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The Strong Heart: A Weekend Workshop on Resilient Relationships

August 3, 2018 - August 5, 2018


It’s been said that there are two wolves in the heart – one of love and one of hate – and that everything depends on which we feed each day. This metaphor echoes the finding from evolutionary neuropsychology that our ancestors survived in large part by caring and cooperating for “us,” while also fearing and aggressing upon “them.” We see these dynamics in everyday relationships, including in couples, families, schools, and workplaces. It’s relatively straightforward to be compassionate and caring toward others, or to be firm and assertive – but it’s an uncommon achievement to integrate the two wolves, to combine strength with heart.

Join Rick Hanson, Ph.D. for this weekend intensive and discover how to draw upon methods from positive neuroplasticity to turn everyday experiences into lasting mental resources that enable you to stay present with others while remaining centered in yourself, to respect the needs of others while honoring your own, and to assert yourself with both kindness and confidence.

This experiential workshop will offer user-friendly information with lots of practical methods for maintaining interrelatedness, lovingkindness, and virtue in the messy real world of relationships with family members, lovers, friends, bosses, and co-workers.

We’ll cover:

  • Deepening the embodied sense of feeling valued, liked, and loved.
  • Developing a more stable experience of calm strength.
  • Integrating kindness and assertiveness in important relationships.
  • Widening the circle of “us” to include “them.”

There will be time for questions and discussion, and no background with meditation or neuroscience is needed. Tuition is $340 plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations (priced separately – see website for details). Program starts Friday evening and finishes Sunday after lunch.


August 3, 2018
August 5, 2018
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Multiversity 1440
800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley, CA United States


1440 Multiversity

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