Jack Kornfield|Richard Davidson|Dacher Keltner|Barbara Fredrickson|Emiliana Simon-Thomas|Eve Ekman|Jason Marsh|Lama Tsomo (Linda Pritzker): The Science of Happiness at 1440 Multiversity

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The Science of Happiness

A Greater Good Gathering in Partnership with 1440 Multiversity

May 2 - 5, 2019

Thursday - Sunday, 3 nights

$595 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

What does it mean to live a happy, meaningful life? How do you respond with resilience to life’s unavoidable stresses and disappointments? How can you forge compassionate connections at a time of extreme busyness, isolation, and division?

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have explored these and other big questions in The Science of Happiness, the online course and podcast—both produced by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)—that have become a global phenomenon.

Now the GGSC and 1440 Multiversity are partnering to take the next step in deepening The Science of Happiness experience: a 3-day gathering that will bring together its global community of students and listeners, along with anyone else hungry for scientific insights, inspiring stories, and practical tips for well-being.

Together, we’ll hear from some of the leading lights in the science of happiness, including The Science of Happiness course co-instructors (and podcast host) Dr. Dacher Keltner and Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, along with best-selling author and world-renowned teacher Jack Kornfield, PhD, positive psychology pioneer Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, Dr. Richard Davidson, and many others. A memorable mix of experts and teachers will offer powerful talks, interactive workshops, and illuminating conversations—all designed to help you use scientific findings for personal and social transformation. Look forward to meditation practice with Buddhist Lama Tsomo and a breakdown of the psychology at work from world-renowned neuroscience pioneer Dr. Richard Davidson.

Over these special three days, you will:

  • Gain cutting-edge insights from the frontiers of the science of happiness
  • Discuss the challenges to happiness and well-being in our lives and strategies for addressing these challenges
  • Partake in a live recording of an episode of The Science of Happiness podcast
  • Explore how this science can be applied in schools, workplaces, healthcare, and beyond.

Like the course and the podcast, this gathering will leave you inspired and informed, equipped with practical strategies—and new connections—to help you contribute to the greater good. When it comes to a joyful and sustainable life, the time is now.


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  • Faculty Bio
    Jack Kornfield, PhD

    Best-selling author and renowned Buddhist teacher

    Trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, Jack Kornfield is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He has been teaching worldwide since 1974, and the thousands of practitioners and teachers who have studied with him agree: Jack has played a pivotal and vital role in making Eastern practices accessible to a Western audience.

    From the Buddhist masters Venerable Ajahn Chah and Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw to Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, Jack has worked alongside many of the great teachers of our time. With a degree in Asian studies and a doctorate in clinical psychology, he is the cofounder of two of the country’s most revered meditation centers: Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

    A teacher at centers and universities worldwide, Jack has led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more. His books have been translated into 20 languages and have sold more than a million copies. His most recent book is No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.

    A father, husband, and activist, Jack combines lovingkindness and self-compassion with the practice of mindfulness. He strives to build a stronger bridge between Eastern and Western psychology.

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    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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    Dacher Keltner, PhD

    Psychology professor, founding director of the Greater Good Science Center

    The founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Dacher Keltner studies the social functions of emotion—looking at how our emotions help us navigate and respond to a complex, dynamic, and interpersonal world. He’s also the host of the renowned podcast The Science of Happiness, which has become a global phenomenon.

    The recipient of numerous national prizes and grants, Dr. Keltner’s research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the BBC, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and many other outlets, and has been a focus in two panels with the Dalai Lama.

    A student and colleague of Paul Ekman, Dr. Keltner’s work on emotions has made him a sought-after teacher and advisor: he worked with the engineers at Facebook to help them develop their “Stickers” and “Reactions”; consulted with Google on altruism and emotions; and collaborated with Pixar in preparing their 2015 film Inside Out.

    Dr. Keltner is the coauthor of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life; co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct; and most recently, author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. He has published over 190 scientific articles, has written for the New York Times, the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Utne Reader.

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    Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

    Groundbreaking pioneer in positive psychology

    What is love? This is one of the many questions Barbara Fredrickson is asking. A leading scholar in social psychology, affective science (the study of emotion), and positive psychology, her renowned research unpacks the science behind love, joy, inspiration, and pride, among other positive emotions.

    After getting her doctorate from Stanford University and teaching at the University of Michigan for a decade, Dr. Frederickson became Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is the director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab).

    In Dr. Frederickson’s first book, Positivity, she explains how positive emotions broaden people’s minds, build their resourcefulness, and help them achieve what they formerly thought impossible. In her most recent book, Love 2.0, she investigates the supreme emotion of love, looking at micro-moments of connection and how love can affect our biological and cellular makeup over time.

    Recognized with numerous honors, Dr. Frederickson’s research has received more than 16 consecutive years of funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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    Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD

    Neuroscientist, science director of the Greater Good Science Center

    Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas is a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, and gratitude. She is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley, where she oversees the GGSC’s fellowship program and is a co-instructor of its renowned Science of Happiness online course. She also helps run its Expanding Gratitude project.

