siegel with dalai lama

Soul and Synapse: The Integration of Science and Spirituality

with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel
March 12-13, 2016

When Ed Bacon was in Ireland, he learned that before his death, poet John O’Donohue had been collaborating with neuroscientist Daniel Siegel on the beneficial effects of poetry on the brain. Then he learned that Siegel has been in conversations with the Dalai Lama about scientific proof of improved brain functioning through meditation. Through secular science Siegel is promoting many of the core religious values that make All Saints tick. His work makes some of the mysteries of the brain understandable – knowledge which is both empowering and inspiring.

And so it is with great excitement that we welcome Dr. Daniel Siegel back to All Saints Church for “Soul and Synapse: The Integration of Science and Spirituality.” In this contemplative retreat, through the learning and use of current meditation and mindfulness practices, we will explore the integration of science and spirituality and experience the ways in which our inner subjective lives, our interpersonal relationships, and our objective empirical knowledge can be woven together to illuminate the importance of meaning, connection, and equanimity in our lives.

Utilizing experiential exercises engaging the deep nature of our subjective inner and interpersonal lives, we will address such questions as: why does feeling part of “a larger whole” matter so much, and why does not simply living as an isolated self, limited to our skin-defined boundaries, improve our immune system functioning? What are the scientific insights that reveal why a spiritual life with meaning and connection is “good for you”?

Participants will learn how to use their mind in integrative ways in order to transform their lives as we work together to transform the world.

Cost for the retreat is $180 | Register online here

Session 1                      9:00 – 12noon
Book signing             12:00 – 12:30pm
Lunch and break      12:30 – 2:00pm
Session 2                      2:00 – 4:30pm

Rectors Forum          10:15 – 11:00am
Session 3                      2:00 – 5:00pm
Book signing               5:00 – 5:30pm

For more information contact Jamie Hebert at or 626.583.2733

Daniel J. Siegel is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Founding Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.

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