We offer several weekly, monthly, and annual events as well as many special events throughout the year. Be sure to check our events page regularly so you don’t miss anything!

Current Workshops

Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
with Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Friday, October 19, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

EARLY REGISTRATION
$159 Ind/Prof – $99 Student through October 5
$179 Ind/Prof with 6 CE/CPEs through October 5

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$179 Ind/Prof – $119 Student starting October 6
$199 Ind/Prof with 6 CE/CPEs starting October 6

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Vegetarian lunch included
Watermark  Country Club
5500 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


6 CE/CPEs Pending for Psychologists, Social Workers, Dietitians, & Nurses (See bottom of page for details)

A persuasive argument for hope! Learn to build the sections of the brain that protect us from depressive slides and slow down the sections that foster them. Allow the brain’s natural anti-depressants to emerge, grow stronger, and facilitate the ability to enjoy the good times, survive difficult times, and open to lives of greater resiliency and well-being.

In this workshop you will: 

    • Learn and experience what makes us resilient
    • Understand the Depressed and Anxious Brain and How it Changes
    • Uncover and experience why play is the key attitude for resiliency
    • Learn why mindfulness and compassion are natural anti-depressants
    • Explore why our relationships are the x-factor for sustaining change

Elisha Smiling Pro ShotElisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of a number of powerful programs including the 6-month mentorship program A Course in Mindful Living. He is a psychologist, speaker and author who has published numerous articles, chapters, and blogs, including Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR Every Day. He synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing. He has his private practice in West Los Angeles, CA.

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6 CE/CPEs Pending for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, and Dietitians

ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits to psychologists. International Seminars Group maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 

Past Workshops

Mindful Eating: A Path to 
Health and Well-Being
with Lynn Rossy, PhD

March 16 & 17, 2018

 

We eat for many reasons besides physical hunger. We eat when we are sad, lonely, angry, stressed, or bored. We eat at the computer and watching TV. We eat to entertain ourselves, because it’s time, and just because the food is there. Our world is filled with distraction, so we eat mindlessly and engage in behavior that leads to a less than ideal relationship to our bodies.  And, in a culture that idolizes the perfect body, self-criticism and self-judgment prevail.

Challenges with how to eat and how to treat our bodies often result in emotional distress, obesity, and other eating-related health problems. Diets that focus on weight loss have not been shown to be effective in the long term and may even contribute to weight gain and greater despair. Taking a more holistic approach, mindful eating can help people end overeating and make friends with their bodies, use awareness to manage their emotions, and guide their behavior.

In day one of the workshop, learn about mindfulness and how it relates to mindful eating. Understand the evidence from current research in the field of mindful eating, including the research conducted by the presenter on her program entitled, Eat for Life. Learn simple but powerful practices to change how you eat and view your body forever.

In day two, both professionals and the general public can benefit from understanding the barriers and challenges in learning and practicing mindful eating. Drawing from her experience of teaching mindful eating for a decade, Dr. Rossy will describe real-life problems that people encounter in practicing mindful eating and discuss the methods for overcoming them. There will be a combination of presentation, mindful eating, and guided meditations. Suitable for professionals and the general public.

 

Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. is a health psychologist, author, and researcher specializing in mindfulness-based interventions for eating, stress, and workplace wellness. She combined her decades long personal practice of mindfulness with her love of eating and scientific investigation to produce the program called Eat for Life. This program is scientifically proven to help people to be more mindful, love their bodies, and end overeating. She published the book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution (2016), to bring these concepts to the public. Her book was named in the Top Ten Mindfulness Books of 2016 by Mindful.org. She is the Vice President of The Center for Mindful Eating—an international non-profit organization training professionals in the field of mindful eating. She is always on the move, giving workshops and presentations on the topic of mindfulness and mindful eating to everyone from small businesses to international scientific conferences.

Mindfulness & The Science Of Habit Change
with Judson Brewer, MD PhD

Friday, October 20, 2017

We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably whether it’s the habit of constantly checking social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? How can we cultivate habits that support our health and happiness?

In this unique workshop with psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and mindfulness teacher Judson Brewer MD PhD, he will guide us through a day of understanding how we can tap into the very processes that encourage bad habits in order to step into healthier habits. Dr. Brewer will describe the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, as well as how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Define mindfulness
  2. Describe the habit loop of positive and negative reinforcement.
  3. Practice a mindfulness meditation
  4. Practice a loving kindness meditation
  5. Discuss participants’ insights with formal mindfulness practices
  6. Discuss how mindfulness approaches can help change habit patterns

Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein.

