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April 2014

Neuro-Bhavana: The Mindful Cultivation of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

April 19, 2014, 12:30 am - April 20, 2014, 5:00 pm PDT
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA United States

The Buddha explored the mental causes of suffering and happiness. Now, 2500 years later, we are beginning to understand the underlying neural causes of these mental factors—which gives us new opportunities for insight and for deepening and individualizing our practice. As an example, inner strengths…

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Taking in the Good Course

April 25, 2014, 8:00 pm - April 27, 2014, 11:00 pm PDT
Freiburg, Germany United States

This experiential educational program is about how to turn fleeting positive experiences into lasting inner resources. This is what’s meant by "taking in the good." "Positive" means that which leads to the well-being and welfare of yourself, and often others as well ("negative" means the…

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Taking in the Good Course – Professional Training

April 28, 2014, 2:00 pm - April 29, 2014, 11:00 pm PDT
Freiburg, Germany United States

Prerequiste - Taking in the Good CourseThis focused, experiential workshop applies the methods from the Taking in the Good Course for particular situations, issues, and types of people - including children, coaching, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and peak performance. Graduates of this Professional Training will receive…

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May 2014

Neural Factors of Mindfulness: Using Your Mind to Change your Brain for the Better

May 1, 2014, 12:30 am - 3:00 am PDT
Tubingen, Germany United States

Recent science is revealing that we can use the mind to change the brain to change the mind for the better. Through self-directed neuroplasticity, we can stimulate and thereby strengthen the neural substrates of positive states of mind. This lecture will explore: the basic mechanisms…

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Positive Neuroplasticity: Using Your Mind to Change Your Brain for the Better

May 31, 2014, 12:00 am - 2:00 am PDT
London Insight, London, UK United States

This talk will explore the mind/brain connection, how mental activity sculpts neural structure, and how to use targeted mental activity to change the brain for the better.

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Hardwiring Happiness: Weaving Love and Inner Peace into Your Brain and Your Life

May 31, 2014, 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
London Insight, London, UK United States

Bhavana” means “cultivation,” the development of wholesome qualities of mind and heart. New science is showing how mental activity sculpts neural structure. Unfortunately, the brain’s evolved negativity bias makes it good at learning from bad experiences but bad at learning from good ones. This is…

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June 2014

Hardwiring Happiness

June 5, 2014, 12:30 am - 3:00 am PDT
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 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 negativity…

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Buddha’s Brain: Strengthening the Neural Foundations of Mindfulness and Compassion

June 6, 2014, 2:30 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
Derby, UK United States

Based on the best-selling book, Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, this workshop will cover: Experience-dependent neuroplasticity: how your mind shapes your brain . . . for better or worse How to strengthen neural factors of mindfulness and concentration Neural networks…

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July 2014

Hardwiring Happiness: Growing Inner Strengths in Children, Parents, and Families

July 18, 2014, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
SCV-CAMFT, Mountain View, CA United States

Based on the newly released Hardwiring Happiness, this seminar offers concrete, research-based strategies for internalizing everyday positive experiences to develop lasting inner strength. Applications to help both ourselves and our clients cope with stress, interpersonal conflicts, addictions, trauma, depression and child-rearing will be covered.Attendees will:…

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August 2014

The Path of Happiness

August 2, 2014, 2:00 pm - August 3, 2014, 11:00 pm PDT
Infinity Foundation, Highland Park, IL United States

Buddhist psychology teaches that the primary source of human discontent is craving. Craving is defined as fixating on what we don't have while overlooking what we do have, and being painfully caught in various addictive cycles as we search for a more enduring happiness. It…

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September 2014

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

September 29, 2014, 1:30 am - October 3, 2014, 5:00 pm PDT
Esalen Institute 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 2014

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence Seminar

October 13, 2014, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
CMI/PESI, Lisle, IL United States

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

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence Seminar

October 14, 2014, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
CMI/PESI, Milwaukee, WI United States

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

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence Seminar

October 15, 2014, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
CMI/PESI, Minneapolis, MN United States

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

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

October 17, 2014, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Center for Mindfulness, Grand Rapids, MI 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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November 2014

Leadership and Learning: Self-Directed Neuroplasticity and Developing Inner Resources

November 4, 2014, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center United States

Presentations on the practical applications of experience-dependent neuroplasticity. Closed to the public.

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January 2015

Positive Neuroplasticity Training

January 17, 2015, 2:30 pm - January 19, 2015, 10:30 pm PST
Sydney, Australia United States

Resilience, positive emotions, compassion, gratitude, and other inner strengths lower stress, grow well-being and effectiveness, and heal anxiety and depression. Like any other mental capability, inner strengths are supported by structures in the brain and can be developed over time.Participants will learn methods and practices…

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Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course (PC)

January 20, 2015, 2:30 pm - January 22, 2015, 10:30 pm PST
Sydney, Australia United States

This program is designed specifically for professionals such as counsellors, therapists, psychologists, and coaches, among others who wish to start integrating PNT into their individual work contexts. We will engage with the material using experiential exercises, practice with each other, presentations, discussion, home practice, and readings.The Postive…

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The Neurodharma of Craving and Its End

January 28, 2015, 12:00 am - 2:00 am PST
Auckland, New Zealand United States

The Buddha explored the mental causes of suffering and happiness. Now, 2500 years later, we are learning about neural causes of these mental factors. In the Second Noble Truth, craving causes suffering – but what are the underlying neuropsychological causes of craving . . .…

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Hardwiring Happiness: Turning Passing Experiences into Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

January 29, 2015, 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm PST
Wellington, NZ 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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Hardwiring Happiness: Turning Passing Experiences into Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

January 31, 2015, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST
Christchurch, NZ 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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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, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
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 + Google Map

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, 2017, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map

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

The Neuroscience Training Summit 2017 – Online

March 20, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Online Summit
FREE

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

Neurology of Awakening

April 1, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Webcast, Woodacre, CA United States + Google Map
$30 – $200

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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Physician Wellness Conference

April 28, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Woodland Hills, CA United States + Google Map
Private Event

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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