Our Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference is evolving, like life itself, to embrace wider and more interdisciplinary perspectives. In 2017, we are excited to offer an in-depth scholarly, practical, and immersive gathering in which we will explore the nature of the human mind, the experience of consciousness, and how our social brains influence our connections with others, and our selves.
Our Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference is evolving, like life itself, to embrace wider and more interdisciplinary perspectives. We are excited to offer an in-depth scholarly, practical, and immersive gathering in which we will explore the nature of the human mind, the experience of consciousness, and how the influence of our social brain’s influence on our connections with others, and with our selves.
Consciousness is fundamental to human change processes, and in this immersive experience you will learn about the art and science of cultivating the kinds of conscious experiences that promote wellbeing, cultivate resilience, foster integrative neurological growth, raise telomerase levels to maintain and repair the ends of chromosomes, optimize epigenetic regulators to decrease inflammatory diseases, and improve other physiological measures of medical health. These states of consciousness also are essential for relational health, equanimity and neural integration.
In this meeting we will have both presentations and experiential immersions that focus on what the mind is and how to cultivate a healthy mind. One aspect of mental life is the process of being aware, the ways we know and have a sense of the known within our subjective experience of being alive. When we combine a deep view of consciousness with emerging findings from the study of the social brain, we will see that clinical work to promote mental health can be greatly enhanced with these new insights and practical applications.
Mind includes consciousness and information processing, as well as a regulatory function called “self-organization.” This emergent, self-organizing process of the mind is both embodied—it is within our bodies including our brains—and in our relationships with others. How consciousness itself may relate to this self-organizing function will be explored in depth and clinically relevant information and practices will be offered to cultivate a healthy mind.
Come join us for this unique gathering of speakers who will offer an overview of current neuroscience research supporting the efficacy of mind-body integrative techniques found to be effective in clinical settings. This program will benefit all Mental Health and Medical practitioners including Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Specialists, Mindfulness and MBSR practitioners, Crisis Intervention Counselors, Educational and Guidance Professionals, and Dance, Movement, and Somatic Therapists.
We look forward to seeing you at this immersion in what it means to be human!
Coordinators: Marion Solomon, Ph.D & Bonnie Goldstein, Ph.D., Daniel Siegel, MD, Gary Small, MD
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• Judson Brewer, MD, PhD Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and Associate Professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. Dr. Brewer develops novel mindfulness programs for addictions studying the underlying neural mechanisms using standard and real-time fMRI. judsonbrewer.com
• Deepak Chopra,MD - Founder of The Chopra Foundation and the Chopra Center for Well-Being. Dr. Chopra is a world-renowned pioneer and author/co-author of numerous books in mind-body medicine and personal transformation, most recently: Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being and Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Pow-er of Your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being. Chopra.com
• Elissa Epel, PhD - Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and Assistant Director of the Center for Health and Community. Dr. Epel studies the impact of chronic stress on biological aging mechanisms, and how meditation interventions may buffer stress effects and promote psychological and physiological thriving. Elissa Epel
• Shari Geller, PhD - Psychologist, author of A Practical Guide to Cultivating Therapeutic Presence and co-author of Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy; teaching faculty at York University and University of Toronto; co-director Centre for MindBody Health. sharigeller.ca
• Bonnie Goldstein, PhD - Director of Lifespan Psychological Services; Adjunct Professor, USC School of Social Work; Psychology Consultant, Lifespan Learning Institute; co-editor, Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Vols. I & II; and co-author of numerous papers integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Embedded Relational Mindfulness©. drbonniegoldstein.com
• Elisha Goldstein, PhD - Cofounder of The Center for Mindful Living. Developed an international six week program, A Course in Mindful Living. Author, Uncovering Happiness, The Now Effect, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and MBSR Every Day. elishagoldstein.com
• Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD - Founding Teacher of InsightLA, the first center to combine training in Insight (Vipassana) Meditation, MBSR, MSC, and non-sectarian mindfulness and compassion, She is a contributing author: Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness; Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. trudygoodman.com
• Amishi Jha, PhD - Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative, University of Miami. Dr. Jha’s research focuses on the brain basis of attention, working memory, and contemplative/mind training techniques that strengthen the brain’s attention networks. amishi.com
• Menas Kafatos, PhD - Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics, and Director of the Center of Excellence of Earth Systems Modeling and Observations at Chapman University. Dr. Kafatos has numerous publications integrating research on quantum physics, cosmology working extensively in the area of consciousness, and is co-author with Deepak Chopra of the forthcoming book, You Are the Universe. menaskafatos.com
• Jack Kornfield, PhD - Co-founder, Insight Meditation Society and helped create Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. Dr. Kornfield’s numerous publications include A Path with Heart; After the Ec- stasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; The Art of Forgiveness, and A Wise Heart. jackkornfield.com
• Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS - Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Director of a research program on Integrative Mental Health at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior exploring mind-body approaches for the prevention and treatment of mood and cogni-tive disorders in older adults. Lavrestsky
• Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D. Sociology is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and a student Buddhism. She is a facilitator of mindful and compassionate communication. She sees mindfulness and compassion practices as integral to social justice work.
