The Art & Science of Living with Presence & Connection

A Special Retreat with Jack Kornfield PhD and Dan Siegel MD
Join these two master teachers in a small group setting in Southern California Nov. 6-8, 2020 $4800
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  • •    Immerse yourself in interactive lectures, discussions, and experiential practices

    •    Only 32 participants

    •    14 CEs available - Click here for Learning Objectives and information regarding CE Credits

    •    Explore the profound questions of brain, mind, and spirit

    •    Integrate findings from neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and

          Buddhist psychology into your work and personal life

    •    Enjoy the relaxing setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  

    We look forward to being with you at this unique training retreat!

    Enjoy special pricing through September 11, 2020: $1,000 off the full price, $5,800


    • Join these two master teachers in a small group setting in Southern California Nov. 6-8, 2020 $4800

                           The Art & Science of Living with Presence & Connection:

                                                     A Special Training Retreat

                                                   Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel

      We invite you to join us for a special training retreat with two master teachers, Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel.  In a small group setting, we will gather for a weekend and focus on how we can best grow in wisdom and love, explore the profound questions of brain, mind and spirit, and cultivate practices that nurture a resilient and vibrant well being in our challenging world.


      14 CE credits available



      November 6-8, 2020



      Held in Santa Monica, California on the penthouse level of the historic Hotel Shangri La overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This landmark and architectural gem has been welcoming guests since 1939 and still holds the essence of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Our time includes a sunset stroll on the palm-lined walkways of the nearby Palisades Park.


      A dynamic group of up to 32 persons only from a variety of fields, including mental health practitioners, mindfulness practitioners, physicians, executives, entrepreneurs, coaches, parents, and others from around the world – and hopefully you! 


      What else

      Light refreshments provided throughout the training. 

      Lunch provided Saturday and Sunday at the hotel. 


      Course Description:

      As practitioners and educators in Mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology, Jack and Dan will provide experiences and teachings that offer an opportunity to reflect on your work and your life with powerful new understandings and practices. These two inspiring teachers, who love teaching together, will offer your small group a transformative immersion into incredible, cutting-edge science and the essential trainings of Buddhist Psychology that can offer an empowering tapestry of insight into the nature of our minds and well-being.

      On our retreat you will learn how to apply the revolutionary principles of the consilient, multi-disciplinary field of Interpersonal Neurobiology to awaken new capacities and benefit your whole life, enhancing your relationships, integrating your brain, and strengthening your mind. You will also learn the critical and scientifically supported Eastern practices of mindfulness and compassion to train the heart and mind. Integrating these complementary disciplines of science and spiritual practice invites us all to cultivate wisdom and awaken a deep capacity for trust and love. Together, Jack and Dan will draw on their more than 30 combined books and extensive teachings that have inspired millions of readers and students around the world. The format will include a rich body of accessible and transformative scientific concepts, individual cases and inspiring stories, blended with dialogue between Jack and Dan. In this way, we will explore and learn the art and science of wisdom and love. 


      Topics & Questions

      1. How do we foster true presence and a wise, loving connection with ourselves and one


      2.  How do we use the art of mindfulness to strengthen attention, balance and focus?

      3. What do contemporary views of neuroscience on the training and power of compassion

           tell us about the importance of relationships and reflection in our lives?

      4.  How can we develop Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Attunement?

      5.  What is the mind? How do we cultivate a healthy mind?

      6.  What are ways to promote the dynamic pathways to whole brain integration?

      7.  What do contemplative practices teach us about consciousness?

      8.  How does our notion of a “self” shape our well-being? 

      9.  What are science-supported and contemplative-based skillful strategies to direct

           consciousness and shift identity?

      10. What does it truly mean to “transform identity?”

      11. What are the scientific approaches and spiritual practices illuminating and strengthening

            the body-mind connection?

      12. How can we harness the core principles of emotional transformation?

      13. How can we discover and awaken a calm awareness beyond individual personality and


      14. How can we employ the science and power of intention to direct our lives?

      15. What is a personally relevant and meaningful measure  of “success” in work, in love, and

            in life?


