Neurodharma Retreat with Dr. Rick Hanson: A 10-day Experiential Exploration of the Deepest Roots of the Highest Happiness

Rick Hanson, Alisa Dennis, Terry Vandiver, Tina Rasmussen and Peter Grossenbacher

September 20–29, 2019

Tuition $450 + 9 nights

The combination of modern brain science and ancient Buddhist wisdom is illuminating the embodied basis of deep experiences of present moment awareness, contentment and love, and the sense of being one with everything.

Join New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and learn experiential methods for relaxing the contracted sense of self and resting in resilient well-being at the front edge of now.

This mainly silent retreat will include guided practices, talks, sitting and walking meditation, yoga and movement, small group meetings, and Q&A sessions. We’ll explore plausible ways to strengthen the neural circuitry of these seven steps of awakening:

• Steadying the mind
• Warming the heart
• Resting in fullness
• Enjoying wholeness
• Receiving nowness
• Opening into allness
• Finding timelessness

This is an ambitious program that takes seriously the upper reaches of human potential taught by the great sages, and engages the underlying causes of these profound states of mind in the living body.


As this is a serious, experientially intense retreat, all participants must have previous participation in a 7+ day meditation retreat. Additionally, this retreat is not appropriate for those with a history of bipolar disorder, complex PTSD, borderline personality, or dissociative or psychotic mental processes. If you have any questions about this, please contact us at


Limited Scholarships Available

Ten scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition, lodging fees still apply. Click here to apply.


All retreat participants will receive free, lifetime access to the Rick Hanson’s Neurodharma online program – which includes over 15 hours of video teachings, 6 hours of guided meditations, and downloadable handouts and audio files (regularly priced at $299).



Rick Hanson, Ph.D.  is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 28 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He’s been an invited speaker at Google, NASA, Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.



Alisa Dennis, Ph.D.  discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and ancient Christian mystical traditions. She has practiced meditation in the Vipassana and Soto Zen traditions, and has trained in MBSR. She is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, and uses mindfulness-based therapy and the creative arts including visual art, poetry, psychodrama, and sound in her private practice.



Terry Vandiver has led mindful movement and gentle yoga at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California for 35 years. She studied with the Iyengars in India and has taught Iyengar style classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. She has practiced Buddhist meditation for 35 years and has studied classical Indian singing and devotional chanting.



Tina Rasmussen, Ph.D.  began meditating at age 13, and has practiced in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions for 30+ years. In 2003, she completed a year-long solo retreat, and was later ordained as a Buddhist nun and authorized to teach by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tina has been studied by Yale Neuroscience Lab, and is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas, as well as several books.



Peter Grossenbacher, Ph.D.  teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he serves as Professor and Department Chair of Contemplative Psychology. A Mind & Life Fellow, he offers integrative scientific perspectives on meditation and contemplative education. Peter started meditating in 1980, and teaches meditation in a variety of secular and spiritual settings.



Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.

Some of the presentations and guided practices during this retreat will be discreetly filmed. Participants will not be intentionally included in the recordings.