Based on her best-selling book Emotional Alchemy, this workshop explores Tara’s unique approach to healing emotions, which grew out of her years of meditation practice and work as a psychotherapist, and Daniel’s explorations in his books Emotional Intelligence and Destructive Emotions. Emotional Alchemy blends ancient and contemporary approaches for transforming dysfunctional emotional habits. In this innovative synthesis of neuroscience and Buddhist psychology — combining a new dimension of cognitive therapy with an investigative awareness and a reparative compassion–the Golemans help us explore the many ways we can transform emotional confusion into an insightful clarity, thereby releasing ourselves from powerful habits of reactivity. Mindfulness is an ancient awareness tool which, when integrated with these approaches, enhances their effectiveness and sustains their continuity, leading to a more genuine connection with ourselves and each other. This training can be continued in daily life or applied in one’s professional work; this workshop is helpful for health care professionals or anyone who wants an in-depth experience of this revolutionary approach.


Mindful habit change is an integration of mindfulness, cognitive neuroscience and cognitive emotional behavioral interventions developed by Tara Bennett-Goleman. To learn more about mindful habit change, see Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-Defeating Emotional Habits.

Workshop Schedule

Chemistry of Connection (Daniel Goleman and Tara Bennett-Goleman with Aaron Wolf and R.J. Sadowski) @ Kripalu Institute
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

Connection begins within, then radiates out to create a greater sense of interconnection at every level. This unique program mixes lecture, meditation, group work, and horse whispering to explore the inner, interpersonal, and interspecies dimensions that can help us turn toward a greater awareness and compassion in relationships of all kinds.

Tara Bennett-Goleman integrates Eastern and Western psychologies and practices to transform modes that separate us into patterns that connect us, while Daniel Goleman offers scientific findings from social neuroscience on empathy and relationships. Aaron Wolf shares methods for conflict transformation and effective communication skills, and RJ Sadowski, Jr., demonstrates the principles of horse whispering, offering a powerful model for building trust and security in relationships.

Chemistry of Connection Through Dance
Saturday, June 6
7:30–9:00 pm
Join Indian kathak dancer Seema Mehta and tap dancer Jason Samuel Smith for an evening of dance, collaboration, and demonstration of the power of connection through the universal language of rhythm.
Open to all in-house guests.

About the Evening Event
Emmy award-winning tap artist Jason Samuels Smith joins award-winning dancer Seema-Mehta in a high energy collaboration of kathak and tap dance. At the heart of this work lies improvisation which keeps the audience at the edge of their seats.

About the Horses
Star has helped humans gain confidence. He is a willing guided partner and a teacher to both humans and horses. With his giving heart, he is perfectly attuned for connection.
Red Cloud, with his calm, quiet demeanor, is ideally suited as a confidence-booster. He inspires humans toward self-improvement and relationship-building through emotional rehabilitation.

Note Participants will observe demos with Star and Red Cloud; no riding required. The horses are featured in one of the four program sessions.

Awakening the Wisdom of Awareness in the Heart of Emotions (Daniel Goleman and Tara Bennett-Goleman) @ Omega Institute
Sep 18 – Sep 20 all-day

How can emotions serve as opportunities for insight and connection rather than confusion and reactivity?

Join best-selling authors Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman for this exploration of how to put our emotional wisdom into practice in our everyday lives. Enjoy a first-person introduction to Bennett-Goleman’s teachings on the mindful repatterning of emotional habits, which integrates therapeutic and meditative perspectives and practices. Then explore Goleman’s work on emotional intelligence and its underlying neuroscience basis.

Through lectures, discussions, and experiential exercises, you learn to:

  • Expand your emotional bandwidth by changing limiting habits of thought, emotion, behavior, and relationship
  • Widen the gap between impulse and action
  • Find a resonant basis for relationship

Return home with new skills for bringing empathic attunement to transform habits of the heart.