      Tuition:                     $4,800 through 11:59 pm PST September 11, 2020

                                        $5,800 from September 12, 2020    


      Credits:                    14 CEs



      November 6, 2020      Friday

        4:00 –   7:00 p.m.    Arrival, introductions & opening teachings

      November 7, 2019      Saturday  

        9:00 – 12:00 p.m.    Lecture, discussion & experiential practices

      12:00 –   2:00 p.m.    Retreat lunch at the hotel (Included)

        2:00 –   5:30 p.m.    Lecture, discussion & experiential practices

      November 8, 2019     Sunday 

        9:00 – 12:00 p.m.    Lecture, discussion & experiential practices

      12:00 –   1:30 p.m.    Retreat lunch at the hotel (Included)

        1:30  –  3:00 p.m.    Closing session




      Hotel Shangri-La

      1301 Ocean Ave

      Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • CE Credit Information and Course Objectives

    This training retreat offers 14 hours of CE Credit.

    The Lifespan Learning Institute and the Mindsight Institute are cosponsors of the Continuing Education programs offered. 

    APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 
    BRN: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #03424).
    CMA: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of Lifespan Learning Institute and the Mindsight Institute. The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  
    It is your responsibility to verify with your licensing board / organization that they will accept the types of CE credit we offer. Out-of-state LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs should verify with their licensing board if they will accept BBS CE.

    Course Objectives: 

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of how the mind, brain, and relationships are part of one reality.
    • Understand and apply the basic approaches and principles of Buddhist Psychology.
    • Employ three forms of mindful focus to strengthen attention and focus.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how energy and information flow are part of the functioning of the mind, brain, and relationships from an interpersonal neurobiology perspective.
    • Use the process of "RAIN" to transform emotions within themselves and for others.
    • Access, create and direct the powerful tools of short-term and long-term intention.
    • Develop 4 practices for compassion, kindness, forgiveness and joy.
    • Describe how integration is defined.
    • Distinguish the different domains of integration.
    • Describe a definition of the mind from an interpersonal neurobiology perspective.
    • Appraise how the mind can be seen as a relational and embodied process.
    • Identify the impact of a state of mind on interpersonal functioning.
    • Discuss the nature of narrative and its relationship to memory.
    • Categorize the major groupings of attachment relationships.
    • Describe the relationship between child attachment and adult attachment.
    • Evaluate behavioral manifestations of chaos or rigidity.
    • Identify the core features of integration and their relationship to health.
  • Note: This is not a process, therapy or clinical supervision group. The purpose of this weekend immersion is for educational and professional development.

    • What about CEs?

      Please click on the CE Credits tab above to see if you are eligible to receive CE Hours. If you are licensed outside of California, please contact your state’s licensing board to see if you may receive credit from a California CE provider. You will receive your CE Certificate for 14 CEs at the end of the weekend.

    • What about Lodging, Restaurants, and Transportation?

      Please click here for hotel and restaurant recommendations. LAX and Burbank are the closest airports. There are shuttles, taxis, and rental cars readily available at both airports. If you prefer a car service, we recommend All West Towncar reachable at or 818-521-7191.

    • Will the Training be taped or offered through a live webcast?

      Not at this time.

    • What if it turns out that I cannot attend?

      The Mindsight Institute will promptly provide a full refund of tuition if cancellation notice is provided 2 months before the workshop's start date. In the case of cancellation within 2 months of the workshop, we will also provide a full refund if we are able to fill your space and reach our workshop capacity by the workshop's start date. If cancellation notice is provided within 2 months of the workshop's start date and we cannot fill your space, then we will provide a 50% refund of tuition. All refunds due for cancellations within 60 days will be processed within 5 business days of the workshop's start date. 

    Please email our team at if you have any further questions.

  • Weekend in Santa Monica: 14 CEs

    Comments From Recent Workshop Participants: 

    "Jack and Dan immersed us in the convergence of neuroscience-based awareness and Buddhist mindfulness. With practical examples, meditation practices, and small group Q & A, they bring these disciplines to life. I would go again and again!" 


    "This weekend was full of learning and sharing of beautiful energy and experiences with a dynamic group. Dan and Jack have a wonderful style together - full of rich story and teachings." 


    "An incredible experience. I carry away new friendships, concepts, experiences, awareness, and a feeling of love and peace."


    "If there is such a thing as a 'spiritual edge,' this is it. Loved the richness and depth of Jack's presence and the vibrant and bright mind of Dan. Thank you." 


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