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The Science of Happiness: A Greater Good Gathering with Jack Kornfield and others. Learn more here.

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Science of Happiness

The Science of Happiness

A Greater Good gathering, in partnership with 1440 Multiversity


May 2 – 5, 2019 | $595 Tuition

Jack Kornfield, PhDRichard Davidson, PhD
Barbara Fredrickson, PhDDacher Keltner, PhD
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhDLama Tsomo, MA
Eve Ekman, MSW, PhDJason Marsh

 

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 a global community of individuals hungry for scientific insights, inspiring stories, and practical tips for well-being. The event provides an opportunity for The Science of Happiness students and listeners to connect with one another, but enrolling in the online course is by no means a prerequisite.

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) Dacher Keltner, PhD, and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, along with best-selling author and world-renowned teacher Jack Kornfield, PhD, positive psychology pioneer Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, trailblazing neuroscientist Richard Davidson, PhD, 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.

 


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We are offering a limited number of scholarships for this event. Scholarships will provide a discount of 25% to 75% off the total price of registration. However, scholarships do not include a discount on accommodations at 1440, which must be paid for separately and include meals along with lodging. Please apply for a scholarship before February 15!

 

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Why Attend?

Over these special three days, you will:

  • Gain cutting-edge insights from the frontiers of the science of happiness, including the science of mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, awe, and more
  • Learn research-based practices for well-being in your personal and professional life
  • Connect with like-minded individuals who share your desire to boost happiness in yourself and the world around you
  • Enjoy a live recording of an episode of The Science of Happiness podcast
  • Absorb uplifting ideas for well-being within the peaceful surroundings of the 1440 campus.

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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Jack Kornfield, PhD

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.

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. Fredrickson 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).

Richard Davidson, PhD

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.

Dacher Keltner, PhD

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 TimeNewsweek, 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.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD

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.

Lama Tsomo, 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.

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.

Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD

Emotion regulation and mindfulness trainer

Eve Ekman is the director of training at the Greater Good Science Center. She is also a UC Berkeley- and UCSF-trained social scientist and teacher in the field of emotional awareness and burnout prevention. Her work is inspired by her past experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital.

In addition to her academic training, Eve is a second-generation emotion researcher and has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Their most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, is an online visual tool to teach a language for improving our emotional awareness that was commissioned and supported by the Dalai Lama.

Eve is the co-lead instructor for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an evidence-based meditation and emotion regulation training developed by Dr. Paul Ekman and Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace.

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 he 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.

Jason has also worked as a reporter and producer at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, as a documentary producer, and as a kindergarten teacher.

Program Schedule

Thursday, May 2

2:30 pm: Registration opens (rooms ready by 4:00 pm)

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Dinner (in two waves) Kitchen Table

7:45 pm: Welcome session in Redwood Auditorium

8:00 – 9:00 pm: Keynotes by Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas Redwood Auditorium

Friday, May 3: Strategies for Personal Well-Being

6:45 – 7:45 am: Morning classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

7:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast (in two waves) Kitchen Table

9:00 – 10:30 am: Plenary session Redwood Auditorium

  • Jack Kornfield: What ancient wisdom suggests about living with joy and happiness in challenging times
  • Followed by conversation with Dacher Keltner relating that ancient wisdom to modern scientific insights

10:30 – 11:00 am: BREAK

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary session Redwood Auditorium

  • Richard Davidson and Lama Tsomo: The science and practice of meditation

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch (in two waves) Kitchen Table

2:00 – 3:15 pm: Breakout sessions (in Outlook rooms)

Smaller, interactive workshops that will offer deeper, hands-on application of the science of happiness; on this day, the particular focus of the breakouts will be on practices for personal well-being.

3:15 – 3:45 pm: BREAK

3:45 – 5:00 pm: Meet Happiness

An opportunity for attendees to connect with one another around specific areas of interest, including happiness in education, workplaces, healthcare, and technology.

5:00 – 5:50 pm: Supplementary classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

5:30 – 8:00 pm: Dinner (in two waves) Kitchen Table

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

Saturday, May 4: Strategies for Well-Being in Relationships

6:45 – 7:45 am: Morning classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

7:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast (in two waves) Kitchen Table

9:00 – 10:15 am: Plenary session Redwood Auditorium

  • Barbara Fredrickson: “Other People Matter: The Science of Love, Connection, and ‘Positivity Resonance’”

10:15 – 10:45 am: BREAK

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary session Redwood Auditorium

  • Speakers TBD

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch (in two waves)

Kitchen Table

2:00 – 3:15 pm: Breakout sessions (in Outlook rooms)

Smaller, interactive workshops that will offer deeper, hands-on application of the science of happiness; on this day, the particular focus of the breakouts will be on practices for social well-being.

3:15 – 3:45 pm: BREAK

3:45 – 5:00 pm: Meet Happiness

An opportunity for attendees to connect with one another around specific areas of interest, including happiness in education, workplaces, healthcare, and technology.

5:30 – 8:00 pm: Dinner (in two waves) Kitchen Table

8:00 – 9:00 pm: Live recording of an episode of the Science of Happiness podcast, hosted by Dacher Keltner. (Guest to be announced later.)

Sunday, May 5: Strategies for Community Well-Being

6:45 – 7:45 am: Morning classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

7:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast (in two waves) Kitchen Table

9:00 – 10:15 am: Plenary session Redwood Auditorium

  • Speakers TBD

10:15 – 10:45 am: BREAK

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Closing session and community Q&A with Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas and closing practice. Redwood Auditorium

END OF PROGRAMMING

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch (in two waves) Kitchen Table

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Wave 1

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Wave 2

 

About 1440 Multiversity

Redwood trails, copper-adorned buildings with majestic views, and decks built around sky-high trunks keep you wrapped in nature while on our 75-acre campus.

Part wellness resort, part Ted-talk auditorium, part conference center, our campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting spaces, and accommodations tucked away in a lush forest between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. With locally sourced meals, holistic-health classes, Fitness Center, infinity-edge hot tub, and more, your stay at 1440 is designed to nurture, educate, and inspire.

Join us for a mix of guided programming and self-curated downtime as you enjoy our beautiful campus and rejuvenating Healing Arts center.

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Location

1440 Multiversity is in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, California, between Santa Cruz
and Silicon Valley—within easy reach of San Francisco.

Nearby Airports

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 27 miles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 60 miles
Oakland International Airport (OAK): 60 miles

Coming with a friend, or prefer to stay off-campus? Book by phone at 1-844-544-1440. Otherwise, book online.