• Kristin Neff, PhD - Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Pioneer and one of the world’s leading experts on the psychological health benefits of self-compassion, Dr. Neff has developed a scale to measure the construct, used by researchers worldwide; author, Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. self-compassion.org
• Pat Ogden, PhD - Founder and Education Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in treatment approaches integrating Embedded Re-lational Mindfulness, Dr. Ogden is co founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), an international lecturer and first author of two ground-breaking books on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org
• Shauna Shapiro, PhD - Professor, Santa Clara University; internationally recognized expert in mindfulness with twenty years of meditation experience ; co-author, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, and Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to setting limits and raising an emotionally intelligent child. drshaunashapiro.com
• Daniel Siegel, MD - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine; founding co- director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA; Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute; Medical Director of the Lifespan Learning Institute; Author, The Mindful Brain, The Developing Mind, and many others; Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. drdansiegel.com
• Gary Small, MD - Professor of Psychiatry and Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Director of both the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the UCLA Longevity Center; leads a research team focusing on the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline; and has authored numerous books on these topics. drgarysmall.com
• Rudolph Tanzi, PhD - Professor of Neurology and holder of the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy En- dowed Chair in Neurology at Harvard University. Vice-Chair of Neurology (Research) and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, investigating the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Co-author of Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being and numerous other books. Tanzi Lab
• Marion Solomon, PhD - Founder and Director of Clinical Training, Lifespan Learning Institute; Clinical Faculty, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; author, Narcissism and Intimacy and Lean on Me; co- author, Love and War in Intimate Relationships; co-editor, The Healing Power of Emotion; Countertrans- ference in Couples Therapy, Healing Trauma, Healing Moments in Psychotherapy and the forthcoming How People Change. drmariosolomon.com
Disclosure: The Lifespan Learning Institute has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any potentially relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. It has been determined that none of the reported relationships are relevant to the content of this conference and the presentations are free of commercial bias. Read More
Enrichment Session Leaders
Enrichment sessions are available during the lunch hour
• Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. She has been teaching mindfulness nationally and internationally since 1993. Her books, articles, interviews, live and online classes and workshops, and public lectures, address how to meditate, mindfulness in daily life, mental health, parenting, social change, and the cultivation of well-being. dianawinston.com
• Julian Walker is a leader in the field of yoga, meditation, bodywork and teacher training. He has been teaching since 1994 and currently specializes in the relationships between brain research, body-based psychology, yoga and meditation. He is the author of the books Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind and Devil In The Details, as well as the Radical Transformation audio program, and runs a busy yoga and bodywork practice in Santa Monica, California. He has written articles for Intent, Elephant Journal, Yogis Anonymous, Integral World and Rense. Julian’s website is julianwalkeryoga.com
Upon Completion, participants will be able to
1. Discuss the relationships between and employ the 4 training modalities (Love, Compassion, Equanimity & Inner Well-being) of the Buddhist Psychology map.
