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Positive Mindfulness

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FORMAT:  Interactive workshop, filled with theoretical and practical tools,  lead by a world-leading researcher and practitioner of mindfulness and positive psychology.

LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre | Meeting Room 212

IDEAL AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge, experience, and application of mindfulness within positive psychology – this includes (but not limited to): Therapists, Coaches, Positive Psychology students, Educators, Yoga teachers, and Mindfulness teachers and practitioners.

Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Adventure of Meditation and Flourishing

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular interventions in psychology, the interest in which grows year after year. Positive psychology (PP) is the fastest developing branch of psychology, whose expanding journey of investigating human flourishing has attracted great interest. What happens when these two are brought together?

This workshop will inform you about the fascinating points of convergence between mindfulness and PP. We will explore various mindfulness programs focused on increasing positive variables, such as meaning, compassion, positive emotions, strengths, and gratitude. These programs are flourishing-focused, thereby embodying the spirit of PP.

The workshop covers three aspects: Theory, Research, and Practice. We will discuss some theoretical background to the convergence between PP and mindfulness, including the role of savoring and meaning in the creation of what I call the “positive mindfulness cycle”. Research will be addressed as well, and studies that bring to life the impact of mindfulness on the experience of flourishing, growth, and positive transformation will be highlighted. Finally, we will practice different mindfulness exercises designed to increase self-compassion, meaning, and savoring.

This workshop is intended to provide an adventurous, creative, and open space, where we learn about mindfulness and PP, while being mindful and playful.

Workshop Leader

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Dr Itai Ivtzan   Naropa University

Dr Itai Ivtzan
Naropa University

Dr Itai Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, an Associate Professor at Naropa University, teaching and researching at the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based. He is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL). He is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes, and gain super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion. Isn't this an amazing prospect? Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ivtzan has run seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats in the UK, US, and around the world, at various educational institutions and at private events. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences. He published several books, as well as many journal papers and book chapters. His main areas of research are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality. Dr. Ivtzan is confident that mindfulness meditation has the power to change individuals – in fact, whole societies – for the better. Accordingly, he has been investing much time in studying mindfulness academically, writing books about it, teaching it, and training mindfulness teachers.

He is the author/co-author of:

  • Awareness is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality

  • Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Wellbeing

  • Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life

  • Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice