The Science of Mindfulness and Compassion
A Weekend with Kristin Neff, PhD & Shauna Shapiro, PhD
"Mindfulness is a key element to self-compassion," teaches Dr. Kristin Neff. By practicing this simple and powerful skill, we can learn be with our difficult emotions without turning away, and develop a sense of loving connection with the disowned parts of ourselves.
On February 10-11, we invite you to join us for an immersive workshop on mindfulness and self-compassion with internationally recognized experts Kristin Neff, PhD and Shauna Shapiro, PhD. These two pioneering teachers will help you explore the unique and overlapping dimensions of mindfulness practice and compassion with the goal of integrating both in our personal and professional lives, including:
- The latest theories and research on mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion from Dr. Neff and Dr. Shapiro
- The heart aspects of mindfulness—how cultivating a sense of kind awareness transforms our present moment experience
- Why so many of us find it more difficult to give compassion to ourselves than others
- How we can treat ourselves with the same sense of kindness we would show a close friend or loved one
- How our shared sense of human imperfection can open the way to being more present with the inevitable struggles of life and meeting our challenges with greater ease
- The role of mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion in caregiving, with specific practices to help you integrate mindfulness and compassion into your personal and professional life
Research has shown both mindfulness and self-compassion practices to have a pronounced, positive effect in association with any form of therapy, healing, or life plan for promoting psychological and physical wellness. We hope you’ll join us as these two leaders in this emerging field of research share their most powerful findings and practices for cultivating these essential qualities with The Science of Mindfulness and Compassion.
Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and is the author of Self-Compassion, as well as the audio course Self-Compassion Step-by-Step. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition since 1997. She and her family were featured in the book and documentary The Horse Boy. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program—co-created with her colleague Chris Germer and affiliated with Harvard Medical School—is called Mindful Self-Compassion. For more, visit self-compassion.org.
Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and compassion. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to education; and is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute cofounded by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness programs internationally, and has been invited to present for the King of Thailand, the Danish government, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China. Dr. Shapiro serves on the Advisory Board of Axialent—a leader in conscious business—and has brought mindfulness to pioneering companies including Genentech, Cisco Systems, and Google. She has published over 150 articles and book chapters, and is coauthor of the critically acclaimed texts The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. Dr. Shapiro’s work has been featured in the Wired magazine, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and American Psychologist. For more, visit drshaunashapiro.com.