2. Utilize a 3 step forgiveness process with clients and patients
3. Discuss how presence with others (relational presence) activates a shared state of consciousness
4. Utilize two different methods of integrating mindfulness and meditation in clinical work
5. Summarize 3 ways to utilize tools to activate relational presence & embedded relational mindfulness
6. Illustrate how mindfulness practices help us "unlearn" unhealthy habits
7. Identify three neurobiological ways that habits are formed
1. Outline 4 integrative aspects of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and their direct implications for clinical practice.
2. Plan an approach to working with traumatized clients, incorporating five tools that clinicians can apply therapeutically.
3. Define the acronym SAFE and the role the practice of it plays in deconditioning the depression loop.
4. List the 4 questions that can install positive beliefs in even the most stuck clients.
5. Identify 3 brain structures associated with self-referential processing.
6. Explain the relationship between telomere shortening and healthspan.
7. Recognize 4 risk factors for age-related cognitive decline.
1. Identify 3 core elements of mindfulness.
2. State 3 goals of mindfulness research.
3. Discuss the neurophysiological underpinnings of therapeutic presence.
4. Discuss the unifying framework for understanding and integrating interdisciplinary concepts.
5. Outline 3 aspects of quantum physics that may be relevant for the practice of psychotherapy.
6. State 3 common elements between psychoanalysis and quantum physics.
7. Discuss how humans connect to the cosmos and its role in Mindfulness based therapy.
This Conference offers up to 22 CE Hours
APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers up to 22 hours of CE credit.
BBS: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs (provider #PCE 21). This conference meets the qualifications for up to 22 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California BBS.
BRN: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #3524) to offer this activity for up to 22 contact hours.
IMQ/CMA: The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
NBCC: Lifespan Learning Institute and UCLA Longevity Center are cosponsors of this program. This cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. Lifespan Learning Institute is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5981. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.
This program is designated as 3 full day sessions for CE purposes. You must attend the full day, as determined by your sign-in sheet, to receive CE Credit for the session.
Developing Mindful Awareness (7.5 CE Hours)
7:45 Mindful Music Prelude Alex Siegel and Adam Snider
8:30AM - 8:45 AM Introduction Marion Solomon, PhD
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Love and Well-being Jack Kornfield,PhD & Trudy Goodman-Kornfield, PhD
The mind can be trained to affect our thoughts, emotions and the body. A psychology that creates the emergence of love and awakening opens us beyond limited consciousness. The capacities of love, compassion and forgiveness (for self and others) can change everything. Awareness and human respect is at the heart of well-being, enhancing courage, joy and inner peace. Timeless presence takes us to our true Nature.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 - 11:20 AM Mindfulness / Heartfulness Shauna Shapiro, PhD
Based on Dr. Shapiro’s text, The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy and the Helping Professions, her presentation offers scientific research and meditative practices for therapists interested in awakening the mind and opening the heart. Drawing on current research in psychology, medicine and cognitive neuroscience, we will investigate the effects of mindfulness on decreasing pathology and increasing positive psychological and physiological states. Finally, we will explore specific themes of mindfulness that lead to its transformation effects.
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM Therapeutic Relational Presence: Cultivating Shared Consciousness for Positive Well-Being Shari Geller, PhD
Therapeutic presence involves being fully in the moment with others on multiple levels, physically, emotionally , cognitively, relationally and spiritually . Being present and attuned activates a feeling of safety in others, as they feel met, felt, and heard, promoting growth and wellbeing . When we deepen into presence in relationship with others , the relationship becomes a portal to something that is larger than both of us. In these shared moments of presence, we feel a resonance with others experience as if it was our own, allowing us to see, feel, and know aspects of their inner world that we would otherwise not have access to. This transformative state of therapeutic relational presence engages a triad of relationships between yourself, others, and a larger sense of spirituality. This multi-layered connection is a form of inter-subjective consciousness, which develops when two people are co-creating a shared present moment experience. The consciousness of one overlaps with and partially includes the consciousness of the other, so that when one person has an experience, it activates a resonance of the same experience in the other person too. We are all changed in a deeply human way in these profound moments of relational presence.
