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.
Each of the faculty is a recognized expert who brings a unique focus and perspective to the workshop.
• Daniel Siegel will speak on the central importance of compassion and insight in promoting the integration within our relationships and our brains that can be seen as the heart of well-being
• Kristin Neff will focus on self-compassion, using discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, and she will teach practical ways to help you be kind to yourself in daily life
• Rick Hanson will explore the neuroscience of happiness and positive emotions, offering specific cultivation practices to help us deepen our joy, gratitude, and compassion
• Shauna Shapiro will explore the healing power of mindfulness and its vitally important role in rewiring our neural pathways to live a life of greater joy, health, and meaning
Sponsored by Esalen