Practice is at the heart of mindfulness, whether we are aiming to decrease suffering, teaching meditation, or trying to understand its scientific underpinnings. Before we can take any of these steps, we must explore what suffering is on an experiential level.
As we develop our ability to see the causes of suffering, we learn to bear witness to our own and others’ suffering, which helps us turn toward it instead of shrinking away. This radical shift can change our behavior, relationships, and lives in fundamental ways.
Understanding the science behind our own experience of mindfulness can inform our own practice while helping us teach and serve more effectively. It is increasingly important to discern which reports are valid and meaningful, and why.
During this retreat, we use the laboratory of our own body-mind, integrating periods of guided practice with brief presentations and discussions of relevant research findings. We link our lived experience to current scientific understandings of the underlying neurobiological processes. We explore:
- How the brain’s learning mechanism can plant the seeds of suffering
- How mindfulness changes behavioral and psychological processes
- How awareness can help “hack” our brains, leading to positive behavior change
- How we can improve the relationship between self, the mind, and the brain
- How practices such as compassion and lovingkindness improve resilience and change our brains
This workshop is open to all individuals with a basic understanding and practice of mindfulness, including health and mental health practitioners who use or wish to add mindfulness techniques to their practices. It is encouraged for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and other mindfulness-based intervention teachers and teachers in training.
Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. This workshop begins Friday at 7:00 p.m. and ends Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Please note this course begins Friday at 7:00 p.m., ends Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and has a special schedule:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.||Workshop|
|9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.||Workshop|
|9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” having combined ...
Tuition & Fees
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The Science of Mindfulness
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).
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