Professional Training
April 21 — 22, 2023

How We Change and Why We Don't

The Art and Science of Transformation

Cassandra Vieten
Registration is closed for this course.
Tuition: $325

Have you ever worked hard to make a change, only to find yourself slipping back into old habits and patterns? Or, do you work with others to facilitate change, and want to learn the latest knowledge, tools and techniques for changing thinking patterns and ways of being – bridging brain science and spiritual teachings?

This course is for people who are in the process of change, and those who help to facilitate change in individuals, groups, organizations, or society. Through dialogue, experiential practice, and creative process, we will bridge the science of breakthroughs with indigenous, religious, spiritual, and secular models of transformation to:

    • Learn what works and what doesn’t to inspire lasting change in yourself and others
    • Examine how we and the people we work with can get stuck or lost, and ways to shake free from periods of inertia or patterns that prevent us from moving forward
    • Explore how spiritual practices can support the process of change
    • Investigate the transformative potential of pain, hitting bottom, and post-traumatic growth

This program is based on over two decades of research on how people transform their worldviews and behaviors. Some of this work is encapsulated in the book Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life, and extended in this report created for the Fetzer Institute. It was further developed into C3: Consciousness, Communication and Change, a program at the Institute of Noetic Sciences that integrates the science of transformation with input from social, cognitive, and brain scientists to help changemakers be more effective.

As we transition through the pandemic and other societal forces, what and who are we being called to be as we move into the next chapter of our lives? What innate potential lays dormant within you? What dreams are yearning to be expressed? What does it look like to become more fully alive, to dance with life in ways that are more integrated and embodied? This workshop focuses on creating a robust, heart-centered way of living oriented toward purpose, service, and love.

Recommended reading: Schlitz, Vieten and Amorok, Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life

Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author, consultant, and public speaker. She is the Executive Director of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation which promotes empirical research on fitness, nutrition, and mind-body approaches to foster mental health, and to better prevent and treat mental illness.

Cassi is also Director of Research and Associate Research Scientist at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego. The Clarke Center advances understanding of the phenomenon of imagination and its practical applications. We research, enhance, and enact the gift of human imagination by bringing together the inventive power of science and technology, with the critical analysis of the humanities, and the expressive insight of the arts.

Cassi is also co-founder and Clinical Psychology Director at the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UCSD, where a flagship study focuses on psilocybin for phantom limb pain in patients with amputations.

Cassi is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) where she worked for 18 years. She served as CEO/President from 2013-2016 and President from 2016-2019. The mission of IONS is revealing the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery, creating a more just and thriving world. In addition to her contributions to the overall mission, vision, strategic direction, financial health, board and staff development, and activities of the organization, she headed up several initiatives including Mindful Motherhood, Living Deeply and the Transformation Project, and the Future of Meditation Research Project.

Her current research projects focus on establishing training guidelines for spiritual and religious competencies for mental health professionals, developing tools and experiences designed to induce perspective shifts that change people’s worldviews, and training progressive change agents and political activists to be more effective.

She is co-chair of the Board of Directors of Partners for Youth Empowerment, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, and serves on the Board of the Virtual World Society.

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6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang

8:00 am to 10:00 am Course Session

10:00 am Brunch

11:00 am Ashram Welcome & History Tour (meets at Reception)

11:30 am Inauguration Ceremony

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Course Session

4:00 pm Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes

6:00 pm Dinner

8:00 to 9:45 pm Evening Satsang


6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang

8:00 to 10:00 am Course Session

10:00 am Brunch

11:00am – 12:00pm Karma Yoga/Free Time

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Course Session

3:00 pm Graduation Ceremony

● Regular ashram schedule the rest of the day

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