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Calming the Mind and Opening the Heart

The Practice and Science of Meditation <br>9 CE Hours Available

September 15 - 17, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$380 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

9 CE Hours Available

Dr. Richard J. Davidson, an award-winning research professor of psychology and psychiatry who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, teams up with meditation teacher Myoshin Kelley for a workshop that introduces mental health professionals to simple meditation practices to use in their practice to help patients calm and stabilize their mind and cultivate caring, compassion and kindness.

Dr. Davidson will also share inspiring presentations based on his years of neuroscientific research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying emotional well-being, meditation, and contemplative practices.

Broaden your understanding of how meditation can help your patients integrate a variety of scientifically researched practices to enhance overall well-being.

You will learn:

  • Identify simple step-by-step instructions in meditation, including body-based, thought-based, and heart-based approaches
  • Review results of the most cutting-edge scientific research on neuroplasticity and epigenetics demonstrating the positive impact of contemplative practices on the mind, brain, body, and behavior
  • Integrate practical advice to help your patients establish—and enjoy—a daily practice of meditation for lifelong well-being.

In addition to feeling rested and rejuvenated, you will leave this weekend with a solid understanding of the effects of meditation to help you create, sustain, and deepen your own meditation practice and experience benefits in all areas of life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Richard Davidson, PhD

    Neuroscience pioneer

    Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the New York Times best-selling coauthor of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin‰ Madison, where he is also the director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior.

    He has popularized the idea that, based on brain-plasticity research, a person can learn skills for happiness and compassion just as a person can learn to play a musical instrument‰ it is possible to train a mind to be happy. A friend and confidante of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and named by Time magazine in 2006 as one of the most influential people in the world, Dr. Davidson is the recipient of numerous awards for his research, including a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Scientist Award and the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine.

    In 2008, he founded the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, a research center dedicated to the study of positive qualities such as kindness and compassion. Dr. Davidson has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC‰’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, the Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine, along with many other national and international news outlets.

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    Myoshin Kelley

    Meditation teacher

    Myoshin Kelley first began meditating in 1975 and has since practiced under the guidance of several renowned meditation teachers in all three major Buddhist traditions. She was trained as a meditation instructor by Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts.

    A teacher at the Forest Refuge, the long-term practice center at IMS, Myoshin is also a devoted student of Mingyur Rinpoche, who she helps support in his worldwide vision of the Tergar Meditation Community. She leads meditation retreats, workshops, and leadership training programs internationally and in the United States as a senior Tergar instructor.

    She offers a variety of programs for the benefit of both secular and Buddhist audiences alike that experientially explore how the practice of meditation and the wisdom of an open heart, support the path of awakening.

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  • Why Attend
    • Meditating with the body and with the senses

    • Meditating with thoughts and emotions

    • Meditating on loving-kindness and compassion

    • Basic goodness from a contemplative and scientific perspective

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    September 15
    7:30 PM-9:00 PM: Richard Davidson and Myoshin Kelley opening session

    Looking at what meditation can really do for us and how we can practice in a way that works with cultivating enduring traits of wellbeing. The evening will include a period of meditation practice.

    September 16
    6:30 AM-7:45 AM: Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM-8:30 AM: Breakfast

    8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Introduction to neuroscientific research on meditation and the neuroscience of well-being including scientific research on neuroplasticity and epigenetics.

    10:00 AM-10:15 AM: Break

    10:15 AM-11:30 AM: Meditating with the body and the senses. Question and answer session.

    11:30 AM-1:30 AM: Lunch

    1:30 PM-3:30 PM:

    • Neuroscience research on varieties of awareness and the benefits of meta-awareness
    • Meditating with thoughts and emotions
    • Question and answer period

    7:30 PM-9:00 PM: Richard Davidson and guest speaker Daniel Goleman will explore themes from the new book “Altered Traits” by Davidson & Goleman. Book signing to follow the lecture.

    September 17

    6:30 AM-7:45 AM: Yoga and Meditation classes
    7:00 AM-8:30 AM: Breakfast

    8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Basic Goodness from a contemplative and scientific perspective

    10:00 AM-10:15 AM: Break

    10:15 AM- 11:30 AM: Lovingkindness and Compassion practice; Question and answer period and closing comments.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Nurses.

    CEs Available

    This course has been approved for 9 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply ($30 Processing Fee), click HERE.

    Cancellations and Refunds
    If You Cancel

    • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
    • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to your arrival date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue.
    • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on 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. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.


    Participants of approved continuing education courses may register complaints with the approval entity with an option to appeal to their licensing Board if displeased with the results of the process.


    Recommended Reading

    Recommended Readings

    Joy of Living, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

    The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley

  • 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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