Despite the obvious appeal and increased accessibility of meditation training with programs such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), it remains a significant challenge for many individuals to maintain a consistent practice. Early meditators often complain that they do not know if they are “doing it right” or give up before realizing any significant benefits. By providing the meditator with immediate feedback on their brainwave state, a Neurotherapist can help define and refine the process, potentially increasing motivation, interest, and impact. Incorporating neurofeedback into a meditation practice can potentially help with these concerns. In addition, because meditation and neurofeedback are both involved in the training of mental states, it seems obvious that these practices could be used to enhance each other, either in an attempt to achieve deeper states of meditation or by combining them as a treatment intervention for specific mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, or depression.
In this workshop, we will explore five different styles of meditation practices based on the role of attention, intention, brainwave states and brain regions involved; these styles include Focus, Mindfulness, Open Heart, Quiet Mind, and Deep States. Based on client goals and concerns, we can identify which practices might be best suited for each individual. For example:
Focus practices impact the brain networks in ways that specifically encourage improved concentration and reduced distractibility.
Mindfulness practices have the greatest impact on stress and anxiety.
Open Heart targets mood concerns and empathy building.
Quiet Mind strategies may be ideal for addictions, affect regulation, and personality based concerns.
Deep States can be helpful in relaxing defense mechanisms and integrating subconscious material.
This is a hands-on, practical workshop. As part of this training, you will receive both 2-channel and sLORETA NeuroMeditation protocols for each meditation style and taught how to modify them for your individual purposes. The morning session each day will be devoted to didactic learning while the afternoon each day will be practicum-style, allowing an opportunity for participants to experience each of the NeuroMeditation protocols. The approaches to EEG NeuroMeditation taught in this workshop can be used immediately to achieve deeper states of meditation or as a treatment intervention for mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, or PTSD.
Note: This 3-day workshop is designed for neurofeedback professionals. While we will be primarily using BrainMaster equipment, protocols can be adapted for other systems. We will explore both 2 channel and sLORETA protocols for each style. If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Dr. Tarrant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the workshop verifying 24 hours of training in EEG NeuroMeditation. This workshop fulfills the didactic requirement and 6 hours or mentoring toward certification as a NeuroMeditation instructor
This workshop will take place at the Sant Salvador Hotel, you can get more information and book a room here!
Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN
Dr. Jeff Tarrant is a licensed psychologist, board certified in neurofeedback and a Global
Neurotherapy Initiative (GNI) Instructor. He is the founder and CEO of the NeuroMeditation Institute (NMI), LLC and provides certification training for NMI therapist and instructors. Dr. Tarrant is the author of Meditation Strategies to Rewire the Brain. Other recent works include a series of virtual reality meditations published by StoryUp VR and the book chapter, "Neuromeditation: An Overview and Introduction" in The Handbook of Clinical Qeeg and Neurotherapy. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has a private practice in Corvallis, OR, USA where he specializes in the use of EEG NeuroMeditation.