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Neuroscience and Well-Being: How Spirituality Affects Our Health and DNA

“The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”

- Carl Sagan

Brain and Spirituality

Our spiritual habits affect our physical and emotional health in a variety of ways.

During this day of reflection we will explore recent findings in neuroscience and positive psychology, showing how contemplative practices such as mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, and compassion slow aging in our cells, keep our brains healthy and nimble, reduce stress, and bring more health and happiness into our lives.

We will also explore other habits that support brain health and keep our telomeres, the end caps of our chromosomes, from prematurely fraying.

We will incorporate these contemplative practices into our days, along with discussion, allowing us to share and experience some of these benefits.

The morning will be more multi-media presentation in nature with the afternoon more focused on contemplative, creative practices to achieve healthy brains.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

9:00am-4:00pm
Cost of $70 includes $20 non-refundable deposit and noon meal.

Registration for this retreat is closed.

Deposits can be paid online at time of registration, by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center, or by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 to pay with a credit card.  Deposits must be received to complete registration. 


Also in this series:
Thursday, September 30:  Well-Being and Self-Compassion
Friday, October 1Breath and Mindfulness
Sunday, October 3:  Digital Distraction

View a brief welcome and invitation to these programs from facilitator Anne Kertz Kernion.


Brain Science and Spirituality Weekend Option (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost of $195 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Extended Weekend Option (Friday Evening through Sunday)
Cost of $275 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals. (Please note this option does not include supper on Friday)

Brain Science and Spirituality Package (Thursday through Sunday)
Cost of $425 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

 

Deposits can be paid online at time of registration, by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center, or by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 to pay with a credit card.  Deposits must be received to complete registration. 

Anne Kertz Kernion leads retreats and program relating to neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering, an MA in Theology from Duquesne University, a Certificate in the Science of Happiness from the University of California—Berkeley, and is currently a graduate student in Positive Psychology at the University of Missouri. Anne is also a yoga instructor and the owner/artist of “Cards by Anne.” Anne has taught college-level science, ethics, and world religions. She is the author of A Year of Spiritual Companionship (SkyLight Paths, 2016) and Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul (Loyola Press, 2020). Anne enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.

 

Partial scholarships are available for this program.
To arrange a partial scholarship, please contact Claire via email or by phone at (262) 898-2588.

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