    Dr. Simon-Thomas studies the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships, and her work examines the potential for—as well as the benefits of—living a more meaningful life. She has presented on the science of happiness and compassion to the Dalai Lama and audiences worldwide.

    She was formerly the associate director and senior scientist at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

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    Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD

    Emotion regulation and mindfulness trainer

    Eve Ekman is a stress, emotion, and empathy postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. The daughter of Paul Ekman, a pioneering founder of the field of emotion research, Eve is an internationally sought-after trainer of emotion regulation and mindfulness skills.

    Her research interests are inspired by her past experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital and her training in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), an applied emotion-regulation and mindfulness intervention.

    At the Osher Center, Eve continues to refine the framework, research, and training in the areas of meaning, empathy, and burnout. She provides trainings based on CEB to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law, and education. She has also led a training for Wisdom 2.0, and gave a TEDx talk at California State East Bay.

    In 2012, an Elle magazine profile introduced Eve’s research into mainstream media.

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    Jason Marsh

    Journalist, the Greater Good Science Center’s director of programs

    Jason Marsh is the founding editor in chief of Greater Good magazine and is the Greater Good Science Center’s director of programs. He is the co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct and Are We Born Racist?, and his articles have explored everything from the psychology of the bystander to the reasons why we should finally start meditating. You can find his intelligent and provocative writing in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Utne Reader, among other publications, and he writes regularly for the opinion section of CNN.com.

    Previously the managing editor of the political journal The Responsive Community, Jason also worked as a reporter and producer at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, as a documentary producer, and as a kindergarten teacher. His first documentary, Unschooled, debuted at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

    A graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Jason lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.

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    Lama Tsomo (Linda Pritzker), MA

    Tibetan Buddhist teacher, author

    Lama Tsomo is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author. She is a founding board member of the Ewam Buddhist Center and is overseeing the planning and construction of the Namchak Montana Retreat Ranch, a gathering place for Tibetan Buddhist learning and study in western Montana, where she lives. Known for her warm, candid, and humorous style, Lama Tsomo teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice in the United States and abroad.

    Born Linda Pritzker, into a prominent Midwestern Jewish family, she studied at Antioch University and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a focus on Jungian analysis. Motivated by a desire to help people find happiness in their lives, Pritzker started her psychotherapy practice in Colorado and began a path of spiritual inquiry in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Under the tutelage of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, holder of the Namchak Lineage of Tibet, Pritzker completed extensive study and spiritual retreat in the United States and Nepal. After a decade of practice, Pritzker learned to speak Tibetan fluently, and she was ordained in 2005 in Nepal as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. At that time, she was given the name Lama Tsomo (Lama Sangak Yeshe Tsomo).

    Lama Tsomo is the author of The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales and Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice, which won the 2016 Independent Publisher Award.

    She is also a mother and grandmother who enjoys gardening and music.

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  • Why Attend
    • This 3-day gathering is the next step in deepening The Science of Happiness experience: embrace it.

    • Enjoy expansive opportunities to find and connect with members of The Science of Happiness community along with time for individual reflection—all aided by the tranquility of the 1440 campus.

    • Based at UC Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism. Come see why The Science of Happiness has become a global phenomenon.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Conference Schedule

    Thursday, May 2

    2:30 pm: Registration opens (rooms ready by 4pm)

    5:30-7:30 pm: Dinner (in two waves)

    Kitchen Table

    5:30-6:30: Wave 1

    6:30-7:30: Wave 2

    7:45pm Welcome Session in Auditorium

    8:00 – 9:15 pm:

    • Keynote by Dacher Keltner (20 minutes)
    • Reflections on the Science of Happiness and Science of Happiness community by Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas (15 minutes)
    • Community Q&A: Chance for audience to ask questions of Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas (40 minutes)

    Friday, May 3

    6:45am-7:45 am Sanctuary

    • Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
    • Morning Meditation led by Eve Ekman

    7:00-9:00 am: Breakfast

    Kitchen Table

    7:00-8:00: Wave 1

    8:00-9:00: Wave 2

    Redwood Auditorium

    9:00 am-10:30 am: Plenary session

    Overview of the goals and schedule for the days ahead (Jason Marsh)

    Opening Practice: Three Good Things (led by Eve Ekman)

    Interview for Science of Happiness podcast:

    10:30-11:00 am: BREAK

    11: 00 am-12:00 pm: Breakout sessions (in Outlook rooms)

    Each of these interactive breakouts will explore ways to nurture the skills of happiness in different contexts—each breakout will include a session covering education, workplaces, and health care, and possibly 1-2 other areas. Then there will also be a “Greater Good in Action” breakout that will introduce people to a more universal, generally applicable practice or technique, for those people less interested in applying the knowledge to any of those other domains.

    • Greater Good Education:

    The Power of Thanks in the Classroom: How to Nurture Gratitude in Students and Schools, led by Giacomo Bono, PhD, California State University-Dominguez Hills

    • Greater Good Workplaces:

    The Pillars of a Happy Workplace, led by Emiliana Simon-Thomas

    • Greater Good Health Care:

    How to Guard against Empathy Fatigue and Burnout, led by Helen Reiss, MD, director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital

    • Greater Good in Action:

    How to Find Your Best Possible Self, led by Eve Ekman

    • Meet Happiness: Option to explore campus and connect with other attendees. Perhaps there’s a way we can help like-minded groups or cohorts meet up? We set up groups, and/or enable people to propose and organize groups themselves.

    12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch

    Kitchen Table

    12:00-1:00pm Wave 1

    1:00-200pm: Wave 2

    Redwood Auditorium

    2:00-3:30 pm: Plenary session

    Opening Practice: Capitalizing on Positive Events (led by Eve Ekman)

     Short Talks: 20 Years of Happiness: Experts on the science of happiness share what they see as the most significant and practical insights (so far) from the past two decades of research.

    • Intro and moderation by Dacher Keltner

    3:30-4:00 pm: BREAK (w/refreshments)

    4:00pm- 5:00 pm: BREAKOUTS (Outlook)

    • Greater Good Education:

    Helping Kids Make Sense of Race and Difference in the Classroom, led by Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D., Wright Institute

    • Greater Good Workplaces:

    How to Build a Culture of Well-Being, led by Waleed Bahouth, Director of Employee Health & Well-Being at Humana

    • Greater Good Health Care:

    Why Health Professionals Should Cultivate Gratitude

    • Greater Good in Action:

    How to Take a “Savoring Walk,” led by Eve Ekman

    • Meet Happiness: Option to explore campus and connect with other attendees. Perhaps there’s a way we can help like-minded groups or cohorts meet up?

    5:00 – 6:00 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30pm-8:00 pm: Dinner

    Kitchen Table

    5:30-6:45: Wave 1

    6:45-8:00: Wave 2

    8:00 pm: Open time for rest, reflection, and connection

    Saturday, May 4

    6:45am-7:45 am Sanctuary

    • Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
    • Morning Meditation led by Eve Ekman

    7:00-9:00 am: Breakfast

    Kitchen Table

    7:00-8:00: Wave 1

    8:00-9:00: Wave 2

    9:00-10:30 am: Plenary session

    Redwood Auditorium

    Opening Practice: Self-Compassion Break (led by Eve Ekman)

    Short Talks: Barriers to Happiness Today: Experts review some of the biggest obstacles to greater well-being

    • Intro and moderation by Jason Marsh

    10:30-11 am: BREAK (w/refreshments)

    11am-12pm: Breakouts (in Outlook rooms)

    • Greater Good Education:

    The Importance of Hope in the Classroom, led by Dante Dixon, PhD

    • Greater Good Workplaces:

    Embedding Mindfulness in Your Organization, led by Wendy Quan

    • Greater Good Health Care:

    Mindful Care, led by Shauna Shapiro, PhD

    • Greater Good in Action:

    Letting Go of Anger through Compassion, led by Eve Ekman, PhD

    • Meet Happiness: Option to explore campus and connect with other attendees. Perhaps there’s a way we can help like-minded groups or cohorts meet up? We set up groups, and/or enable people to propose and organize groups themselves.

    12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch

    Kitchen Table

    12:00-1:00: Wave 1

    1:00-2:00: Wave 2

    2:00-3:30 pm: Plenary session

    Redwood Auditorium

    Opening Practice: Some of the “36 Questions for Increasing Closeness” (Fast Friends exercise) (led by Eve Ekman)

    Short Talks: Is There Hope for a Culture of Kindness?

    • Intro and moderation by Emiliana Simon-Thomas

    3:30-4 pm: BREAK (w/refreshments)

    4pm-5 pm: Downtime to hike, connect, reflect, and recharge.

    5:30-8:00 pm: Dinner

    Kitchen Table

    5:30-6:30: Wave 1

    6:30-8:00pm Wave 2

    8:00-9:30 pm: Film screening and Q&A

    Moderated by Emiliana Simon-Thomas

    Sunday, May 5

    6:45am-7:45 am

    • Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
    • Morning Meditation led by Eve Ekman


    7:00-9:00 am: Breakfast

    Kitchen Table

    7:00-8:00: Wave 1

    8:00-9:00: Wave 2

    9:00-10:30 am: Plenary session

    Redwood Auditorium

    Opening Practice: Active Listening (led by Eve Ekman)

    Short Talks: Finding Happiness and Resilience in Trying Circumstances

    • Speaker on transformative work in prisons
    • Speaker on inspiring work in schools
    • Speaker on broaching political differences or boosting happiness in cities
    • Moderated by Emiliana Simon-Thomas

    10:30-10:50 am: BREAK (w/refreshments)

    10:50-11:30 am: Closing remarks and closing practice?


    12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch

    Kitchen Table

    12:00-1:00: Wave 1

    1:00-2:00: Wave 2



    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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