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Rick Hanson, PhD

Psychologist and expert in meditation and neuroplasticity

Rick Hanson is a psychologist, senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. A founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he has been an invited speaker at NASA, University of Oxford, Stanford University, and Harvard University, and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. A student of meditation since 1974, Rick takes special interest in the historically unprecedented meeting of modern neuroscience and ancient contemplative practices.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. His work has been featured on NPR, CBS, and the BBC. His Just One Thing e-newsletter has over 120,000 subscribers, and he leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. He also offers the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One Thing, Buddha’s Brain, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs.

Upcoming Programs

The Strong Heart

The Strong Heart

August 3 - 5, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

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. We see these dynamics in everyday relationships, including in couples, families, schools, and workplaces. Most of us find that we can live as one or the other: to be...