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June 2017

Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity, Ireland

June 9, 2017, 9:30 am - June 11, 2017, 6:00 pm PDT
The Grand Hotel Malahide Dublin, Ireland + Google Map
€842

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

June 15, 2017, 9:00 am - June 18, 2017, 5:00 pm PDT
Samye Ling Scotland United Kingdom + Google Map
£140 – £250

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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Positive Neuroplasticity: Two Day Workshop + Livestream

June 24, 2017, 9:30 am - June 25, 2017, 5:30 pm CEST
HUB Madrid, Calle Gobernador, 26 (Garaje)
Madrid, Spain
€120 – €235

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

No-Self in the Brain: Insights from Neuroscience

July 15, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$75 – $200

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

Search Inside Yourself: Webinar

September 6, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT
Search Inside Yourself Institute
closed to public

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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Positive Neuroplasticity Training

September 7, 2017, 5:00 pm - October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm PDT
$147.00 – $372.00

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, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Search Inside Yourself Institute CA United States + Google Map

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

The Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity

October 12, 2017, 5:00 pm PDT
$372.00

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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University of Pennsylvania MAPP Talk

October 28, 2017, 9:00 am - October 29, 2017, 4:30 pm PDT
University of Pennsylvania PA
Closed to the public

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

Stanford Contemplation by Design Summit

November 2, 2017, 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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FREE

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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Opening into Allness Workshop

November 11, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$75.00 – $200.00

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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A Dialogue Between Rick Hanson & George Silberschatz

November 14, 2017, 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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$25 – $65

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

Monday Night Dharma Talk & Meditation Group

December 11, 2017, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$15 – $30

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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January 2018

ITRC 2018 Conference

January 24, 2018, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm PST
California Endowment Conference Center Oakland
$295 – $375

International Transformational Resilience Coalition 2018 Conference: Preparing People for Climate Change in California Conference For Social Service, Climate, Social Justice, Faith & Other Community Leaders on Building Individual and Collective Human Resilience for Climate Traumas The conference is sponsored by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC),…

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February 2018

Neurology of Awakening

February 11, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$75 – $200

The latest brain research has begun to confirm the central insights of the Buddha and other great teachers. And it's suggesting ways you can help your brain to enter deeper states of mindfulness and concentration, love, and happiness. Suffering, joy, and freedom all depend on…

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CANADA: 2018 Heart-Mind Conference (Vancouver)

February 23, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:30 am PST
Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 20393 Fraser Hwy
Langley, BC V3A7N2 Canada
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$349

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will be a featured keynote speaker at the 2018 annual Heart-Mind Conference. With the theme "Take Care of Yourself," attendees will explore how self-acceptance, being kind to ourselves, and connection improves our well-being, and makes it possible for us to be more present…

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March 2018

Seattle 6th Annual Compassion & Wisdom Workshops

March 2, 2018, 9:30 am - 4:45 pm PST
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center Seattle, WA United States + Google Map
$149 – $750

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will be joined by Frank Ostaseski (March 1) and Tara Brach, Ph.D. (March 2-4) for this very special event. Rick's workshop is titled "Mindful Cultivation: Feeling and Growing the Good." Mindfulness is profoundly important—but not enough. We grow compassion and wisdom by turning…

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Monday Night Dharma Talk & Meditation Group

March 26, 2018, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Webcast, Woodacre, CA United States
$15 – $30

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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Book Reading and Signing at Book Passage

March 27, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925 United States
book reading and signing

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will be offering a talk, reading, and signing for his new book Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness at Book Passage in Sausalito, California. Learn more here: https://www.bookpassage.com/event/dr-rick-hanson-resilient-sausalito-store

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The Science & Practice of Resilience Workshop

March 30, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley, Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA United States
$115 – $159

This day-long workshop with Rick Hanson, Ph.D. for the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley is about developing lasting resilience using the power of positive neuroplasticity. Mental resources like determination, self-worth, and kindness are what make us resilient: able to cope with adversity and push through challenges in the pursuit…

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Book Reading and Signing at Copperfield’s Books

March 31, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA United States
book reading and signing

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will be offering a talk, reading, and signing for his new book Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma, California.

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April 2018

Mindful Workplace Summit

April 12, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Multiversity 1440, 800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley, CA United States
$349 – $967

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will be one of many well-respected speakers at the Mindful Workplace Summit, a conference for corporate, non-profit, government and educational leaders, HR professionals, mindfulness and leadership trainers, mindful workplace champions, and others. The summit will focus on: How bringing mindfulness into the workplace is…

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Educating Mindful Minds Conference

April 19, 2018
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Ave
New York, NY United States

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a guest speaker for Learning & the Brain's Educating Mindful Minds conference. The theme of the conference is "The Science of Stress and Resilience". Numerous studies are finding that stress, anxiety, and mental health issues are on the rise in children…

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CANADA: Walking Evenly Over Uneven Ground Workshop (Montreal, Quebec)

April 21, 2018 - April 22, 2018
UQAM – Centre des Sciences, 200 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
MONTREAL, QUEBEC Canada
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$30 – $180

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. celebrates True North Insight's annual fundraiser, Circle of Giving, by offering (in English) an evening talk on Walking Evenly Over Uneven Ground: Using Positive Neuroplasiticity to Cultivate Resilient Well-Being and a daylong meditation retreat. Rick will facilitate two events: Evening Talk: Saturday, April 21,…

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EUROPE: Positive Neuroplasticity Training (Freiburg, Germany)

April 27, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Caritas Tagungszentrum, Wintererstraße 17-19
Freiburg, Germany
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€470

Rick takes his popular training program to Germany in 2018. The Positive Neuroplasticity Training is an experiential workshop about taking charge of the structure-building process of your own brain. You will learn how to activate positive experiences, prolong and enrich them, and then heighten their…

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EUROPE: Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity (Freiburg, Germany)

April 30, 2018 - May 3, 2018
Caritas Tagungszentrum, Wintererstraße 17-19
Freiburg, Germany
640€

This is the profressional training for Rick's Positive Neuroplasticity Training in Freiburg, Germany, April 27-30, 2018. With the Positive Neuroplasticity Training as a prerequisite, this practical, hands-on training applies the methods of Positive Neuroplasticity to clinical, educational, human resources, and personal growth settings. It's perfect for therapists,…

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May 2018

EUROPE: Teaching the Methods of Positive Neuroplasticity (Freiburg, Germany)

May 4, 2018, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm CEST
Caritas Tagungszentrum, Wintererstraße 17-19
Freiburg, Germany
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€160

With the Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity as a prerequisite, this one-day workshop with Rick Hanson, Ph.D. focuses on teaching the methods of positive neuroplasticity, mindful cultivation, and the HEAL process to groups and individuals. This experiential workshop includes opportunities to practice teaching in front of others…

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Resilient: Cultivating an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, & Happiness Workshop

May 26, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$75 – $200

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will facilitate an all-day workshop at Spirit Rock Meditation Center based on his recently released book, Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness (March 2018). The world is volatile and unreliable. So it’s vital to develop durable psychological…

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June 2018

Neurodharma: A 10-Day Vipassana Retreat

June 8, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Shambhala Mountain Center Red Feather Lakes, CO United States + Google Map
$450

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. Facilitated by Rick Hanson, Ph.D and three other teachers – Leslie Booker,…

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July 2018

AUSTRALIA: Australian Meditation Conference, Evening Talk (Melbourne)

July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018
Australian Catholic University Fitzroy, VIC Australia
$40 – $590

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. will offer two sessions at the Australian Meditation Conference in Melbourne. The overarching theme of this innovative conference program is 'Meditation and Society'. Beyond the view of meditation as a personal practice, speakers and delegates will share their understanding of how the…

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AUSTRALIA: Positive Neuroplasticity Training (Melbourne)

July 23, 2018 - July 25, 2018
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford, Victoria Australia
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$795

This 3 day training consists of the six experiential sessions of the PNT course offered over three intensive days and will be engaging, inspiring and practical. Like any other mental capability, inner strengths (positive states) are supported by structures in the brain. Resilience, positive emotions,…

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AUSTRALIA: Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity (Melbourne)

July 26, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford, Victoria Australia
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$1590

This is the profressional training for Rick’s Positive Neuroplasticity Training in Melbourne, July 23-25, 2018. With the Positive Neuroplasticity Training as a prerequisite, this practical, hands-on training applies the methods of Positive Neuroplasticity to clinical, educational, human resources, and personal growth settings. It’s perfect for therapists, coaches, educators, mindfulness or…

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August 2018

The Strong Heart: A Weekend Workshop on Resilient Relationships

August 3, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Multiversity 1440, 800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley, CA United States
$340

It’s been said that there are two wolves in the heart – one of love and one of hate – and that everything depends on which we feed each day. This metaphor echoes the finding from evolutionary neuropsychology that our ancestors survived in large part…

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Neurodharma of Love Workshop

August 11, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$75 – $200

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.…

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September 2018

Positive Neuroplasticity & Resilient Well-Being: 5-day Workshop

September 23, 2018 - September 28, 2018
Esalen Institute Big Sur, CA United States + Google Map
$675 – $5605

The world is increasingly volatile and uncertain. So we need to develop psychological strengths such as grit, gratitude, and compassion. This unshakable core is the essence of resilience, and the foundation of lasting well-being in a changing world. In this 5-day workshop, facilitated by Rick…

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October 2018

Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation & Modern Science Retreat

October 1, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$685 – $1505

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is joined by Wes Nisker, Nikki Mirghafori, and Terry Vandiver (yoga) for this 6-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock. Many of us are amazed when we read of the latest scientific discoveries about the complexity of the brain or the number of galaxies in…

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November 2018

Opening Into Allness Workshop

November 18, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
$75 – $200

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 to…

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February 2019

Neurology of Awakening

February 17, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
$75 – $200

The latest brain research has begun to confirm the central insights of the Buddha and other great teachers. And it's suggesting ways you can help your brain to enter deeper states of mindfulness and concentration, love, and happiness. Suffering, joy, and freedom all depend on…

