Freiburg (Germany), March 27–30, 2020

This experiential program is about building a strong, healthy, and happy brain.

An internal study on it found that participants learned how to turn everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths, such as resilience, self-worth, feeling loved, compassion, and happiness. This mindful internalization of psychological resources can help with anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, disappointment, loss, loneliness, and shame – and it supports well-being, effectiveness, satisfying relationships, emotional healing, and spiritual practice.

The Positive Neuroplasticity Training is about taking charge of the structure-building process of your own brain. You will learn how to activate positive experiences, prolong and enrich them, and then heighten their absorption into emotional memory. This little practice usually takes less than half a minute, but it can have big results. Statistically significant findings from our pilot study showed that Positive Neuroplasticity Training increased positive emotions, self-compassion, mindfulness, emotional balance, self-esteem, gratitude, contentment, and love, and it decreased depression and anxiety.

The training consists of 6 classes:

  • The Essence of Positive Neuroplasticity
  • Having, Enriching, and Absorbing Beneficial Experiences
  • Linking Positive and Negative Material
  • Growing Strengths for Safety
  • Growing Strengths for Satisfaction
  • Growing Strengths for Connection

A Little Technical:
Rick Hanson emphasizes the installation phase of the neurobiology of learning, the conversion of fleeting states to lasting traits. This phase – installation – is the crux of Positive Neuroplasticity, the "how" of developing inner resources including resilience, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-compassion, confidence, and other factors of peak performance.
Even though the idea of installation – the transfer of activated mental states out of short-term memory buffers into long-term storage – is a long-known, well-established finding in the psychology of learning literature, most psychotherapists, human resources trainers, coaches, or (frankly) mindfulness teachers pay little attention to it.

The seminar language is English with German translation.


Recommended book and audio

Rick Hanson
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

Rick Hanson
Self-Directed Brain Change: Rewire Your Neural Pathways for Happiness and Resilience

Seminar hours

Friday, March 27
5 – 6pm: dinner
6 – 9pm: seminar

Saturday, March 28
9:30am – 12:30pm: seminar
12:30pm: lunch
2 - 6pm: seminar

Sunday, March 29
9:30am - 12:30pm: seminar
12:30pm: lunch
2 - 6pm: seminar

Monday, March 30
9:30am - 12:30pm: seminar
12:30pm: lunch


Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist, and New York Times best-selling author. 

His books include "Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence" (in 10 languages), "Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom" (in 25 languages), "Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time" (in 12 languages), and "Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships".



Caritas Tagungszentrum

Wintererstraße 17–19
79104 Freiburg

Phone: +49 (0)761 2001801
E-Mail: tagungszentrum [at]

Room booking
We have reserved a contingent of rooms at the Caritas Tagungszentrum. The price for a single room incl. breakfast is 62,50 Euro per night. Please contact the Caritas Tagungszentrum directly by telephone or email.
If it is already fully booked or if you prefer another house, you will find a good overview of hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments on the website of the city of Freiburg.



Course fee

490 Euro

(incl. all course materials, lunch or dinner, coffee breaks, and daily beverages. Lodging is not included.)


Cancellation Conditions
  • For cancellations up to one month prior to the beginning of the course, an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
  • Between 30 and 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, 50% of the course fee will be charged.
  • Should the booking be cancelled less than 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, the entire course fee will be charged.
  • If there is a waiting list and the place can be assigned again, only an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.

In case of non-appearance or early departure from the event, the full course fee must be paid.

We recommend to take out cancellation insurance!

Notice of Liability

Participation in this training is at your own risk. The leader of the training and the organizer don’t assume liability of personal or material damage.