A little history
and then a walk-through on how to understand the way the meetings are run
and how to make the most of them.
Brain (Neurofeedback) Meeting
Summit Meeting on the Art,
Science and Application of Story
Functioning and Positive Psychology Meeting
Three meetings come together,
like three rivers, and at first glance, they may not seem compatible. Yet,
over and over we've seen how the presenters and attendees enjoy this
cross-fertilization of information.
Brain meeting was founded in 1993 by Rob Kall. At the time, there was
no advanced meeting for people interested in Brain training and
stimulation (neurofeedback, sound and light, mind body approaches.) There
were introductory workshops and no place for the instructors or
experienced practitioners to go to share advanced ideas, techniques,
technologies, models and approaches. The goal of the meeting was and still
is, to create an environment where advanced ideas, new findings and
approaches could be shared by leaders in the field.
Itís a place where top experts in the
field come to bounce off new ideas and theories, and to share their new
findings and techniques for helping different populations.
One goal was to make sure the meeting was in
a fun, tropical location.
Another goal was to support the vision of
biofeedback and self regulation training as an approach which goes beyond
the medical model of illness treatment, to support biofeedback as an
approach which helps move people towards optimal levels of functioning.
This approach, over several years, led to inclusion of more and more
meeting content on Peak performance, optimal Functioning and new, cutting
edge approaches to enhancing human functioning.
Functioning and Positive Psychology Meeting
The aspect of Optimal functioning has always been a major theme of the
winter brain meeting. But by 1996, meeting Organizer Rob Kall decided to
break out a separate track that would focus on different dimensions of
Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology-- peak performance in
executives, athletes, sports psychology, transpersonal psychological
approaches to consciousness, spirituality, altered states, positive
emotions, parapsychology, holistic healing and of course, positive
psychology. Conference founder was one of the early pioneers of the field,
presenting at national meetings on emotional self regulation, positive
experience training, happiness response training, the anatomy of positive
experience, heartwarming, positive affect regulation since 1985. The
meeting weaves together research data, clinical approaches, experiential
exercises, training and coaching approaches and strategies and much
Over the years our presenters have included
a wonderful range of world class leading innovators. This year is no
We want you to have an incredible meeting
experience. Itís more than just a collection of lectures and workshops.
Itís a temporary community youíll become a part of, where sharing,
networking, connecting is very easy and natural, where youíll make new
friends and colleagues who will make a major difference in your life. Weíve
had couples meet and end up getting married, babies conceived and new
partnerships and projects developed. Itís what we love to do-- bring
people and ideas and passions together.
The Palm Springs Hilton is a wonderful place
to make it happen, with gorgeous grounds and the warm, tropical beauty of
Palm Springs in January, a delightful oasis, away from the cold north or
the busy, regular world of work. Not that you wonít work hard here, if
you like. For people who take every lecture and workshop they can we call
it "boot Camp." Be sure to plan some time to enjoy hiking in the
unbelievably beautiful Indian Canyons Oases, or take a ride up the tram
from lunch or dinner at the top of the mountain. Be careful you donít
over-do the next door, and take out an afternoon for the natural
hot-spring spa across the street
Another good way to get a feel for what the
meeting is about is to read what others have
said about the meeting.
Understanding How the Meeting
There are different parts to the meeting
which can be registered for separately or in a combination.
-Plenary Sessions. These run from
Friday through Tuesday and total about 30-33 hours of lectures and panel
discussions. These run from very early in the morning-- as early as
7:00 AM until 10:30 PM on some days. Treat these lectures and panels like
items on a restaurant menu. Don't try to attend them all. Do feel
free to jump into any of the many panel discussions. It's not uncommon to
have 20+ people participate in a panel. We start with a few speakers at
the front of the room and then encourage anyone in the audience to join
Afternoon workshops. These are two or
four hours and are optional, available at an additional registration fee.
These are a great source of more indepth information and training. If you
walk into one, you will be charged for it. It is usually possible to
change from one workshop to another. Most people sign up ahead of time,
before the actual list of workshops is available, to take advantage of
discount prices for pre-paying for 10 hours of workshops. You can use
those ten hours in any combination you like. And there is no cancellation
fee for workshop prepayments.
-Pre and Post Conference Courses: We
offer a nice selection of one or two day courses taught by extraordinary
teachers before or after the conference.
-First Timer Intro To Neurofeedback One
Day Mega-Course If you are relatively new to neurofeedback, just
getting started, or even if you've been practicing for a year or two, but
you've only had training from one person, then this is a great sampler
course that will give you an understanding of both the basics of
neurofeedback and of the wide range of approaches and perspectives taken
by the leaders in the field. We keep the cost very low when it is combined
with any other meeting registration.
-Between, before and after Some of
the best information, connections, tips and ideas come from times spent at
the bar, in the hot tubs, at the meal table. That's why it's so important
to stay at the hotel and linger. People are very friendly and glad to
share, so reach out.
Over the years, two other conferences have
been overlapped, and to some extent woven into the Brain meeting-- The
Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology Meeting and the StoryCon
Summit Meeting on the art, science and application of science. When
you register for the Brain meeting you get free admission to both of these
call for papers
- We love to include new presenters. If you are a first timer without
a track record, we'll welcome you for an early morning presentation.
Contact meeting organizer, Rob Kall to explore the possibilities.
- 1) present at an advanced level
- 2) the topic is hot, exciting, something you are excited about and
looking forward to presenting to your colleagues on, for feedback and
- 3) You are stretching yourself in this presentation-- covering new
turf, using a new model, coming out of the closet on some dimension of
your work that you have long had a hidden interest or passion for.