The Upward Spiral

Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression

Personal Development - Growth Psychology

Alex Korb

July 21-23, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In his book The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb, PhD, demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better.

In this immersive weekend, you will experience the effects of several practices backed by neuroscience for rewiring your brain and creating an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.

Whether you suffer from depression or just want a better understanding of the brain, this weekend offers an engaging look at the neuroscience behind our emotions, thoughts, and actions.

You will learn:

  • What’s happening in the brain with depression and what you can do about it
  • Simple steps you can take to alter brain activity and chemistry
  • How to reshape your brain and improve your mood, one small change at a time
  • Tools for health professionals to share with clients.

The truth is that there isn’t one big solution to depression, but there are numerous natural ways to alter brain activity and chemistry. Some are as easy as relaxing certain muscles to reduce anxiety or getting more sunlight. Even small steps in the right direction can have profound effects—giving you the power to become your best self—boosting your mood, energy, focus, decision-making, and more.

Faculty Bio

Alex Korb

Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist, writer and coach. He has studied the brain for over 15 years and is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. He received a BS in Neuroscience at Brown University, before earning a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA.

Subsequent to post-doctoral research at UCLA, he is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UCLA where his research focuses on neuroimaging and the development of a novel brain stimulation device.

Aside from his numerous scientific publications, he has written a wide-array of neuroscience articles for the lay audience explaining how the tendencies of the brain can both ruin and enrich your life:

Outside of the lab he offers personal coaching, and he is head coach of the UCLA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. He has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.

Why Attend

  • Master simple-to-learn tools for creating an upward spiral of your mood, which can lead to greater happiness, connection, and sense of purpose.


  • Gain an understanding of the neuroscience of the brain, including how and why specific natural techniques can rewire your brain and uplift your experience of life.

  • For health practitioners, expand your toolkit to include daily techniques for your own self-care, as well as for sharing with your clients.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

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  • 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.*

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.

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