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Journey into the Heart of Mindfulness

Tools for Rewiring the Brain

April 6 - 8, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

8.5 CE Credits Available

$395 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Registration Closed

Program Description

In this in-depth, two-day workshop, national mindfulness teacher and author Donald Altman will demonstrate a variety of powerful clinical tools—from grounding and attention-focusing skills to metacognitive awareness and mindfulness skills—for helping clients to rewire the brain as they overcome clinical anxiety, depression, chronic pain, PTSD, addictive cravings, and stress-related symptoms.

This highly experiential workshop draws upon brain science and concepts from interpersonal neurobiology as it introduces practical and evidence-based mindfulness tools that radically alter patients’ habitual and conditioned reactions.

Through lectures, practical exercises, and individual and partnered work, you will explore:

  • Describe and define mindfulness in broader ways for the client.
  • Identify the basics lessons of Interpersonal Neurobiology and how mindfulness can rewire the brain.
  • Explain to clients the effects of stress and cortisol, and how diaphragmatic breathing turns on the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Utilize key mindful body practices that lead to better self-care and cognitive brain function.
  • Implement multiple evidence-based methods for shifting attention that reduce rumination and produce greater positive emotions moment by moment.
  • Utilize a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction meditation with clients designed to help patients to better accept, reframe and manage pain.
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  • Faculty Bio
    Donald Altman, MA, LPC

    Psychotherapist, international speaker, and trainer

    Donald Altman is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, international workshop trainer, former Buddhist monk, and past Vice President of The Center for Mindful Eating, where he still serves on the Advisory Council.

    A featured expert in The Mindfulness Movie (2014), he taught for many years as an adjunct professor in Portland State University’s Interpersonal Neurobiology certificate program. In addition to founding his own clinic, he has worked as a senior mental health therapist at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s Intensive General Psychiatric Clinic and Eating Disorder Clinic.

    Donald has authored several pioneering and acclaimed books on mindful eating and living, including The Mindfulness Toolbox (selected as the 2015 Gold Winner in the Psychology and Body, Mind, & Spirit categories of the independent book publishers’ Benjamin Franklin Awards™), Clearing Emotional Clutter (selected as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2016 by Spirituality & Practice), 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience, The Mindfulness Code (selected as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010 by Spirituality & Practice), One-Minute Mindfulness, and Living Kindness.

    Known for creating experiential and engaging workshops, Donald has taught thousands of mental health clinicians around the country and internationally. He also leads retreats for mindful living and eating that blend ancient practices with modern science.

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  • Why Attend
    • Expand your exploration of mindfulness to counter stress and get more centered, calm, and productive in your day.

    • Change your outlook on past, present, and future with ancient mindfulness practices that have helped so many lessen the burden of stress and come alive to each unfolding moment.

    • Create the life you want—starting <em>now</em>—with the scrubbing power of mindfulness to clear mental and emotional clutter and open your heart to endless possibility.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Friday, April 6

    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Introduction to Mindfulness

    Practice: 3-Step Mindfulness Meditation

    Saturday, April 7
    9:00 am – 9:45-am:

    Cutting Edge Research and Resources

    Mindfulness as a Metacognitive Skill

    Negative Effects of a Wandering Mind

    Breathing Reduces Rumination and Anxiety

    Useful (and Free) Web Resources

    9:45 am – 10: 15 am:  

    Practice: Developing Compassionate Presence

    10:15 am – 10:30 am:


    10:30 am –  11:15 am:  

    The Power of Sense Grounding

    Anxiety Reduction with Movement

    Mindfulness for Transitioning Between Activities

    Physical Grounding Method of Dropping into the Body

    Integrates Progressive Muscle Relaxation

    Practice: Palm the Present Moment

    Lunch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    1:30 pm –  2:00 pm:  

    Brain Basics, Metacognition, and Interpersonal Neurobiology:

    Emotional Regulation for Depression and Anxiety

    The Three ‘R’s of Interpersonal Neurobiology

    Balancing the Brain’s Default Survival Mode

    Effects of Cortisol on Learning and Immune System

    Visual Brain Model for Patients

    Prefrontal Cortex’s 11 Functions

    2:00 pm – 2:30 pm:

    Working with Chronic Pain

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Body Scan Practice

    2:30 pm –  3:30 pm  

    Train the Brain for Calm Response with Breath

    Navy Seals, & Parasympathetic Nervous System

    Heart Rate Variability & Relaxation Response

    Role Play: Teach Diaphragmatic Breathing to a Partner

    3:30 pm – 3:45 pm:


    3:45 pm – 4:30 pm  

    Selective Attention for Depression and Anxiety and Craving

    Humor for reducing stress and anxiety

    Focusing on a Calming word as an anchor

    Reducing reactivity from triggers

    Sunday, April 8

    9:00 am –  9:30 am:

    Movement and Awareness

    Mindful Walking for anxiety and nature

    9:30 am – 9:45 am  

    Expanding the Mindfulness Vocabulary

    Using metaphor to meet the client

    9:45 am – 10:15 am

    Gratitude Interventions for Depression

    Gratitude Research

    G.L.A.D. Technique

    10:15 am – 10:30 am:


    10:30 am – 11:30 am:

    Research on Security Priming Words

    Loving-Kindness Meditation


    No experience in mindfulness is required.


    Experience Level

    None required.

    CEs Available

    CE Credits Available

    This course has been approved for 8,5 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, 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.

    For questions or concerns, please email [email protected]


    Special Interest To

    Mental health and other professionals are invited to attend.

  • 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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