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The Upward Spiral

Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression

July 21 - 23, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In his book The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb, PhD, demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better.

In this immersive weekend, you will experience the effects of several practices backed by neuroscience for rewiring your brain and creating an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.

Whether you suffer from depression or just want a better understanding of the brain, this weekend offers an engaging look at the neuroscience behind our emotions, thoughts, and actions.

You will learn:

  • What’s happening in the brain with depression and what you can do about it
  • Simple steps you can take to alter brain activity and chemistry
  • How to reshape your brain and improve your mood, one small change at a time
  • Tools for health professionals to share with clients.

The truth is that there isn’t one big solution to depression, but there are numerous natural ways to alter brain activity and chemistry. Some are as easy as relaxing certain muscles to reduce anxiety or getting more sunlight. Even small steps in the right direction can have profound effects—giving you the power to become your best self—boosting your mood, energy, focus, decision-making, and more.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Alex Korb, PhD

    Researcher in neuroscience

    Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist, writer and coach. He has studied the brain for over 15 years and is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. He received a BS in Neuroscience at Brown University, before earning a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA.

    Subsequent to post-doctoral research at UCLA, he is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UCLA where his research focuses on neuroimaging and the development of a novel brain stimulation device.

    Aside from his numerous scientific publications, he has written a wide-array of neuroscience articles for the lay audience explaining how the tendencies of the brain can both ruin and enrich your life:

    Outside of the lab he offers personal coaching, and he is head coach of the UCLA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. He has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.

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  • Why Attend
    • Master simple-to-learn tools for creating an upward spiral of your mood, which can lead to greater happiness, connection, and sense of purpose.<br /> <br />  

    • Gain an understanding of the neuroscience of the brain, including how and why specific natural techniques can rewire your brain and uplift your experience of life.

    • For health practitioners, expand your toolkit to include daily techniques for your own self-care, as well as for sharing with your clients.

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  • 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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