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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, PhD
| Reverend Jennifer Bailey
Lama Tsomo,MA
Zahra NoorbakhshPawan Bareja, PhD
Serena Chen, PhD |
Stacy Bare
Eve Ekman, MSW, PhDJason Marsh

13 Continuing Education Credits


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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Please Note: All packages are priced per person. There are still plenty of registration spots available, but accommodations on the 1440 campus are now limited for The Science of Happiness. Please call 844.544.1440 to register and learn more about housing or commuting options for this event.

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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.

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.

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).

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.

Reverend Jennifer Bailey

Leader of the multi-faith justice movement

Named one of 15 faith leaders to watch by the Center for American Progress, Reverend Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is the founder and executive director of the Faith Matters Network, a collective led by people of color that trains, connects, convenes, and amplifies marginalized people of faith, primarily people of color, to chart a new moral horizon.

A Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project and ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Reverend Bailey came to her work as a minister after nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits combating intergenerational poverty.

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.

Zahra Noorbakhsh

Comedian and award-winning podcast cohost

Zahra Noorbakhsh is a comedian and cohost of the award-winning podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was invited to record an episode at the Obama White House.

Zahra was named one of the top 100 people shaping the future of culture by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in their 2017 YBCA 100 list and has performed for renowned programs The Moth and Snap Judgment. Her personal essays have been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and in the New York Times.

Zahra’s one-woman show, All Atheists Are Muslim: A Romantic Comedy, was originally directed by W. Kamau Bell and dubbed a highlight of the New York International Fringe Festival by the New Yorker. Her new show, On Behalf of All Muslims: A Comedy Special, is slated for world premier by Golden Thread Productions in June of 2019.

Pawan Bareja, PhD

Trauma resolution practitioner

Pawan Bareja is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Buddhist Ritual Minister and Community Dharma Leader programs. Currently enrolled in Spirit Rock’s teacher training, Pawan is educated in trauma healing and Somatic Experiencing, and brings those perspectives to her offerings at Spirit Rock, San Francisco Insight Meditation Community, East Bay Meditation Center, and Esalen Institute. She has developed courses which guide and teach students in the process of accessing their innate resiliency and inherent capacity to rebound and recover from overwhelming experiences.

Pawan has had a spiritual practice since the age of six and found Vipassana in 2001. She works with a diverse population of clients in her private practice as a trauma resolution practitioner.

Serena Chen, PhD

Serena Chen is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the Marian E. and Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., Distinguished Chair for Innovative Teaching and Research. Her research focuses on the self and identity, interpersonal relationships, and social hierarchy and power.

Dr. Chen is a fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association of Psychological Science. Her research has been published in top scholarly journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Review, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, as well as other professional publications such as the Harvard Business Review. Dr. Chen’s work has also received popular news attention from outlets including the New York Times.

Stacy Bare

Cofounder of the Great Outdoors Lab (GO Lab)

Stacy Bare is a husband, father, skier, rafter, and climber. He is also a veteran of the Iraq war and cofounded the Great Outdoors Lab (GO Lab) in 2014. In partnership with Dr. Dacher Keltner at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, Stacy and GO Lab put scientific data behind the idea of time outside as healthcare.

Stacy is a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and he is the 2015 SHIFT Conservation Athlete of the Year. In 2015, he and Alex Honnold put up new climbing routes in Angola. In 2017, as part of his Adventure Not War project, Stacy and two fellow veterans completed a first ski descent of Mt. Halgurd in Iraq. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star for merit and a combat action badge in Baghdad.

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

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.

Diana Gameros

Diana Gameros is a singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, and teacher. She was born into a musical family surrounded by traditional Mexican songs of love and revolution. Singing mostly in Spanish, Diana creates authentic music at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres.

Diana has shared the stage with the San Francisco Symphony, Bebel Gilberto, and Natalia Lafourcade, among others. In 2013 she released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant, and in 2014 she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and social justice activism.

Her songs and story have been featured on Billboard, NPR, Mother Jones Magazine, and PBS Newshour.

Program Agenda

Thursday, May 2: Welcome and Purpose Setting

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

4:00 pm: 1440 Orientation & Campus Tour – Outlook 101

5:00 pm: 1440 Orientation & Campus Tour – Outlook 101

5:15 – 6:15 pm: Signature Classes:

Tai Chi & Qigong Flow – Crest Platform
Stick Yoga – Sanctuary

6:30 -7:30: 1440 Orientation & Campus Tour – Outlook 101

5:30-7:30 pm: Dinner (in two waves to be assigned upon check-in) – Kitchen Table

8:00-9:15 pm: Opening Session – Redwood Auditorium

  • Welcome from the 1440 Multiversity and Greater Good Science Center (Scott Kriens and Jason Marsh)
  • “The Science of Happiness Unplugged: Key Lessons and Insights from Teaching Half a Million People Worldwide,” keynotes by Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.

Friday, May 3: Strategies for Personal Well-Being

6:45am-7:45 am: Signature Classes:

Yoga – Sanctuary

Meditation – Outlook 101

7:30-8:15 am: Additional morning meditation: Eve Ekman leading meditation on awe – Cathedral (Sanctuary as backup in case of weather)

Pilates – Outlook 202

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

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

  • Jason welcome
  • Emiliana introduce Jack Kornfield
  • Keynote by Jack Kornfield: “Suffering, and Joy Anyway”
  • Followed by conversation with Dacher Keltner on the intersections of ancient wisdom and modern scientific insights. Moderated by Emiliana.

10:30-11:00 am: BREAK

11:00 am-12:00 pm: – Redwood Auditorium

  • Eve Ekman introduces Richard Davidson and Lama Tsomo
  • Plenary session: Richard Davidson and Lama Tsomo: “Expanding Capacities for Joy and Connection: Science and Practice”

12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch – Kitchen Table

12:15-1:00 pm: Optional Nature Walk (Wave 2) – Meet at Lodge Steps (walk to Cathedral)

1:00-1:45 pm: Optional Nature Walk (Wave 1) – Meet at Lodge Steps (walk to Cathedral)

2:00-3:15 pm: Breakout sessions

Breakout topics and speakers:

  • Emotion Mapping, led by Eve Ekman – Sanctuary
  • Self-Compassion: Science and Hands-on Practice, led by Serena Chen – Outlook 202
  • Awe Walk, led by Stacy Bare – Meet at Cathedral
  • Self-Love & Beauty Embodied, led by Connie Sobczak – Outlook 201
  • Exploring Your Purpose, led by Claudia Bicen and Adrian Michael Green – Outlook 101

3:15-3:45 pm: BREAK

3:45-5:00 pm: Meet Happiness

  • An opportunity for attendees to connect with one another around shared questions and areas of interest.
  • Also includes an opportunity to work on a collective art project.

Please check in the Redwood Auditorium lobby to see where each group will be meeting.

5:15 – 6:15 pm: Optional Signature classes:

Qigong – Crest Platform (outside)

Yoga – Sanctuary

5:30-8:00 pm: Dinner – Kitchen Table

8:00-9:00 pm: Performance by singer-guitarist-social activist Diana Gameros. Introduced by Dacher Keltner. – Sanctuary

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

6:45am-7:45 am: Optional Signature classes:

Yoga – Sanctuary

Meditation – Outlook 101

7:30-8:15 am: Additional morning meditation: Eve Ekman leading meditation on gratitude – Cathedral (Sanctuary as backup in case of weather)

Tao YIn Deep Stretch & Flow (Taoist Yoga) – Outlook 202

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

9:00-10:15 am: – Redwood Auditorium

  • Welcome back & opening practice (Questions from Fast Friends/36 Questions practice)
  • Dacher introduce Barbara Fredrickson
  • Plenary session: Keynote by Barbara Fredrickson: “Other People Matter: The Science of Love, Connection, and ‘Positivity Resonance’”
  • Audience Q&A with Barb

10:15-10:45 am: BREAK

10:45 am-12pm: Plenary session: Science-Based Strategies for Connecting Across Our Differences – Redwood Auditorium

Short talks and discussion by:

  • Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, “From Barriers to Bridges: The Case for Intergroup Contact–and Steps Toward Achieving It”
  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas, “The Biological Basis and Psychology of Empathy“
  • Reverend Jennifer Bailey, “Embodying Brave Space: Stories from the People’s Supper”

Introduced and moderated by Jason Marsh or Jeremy Smith.

12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch – Kitchen Table

12:15-1:00 pm: Optional Nature walk (Wave 2) – Meet at Lodge Steps (walk to Cathedral)

1:00-1:45 pm: Optional Nature walk (Wave 1) – Meet at Lodge Steps (walk to Cathedral)

2:00-3:15 pm: Breakout sessions

Breakout topics and speakers:

  • Using Connection to Reduce Stress, led by Eve Ekman  – Sanctuary
  • Reconnecting with Yourself Through Loving Kindness Practice, led by Pawan Bareja – Outlook 202
  • Courageous Inclusion, led by Brooke Deterline and Simone Harris – Outlook 101
  • Bridging Difference from the Inside Out, by Reverend Jennifer Bailey – Outlook 203
  • Attuned Listening for Professionals, Parents, and Partners, led by Kathy Simon – Outlook 201

3:15-3:45 pm: BREAK

3:45-5:00 pm: Meet Happiness

  • An opportunity for attendees to connect with one another around shared questions and areas of interest.
  • Also includes the Greater Good Scavenger Hunt!

Please check in the Redwood Auditorium atrium to see where each group will be meeting.

5:15 – 6:15 pm: Signature classes:

Pilates – Sanctuary

Qigong – Crest Platform (outside)

5:30-8:00 pm: Dinner – Kitchen Table

8:00-9:00 pm: Live recording of an episode of the Science of Happiness podcast, with “Happiness Guinea Pig” Zahra Noorbakhsh. Hosted by Dacher Keltner.

Shuka Kalantari introduces.

Sunday, May 5: Strategies for Community Well-Being

6:45am-7:45 am: Optional Signature classes:

Yoga – Sanctuary

Meditation – Outlook 101

7:30-8:15 am: Additional morning meditation: Eve Ekman leading meditation on compassion – Cathedral (Sanctuary as backup in case of weather)

Yoga – Outlook 202

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

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

  • Welcome & Dacher introduces Diana Gameros (5 minutes)
  • Musical performance by Diana Gameros (15 minutes)
  • Stories illustrating how to put The Science of Happiness into practice:
    • Stephen Leeper, junior high school teacher (20 minutes) – Dacher introduces “A Lesson on Critical Gratitude”
    • Cindy Fox, prison social worker (20 minutes) – Dacher introduces and interviews “Finding Resilience in the Face of Trauma”
  • Time to explore and share how you would like to apply the lessons from The Science of Happiness to your own life. (30 minutes)

10:30-10:45 am: BREAK

10:45-12:00 pm: Plenary session: Closing reflections and practice with Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas – Redwood Auditorium


12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch – Kitchen Table

12:00-1:00: Wave 1

1:00-2:00: Wave 2

12:15-1:00 pm: Nature walk (Wave 2)
Meet at Lodge Steps (walk to Cathedral)

1:00-1:45 pm: Nature walk (Wave 1)
Meet at Lodge Steps (walk to Cathedral)

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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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

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