Join us for an uplifting exploration of the benefits of practice, from three distinct yet intertwined perspectives. Mornings will begin with mindfulness and loving kindness meditation led by meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and author Sylvia Boorstein. She will facilitate sitting and walking meditations, and help participants refine the practice and integrate insights. UC Davis neuroscientist Clifford Saron will lead participants through a voyage of scientific discovery, imparting an experiential sense of brain function. He will share findings from “The Shamatha Project,” research he directs that investigates the effects of meditation on attention, emotion, and human flourishing. San Francisco Symphony cellist Barbara Bogatin will play musical interludes and give behind-the-scenes commentary illustrating how musicians turn their daily instrument practice into contemplative practice. She will provide a rare glimpse from within the discipline of maintaining a high level of craft. She will perform music by Bach, and explore the composer’s creative process to better understand the depths of human expression in his music. Days will consist of meditation, structured learning, informal talks, and discussions interwoven with guided listening and exulting in the joy of music. This workshop, well suited to practicing clinicians, is open to all; no previous experience in meditation, music, or brain research necessary!
Recommended reading: Boorstein, Happiness is an Inside Job; Kandel, In Search of Memory; Kabat-Zinn and Davidson, The Mind's Own Physician.
CE credit for psychologists;
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;