Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion

A special day-long event with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Dan Siegel, M.D.

  • Venue: International House, UC Berkeley
  • Date: October 2, 2015
  • Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Price: $125-$149

This special day-long event will be co-taught by Shauna Shapiro and Dan Siegel, two renowned experts on the science and practice of mindfulness. Together they will explore how mindfulness not only helps hone skills of attention but also cultivates compassion, kindness, and connections with others.

While the physical and psychological benefits of mindfulness are becoming increasingly well-known, Drs. Shapiro and Siegel will discuss mindfulness' strong relational benefits, and they will share strategies for enjoying these benefits in our personal and professional relationships. Their presentation will weave cutting-edge science into lecture, experiential exercises, and discussion, creating a day that is intellectually stimulating, emotionally rich, and deeply practical.

This will include several different contemplative practices that cultivate mindfulness and compassion, along with Dr. Siegel's discussion of "the wheel of awareness and the integration of consciousness"--in other words, how exploring the nature of the mind, which he describes as emerging from the flow of energy and information, illuminates the nature of inner experience and interpersonal relationships. 


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    Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

    Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.


    Dr. Siegel is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. His psychotherapy practice spans 30 years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. His books include three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest, No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.). He is also the author of MindsightThe Mindful TherapistThe Developing Mind (Second Edition), The Mindful Brain, and Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and he serves as the founding editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, which includes over three dozen textbooks.

    An exceptionally engaging speaker, Dr. Siegel has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit DrDanSiegel.com.

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    Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D.

    Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. is a professor at Santa Clara University, a licensed clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness.


    Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and health care, and was recently awarded the Contemplative Practice Fellowship by the Mind and Life Institute, which was co-founded by the Dalai Lama.


    Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs internationally and has been invited to present for the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and is co-author of the critically acclaimed text The Art and Science of Mindfulness, as well as the recent book Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. Dr. Shapiro’s work has been featured in WiredUSA TodayYoga Journal, and the American Psychologist.

  • 9:00 - 10:30 am

    Shauna Shapiro: Overview of the science and practice of mindfulness & compassion

  • 10:30 - 10:45 am


  • 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

    Dan Siegel: Interpersonal neurobiology and the integration of mind, embodied brain, and relationships

  • 12:15 - 1:30 pm

    Lunch (on your own)

  • 1:30 - 2:45 pm

    Contemplative practices that cultivate compassion, led by Shauna Shapiro, followed by reflections, discussion & dialogue between Drs. Shapiro & Siegel

  • 2:45 - 3:00 pm


  • 3:00 - 4:00 pm

    Dan Siegel: How exploring the mind illuminates the nature of inner experience and interpersonal relationships

  • 4:00 - 4:30 pm

    Shauna Shapiro: Lovingkindness meditation

International House is on the University of California, Berkeley campus at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way, adjacent to the stadium. Address: 2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720. 

By Car

Parking around the International House (I-House) and the UC Berkeley campus can be difficult. In non-metered areas, parking is free for two hours and unregulated after 7 pm. Meters are free with a California disabled placard. If you do drive, here are several public parking lots within a few blocks of the I-House.


Parking on the UC Berkeley campus is challenging. Street parking at meters is free after 6 pm. In non-metered areas, parking is free for two hours and unregulated after 7 pm. Meters are free with a California disabled placard.

1. UNDERHILL LOT: Located at the corner of Channing and College, this lot is a 5-10 minute walk from I-House.

2. TELEGRAPH CHANNING GARAGE: One-half block west of Telegraph Avenue, with entrances on both Durant Avenue and Channing Way. A 15-minute walk to I-House uphill.

3. BOALT LAW SCHOOL LOT: The closest public parking to I-House. From Hearst Ave., turn right on Gayley. Immediately past the Haas Business School, turn right and then left into the lot.

4. KROEBER LOT (Tennis Courts)
This is also close to I-House but more expensive. Located on Bancroft, west of College Ave

5. LOWER HEARST STRUCTURE LOT: Located at the corner of Hearst and Euclid. A 15-20 minute walk to I-House.

6. UNIVERSITY HALL WEST LOT: Located on Addison between Oxford and Shattuck. A 20-25 minute walk to I-House uphill. 

There is also on-street parking on Piedmont Avenue and the other streets around the I-House, some with blue disabled zones, meters and some non-metered. In non-metered areas, parking is free for two hours. (There will be breaks in the program every 60-90 minutes, during which time attendees can even exchange parking spots with one another.) If you plan to look for on-street parking, you may want to add a few minutes to your estimated travel time.

For UC Berkeley parking Information, call (510) 642-4283 or visit http://pt.berkeley.edu/parking/visitor/lots.

Public Transit

Parking around the International House can be difficult, so we encourage you to take public transportation whenever possible to avoid parking fines and ease traffic congestion. Some services require exact fare only (e.g., AC Transit Buses and Campus Shuttle Service). BART and AC Transit buses are used jointly by commuters to come to campus.


BART trains operate from Fremont, Richmond, Pittsburg and Millbrae. A map indicating the route and stops of each train is located at each station. The Berkeley BART station is just 1-1/2 blocks from the Berkeley campus. There are shuttles that run from the BART to the International House. Click here for more information on taking public transportation to the I-House. (Please note that the shuttle pick-up near BART is on Shattuck Ave, between Center and Addison Streets.)

Get off at the "Downtown Berkeley" station.

The campus shuttle from Downtown Berkeley is located across from BART at Center & Shattuck, in front of Bank of America. The bus stops in front of the I-House.

Note: walking from the Berkeley BART station to I-House will take 20-25 minutes up a moderate hill. 

AC Transit

AC Transit  bus service provides transportation for commuters to and from San Francisco and throughout Alameda and Western Contra Costa County. There are several AC bus lines that come near the campus area.


The Oakland Airport is approximately 15 miles from UC Berkeley. A new BART train links the airport to the Coliseum BART station.

San Francisco Airport: Check the ground transport section of the SF airport homepage for directions to Berkeley. Also, see the convenient BART line to the airport.

Other Transit Links
511.org (Traffic conditions and regional transportation options)
Bayporter Express (airport shuttle service)
SF MTA (San Francisco Buses)
Caltrain (Commuter train service from San Francisco and San Jose)

If you can’t make it to the San Francisco Bay Area, never fear: This event will be webcast live!

With the webcast, you’ll watch real-time video of the event, including slides, be able to submit questions to the presenter online, and receive CE credits—all from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere with a hard-wired Internet connection. You will be emailed prior to the event with course materials and a login and password for the webcast.

* Attendees can receive 6 CE credit hours for attending in-person or online.
* Continuing Education for this event co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entirecourse. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.


R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 

Social Workers 

R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive __#__ continuing education (clinical, social work ethics) clock hours in participating in this course. 

CA: (See ASWB above)

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for ( ) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists 

CA: (See Psychologists, APA, above)

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (#) hours. 

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for ( ) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151

Chemical Dependency Counselors 

Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program for (#) contact hours.  Approval #000654.  

CA: Provider approved by CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0210 for (#) CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (#) hours general and/or (#) hours (specific specialization), Expires 3/2009.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.  


CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (#) contact hours.


IL: Provider approved by the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304164719171

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (#) CE Hours.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.


  • Explain how mindfulness cultivates kindness and social connection
  • Identify practices for cultivating mindfulness and compassion 
  • Explain a scientific definition of the mind that encompasses both inner experience and interpersonal relationships
  • Describe the neuro-biological roots of mindfulness and compassion
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