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Mind, Mood, and Happiness

Transforming the Self

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” —Lao Tzu

For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what they call “skillful methods” to study and transform the mind-body. Western science is confirming that indeed you can learn to change your thinking and behavior to enhance happiness and well-being.

Join Ronald Alexander, PhD, pioneer of mindfulness-based mind-body therapies and experience how meditation and visualization practices can help you cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills.

You will explore:

  • Meditation and psychological skills to promote insight and create new neural pathways for healthy and creative brain development
  • Techniques to enhance natural mind-body healing rhythms, including yogic exercises and breath work
  • Buddhist remedies for unpleasant or painful states of mind
  • Gestalt practice and somatic breathing methods for amplification, containment, and release of affect (feeling states)
  • Discussions of mind, self, mood, dissatisfaction, satisfaction, contentment, and happiness from Western and Buddhist perspectives.

Anyone looking to discover techniques proven by neuroscience and health science to improve your quality of life is welcome. Health professionals learn valuable practices to use with clients. Everyone will walk away with the skills to develop a mindful brain, regulate emotions, calm the mind, and promote loving-kindness.

Ron Alexander, PhD

January 26 - 28, 2018
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$315 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” —Lao Tzu

For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what they call “skillful methods” to study and transform the mind-body. Western science is confirming that indeed you can learn to change your thinking and behavior to enhance happiness and well-being.

Join Ronald Alexander, PhD, pioneer of mindfulness-based mind-body therapies and experience how meditation and visualization practices can help you cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills.

You will explore:

  • Meditation and psychological skills to promote insight and create new neural pathways for healthy and creative brain development
  • Techniques to enhance natural mind-body healing rhythms, including yogic exercises and breath work
  • Buddhist remedies for unpleasant or painful states of mind
  • Gestalt practice and somatic breathing methods for amplification, containment, and release of affect (feeling states)
  • Discussions of mind, self, mood, dissatisfaction, satisfaction, contentment, and happiness from Western and Buddhist perspectives.

Anyone looking to discover techniques proven by neuroscience and health science to improve your quality of life is welcome. Health professionals learn valuable practices to use with clients. Everyone will walk away with the skills to develop a mindful brain, regulate emotions, calm the mind, and promote loving-kindness.

Faculty Bio

Ron Alexander, PhD

Ronald Alexander is a licensed psychotherapist, leadership consultant, clinical trainer, and author of Wise Mind, Open Mind. He is executive director of the OpenMind Training® Institute in Santa Monica, a leading-edge organization that offers personal and professional training programs in mindfulness-based mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and meditation.

His unique method combines ancient wisdom teachings with positive psychology and creative thinking into a comprehensive, integrated, behaviorally effective mind-body program to support strategies of personal, clinical, and corporate excellence and growth.

Dr. Alexander has been a leading pioneer in mindfulness-based mind-body therapies, Gestalt therapy, somatic psychotherapy, Ericksonian mind-body therapies, holistic psychology, leadership coaching, and integrative and behavioral medicine since 1970. He lectures at the UCLA Departments of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entertainment, David Geffen School of Medicine, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Pepperdine University.

An associate member of the American Psychological Association and clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Dr. Alexander has also been a consultant and leadership coach with the entertainment industry and corporations for over 30 years. He conducts professional and personal training programs throughout the United States and abroad.

Why Attend

  • Access the resources of your core self and utilize your unconscious to activate your internal healing resources.

  • Develop clarity of mind, spaciousness of self, and greater compassion for a more joyful, peaceful life.

  • Explore techniques from modern positive psychology, mindfulness practices, neuroscience, creative thinking, and non-dual teachings to develop trust in your unconscious and activate creativity, vitality, and well-being.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change, Ronald Alexander
    The Art of Happiness: Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, Mirko Frýba
    Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryū Suzuki

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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