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The Meditating Brain

With Drs. Richard Davidson and Cortland Dahl


This event takes place April 10 - 11, 2021.

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Registration will close 1 hour in advance of the event. Full refunds will be given for cancellation requests up to 1 hour in advance of the event.


Translation from English will be offered in French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

“Fifteen years from now, mental exercise will be regarded in the same way that physical exercise is today.” — Richard Davidson

In this weekend workshop, Drs. Richard Davidson and Cortland Dahl will share a groundbreaking scientific model that highlights four pillars of well-being — awareness, connection, insight, and purpose — that can be treated as skills and strengthened through meditation and other forms of mental training. 


Research suggests that our level of well-being is not predetermined by our genes or circumstances but rather can be actively influenced. We can learn well-being like we would a skill. Meditation can strengthen our well-being and help us deal with stress. We can even improve our physical health and our performance at work, at school, or in daily-life activities with contemplative practices. Even short periods of meditation can lead to important mental and physical health outcomes.


In this workshop we will learn:

  • The four pillars of well-being and the science behind them
  • Practical strategies to strengthen the four pillars of well-being and apply them in daily life
  • Insights from cutting-edge research
  • How meditation and other forms of mental training affect the body and brain
  • How to deal with stress and life’s challenges
  • How to improve performance


  • Presentations on the four pillars of well-being
  • Guided meditation practices
  • Q&A with Cortland and Richie

Rewiring Your Brain to Flourish — with Dr. Cortland Dahl

Can mental training actively influence our level of well-being? Research suggests that even small amounts of meditation can lead to important outcomes for our mental and physical health, as well as our success at work and in relationships.

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Meet your presenter

Dr. Richard Davidson is a William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds. His research is focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published more than 400 articles and is the co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. Davidson has been recognized for his research through various awards, such as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award and an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD). Davidson received his PhD from Harvard University in Psychology and has been teaching psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1984.

Meet your presenter

Cortland is a scientist, translator, and meditation teacher who offers workshops and leads retreats around the world. He has practiced meditation for nearly three decades and has spent time on retreat in monasteries and retreat centers throughout Japan, Burma, and India, including eight years spent living in Tibetan refugee settlements in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has a Ph.D. in Mind, Brain and Contemplative Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was mentored by renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson. He also holds a master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. In addition to his work as an Instructor for the Tergar community and Executive Director of Tergar International, Cortland serves as Research Scientist and Chief Contemplative Officer at UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds and the center’s affiliated non-profit, Healthy Minds Innovations. Cortland is actively involved in scientific research and has published articles on the impact of meditation practices on the body, mind, and brain. He has also published twelve books of translations of classical texts on Buddhist philosophy and meditation. He currently lives with his wife and son in Madison, Wisconsin.

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