Mindfulness as a Path to Habit Change

From Unconscious Patterns to a Happy Life

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

We all have habits we’d like to change and habits we’d like to develop to live more happily and fully. But once ingrained, behaviors can be very hard to break because of the brain processes involved in habit formation.

Join insight meditation guiding teacher Hugh G. Byrne, PhD, and learn how to use to mindfulness practices and principles to bring habitual behaviors and thought patterns into awareness, where they can be transformed.

Emphasizing kindness, self-compassion, non-judgment, and self-care, you will cultivate formal and informal skills and practices to help you free yourself from unhealthy habits. You will empower yourself to shift your life through:

  • Mindfulness of breath and body, including sitting and walking meditation to connect with your deepest intentions and discover what you care about most deeply
  • Lovingkindness and self-compassion practices to help you “ride the waves” and work with difficult feelings, bodily sensations, and challenging emotions
  • Mindful eating and guided reflections to identify unhelpful habits to let go of and beneficial ones to develop
  • Skillfully work with your thoughts to shift your focus from narrating to experiencing your life.

Through talks on daily life skills and practices, question-and-answer sessions, journaling, and sharing in pairs and groups, you will learn how to work with habits before, during, and after they manifest. You will take home powerful skills, practices, and a handbook to bring mindfulness—a key to habit change—into your daily life.

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Hugh G. Byrne

October 29-November 3, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$385 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

We all have habits we’d like to change and habits we’d like to develop to live more happily and fully. But once ingrained, behaviors can be very hard to break because of the brain processes involved in habit formation.

Join insight meditation guiding teacher Hugh G. Byrne, PhD, and learn how to use to mindfulness practices and principles to bring habitual behaviors and thought patterns into awareness, where they can be transformed.

Emphasizing kindness, self-compassion, non-judgment, and self-care, you will cultivate formal and informal skills and practices to help you free yourself from unhealthy habits. You will empower yourself to shift your life through:

  • Mindfulness of breath and body, including sitting and walking meditation to connect with your deepest intentions and discover what you care about most deeply
  • Lovingkindness and self-compassion practices to help you “ride the waves” and work with difficult feelings, bodily sensations, and challenging emotions
  • Mindful eating and guided reflections to identify unhelpful habits to let go of and beneficial ones to develop
  • Skillfully work with your thoughts to shift your focus from narrating to experiencing your life.

Through talks on daily life skills and practices, question-and-answer sessions, journaling, and sharing in pairs and groups, you will learn how to work with habits before, during, and after they manifest. You will take home powerful skills, practices, and a handbook to bring mindfulness—a key to habit change—into your daily life.

Faculty Bio

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Hugh G. Byrne

Hugh G. Byrne, a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, has practiced meditation for 30 years and taught mindfulness meditation since 2000. He teaches meditation and works with people to cultivate mindfulness in daily life, using an approach that is deeply informed by family and culture, human rights, and social justice.

He completed a four-year teacher-training program with Jack Kornfield and other senior teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Hugh teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and completed a three-year training in Somatic Experiencing®, a mind-body approach to healing trauma.

Having earned a law degree from London University and a PhD from UCLA, he has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and social justice and leads mindfulness-based resilience trainings for humanitarian aid workers through the Garrison Institute.

Hugh is author of The Here-and-Now Habit and teaches classes and retreats in the United States and internationally.

Why Attend

  • Learn how combining the ancient wisdom teachings of mindfulness and compassion with cutting-edge insights from neuroscience can help you get unstuck with habit-breaking expert Hugh Byrne.

  • Empower yourself to change unhealthy patterns (eating, drinking, smoking, excessive social media use, worrying) and develop beneficial ones (more exercise, better diet, meditation, yoga).

  • Rewire your brain through mindfulness, meditation, and other practices and live with greater joy, ease, and freedom, unburdened from the autopilot experience of being stuck in your habits.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    The Here-and-Now Habit by Hugh Byrne.

  • Special Interest to

    Open to anyone with habits they would like to change. Psychologists, therapists, and other health professionals will learn skills to support themselves and their clients.

Accommodations

Suites
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.*

Pods
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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