The workshop will take place from 8am to 4pm each day at the Impact Hub Chapala Center 1221 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. It is located about 15 minutes by car from the Santa Barbara Airport and about 90 minutes from Los Angeles. The Chapala Center is walking distance to downtown shops, hotels, and the beach.
On Saturday night, there will be an optional group dinner. Absolutely no pressure, but a nice opportunity to continue the conversation. Breakfast, coffee, lunch, and snacks will be provided.
How do we help students leverage their capacity for well-being? How do we support them in developing effective practices that work in any circumstances? How do we give them what they need to live peaceful, purposeful, and powerful lives? Self-regulation – the ability to align our actions with values, goals and commitments – is fundamental to overall well-being and performance. However, this critical skill is rarely taught explicitly in schools. Over the course of two days, we will look at the principles, practices, and skills of mindful self-regulation. This experiential, interactive workshop will provide participants with specific strategies that they can use in their professional, parenting and/or personal lives.
Saturday Morning: The Self-regulation of Attention
What do we mean when we say “pay attention?” Attention is a limited resource – the skillful use of this resource is foundational to learning and to living well. How we pay attention affects how we think, how we feel, what we remember, and even our physical health. This class will look at the neuroscience of attentional control and how we help students develop what may be the single most important skill in life. We will look at the myths and misunderstandings about the practice of mindfulness. We will discuss specific ways to help students focus as well as the unintentional things we do that make focusing more difficult.
Saturday Afternoon: Emotional Self-regulation
Despite the fact that we often treat them as obstacles or ancillary aspects of life, brain research tells us that emotions are fundamental to thinking and learning. The ability to understand and work effectively with emotions is one of the keys to choosing effective behavior. Anxiety and stress can be a significant drain on attention as well as cognitive and executive function. We can leverage this understanding to make our efforts more effective and our relationships more supportive. We will discuss specific strategies for helping students work peacefully with challenging emotional states as well as cultivating powerful internal emotional resources such as gratitude, compassion, and awe.
Sunday Morning: Behavioral Self-regulation
Why do we engage in behavior that does not work and avoid behavior that we know would be more effective? We will take a fascinating look at the way our evolutionary biology affects the choices we make everyday. We will also look at the incredible human capacity to make choices that are aligned with goals, values, commitments, and relationships – even when we don’t feel like it. We will identify specific strategies for helping students discover what they are actually capable of.
Sunday Afternoon: Designing Purposeful Habits
The world is changing rapidly. The presence of technology and social media places ever-increasing demands on our attention. Many of our efforts to avoid, suppress, or indulge discomfort fill our lives with activities that are empty and exhausting. Organizing our lives in hopes of eliminating discomfort from uncertainty, failure, or loss can lead us to avoid worthwhile risks, meaningful pursuits, and loving connections. We can help students identify what really matters, make small daily choices that serve their values, accept responsibility for their choices, and learn from the consequences. We will also investigate how we confuse skill and motivation with one another and why this distinction is critical to success and well-being.