Love & Belonging 2021

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

Love & Belonging: Healing Relationships and Building Connections Using Neuropsychology and Compassion Practices

With Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT

3-class series: May 5, 12, 19. 6:30–8:00pm ET (3:30–5:00pm PT)


Covid has deeply impacted our current relationships and the ability to build new connections. Some of us feel more isolated and alone. While others of us are struggling to keep our relationships from falling apart due to too much time together. This 3-class series explores where relationship stress comes from and what we can do to prevent it. Together we will demystify why relationships break down and why we may have difficulty finding a healthy relationship. Using neuropsychology and compassion practices we will investigate and remedy reactive relating dynamics and vitalize our innate ability to nurture ourselves and build healthy relationships.

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Course Details

This series is for anyone who:

      • Currently struggles in their relationship.
      • Would like to be in a relationship.
      • Wonders why they end up in relationships that do not work out.

You will learn:

      • Where relationship stress and suffering comes from and what we can do to prevent it.
      • How the neuropsychology of relationship stress effects our ability to feel connected to ourselves and others.
      • How we get locked into unhealthy relationship dynamics including shame for being single.
      • The building blocks for healthy development and continued well-being.
      • Self-compassion practices to unlearn dysfunctional relating habits and grow healthy social bonds.

Each 90-minute class will consist of:

      • Experiential learning and mediation practice.
      • Instructive teaching and class discussion.
      • Breakout groups with class peers.

All classes will be recorded so you can watch at your convenience if you miss a class.
There is no homework for this series.


Tuition: $150

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Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT, is the Director of the Nalanda Institute’s CBRT and San Francisco-based Contemplative Psychotherapy programs. She is a psychotherapist in private practice who draws upon Buddhist psychology, depth psychology, expressive arts therapy, dream imagery, and Sensorimotor psychotherapy in her work with adults and couples. Fiona is a graduate of the Masters program in Counseling Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research focused on the meditative practice of Authentic Movement, the use of symbols and dream imagery in psychotherapy. She has taught mindfulness practices at the UCSF Chronic Pelvic Pain Center and has been a teaching assistant at both the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Pacifica Graduate Institute.