Hack Your Mind for Better Health
April 12 – 14, 2019 | $295 Tuition
We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably, whether constantly checking social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, worrying, or getting caught up in other self-defeating behaviors that disconnect us from ourselves and others.
Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? How can we cultivate habits that support our health and happiness?
Join us for a unique experiential workshop on the science of habit change co-taught by Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and Robin Boudette, PhD, psychologist, behavior-change expert, and mindfulness teacher.
The workshop will deliver practical tools to deepen understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying habit formation, as well as individuals hoping to break stress-producing habits.
During this powerful 2-day workshop, you will:
- Identify the neurobiological underpinnings of reward-based learning
- Review how mindfulness recalibrates the brain’s reward centers
- Explain a psycho-educational model that may be shared with patients about how habits are formed, what keeps them in place, and why distraction and avoidance are insufficient for lasting habit change
- Describe and employ a 3-step model to use with all types of habit patterns, including seemingly ingrained patterns such as self-judgment and anxiety
- Identify mindfulness practices, including short meditations, reflections, and self-monitoring exercises that can be directly applied in daily life and clinical situations
- Analyze how social media and smart phones activate the rewards centers and can develop into addictive behaviors
- Describe the field of digital therapeutics including the current research
- Cite the connections between ancient Buddhist psychology and recent findings of modern science
- Practice a psycho-educational approach that may be shared with patients/clients about how habits are formed, what keeps them in place, and why distraction and avoidance are insufficient for lasting habit change.
Within the tranquility of retreat setting, we will slow down and take a closer look at patterns of the body, mind, and heart.
SPECIAL NOTE: This is a benefit retreat. All proceeds will be donated to support trainees from underserved backgrounds in Dr. Brewer’s Therapeutic Neuroscience Laboratory at the Brown University Mindfulness Center.
- Physicians and primary care providers will learn practical steps and simple solutions to help patients address unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating, and anxiety
- Psychologists and psychotherapists will learn how to bring this evidenced-based model into sessions with clients seeking habit change
- Nutritionists and life coaches will learn how the behavior change model can assist clients in following lifestyle and nutritional guidance for developing and sticking to new, healthy behavior patterns
- The workshop is relevant both to mindfulness practitioners interested in understanding their own minds and habit patterns and to mindfulness teachers hoping to gain understanding of Buddhist Psychology and the scientific underpinnings of mindfulness practices.
“When we get curious, we step out of our old, fear-based, reactive habit patterns, and we step into being.”
— Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Video by TED.com
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Judson Brewer is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT.
A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Dr. Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety.
Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking, and other behavior change into the hands of consumers. He is the author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked & How We Can Break Bad Habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).
Robin Boudette, PhD
Robin Boudette is a licensed psychologist, behavior-change expert, and mindfulness teacher with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She is the former program director at the University Medical Center at Princeton Eating Disorders Program and founded the Mind-Body Health Team at Princeton University. Currently she teaches at the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and leads the Behavior Change Facilitator Training at MindSciences.
Dr. Boudette studied integrative medicine, training extensively in both yoga therapy and mindfulness meditation, and is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor. She regularly presents at national professional conferences, weekend workshops, and retreats. Dr. Boudette has a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, and offers programs and trainings in healthcare, higher education, and workplace settings.
Friday, April 12
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Session 1
Welcome and introductions
Reward-based learning: understand how habits are formed and what we can do to change them
Saturday, April 13
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Morning meditation
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Session 2
9:00 AM –10:15 AM
Introduce a 3-step model to use with all types of habit patterns, including seemingly ingrained patterns such as self-judgment and anxiety
Cite the connections between ancient Buddhist Psychology and recent findings modern science
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
How mindfulness decouples craving from behavior from the research on mindfulness training and smoking cessation
The neuroscience of reward evaluation and recalibrating the brain
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch and break
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Session 3
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
How meditation changes brain activity
Tapping into reward-based learning to hack our brain
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM Break
Finding rewards that are more rewarding to support health and wellbeing
Offer short mindfulness practices, reflections and self-monitoring exercises that can be directly applied in daily life and clinical situations
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Session 4
Seven steps to support the development of concentration
Sunday, April 14
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Morning meditation
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Session 5
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM The brain science of curiosity, generosity and love
10:30 AM – 10:45 Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Describe the of the field of digital therapeutics including the current research with smoking, emotional eating and anxiety
CE Hours Available
This course has been approved for 11 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, click HERE.
A deposit of 50% of your total stay package (tuition plus accommodations and applicable taxes) is due at time of reservation and can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
The remaining 50% of your total stay package (tuition plus accommodations and applicable taxes) is due upon arrival and can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
If You Cancel
- If you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date, your deposit will be refunded
- No refund is available if you cancel fewer than 14 days prior to your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
- No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
If 1440 Multiversity Cancels
On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. We will notify registrants of cancellation a minimum of 7 days in advance of the program start date and will offer a full refund for housing and tuition or the option to rebook in an available course or our R&R program offered at the same time period of the original reservation. If you are purchasing airfare to visit 1440, we recommend investigating travel insurance with appropriate coverage for ultimate flexibility, since 1440 will not reimburse for travel expenses.
About 1440 Multiversity
Redwood trails, copper-adorned buildings with majestic views, and decks built around sky-high trunks keep you wrapped in nature while on our 75-acre campus.
Part wellness resort, part Ted-talk auditorium, part conference center, our campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting spaces, and accommodations tucked away in a lush forest between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. With locally sourced meals, holistic-health classes, Fitness Center, infinity-edge hot tub, and more, your stay at 1440 is designed to nurture, educate, and inspire.
1440 Multiversity is in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, California, between Santa Cruz
and Silicon Valley—within easy reach of San Francisco.
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 27 miles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 60 miles
Oakland International Airport (OAK): 60 miles