12:10 - 1:40 PM Lunch
12:10 - 12:40PM Mindfulness Moments: Bringing our community together - Diana Winston (optional, not for credit)
1:40 - 2:55 PM Being Present: Philosophical and Spiritual Principles that Guide the Practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy & Life Pat Ogden, PhD & Bonnie Goldstein, PhD
Reaching beyond technique, the foundational philosophical and spiritual principles that underlie the practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy determine the quality of the therapeutic relationship and create a compassionate atmosphere in which to explore the body as a resource for psychotherapy practice. Drawing on current research in psychology, affect regulation, cognitive neuroscience, and mindfulness, our presentation will illustrate how the embodiment of these principles is the overarching determinant of clinical technique. Specifically, interventions for the practice of Embedded Relational Mindfulness, primary in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, will be taught to reveal the wisdom of the body, the impact of trauma and early attachment relationships on client difficulties, and as a guide towards developing collaborative treatment goals. Short video segments of therapy sessions with adults and children will illuminate the principles in action, illustrating the use of embedded relational mindfulness interventions that promote deepening awareness of moment-to-moment experiences, fostering shared consciousness for positive wellbeing, exploring a range of movement interventions, and adjusting interventions according to the fluctuating needs that arise during a session. Most importantly, these guiding principles and the interventions they inspire can help mental health practitioners, educators, and clients develop a state of consciousness conducive to growth, personal empowerment and healing.
2:55 PM - 3:45 PM Learning to to be a self, from reward to habit, and how conscious awareness can tap into this process for self-transcendence Judson Brewer, MD
When someone asks us to describe ourselves, what aspects of our history do we draw upon to answer this question? Much progress has been made in elucidating the mechanisms that contribute to and maintain a sense of who we are, both from a behavioral and neuroscientific perspective. Additionally, recent research has now linked contemplative practices, such as meditation, with these mechanistic insights. In this presentation, Dr. Brewer will detail shared reinforcement learning processes that contribute to the formation of behaviors, ranging from tying our shoes, to falling in love, to becoming addicted to our cellphones. Highlighting clinical and neuroscientific studies from his lab and others, he will then describe how awareness practices can not only help illuminate these "habits of self," but also tap into these same processes to move beyond them.
3:45 - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 - 5:00 PM The Wheel of Awareness and the Integration of Consciousness Dan Siegel
A practice that helps integrate consciousness. The practical implications of this experience for understanding mindfulness will be discussed. Dr. Siegel will also offer an integrative summation of the day’s presentations, weaving together research and clinical practice.
5:00 - 5:45 PM Panel Moderator: Marion Solomon, PhD
The Science of Awareness and Well-being. (7.5 CE Hours)
7:45 Mindful Music Prelude Alex Siegel and Adam Snider
8:30 - 8:45 AM Introduction Marion Solomon, PhD
8:45 - 9:35 AM Mind-body Medicine, Consciousness and Health Helen Lavretsky, MD
Up to 20% of the US population of the US uses complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) to help symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain and memory loss associated with aging. This trend is increasing in Baby-boomers and following generations because CIM is considered “safer” and more "natural" than the available standard treatment options. Evidence suggests that some integrative approaches can be effective at treating a range of mood, anxiety, and cognitive symptoms. Dr. Helen Lavretsky will review the existing evidence of the efficacy and safety of mind-body interventions used for enhancing resilience to stress and prevention of mood and cognitive disorders of aging.
9:35 - 10:25 AM The Art And Science of Self Compassion Kristin Neff, PhD
This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism.
