Connection Edition

April 11th - 13th 2022

9 CEU/CPD (Continuing education UNITs)

The Master Series brings together experts, originators, innovators, and groundbreakers who change the dialogue around their areas of expertise.

Each program focuses on one Big Idea to unearth the nuances of theoretical frameworks, explore concepts, and reframe our thinking about the world we all live in and the experiences we have in it.

Join us for this amazing 3 day Workshop

Online - worldwide

Experience from the comfort of your own home

April 11th - 13th

From 12:00pm Eastern Time - recordings available for 30 days

Unfiltered Expertise.
Authentic discourse.

Connection is a core component of our wellbeing. From birth to the very last moments of our lives, we reach out seeking meaningful contact, thriving when that need is sufficiently met – and withering where it is not. Early attachment influences our ability feel worthy and loved, with long-lasting impacts on our capacity to form healthy interpersonal relationships and recover from hardship in adolescence and adulthood.

Connection is an integral part of our relationships with ourselves, our families and friends, and our communities at large and research shows that we are hardwired for reciprocal, deep bonds that nurture trust and recognize and honor our inherent value. While disruptions to connection have lasting impacts, restoration is possible.

The Master Series welcomes Dan Siegel, Kristin Neff, and Johann Hari in this purposeful examination of authentic connection as an essential component of wellbeing. Join us to learn more about the science and sense of deep connection to others, how connection to the self can unshackle self compassion, and how fostering a connected culture creates an environment for healthy individual growth.


Limited spaces available

Our Speakers

Dr. Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

During Kristin’s last year of graduate school she became interested in Buddhism and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, creating a scale to measure the construct almost 20 years ago.

In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, and in June 2021 released her new book Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive.

In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook as well as Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. She is also co-founder of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Dr. Dan Siegel

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, executive director of the Mindsight Institute and a founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is involved in mindfulness and developed the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, an interdisciplinary approach that uses over a dozen branches of science to create a framework for understanding our subjective and interpersonal lives.

He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, completed post-graduate medical education at the University of California, Los Angeles, training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. 

Johann Hari

Johann Eduard Hari is a British-Swiss writer and journalist. Hari graduated from King’s College, Cambridge in 2001 with a double first in social and political sciences.

He has written for publications including The Independent and The Huffington Post, and has written books on the topics of depression, the war on drugs, and the British monarchy.

In January 2015, Hari published Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. He proposes the idea that most addictions are functional responses to experiences and a lack of healthy supportive relationships, rather than a simple biological need for a particular substance.

In January 2018, Hari’s book Lost Connections, which deals with depression and anxiety, was published, with Hari citing his childhood issues, career crisis, and experiences with antidepressants and psychotherapy as fuelling his curiosity in the subject.


Coming soon

Wednesday January 12th

Understanding Addiction & Imagination with Dr. Gabor Maté

For twelve years Dr. Maté was the staff physician at a clinic for drug-addicted people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where he worked with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site. 

In this presentation Gabor will show that addictions do not represent a discrete set of medical disorders; rather, they merely reflect the extreme end of a continuum of addiction, mostly hidden, that runs throughout our society. 

Gabor will draw on cutting-edge science to illuminate where and how addictions originate and what they have in common. Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and where the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or to behavioural addictions such as shopping or sex.

Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life. More than a disease, the addiction is a response to a distressing life history and life situation. Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict and help them imagine a future where addiction no longer exists in order to give them the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.

In this presentation, participants will:

  • Identify what happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction
  • Examine how addiction develops in the mind and how early childhood experiences shape the brain
  • Discuss the social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment
  • Determine how to develop a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible individuals with addictions are encouraged to take responsibility and imagine a different reality

“I needed to write, to express myself through written language not only so that others might hear me but so that I could hear myself.”

Gabor Maté, MD

“We've never had drugs before with an instant effect. This could create a paradigm shift to help people into a different state of thinking that they can then stay in..”

Professor David Nutt

Thursday January 13th

Addiction, Imagination & The Future with Professor David Nutt

Can we use brain science and psychedelic drugs to cure addiction and other mental health disorders? Where does imagination fit in? These are all questions that will be answered by Professor Nutt on Thursday Jan 13th.

Mental health conditions, including addiction are complex disorders that involve many different brain and social processes, as well as the action of drugs or other additive activities e.g. gambling and gaming. 

During Professor Nutt’s presentation we will also be looking deeper into:

  1. What the primary drivers are for the use of addictive substances or other addictive behaviours
  2. The impact of different mental health issues on addiction liability and treatment
  3. The pharmacology of addiction-forming drugs and how we can use pharmacological knowledge to modify addiction and develop new treatments with particular relevance to opioid and alcohol addiction
  4. What the brain sites and processes of addiction are and how they interact to lead to compulsive addictive behaviors
  5. How neuroimaging is illuminating what the neurochemical processes of addiction are. 

In this presentation, participants will:

  • Discuss the primary drivers for the use of addictive substances or other addictive behaviours
  • Examine the impact of different mental health issues on addiction liability and treatment
  • Identify what the brain sites and processes of addiction are and how they interact to lead to compulsive addictive behaviors
  • Discuss current research related to psychedelics such as MDMA, ketamine, and psilocybin and the future prospects of these substances for treating addiction.

Friday January 14th

IFS as a Safe and Deep Healing Map to Psychedelic Territory & Non-Pathologizing Approach to Addiction

Developed over the past four decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in couples and families.

IFS can provide a safe and deeply healing map to psychedelic territory. With an IFS therapist and the appropriate guide, subjects undergoing psychedelic assisted therapy can quickly access a state characterized by the emergence of what IFS calls Self-energy: curiosity, courage, clarity, connectedness, and compassion. It has been discovered that a vast majority of subjects are often able to access, speak about and interact with parts. The map that IFS can provide for psychedelic territory is a promising and inspiring pathway to deep healing, with the potential to speed up the process of getting protective parts to unblend.

Addiction is a complicated and devastating experience for many people and associated feelings of shame and failure often present a barrier between the individual and their true Self. Because addiction can also be a symptom of trauma, the IFS model is a compassionate means to revisit trauma and initiate healing, and in turn, help the individual to address the subsequent addiction behaviors. By looking at addiction as a means of self-protection, staving off deep personal pain, and allowing for compassion and curiosity, IFS can be used to support the individual and empower them as they manage both the catalyst event and the coping mechanism simultaneously.

Addiction and trauma can be treated and healed through IFS without shame and judgement, and instead create space for understanding and empathy which allow for healing of the whole Self and all of the suffering parts.

In this presentation, participants will:
  • Summarize the history and development of the Internal Family Systems model of therapy
  • Identify the 3 categories of sub-personalities that most often present in therapy: Manager parts, Firefighter parts, and Exiled parts
  • Discuss the importance of a therapist’s ability to identify the parts of their own mind during treatment of patients
  • Review how the Internal Family Systems Model can be used as a therapeutic route to healing trauma and addiction

“When you can love all your parts, you can love all people.”

Dr. Richard Schwartz


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