Positive Neuroplasticity

A two-day workshop with Rick Hanson PhD. Also available on streaming.

We all need psychological resources such as resilience, positive emotions, and feeling cared about for the long and often hard road of life. Acquiring these inner strengths involves turning experiences of them into durable changes in the brain. Unfortunately, most beneficial experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It's like Velcro for the bad but Teflon for the good. Consequently, mindfulness alone is not enough: we must also engage “learning factors” inside the mind to steepen the growth curve in life.

This workshop will explore how to turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources. We'll use these methods to lower anxiety and stress, lift mood, grow calm and contentment, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the brain. Topics include:

  • How the mind can change the brain for the better
  • Why the brain evolved a negativity bias and how this affects us today
  • The four HEAL steps that can internalize any psychological resource
  • Our three fundamental needs, for safety, satisfaction, and connection
  • How to develop “key resources” for specific needs and issues, including healing old pain
  • How to use the HEAL steps in psychotherapy, coaching, and mindfulness training
  • How cultivating psychological resources reduces “craving” and the suffering it causes


  • Saturday: 9:30 – 13:30 [Lunch 13:30 – 15:00] afternoon 15:00 – 17:30
  • Sunday: 9:30 – 13:30 [Lunch 13:30 – 15:00] afternoon 15:00 0 17:30



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