Judson Brewer|Robin Boudette: Mindfulness and the Science of Habit Change at 1440 Multiversity

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Mindfulness and the Science of Habit Change

Pragmatic Tools for All Those Seeking to Live More Authentically

April 12 - 14, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

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 for clinicians and therapists looking to deepen their 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:

  • 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 will also be relevant both to mindfulness practitioners interested in understanding their own minds and habit patterns and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to gain understanding of Buddhist Psychology and the scientific underpinnings of mindfulness practices.

“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.”


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  • Faculty Bio
    Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

    Psychiatrist, addiction expert, and thought leader

    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 (www.goeatrightnow.com, www.unwindinganxiety.com, www.cravingtoquit.com).

    He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 10+ million views), Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek, and others.

    His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others. 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).


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    Robin Boudette, PhD

    Psychologist, mindfulness expert

    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.

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  • Why Attend
    • Discover how to tap into the very processes that encourage bad habits in order to step into health and well-being.

    • Within the tranquility of a retreat setting, slow down and take a closer look at patterns of the body, mind, and heart.

    • Learn from both ancient wisdom and modern science—explore how habits are formed as well as how mindfulness practices can interrupt these processes.

    • Experience a range of practices that you can use in your own life and with your clients to break challenging cycles.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    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.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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