Calming the Mind and Opening the Heart

The Practice and Science of Meditation


Richard Davidson, Myoshin Kelley

September 15-17, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$380 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

We live in a fast-paced, demanding, and complex world that can be very stressful and challenging, with many negative consequences, including on our health, our outlook, and our relationships.

In the midst of this, meditation offers a reliable way to help us find a sense of well-being, inviting us to open our hearts and training us to meet life with less anxiety, fear, and suffering.

This weekend, Dr. Richard J. Davidson, an award-winning research professor of psychology and psychiatry who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, teams up with meditation teacher Myoshin Kelley for a workshop that introduces you to simple meditation practices to calm and stabilize the mind and cultivate caring, compassion, and kindness.

Dr. Davidson will also share inspiring presentations based on his years of neuroscientific research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying emotional well-being, meditation, and contemplative practices.

You will learn:

  • The results of the most cutting-edge scientific research on neuroplasticity and epigenetics demonstrating the positive impact of contemplative practices on the mind, brain, body, and behavior
  • Simple step-by-step instructions in meditation, including body-based, thought-based, and heart-based approaches
  • Practical advice for establishing—and enjoying—a daily practice of meditation for lifelong well-being.

In addition to feeling rested and rejuvenated, you will leave this weekend with a solid understanding of the effects of meditation to help you create, sustain, and deepen your own meditation practice and experience benefits in all areas of life.

Faculty Bio

Richard Davidson

Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the New York Times best-selling coauthor of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin‰ Madison, where he is also the director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior.

He has popularized the idea that, based on brain-plasticity research, a person can learn skills for happiness and compassion just as a person can learn to play a musical instrument‰ it is possible to train a mind to be happy. A friend and confidante of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and named by Time magazine in 2006 as one of the most influential people in the world, Dr. Davidson is the recipient of numerous awards for his research, including a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Scientist Award and the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine.

In 2008, he founded the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, a research center dedicated to the study of positive qualities such as kindness and compassion. Dr. Davidson has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC‰’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, the Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine, along with many other national and international news outlets.

Myoshin Kelley

Myoshin Kelley first began meditating in 1975 and has since practiced under the guidance of several renowned meditation teachers in all three major Buddhist traditions. She was trained as a meditation instructor by Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts.

A teacher at the Forest Refuge, the long-term practice center at IMS, Myoshin is also a devoted student of Mingyur Rinpoche, who she helps support in his worldwide vision of the Tergar Meditation Community. She leads meditation retreats, workshops, and leadership training programs internationally and in the United States as a senior Tergar instructor.

She offers a variety of programs for the benefit of both secular and Buddhist audiences alike that experientially explore how the practice of meditation and the wisdom of an open heart, support the path of awakening.

Why Attend

  • Broaden your understanding of and experience with meditation with a variety of practices supported by scientific research to enhance overall well-being.

  • Gain new skills to relax your mind, increase your focus, and access greater wisdom.

  • Experience deeper connections in all of your relationships by expanding your capacity for compassion.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    Joy of Living, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

    The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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