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WELL 10 — The Art of Opening in the Moment: Relationships Simplified

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 29—May 6
Time: 9:30 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 22
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Kathryn Ford
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Cancelled
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Live Online(About Formats)
9:30 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Apr 29—May 6
2 days
Refund Date
Apr 22
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Kathryn Ford
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Please note: This course is an expanded version of the previous course, The Art of Opening in the Moment, and welcomes new students as well as previous students looking to deepen their experience.

Our lives are a weave of relationships with partners, friends, family, and colleagues. In all of these relationships, we want understanding, caring, collaboration, and—whenever possible—a bit of fun. Everything we want from, and with, each other depends on our openness in the moment—our emotional aperture. Our ability to sense that openness, aperture awareness, is our superpower for successful relationships.

This course is designed for couples, singles, therapists—indeed, anyone interested in learning how to navigate the complexity of relationships. We want to be known, loved, and supported while minimizing the potential disappointments of intimacy. In life’s tricky conversations, we knit together, or weaken, the bonds that sustain us.

We will explore aperture awareness as the application of present-moment awareness, or mindfulness, of relationships. You will learn to sense your own and others’ openness to connection and how to respond as apertures open and close. The course will include the latest research in the fields of relationship dynamics and interpersonal neurology to help us understand the basis for our responses to each other. Participants will learn simple and powerful techniques for staying open—and helping others stay open—in difficult conversations. Class time will include practice with these tools and time for discussion. You will leave with enhanced skills for connection.

The instructor will meet with small study groups between class sessions to extend your learning.

Relationship Consultant

Kathryn Ford is an author, teacher, and clinician specializing in relationships. Her work integrates neuropsychology, mindfulness, and multiple therapy models. She received an MD from Brown and completed her psychiatry residency at Stanford School of Medicine. In addition to her traditional training, her lifelong meditation practice has informed both her life and her work. She is currently completing a book for couples and therapists.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.