TAKING IN THE GOOD: Creating New Pathways to Joy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

In a very real sense, we are what we experience. Our lives, our sense of ourselves, our ideas and expectations are all created as we experience daily life. Unfortunately, we humans seem to be wired for tuning in to the negative. We are often hyper-focused on what’s wrong, not what’s right, with our lives. This “negativity bias” makes our minds “like Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive”. In this half-day experiential workshop we will explore and practice techniques for “taking in the good” from Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness. By training our attention to focus on and soak up what’s pleasant, affirming, and positive in our daily lives, we can build reservoirs of positive experience that profoundly affect our moods, resilience, and capacity for joy.


  • Understanding our brain’s “negativity bias” and how to counter that by our own ability to create neural networks that support our resilience and well-being
  • Building our inner resources by using a simple 3-step process for having, enriching, and absorbing positive experiences
  • Learning to use these resources to build our sense of security, positive mood, strength, self-worth, and contentment…literally “hardwiring happiness” into the brain


LOCATION:  Partners in Resilience Group Room

1409 Willow Street, Suite 210 – Minneapolis, MN  55403


COST:              $75.00


Facilitator:        Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP.  specializes in applying Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices to her work as a psychotherapist. She is co-founder of Loring Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Center, and founding member of Partners in Resilience. Susan has twenty-plus years of experience in meditation and psychotherapy, and has a deep appreciation for the power of our attention to create joy in daily living.

Questions?       Contact Susan at 612.874.8608, or email






Sleep: The Non-Negotiable 

Pillar of Wellbeing

Do you fall asleep easily? Do you sleep through the night?
Do you wake feeling rested and refreshed?
Is your energy more or less steady throughout the day?

Sleep is the central lifestyle measure for the brain, mood and overall health, yet many are unable to achieve normal, restorative patterns of sleep, even with the help of medications. Sleep is also one of the main requirements for recovering fully from depression, anxiety or other illnesses.

Join Henry Emmons and Carolyn Denton
for this half-day workshop on why sleep is so important, and how to improve your own sleep.

Topics include:
* The science of sleep-what does it do for us?
* Sleep physiology and why diet sets the stage for normal sleep patterns
* Daily rhythms and how the choices you make throughout the day influence your sleep at night
* Summary of medications used for sleep and effective natural alternatives
* Strategies for calming the unsettled mind

Facilitators: Henry Emmons MD, Integrative Psychiatrist
Carolyn Denton, MA, Licensed Nutritionist





Restoring the Elements of a Joyful Life

This ten-week program, based on The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, integrates the best of movement, nutrition and supplements, and the psychology and practice of mindfulness to help you restore your resilience and rediscover joy – even if you have been dealing with depression or anxiety for months or years.

This program is for you if:

  • You are struggling with overwhelm – the feeling that you don’t have enough time, energy or personal resources to meet life’s demands.
  • Depression or anxiety are part of your past or present experience.
  • You are looking for new skills and perspectives that empower you to improve your sense of physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, and to increase your sense of personal choice and effectiveness.
  • You accept that life is complex and solutions require more than a pill or other one-step interventions.

Program benefits include:

  • Assessing your resilience skills and building an individualized program to enhance your overall health and well-being
  • Identifying and dealing effectively with the challenges you face in creating a resilient life.
  • Learning the latest information on balancing brain chemistry through nutrition and supplements
  • Practicing meditation and mindful living to help calm your mind, deal skillfully with emotions, and open your heart to connection with self and others
  • Experiencing group support and encouragement in making lifestyle changes







A One-Day Experiential Workshop


“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day

A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

                                                                      – Chris Germer, PhD, Author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Research has begun to show that self-compassion training results in decreased depression and anxiety, increased life-satisfaction, and even changes in the neural pathways of the brain. We know from experience that self-compassion is a pathway to freedom from the life-limiting practices of self-rejection and judgment that many of us have perfected over the years. This day of experiencing many ways to be kind to yourself will support your efforts to create a string of self-compassionate moments, the foundation of a life of self-acceptance and joy. We will draw on the work of Kristin Neff, PhD (author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Up on Yourself and Leave Insecurity Behind), and Christopher Germer, PhD (author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion).



  • Learning the key elements of self –compassion and how to integrate them into your daily life
  • Learn simple practices of taking a “Compassion Break”, the Compassionate Body Scan, and developing your own “self-compassion mantra” for use in difficult times.
  • Creating and practicing a personalized Loving-kindness Meditation
  • Designing a simple self-compassion practice plan to carry into your daily life


Facilitator:        Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP. Susan specializes in applying Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices to her work as a psychotherapist. She has a special interest in supporting others to move from shame to self-acceptance and self-compassion. She is co-founder of Loring Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Center, and founding member of Partners in Resilience.

Questions?       Contact Susan at 612.874.8608, or email