10:25 - 10:40 AM Break
10:40 AM - 11:30 PM Flourishing from Mind to Cell: Insights from our Telomeres Elissa Epel, PhD
Cellular aging (as measured by the length of our telomeres) offers a view of the positive and negative influences on our rate of aging. By examining telomere length in large populations and in intervention studies, we have learned several lessons. Long term stress damages telomeres but only when it is not countered by resiliency factors. Fortunately, positive states of mind appear to boost the enzyme telomerase and maintain telomeres through the years. We will take a close look at the emerging science of stress resilience, conscious awareness, flourishing, and cell aging.
11:30 - 12:20 PM Train Your Mind to Save Your Brain Gary Small, MD
Gradual cognitive decline is a normal aspect of aging. Although genetic factors contribute to risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive decline, for most people non-genetic factors have a greater impact on brain health and well-being. This presentation will review lifestyle habits that can minimize modifiable risk factors for age-related cognitive decline, including physical conditioning, mindfulness/stress reduction methods, nutrition, and mental exercise. It will also describe strategies for improving brain health and how we can help people to create a mind-set that transitions brain healthy behaviors into life-long habits that can optimize well-being throughout the lifespan.
12:20 - 1:50 PM Lunch
12:20~1:00pm: Mindful Movement and Music - Julian Walker (optional, not for credit)
1:50 PM - 2:40 PM Toward Creating a Natural Anti-depressantBrain Elisha Goldstein, PhD
Although the most widespread treatment for depression today is the use of antidepressants, current research is showing that mindfulness, self-compassion and a few other key mindsets can be equally potent for causing key shifts and releasing natural antidepressants in the brain. Dr. Goldstein will explore how the latest neuroscience research can illuminate our approach with depressed clients, draw parallels between the effects of trauma and depression on the brain and enhance conscious aging. The practice SAFE will be offered, a simple but powerful technique for raising clients consciousness individually and relationally and deconditioning unconscious patterns.
2:40 PM - 3:30 PM Building Cognitive Resilience with Mindfulness Training in High Stress Cohorts Amishi Jha, PhD
This presentation will discuss recent findings regarding the effectiveness of mindfulness training to promote attentional performance success and well-being in high stress/high performance environments. A growing literature finds that protracted periods of high stress degrade cognitive functioning and weaken the capacity to regulate emotions. Our research involving a broad range of groups, such as military servicemembers, elite athletes, teachers, and students has found that attention, working memory, and mood improve with mindfulness-based interventions. Based on these findings, we argue that mindfulness training programs should be further offered and investigated in such settings.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM - 4:45 The Science of Presence: Awareness of Embodied Social Identity as a Pathway to Interconnectedness Dan Siegel, MD & Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD Sociology
Presence can be seen as the portal through which integration is created within the body with its brain, and within our relationships with others and the world in which we live. This presentation will offer a synthesis of the talks up to this point in the conference and weave them together into a picture of the art and science of awareness in therapeutic practice.
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM Panel
Mind, Consciousness and The Social Brain: Transformation Through The Lifespan (7 CE Hours)
8:30 Mindful Music Prelude Alex Siegel and Adam Snider
9:00 - 9:15 AM Introduction - Moderator, Dan Siegel
9:15 -10:45 AM The Neuroscience of Enlightenment Deepak Chopra, MD
Science goes where reality leads it, but what happens when reality itself comes under question? Since the quantum revolution over a century ago, the solid, tangible nature of reality has been undermined. Scientists were faced with three linked mysteries that are only now being seen as inseparably linked:
• What is the nature of the universe?
• What is the nature of consciousness?
• What is the origin of both the universe and consciousness?
We are forced to rethink such basic questions as which came first, mind or matter? In Western philosophy details of the material world are “constructed” by the brain, but this perceived reality is considered incomplete and inaccurate.
However, in Eastern wisdom traditions, particularly Vedanta, the scheme is reversed: consciousness is primary, giving rise to the physical universe. Experiential exploration of consciousness has been a pursuit of the sages and rishis for thousands of years.
Dr. Chopra will examine this experiential understanding of consciousness, with the aim of lending scientific credibility to the hypothesis that bringing forth the material world starting with the mind is much more likely, given all the evidence, than trying to bring forth mind form inert interstellar dust.
