Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
UW-Stout conference centers on 'living mindfully'
by Yong Peng (ypong001(a)yahoo.com) [AUS:IP logged]
University of Wisconsin-Stout will host its 12th annual Body, Mind and Spirit Conference Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, focusing on the theme of living mindfully.
A full-day pre-conference workshop, “Mindfulness and Mental Health,” will be presented by writer and workshop leader, Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., Friday, Oct. 31. The seminar will teach participants to understand afflictive emotions, such as anger, jealousy, envy, depression and indecision, as a result of challenge rather than as moral failures and assist them in lessening the pain of these emotions. Participants will be introduced to mindfulness and loving kindness practices.
The main conference begins Saturday, Nov. 1, with a keynote address by Boorstein titled, “Happiness is an Inside Job,” which is based on her recent book. Boorstein is a published psychotherapist and teacher of Buddhist Mindfulness practices. She has published five books on Buddhism and meditation practices and is the co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif. Her books and teaching have received rave reviews around the world.
The conference may be used for one or two undergraduate or graduate credits in association with a course taught by conference co-founder Bob Salt in the department of human development and family studies at UW-Stout.
Full-conference registration, including Saturday and Sunday events, is $165. For one-day attendance on Saturday or Sunday, the cost is $115. The cost for the Friday pre-conference workshop is $95. The fee covers all workshops, lunches and materials. Fees are reduced for students.
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