Joan Borysenko | The Sophia Institute | May 1-2, 2020

Joan Borysenko – The Mystic Heart: The Neuroscience and Experience of the “ecstatic spectrum” – A VIRTUAL RETREAT

As we continue in this liminal time, The Sophia Institute is pivoting to adjust to the changes brought about by the global pandemic AND and still bring you programs that you know and love virtually in the comfort of your home.  We are pleased to announce that our upcoming retreat in May with Joan Borysenko will be a virtual retreat. Have you ever taken a personal retreat at home? If not, then doing so will be something worthwhile for you and a new, potentially lifelong, practice that will be beneficial ongoing.

On Saturday, April 18, Joan Borysenko will join Sophia Institute Founder and Director, Carolyn Rivers, in “Creating Circles of Support” from 1:00-2:00pm EST. This webinar will be an good introduction into the best practices for participating in a virtual retreat. Mark your calendar for this tuition free webinar on April 18. Register HERE.

Mystical experience was defined by Harvard professor, Dr. William James, over a hundred years ago. He identified four key aspects:  a brief interlude beyond time and space that feels realer than real: ineffable-or impossible to put into words; imparting precious wisdom unavailable by other means; and a gift of grace rather than a result of will. More recently, neuroscientists have studied meditation, mindfulness, flow, awe, enlightenment and diverse aspects of what author and researcher Stephen Kotler has dubbed the ecstatic spectrum. The new field of self-directed neuroplasticity provides simple tools through which temporary states of being can be strengthened and installed as more stable traits. We can become happier, more present and loving, more spiritual, and perhaps more prone to the creative high of flow states that optimize human experience. On Friday night Dr. Joan will guide you through a fascinating lecture that brings science and spirituality together in a whole new way. On Saturday you will experience a variety of practices related to the ecstatic spectrum as well as learning simple tools to install good states in brain, body, and behavior. Please join us and get ready for some mind blowing fun and revelations!

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Hourly Schedule

6:30 - 8:30
Friday Program
10:00 - 4:00
Saturday Workshop


May 01 2020 - May 02 2020


Full Retreat $250 (FRIDAY NIGHT 6:30pm-8:30pm EST, Saturday 10am-4pm EST)

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