10:45 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - Noon What can Alzheimer’s teach us about the brain, mind and self? Rudolph Tanzi
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia affecting the elderly and is characterized by global cognitive decline in learning, memory, reasoning and judgment. AD is strongly influenced by both genetic factors and lifestyle. While certain rare gene mutations, e.g. in the APP, PSEN1 and PSEN2 genes guarantee onset of AD before 60 years old, most cases of AD (>97%) involve genetic susceptibility factors that interplay with each other as well as environmental factors and lifestyle to determine life-long risk. Major lifestyle factors include diet, levels of exercise, intellectual stimulation and social engagement, stress levels and trauma, as well as sleep patterns. The genetic and environmental factors contributing to risk for AD will be reviewed along with emerging therapeutic strategies for treating and preventing this devastating disease. In addition, the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the brain, mind, and consciousness will be considered. In particular, the question of how the concept of “self “can be further refined in view of the effects of Alzheimer’s on the brain and mind will be discussed. Further elucidation of the relationship between brain function, mind, consciousness, and the self will also be presented based on the concepts of neuroplasticity put forward in our recent book “Super Brain”, as well as the role of epigenetics in our new book “Super Genes”, both of which were co-authored with Dr. Deepak Chopra.
12:00 PM 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Living the Living Presence Menas Kafatos
Science and spirituality are converging, the inner world and the outer world. A new view of the cosmos and the human being is emerging: Quantum mechanics has opened the door to the primary role of the mind. The following statements are the natural outcome of a unified, participatory universe: Fundamental Consciousness is the underlying total Reality. Nothing exists without Consciousness which is not subject to the boundaries of space or time. You are the Universe. The field of pure Consciousness, exists and manifests through our own experiences in everyday life. This universal field is full of the living energy, the living Consciousness. It is ever-existing and ever-lasting. This is what I call the Living Presence. It also must be what we experience all the time, our own individual lives. The Living Presence includes our everyday lives, with its ups and downs, and is not separate from them. If we consciously live the Living Presence, our lives become the very abode of eternal bliss. This bliss is not far, far away in some transcendent, mystical realm. It is right here, right now and is filled with wonders. We will explore how the findings of modern quantum mechanics are actually very relevant to our own everyday lives. The vision of such a new way of seeing what is already there is profound, modern, ancient, yet common.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM The Nature of Mind Dan Siegel
By diving deeply into the nature of mind itself, this presentation will further our integration of the weekend's material by examining a systems view of mind, including the nature of time, probability, and the vital role of self-organization in creating harmony in our lives.
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Discusion and Q&A Chopra, Kafatos, Siegel, Tanzi
4:30 - 5:30 PM Final Panel Shapiro, Geller, Ogden, Goldstein, Brewer, Siegel, Lavretsky, Epel, Small, E. Goldstein, Jha, Chopra, Tanzi, Kafatos, Moderator: Marion Solomon
1 Day: Friday, 3/17 or Saturday, 3/18: $175.00 through 2/28/17 (after 2/28, $195.00)
2 Days: Saturday and Sunday 3/18-19 or Friday 3/17and Sunday 3/19: $340.00 through 2/28 ($360.00 after 2/28)
3 Days: $495.00 through 2/28 ($515.00 after 2/28)
Register Online, by phone: 310.474.2505
or by mail: pdf March 2017 IPNB Mail-in Registration Form (356 KB)
Location: Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA - 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
Hotel: Hotel Angeleno, reserve online here or by phone 866.264.3536 Mention Lifespan Learning 2017. Conference Rate is $189.00 + tax per night (valid for reservations made by 2/26/17).
Travel - contact Susan Lamishaw (310) 284-5160
Parking - Lots 4, 8 and 9 are the closest.
Lunch - There will be morning and afternoon refreshments, however, lunch is NOT included. There are several concessions on the ﬁrst ﬂoor and A Level of Ackerman.
Attire: Dress comfortably. If you are sensitive to room climate, consider wearing layers.
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