Led by Dr. Peter Van Houten

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
Self-Transformation through Superconsciousness

2-day weekend

  • Oct 3 – 5, 2014
  • Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2015

Nursing CEU Eligible: 7 hours CEU

Who do you want to be in 6 months? Learn how your brain can help you!

Peter Van Houten, M.D., leads this fascinating, encouraging, and deeply beneficial weekend, sharing exciting new information on the brain that helps us make use of our brain’s nearly infinite capacity for change and adaptation.

prefrontal lobes of the brain

One of the central keys to brain change is daily meditation, which develops the prefrontal lobes and quiets the primitive areas of the brain associated with negative emotions. In addition to bringing more happiness and success into your life, more prefrontal lobe development, as Dr. Peter will discuss, opens the doorway to superconsciousness, our highest potential as human beings.

Another key component of spiritual and personal development lies in our astral anatomy, our energy body. You’ll learn how your energetic body, including the chakras, relates to your physical brain and body, and how best to make use of this connection.

What is superconsciousness?

Superconsciousness is a joy-permeated, ecstatic reality available to every spiritual aspirant. The experience of superconsciousness can revolutionize your creativity, intuitive ability, and understanding of life and other people. It can dramatically increase your compassion and ability to love. In surperconcisousness boundless energy is yours.

Benefits of the weekend

You will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how meditation and spiritual practices refine your brain
  • Learn specific practices proven to help self-transformation
  • Learn lifestyle changes to benefit and support your transformation
  • Understand how to make the most of the connection between your energy anatomy and your brain’s anatomy
  • Learn specific ways to move toward greater superconscious inspiration in your life

Think big!

You’ll learn how to set large goals for yourself, while at the same time beginning with realistic small steps. Your brain will help you move from the small steps in the direction of your larger goal.

If you have friends who wonder why you are interested in meditation, this is the perfect way for them to learn the benefits of meditation—physically, psychologically, and spiritually. They will come away wanting to join you in your meditation practices! And your own commitment to meditation will be strengthened.

Basic schedule for the weekend

Friday evening – How to meditate, using an extremely practical and effective technique

Saturday morning— Class by Dr. Peter: How the brain changes according to how we use it; how meditation transforms the brain and develops the prefrontal lobes, seat of superconsciousness.

Saturday afternoon—Class by Dr. Peter on the advanced anatomy of yoga, the energy body.

Saturday evening – Time to relax with light entertainment.

Sunday morning— Dr Peter leads a guided goal setting exercise.

Dr. Peter Van Houten:

‘Dr. Peter’ is a graduate of University of California San Francisco Medical School and founder of an award-winning rural community medical clinic in Northern California. As the Clinic's Medical Director, Peter has been instrumental in bringing new and highly effective tools in Behavioral Health to patients in need. In 2009 Dr. Peter was awarded the Rural Champion award for the State of California.  This prestigious award, given to one physician annually, was in large part for his pioneering work bringing behavioral health into the medical care setting.Dr. Van Houten is a long-time meditator, has co-authored several books on the use of yoga for health problems, and lectures on the effects of relaxation and meditation on the brain and behavior.

"This has been a wonderful experience. Enlightening and encouraging. The pace and depth of content has been just right. Peter's delivery has been great—wonderful, intelligent, humorous!" —Donal, San Leandro, CA

"I loved it. Dr. Van Houten's presentation exceeded my expectations—interesting, engaging, informative, and motivating." —Mary, St. Helena, CA 

 "I have found the Dr. Peter's course to be invaluable in my life and psycholody practice."  —Lee, Cobb, CA

"It was wonderful! All of the program was valuable and helpful"—Jerry, Ashland, OR

"It was an unbelievably excellent class. The information confirms what meditation can really do. The class was beyond my expectations. Dr. Van Houten is a blessing for all of us." —Edwin, Palo Alto, CA 

"Able finally to do meditation because I understand the science behind it. The subject matter is so fascinating! Liked Peter's presentation, style, humor, and heart." —Guest

"This program was extraordinary and probably life-changing. There was so much recent scientific information that was made easy to understand. I will be back again for another program, as I know it will be new and updated. This program will be helpful for my psychology practice, and I can share it with patients. Dr. Van Houten is wonderful—very bright and knowledgable, warm and engaging."
—Carol P.

"I got a huge amount of information, beautifully organized, that sorted out and prioritized my existing knowledge and added a whole batch of the latest discoveries I wasn't aware of. I especially loved the unfailing hope and faith that was constantly shared about the possibiliteis of work on our brains to change them for the better." —Corina, Reno, NV

 

 

 

 


Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials. You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

See Transportation and Directions whether you are coming by plane, car, bus or train. Our Frequent Questions page answers many of the questions you might have about How to Go on Retreat.


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Costs (CYB)

  • Oct 3 – 5, 2014
Tent /
RV
Standard
Shared
Standard
Private
Deluxe
Shared
Deluxe
Private
$238 $298 $418 $378 $538


  • Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2015
Tent /
RV
Standard
Shared
Standard
Private
Deluxe
Shared
Deluxe
Private
$248 $308 $438 $398 $568


Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

Check Availability and Costs

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

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