Positive Neuroplasticity Training

Building healthier, stronger, wiser minds

This experiential and educational program was created by Dr Rick Hanson, bestselling author of “Hardwiring Happiness” and “Buddha’s Brain”. It is about building a strong, healthy, and happy brain. We can lower stress, and increase well-being and effectiveness by deliberately cultivating positive states – such as safety, contentment, connectedness and compassion.   The Positive Neuroplasticity Training is about taking charge of the structure-building processes of your own brain. 

This course will focus on learning a fundamental psychological skill: the conversion of passing beneficial experiences and beneficial mental states - into lasting underlying neural traits – that can be experienced in a very pragmatic way in our lives and relationships. Statistically significant findings from a pilot study showed that Positive Neuroplasticity Training increased positive emotions, self-compassion, mindfulness, emotional balance, self-esteem, gratitude, contentment, and love, and it decreased depression and anxiety.

Workshops in Melbourne July 2018

Positive Neuroplasticity Training
Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th July
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

3 day course for everyone

In this workshop you will be learning about and practicing how to transform positive experiences into lasting states and traits.
The workshop will be engaging, inspiring and practical. As well as being motivated by succinct and relevant scientific information, you will get tools and processes that you can immediately use. We will engage with the material using experiential exercises, presentations, discussion, home practice, and readings.

Register - 3 day PNT Training

Professional Course in PNT
23rd - 28th July, 2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

6 day course for those in helping professions
(teachers, coaches, therapists, counsellors, psychologists)

Learn how to bring this powerful work into your relationships with patients, clients, participants, students and children.  The Professional Course teaches you practical applications for using Positive Neuroplasticity with others. It is perfect for therapists, healthcare providers, educators, business consultants, trainers, coaches, mindfulness and yoga teachers – as well as parents. You will learn how to: 

• explain the science

• teach the methods

• use practical tools to change habits and build motivation

• help people with stress, loss, relationship issues, and trauma

Register Here - Professional Training - 6 days

For more information

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What will you be learning in the course?


Create positive experiences

Learn how to appreciate the positive experiences that come your way and to actively create new ones.

Learn the theory, skills and focus to have, enrich and absorb new positive experiences.

Savour your precious life. Actively choose what you attend to.


Hardwire new pathways

Embed new experiences of resilient safety, satisfaction and connection into your nervous system.

Transform difficult emotions and cultivate positive states including calm, interest, warmth, vitality and compassion.

Dissolve anxiety and irritation. Find more peace and ease. Understand the process of your own mind.


Grow in capacity to choose your responses

Grow specific inner strengths to heal old pain, deal with challenges and have more to offer others.

Grow in your confidence in building new habits and having more choice in responding to challenges.

Be curious.
Recognise your situation.
Act with courage.


What does the PNT course involve?

Positive Neuroplasticity Training  is a personal training for your mind and body. You will learn how to become more familiar with transforming passing positive states like safety, satisfaction and feelings of belonging and connection, into more lasting traits.

Rick Hanson will be presenting the 6 session course over three days. It will involve:

  • three days of exploration in good company in a workshop situation (9.30am - 5pm)
  • Lunch and morning and afternoon teas are provided
  • gentle systematic training in cultivating positive states of safety, satisfaction and connection
  • exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
  • brief lectures and discussions
  • individual feedback and support
  • scientific rationale for the practice


What does the Professional Course involve?

The Professional Course takes place over six days and involves attending the PNT three day course, followed by the 3 day training in applying this to your work context.  In the Professional Course you will be practicing the skills and thinking to equip you in bringing this work into your helping work with others.

It will involve:

  • Six days of exploration in good company in a workshop situation (9.30am - 5pm)
  • Lunch and morning and afternoon teas are provided
  • Gentle systematic training in cultivating positive states of safety, satisfaction and connection
  • Exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
  • Brief lectures and discussions
  • Practice of skills in working with others with the model
  • Demonstrations of the principles by Rick Hanson
  • Scientific rationale for the practice


(The Professional Course will not equip you to teach the PNT course as a stand-alone offering in a group context, but to use all the materials in your professional work.)




What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018