The Resilience Summit

The Science of Lasting Well-Being in a Changing World

FREE Online Series

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to learn powerful, practical ways to develop resilient well-being in turbulent times.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Psychologist, GGSC Senior Fellow, focus on positive neuroplasticity

Summit Host

Elissa Epel, Ph.D.

Professor at UCSF and co-author with Nobel Laureate, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn

Strengthening Your Body Against Stress

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D.

Harvard-trained pediatrician, founder of the Center for Youth Wellness

Addressing Childhood Adversity

Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Professor at University of Texas (Austin), co-creator of Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Peter Levine, Ph.D.

Recovering from Loss and Trauma

Shawn Achor, M.A.

Harvard lecturer, founder of Good Think

Finding Strength in Relationships


focused on how to manage stress and adversity, build an unshakable core of inner strength, and thrive in a challenging world.

Each day you’ll receive an hour-long conversation with Rick Hanson and a top expert – and you will:

  • learn how to protect your body from stress, including your DNA
  • develop greater mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion
  • become more determined, confident, and courageous
  • learn about childhood adversity, its effects on lifelong health, and strategies for healing
  • gain insight into trauma and loss, and how to overcome them
  • learn ways to be more effective with others and at work
  • learn how to hardwire inner resources like self-worth, calm, and forgiveness into your nervous system

You’ll also get additional resources, including guided experiential practices, videos, articles, and quizzes.

and start building a core of resilient happiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is this summit happening?
The Resilience Summit originally aired on March 19-23, 2018, and is now available for you to watch for free at anytime. It consists of 5 days of interviews by Rick Hanson of guest experts, plus related resources such as the Top 2 for Today tips. When you register now, you’ll receive an email each day for 5 days, with a link to a new topic with an expert interview and additional resources.
Here is the list of experts and topics:

Day 1 – Elissa Epel, Ph.D on Strengthening Your Body Against Stress

Day 2 – Kristin Neff, Ph.D. on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Day 3 – Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. on Addressing Childhood Adversity

Day 4 – Peter Levine, Ph.D. on Recovering from Loss and Trauma

Day 5 – Shawn Achor, M.A. on Finding Strength in Relationships

What times are the sessions taking place?

The summit is pre-recorded, so you can access the interviews and additional resources at anytime after you register.

What if I can't watch an interview at a particular time?

The interviews are pre-recorded, so you can watch or listen to them whenever you like after you receive the links via email.

I didn't receive a confirmation email when I registered. What do I do?

Once you register, you should receive a confirmation email from If you do not see it in your inbox after about 1 hour, please check your spam/junk folder or your promotions folder. If you still can’t find it, please contact us so we can confirm you are registered.

Additionally, you will want to add to your safe senders / contacts list.

Will I be able to download the video and audio from the Summit?

Yes! All Summit videos and audios will be available for you to download, in mp4 and mp3 formats.

How long is each interview?

Each expert interview is about an hour. For ease of use, these are presented in 4 shorter videos. Each day of the Summit also includes a 5-10 minute guided experiential practice with Rick Hanson, as well as other resources such as quizzes, background research, and useful tips.

Are CE Credits or certification available?

The Resilience Summit does not offer Continuing Education Credits or certificates of attendance.

This free series comes from Rick Hanson, Ph.D. in partnership with the:


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.

Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include NeurodharmaResilient, Hardwiring HappinessBuddha’s BrainJust One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free newsletters have 215,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.

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