race. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and then received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She performed postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness, or foster care.

Dr. Briscoe-Smith is also a senior fellow of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and is both a professor and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute. She provides consultation and training to nonprofits and schools on how to support trauma-informed practices and cultural accountability.

Sharon Salzberg is a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She is widely considered one of the most influential individuals in bringing mindfulness practices to the West, and co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts alongside Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Sharon has been a student of Dipa Ma, Anagarika Munindra, and Sayadaw U Pandita alongside other masters.

Sharon has authored 10 books, and is the host of the fantastic Metta Hour podcast. She was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine, had her work featured in Time and on NPR, and contributed to panels alongside the Dalai Lama.

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