2-Day MSC Core Skills Workshop
with Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff

Friday & Saturday, March 3 & 4, 2017 

 

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Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticis
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion exercises to clients

Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. They have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and are providing a series of in-depth opportunities for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive 2-day format. Consider joining Kristin and Chris to learn from the leaders just how powerful and transformative the practice of self-compassion can be. CE credits are available for Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, and Teachers.


Mindfulness, Mindsight and
the Integrated Brain:
What is the Mind and Mental Health?
with Dr. Dan Siegel

Friday, February 26, 2016
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Can we describe a ‘healthy mind’? Defining mind as an ‘embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information’ allows us to move deeply into understanding new ways of seeing the interconnections among brain, interpersonal relationships and the mind. Dr. Siegel outlines strategies to monitor and modify energy and information flow with more clarity and power, and also describes how the concept of integration can serve as an organizing principle that illuminates mindsight, harmony, resilience, and vitality.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore the nature of mind
  • Examine what a healthy mind might be
  • Discover how chaos and rigidity reveal impaired integration
  • Learn how to cultivate integration to create harmony and health

Dr. Dan Siegel is author of three New York Times Bestsellers, Founding Co-Director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, Founding Co-Investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.

Mindfulness for Educators: Cultivating
Curiosity and Kindness Over the Long Haul
with Ted DesMaisons, MBA, MTh

Founder, Anima Learning
US Coordinator, Mindfulness in Schools Project

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From kindergarten through college, leading voices espouse the benefits of mindfulness practice for children and youth. Mindfulness is often described as a practical tool for addressing mental and emotional health as well as discipline issues in schools. However, for mindfulness to be truly effective, teachers and administrators must learn to distinguish between deeper mindfulness practice and its more superficial “step-siblings.” What does the research show and what does it not show? What variables make for the most effective mindfulness instruction? Who teaches and embodies the practice with integrity and humor? How do we make mindfulness appealing to children and youth? This workshop will dive into these questions and offer attendees a direct taste of mindfulness practice, a glimpse into its promise for the classroom, as well as its power to impact the personal lives of those who work with children and youth.

Learning Objectives:

  • What mindfulness is and what mindfulness is not
  • The explosion of mindfulness research
  • How to train the “puppy mind” for greater attention and focus
  • Simple mindfulness exercises to help ease anxiety, promote resilience, and develop connection
  • Practical steps for bringing mindfulness to school communities

Ted DesMaisons, MBA, MTh., has been synthesizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning for over 25 years. After completing graduate work at Stanford and Harvard, he taught religious studies and philosophy for twelve years at a private New England boarding school. Fueled by insights from the worlds of growth mindset, contemplative practice, improvisational theater and positive reinforcement, Ted founded Anima Learning and now serves as US Coordinator and Lead Trainer for the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project. He is also a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor. Ted shares insights and inquiries regularly on his ANIMA blog: www.AnimaLearning.com/blog.

Hardwiring Happiness:
The New Brain Science of Lasting
Inner Strength and Peace
with Dr. Rick Hanson

Friday, October 17, 2014
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We all need inner strengths such as resilience, positive emotions, feeling cared about, andconfidence for the long and often hard road of life. These strengths largely depend on turning positive experiences into mental structure. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It’s like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. This causes over-reactivity, needless worries, depression, and interpersonal conflicts. It also hampers childrearing, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and addiction recovery.
To solve this problem, this workshop will show how to turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources. We’ll explore how to use these methods to lower anxiety and stress, lift mood, grow calm and contentment, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the brain.

Learning Objectives:

  • How your mind alone can change your brain for the better
  • Why the brain evolved a negativity bias and how this affects us today
  • The four HEAL steps that tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to build up your sense of feeling strong, happy, peaceful, and loved
  • How to have and take in the “antidote experiences” you most need, including for healing old pain
  • How to use the HEAL steps for motivation, childrearing, recovery, depression, and trauma

Why taking in the good brings us home to the Responsive, “green” setting of the human brain that is the fundamental basis of long-term health and happiness.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers