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Ultimate Courage: Self-Compassion Training Workshop for Men, San Diego , CA , United States

Daniel Ellenberg and Steve Hickman

November 8, 2019 - November 10, 2019

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To meet the evolving needs of men in today’s society, we have created Ultimate Courage— a powerful interactive, skill-building workshop that draws from ancient wisdom traditions, modern neuroscience, and psychological research.

In this 2½ day workshop, we encourage men to discover and embrace their real strengths, while also bringing kindness and understanding to their difficulties. This two-tiered approach of strength building and facing difficulties compassionately is a powerful path towards greater wisdom, satisfaction, effectiveness, and joy.

Program Trainers

Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.


Steven Hickman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. He is the founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and the Director of Professional Training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Dr. Hickman teaches Mindful Self-Compassion around the world and trains teachers in the program, in addition to speaking and teaching on the topic of mindfulness-based programs. Steve is particularly interested in supporting men in developing greater self-compassion and mindfulness and is involved in projects to develop these capacities in Olympic-class athletes, first-responders and active duty military.



It is recommended, but not required, that participants read the following two books before the training retreat:

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff


Friday, November 8:  Check-in 5:00-5:30.  Dinner from 5:30 to 6:30.  First Session 6:30-8:30
Saturday, November 9:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 10:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Meals provided:  Friday night dinner. Lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

Light snacks and hot beverages will be provided.


UCSD Center for Mindfulness
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 330
San Diego, California 92122 



  • Early Bird Tuition – through September 30, 2019:  $545.00
  • Standard Tuition – from October 1, 2019:  $645.00

$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration.

Fees do not include lodging, travel or transportation costs. The following meals will be provided: Friday night dinner. Lunches on Saturday and Sunday.


Please contact gail@centerformsc.org if you have any course or registration questions.


Cancellation Policy

There is a $100 non-refundable minimum payment due upon registration.

Your payment (less the $100 nonrefundable fee) will be refunded if we are notified before October 8, 2019, that you need to cancel your registration.

No refunds are available after October 8, 2019, except on compassionate grounds.

In the unlikely event that the workshop is canceled, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous fees.


November 8, 2019
November 10, 2019


UCSD Center for Mindfulness
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 330
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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