The Science of Happiness: A Greater Good Gathering

Hosted in partnership with the 1440 Multiversity

Featuring the GGSC's Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.
Presentations by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., Richard Davidson Ph.D., Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., Lama Tsomo, Eve Ekman, MSW, Ph.D., and many others

What does it mean to live a happy, meaningful life? How do you respond with resilience to life’s unavoidable stresses and disappointments? How can you forge compassionate connections at a time of extreme busyness, isolation, and division?

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have explored these and other big questions in The Science of Happiness, the online course and podcast—both produced by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)—that have become a global phenomenon.

Now the GGSC and 1440 Multiversity are partnering to take the next step in deepening The Science of Happiness experience: a 3-day gathering that will bring together a global community of individuals hungry for scientific insights, inspiring stories, and practical tips for well-being. The event provides an opportunity for Science of Happiness students and listeners to connect with one another, but enrolling in the online course is by no means a pre-requisite.

Together, we’ll hear from some of the leading lights in the science of happiness, including The Science of Happiness course co-instructors (and podcast host) Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., along with best-selling author and world-renowned teacher Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.; positive psychology pioneer Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.; trailblazing neuroscientist Richie Davidson, Ph.D.; and many others. A memorable mix of experts and teachers will offer powerful talks, interactive workshops, and illuminating conversations—all designed to help you use scientific findings for personal and social transformation.

Over these special three days, you will:

●    Gain cutting-edge insights from the frontiers of the science of happiness, including the science of mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, awe, and more
●    Learn research-based practices for well-being in your personal and professional life
●    Connect with like-minded individuals who share your desire for boosting happiness in yourself and the world around you
●    Partake in a live recording of an episode of The Science of Happiness podcast
●    Absorb and apply uplifting ideas for well-being within the peaceful surroundings of the 1440 campus

Like the course and the podcast, this gathering will leave you inspired and informed, equipped with practical strategies—and new connections—to help you contribute to the greater good. When it comes to a joyful and sustainable life, the time is now. 

Full agenda is being finalized. Check back soon!

  • Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.

    Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.

    Best-selling author and renowned Buddhist teacher 

    Trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, Jack Kornfield is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He has been teaching worldwide since 1974, and the thousands of practitioners and teachers who have studied with him agree: Jack has played a pivotal and vital role in making Eastern practices accessible to a Western audience.

    From the Buddhist masters Venerable Ajahn Chah and Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw to Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, Jack has worked alongside many of the great teachers of our time. With a degree in Asian studies and a doctorate in clinical psychology, he is the cofounder of two of the country’s most revered meditation centers: Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

    A teacher at centers and universities worldwide, Jack has led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path with HeartAfter the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more. His books have been translated into 20 languages and have sold more than a million copies. His most recent book is No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.

    A father, husband, and activist, Jack combines lovingkindness and self-compassion with the practice of mindfulness. He strives to build a stronger bridge between Eastern and Western psychology.

  • Richard Davidson, Ph.D.

    Richard Davidson, Ph.D.

    Neuroscience pioneer 

    Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the New York Times best-selling coauthor of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin‰ Madison, where he is also the director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior.

    He has popularized the idea that, based on brain-plasticity research, a person can learn skills for happiness and compassion just as a person can learn to play a musical instrument‰ it is possible to train a mind to be happy. A friend and confidante of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and named by Time magazine in 2006 as one of the most influential people in the world, Dr. Davidson is the recipient of numerous awards for his research, including a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Scientist Award and the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine.

    In 2008, he founded the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, a research center dedicated to the study of positive qualities such as kindness and compassion. Dr. Davidson has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC‰’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, the Charlie Rose ShowHarvard Business Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine, along with many other national and international news outlets.

  • Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

    Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

    Groundbreaking pioneer in positive psychology 

    What is love? This is one of the many questions Barbara Fredrickson is asking. A leading scholar in social psychology, affective science (the study of emotion), and positive psychology, her renowned research unpacks the science behind love, joy, inspiration, and pride, among other positive emotions.

    After getting her doctorate from Stanford University and teaching at the University of Michigan for a decade, Dr. Frederickson became Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is the director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab).

    In Dr. Frederickson’s first book, Positivity, she explains how positive emotions broaden people’s minds, build their resourcefulness, and help them achieve what they formerly thought impossible. In her most recent book, Love 2.0, she investigates the supreme emotion of love, looking at micro-moments of connection and how love can affect our biological and cellular makeup over time.