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March 2019

Mindfulness, Compassion & Wisdom Conference – A Special Focus on Resilience

March 8, 2019
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, 1441 Quivira Rd
San Diego, CA 92109 United States
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$199 – $549

Rick Hanson, Ph.D will present an all-day workshop on Friday, March 8th at the 7th Annual Mindfulness, Compassion & Wisdom Conference in San Diego, March 7-9, 2019, entitled "The Unshakable Core: Growing Embodied Resilience in a Turbulent World." In three segments, Rick will explore how…

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May 2019

Resilient: Cultivating an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength & Happiness Workshop & Livestream

May 5, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Webcast, Woodacre, CA United States
$75 – $200

The world is volatile and unreliable. So it’s vital to develop durable psychological resources such as grit, gratitude, and compassion: the inner core that remains unshaken no matter what life brings. This is true resilience, the foundation of lasting well-being in a changing world and…

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June 2019

Monday Night at Spirit Rock

June 24, 2019, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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Free – $108

Join Rick Hanson, Ph.D. for “Spirit Rock Live: Monday Nights with Jack Kornfield and Friends”, a Livestream of Monday Night. Now in its 34th year, the Monday Night sitting group at Spirit Rock has been a welcoming refuge to gather, hear the teachings of the…

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July 2019

Positive Neuroplasticity: How to Grow Resilient Self-Worth and Happiness

July 21, 2019, 8:00 am - July 26, 2019, 5:00 pm PDT
Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States
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$675 – $6252

In these volatile times, it’s more important than ever to build an unshakable internal core of resilient, confident well-being. By growing the good inside and coming home to our true nature, we can find lasting happiness, self-worth and inner peace. In this experiential workshop, you’ll…

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August 2019

Neurodharma of Love Workshop

August 17, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
$75 – $200

In our relationships, we experience most of our greatest joys and our greatest sorrows. The intersection of modern neuroscience and ancient contemplative wisdom offers skillful means for cultivating an open and caring heart, emotional balance during conflicts with others, and more fulfilling relationships. We will…

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September 2019

Neurodharma: A 10-day Experiential Exploration of the Deepest Roots of the Highest Happiness

September 20, 2019 - September 29, 2019
Shambhala Mountain Center Red Feather Lakes, CO United States + Google Map
$450

with Alisa Dennis, Terry Vandiver, Tina Rasmussen and Peter Grossenbacher   The combination of modern brain science and ancient Buddhist wisdom is illuminating the embodied basis of deep experiences of present moment awareness, contentment and love, and the sense of being one with everything. Join New…

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October 2019

Peaceable, Friendly, and Fearless: Using Positive Neuroplasticity to Develop Calm, Compassionate Strength

October 19, 2019, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT
Harvard Memorial Church, One Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$50 – $175

Positive neuroplasticity shows us how to turn passing experiences into lasting changes in the brain – hardwiring an unshakable calm, compassion, and courage into the marrow of our being. This experiential workshop, led by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., will offer lots of practical methods useful for both self-guided practice and in therapeutic settings.

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The Positive Neuroplasticity Training, with Clinical Applications – Maryland

October 21, 2019, 8:00 am - October 24, 2019, 5:00 pm PDT
Sheraton Columbia Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
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$699 – $799

Join NY Times bestselling author, Rick Hanson, Ph.D. for this experiential 4-day workshop on using modern neuroscience to develop strong clinical resources - hardwired into the nervous system - to increase coping and well-being for clients. Drawing from Dr. Hanson’s 40-year background in human potential and clinical…

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November 2019

The Positive Neuroplasticity Training, with Clinical Applications 

November 12, 2019, 8:00 am - November 15, 2019, 5:00 pm PST
Doubletree by Hilton, 1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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$699 – $799

Join NY Times bestselling author, Rick Hanson, Ph.D. for this experiential 4-day workshop on using modern neuroscience to develop strong clinical resources - hardwired into the nervous system - to increase coping and well-being for clients. Drawing from Dr. Hanson’s 40-year background in human potential and clinical…

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December 2019

Opening Into Allness Workshop

December 14, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PST
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA United States
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$75 – $200

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 to…

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February 2020

Friendly & Fearless Workshop: Combining Kindness and Assertiveness in Important Relationships, Berkeley, CA

February 21, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley, Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA United States
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$135 – $179

Attend Live or Via Webcast! Join Rick Hanson and Daniel Ellenberg for a one-day workshop that will explore interpersonal courage, compassionate strength, and the intersection of love and power.

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March 2020

Live Interactive Webinar

March 15, 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

Join Rick Hanson for an inspiring 90-minute webinar and Q&A that explores: What we can learn from the examples of the great sages and teachers—the wisest people who have ever lived What could be happening in your brain when your mind is calm, clear, loving, happy, wide open, and fully present Practical tips you can use…

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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.

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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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