Christopher Germer|Wibo Koole: Mindful Self-Compassion at Work at 1440 Multiversity

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Mindful Self-Compassion at Work

Essential Skills for Building Inner Strength and Thriving

February 24 - March 1, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$800 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Burnout. It’s running rampant in the workplace, giving rise to self-doubt, cynicism, and exhaustion. But there is an accessible solution. While increasing research shows that compassion is good for workplace productivity and satisfaction overall, it also proves that self-compassion (inner compassion applied to ourselves first) reduces stress and anxiety, giving rise to improved mental well-being, emotional resilience, physical health, and personal relationships.

Join Christopher Germer, PhD, co-developer of the internationally popular Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, and Wibo Koole, MA, a trailblazer in mindful leadership, for this lively and groundbreaking program that specifically addresses the needs of people in the business community—staff, managers, and CEOs. Self-compassion enables everyone in the workplace to rebound more energetically, break through barriers more quickly, and continue pursuing goals with energy and enthusiasm.

[email protected] is specially designed to give each participant direct experience of self-compassion through:

  • Learning the core principles and practices of inner compassion
  • Dynamic exercises to invoke and evoke this powerful resource in the workplace every day
  • Guided meditations and small group interactions honed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion.

Explore how you typically respond when difficulties arise and learn the necessary tools to enact the most effective alternative. All are welcome, no prior or formal meditation practice is necessary to benefit from self-compassion and its power in the workplace. Become the strong and supportive companion to yourself that you are for others, and bring that dynamic state into your work life.

A recent article in Harvard Business Review, Give Yourself A Break: The Power of Self-Compassion, by Serena Chen, stressed the important role mindful self-compassion could play for employees and leaders.

See also from the Harvard Business Review: Christopher Germer, To Recover from Failure, Try Some Self-Compassion.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Christopher Germer, PhD

    Clinical psychologist, author, and editor

    Christopher Germer is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy. A founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy,‰ an organization dedicated to teaching mental-health professionals how to effectively integrate ancient Buddhist psychology into modern psychotherapy‰, Dr. Germer is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

    The author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion. A committed student of insight meditation (vipassana), Dr. Germer is codirector of Harvard Medical School‰’s annual Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference, which hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2009.

    Dr. Germer‰’s main clinical interest is the necessity of self-compassion and mindfulness for managing intense and difficult emotions. He has codeveloped, with renowned self-compassion researcher Dr. Kristin Neff, an 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program, currently being taught around the world.

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    Wibo Koole

    Business leader, mindfulness instructor

    Wibo Koole is cofounder and director of the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam and the architect of its renowned Mindful Leadership programs. He is a certified mindfulness teacher and a member of MIT’s Presencing Institute’s practitioner team. A leading expert on the research and modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation, he is a practiced student of its applications and of various cultural and contemplative traditions, including Insight Meditation and Zen Buddhism.

    Besides teaching mindfulness-based leadership programs, Koole has served as campaign and strategy director with the Dutch Consumer Association, head of communications for Oxfam Novib, and CEO of the Dutch Nature and Environment Foundation.

    Having gained a wide inside knowledge of many economic, political, and technological sectors, Koole is also a management consultant specializing in strategy and innovation, change management, and leadership development in a range of global organizations, both corporate and social. Clients include Air France-KLM, ING Bank, the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia, international NGOs Oxfam and Synergos, and various other city and state governments, engineering companies, and hospitals.

    He is a featured public speaker on leadership, mindfulness, and organizational development and the author of Mindful Leadership: Effective Tools to Help You Focus and Succeed.

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  • Why Attend
    • Practice tangible skills to pause, reflect, and relate from a place of calm and self-confidence even in the most difficult circumstances.

    • Bring your learning back with you to work and lift up your teams, coworkers, staff, and clients.

    • Make your workplace as a whole, and your experience there every day, enjoyable, productive, and enriching.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Below is your daily schedule for your stay during your program. You will always be able to attend the meals and activities shown between your program sessions. You will also have opportunities to experience Healing Arts, walking trails, and many other campus amenities throughout your stay. To schedule a treatment at Healing Arts call 844-544-1440, ext. 304 or email [email protected]Click here to view our current menu: 

    Opening Day

    2:15 pm

    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm

    Luggage storage is available

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    6:45 – 7:15 pm 1440 Guest Welcome Session (optional)

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Program Session

    Daily (Note Wednesday afternoon off)

    6:45am – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    Breakfast at Kitchen

    8:30 am – 12 pm Morning Program Session

    12pm-2 pm Lunch at Kitchen

    2pm – 5:30 pm Afternoon Program Session

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    8:00pm – 9:00 pm Program Session with Chris and Wibo optional

    Closing Day

    6:45am – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9 am

    Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9am – 11:00 am

    Morning Program Session

    12:00pm NOON Checkout Time

    11:30am – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—

    Departure day lunch is included in your stay.


    None required.

    Experience Level 

    None required.

  • 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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