    Recognized with numerous honors, Dr. Frederickson’s research has received more than 16 consecutive years of funding from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

    Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

    Psychology professor, founding director of the Greater Good Science Center

    The founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Dacher Keltner studies the social functions of emotion—looking at how our emotions help us navigate and respond to a complex, dynamic, and interpersonal world. He’s also the host of the renowned podcast The Science of Happiness, which has become a global phenomenon.

    The recipient of numerous national prizes and grants, Dr. Keltner’s research has been covered in TimeNewsweek, the New York Times, the BBC, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and many other outlets, and has been a focus in two panels with the Dalai Lama.

    A student and colleague of Paul Ekman, Dr. Keltner’s work on emotions has made him a sought-after teacher and advisor: he worked with the engineers at Facebook to help them develop their “Stickers” and “Reactions”; consulted with Google on altruism and emotions; and collaborated with Pixar in preparing their 2015 film Inside Out.

    Dr. Keltner is the coauthor of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life; co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct; and most recently, author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. He has published over 190 scientific articles, has written for the New York Times, the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Utne Reader.

  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.

    Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.

    Neuroscientist, science director of the Greater Good Science Center 

    Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas is a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, and gratitude. She is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley, where she oversees the GGSC’s fellowship program and is a co-instructor of its renowned Science of Happiness online course. She also helps run its Expanding Gratitude project. 

    Dr. Simon-Thomas studies the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships, and her work examines the potential for—as well as the benefits of—living a more meaningful life. She has presented on the science of happiness and compassion to the Dalai Lama and audiences worldwide. 

    She was formerly the associate director and senior scientist at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

  • Eve Ekman, MSW, Ph.D.

    Eve Ekman, MSW, Ph.D.

    Emotion regulation and mindfulness trainer, director of training for the Greater Good Science Center

    Eve Ekman, MSW, Ph.D.,  is the director of training at the Greater Good Science Center. She is also a UC Berkeley- and UCSF-trained social scientist and teacher in the field of emotional awareness and burnout prevention and her work is inspired by her past experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital. 

    In addition to her academic training, Eve is a second-generation emotion researcher and has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Their most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, is an online visual tool to teach a language for improving our emotional awareness that was commissioned and supported by the Dalai Lama. 

    Eve is the co-lead instructor for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an evidence-based meditation and emotion regulation training developed by Dr. Ekman Sr. and Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace.

    Eve’s writing on empathy, burnout, and compassion has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as invited chapters in Oxford handbooks of positive psychology and the science of compassion. She has been an invited speaker to conferences from her own Bay Area to Sao Paolo, Singapore, and beyond.

  • Jason Marsh

    Jason Marsh

    Greater Good Editor-in-Chief and the Greater Good Science Center’s director of programs

    Jason Marsh is the founding editor in chief of Greater Good magazine and is the Greater Good Science Center’s director of programs. He is the co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct and Are We Born Racist?, and his articles have explored everything from the psychology of the bystander to the reasons why he should finally start meditating. You can find his intelligent and provocative writing in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Utne Reader, among other publications, and he writes regularly for the opinion section of


  • Lama Tsomo, MA

    Lama Tsomo, MA

    Tibetan Buddhist teacher, author 

    Lama Tsomo is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author. She is a founding board member of the Ewam Buddhist Center and is overseeing the planning and construction of the Namchak Montana Retreat Ranch, a gathering place for Tibetan Buddhist learning and study in western Montana, where she lives. Known for her warm, candid, and humorous style, Lama Tsomo teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice in the United States and abroad.

    Born Linda Pritzker, into a prominent Midwestern Jewish family, she studied at Antioch University and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a focus on Jungian analysis. Motivated by a desire to help people find happiness in their lives, Pritzker started her psychotherapy practice in Colorado and began a path of spiritual inquiry in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Under the tutelage of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, holder of the Namchak Lineage of Tibet, Pritzker completed extensive study and spiritual retreat in the United States and Nepal. After a decade of practice, Pritzker learned to speak Tibetan fluently, and she was ordained in 2005 in Nepal as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. At that time, she was given the name Lama Tsomo (Lama Sangak Yeshe Tsomo).

    Lama Tsomo is the author of The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales and Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice, which won the 2016 Independent Publisher Award.

  • This 3-day gathering is the next step in deepening The Science of Happiness experience: embrace it.
  • Enjoy expansive opportunities to find and connect with members of The Science of Happiness community along with time for individual reflection—all aided by the tranquility of the 1440 campus.

Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, 1440 Multiversity's 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley and is less than an hour away from San Jose International Airport.

1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.


At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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Patrons may also choose to stay off-campus.