The Face, Emotion, and Compassionate Connection


Erika Rosenberg

June 23-25, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

The human face reveals our deepest feelings. Yet often we are so involved in our own emotional reactions that we overlook signs from others that could lead to more compassionate connection.

Until we learn to interpret facial cues and cultivate awareness of our own facial expressions, much of this information is not readily accessible to us. This groundbreaking workshop teaches science-based skills training on emotion and facial expression.

Erika Rosenberg is a world-renowned expert in the facial expression of emotion and a senior teacher at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. During this fascinating experiential weekend, she integrates the science of facial expression with meditation-based training in mindfulness and compassion.

You will experience lecture, small group discussion, interaction in pairs, meditation, and role-playing to learn not only what other people’s faces send out, but also how your own reactions might be received in turn.

You will learn:

  • How the face gives unique access to emotional experiences
  • To recognize universal facial expressions
  • The meaning behind non-verbal behaviors and how to read what other people are feeling
  • Awareness of the impact of the facial expressions you exhibit when you respond to others
  • Facial awareness to increase openness and responsiveness to others.

You will leave with access to a deepened presence with others and skillfulness in navigating the terrain of social interaction for enhanced connection in your personal and professional life.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Enhance your awareness and mastery of the interpersonal environment in which you work and live.

  • Establish a deeper and more open connection to the people in your world.

  • Improve your collaborative skills in work and family life.

  • Overcome the challenges in accurately reading the emotional subtext in human interactions.

  • Lose your fear of being blindsided by unexpected emotional reactions.

  • Increase your ability to get your points across by gaining greater awareness of emotional subtext in any conversation.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.


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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