What Others are Saying . . .

about the foundations program

I have been using the Foundations of Well-Being Pillars resources online now for five months. This comprehensive theoretical and practical framework has been the exact in-depth resource I was seeking for self-change. Quite frankly, I truly believe that I have retrained my brain to think and feel more positively and to make faster progress in fulfilling my life's goals.

-A.J. Z.

There are no words to express my gratitude for this amazing font of wisdom. There is so much that I could go into retreat for a year to read, watch, listen, and practice using these resources alone. It is already creating a very different consciousness of the world and my self. At 63, I'm now looking forward to what may be the several decades to come with much more optimism about my capacity to contribute to the well-being of others and care for self.

-Ruth H.

I look forward to each new pillar, I'm so grateful to have this in my life right now. It's giving me so much strength to keep going. Even though I live a simple life I look for the good, juicy wonderful things life has to offer and appreciate the simplicity now - new eyes. :) I'm also noticing many positive changes in myself and as I change I notice the people I care for are becoming stronger and happier too.

-Jen W.

I want to thank you for all the heavy lifting in putting on the FWB program. I'm certain I'm not alone when I say that the program has already been extremely helpful and worth the money, and I'm really looking forward to the remaining months.

-Cooper C.

I've just registered for Foundations and I am touched, calmed, and nodding my head "yes" "yes" "yes" as I listen to Rick. This is a fabulous contribution to the human beings we are. And we need it.

-Sara C.

It has changed my life! Rick delivers this program in such a warm and beautiful way. It really is such a lovely program and I am learning so much and getting so much out of it.

-Anne H.

This is the single best experience of learning I've had in recent memory. Thank you for the unbelievable energy and organization it took to put this together. There is so much generosity here, so much value, including: piles of endless resources. Just a beautiful experience of learning. Plus, Rick is just a kind and generous human. I appreciate how he not only allows himself to be vulnerable, but asks it of his interviewees, too. Such a beautiful mind and a fabulous interviewer. Oh, and whip smart. Thank you for all of it.

-Julia M.

I have had panic and anxiety for years and years. I have received so much help and encouragement from Rick in the last 5 sessions. The first Pillar of Self-Care blew me away and now the Mindfulness Pillar (only week 1!!!) is doing the same thing. I hope that the whole world hears about this program as I am truly beginning to feel like a different person. My anxiety is subsiding considerably and I am now able to handle life in a more productive, balanced manner. I need to admit that all of this information is not new to me but Rick has a very practical, down to earth manner of sharing his knowledge so that people "get" it. Thank you, thank you. I can't even imagine how I will feel in 47 weeks.

-Sue O.

Rick Hanson's program is rich in depth and diversity - from giving me solid theoretical knowledge to grow my understanding, to self-reflection exercises to help me understand myself more, to real practical strategies for change. I have done studies in neuroscience previously and this program is way more valuable in the way it systematically covers the pillars of well-being and develops real practical understanding and change. I find myself more mindful and more able to support clients with strategies for their wellbeing.

-Allison W.

Thank you for the wonderful content each week. I love the building blocks and chunking of information as it layers upon the previous week’s session. Rick is doing a phenomenal job of inspiring me to practice the content and really re-create new neurons inside! Thank you!!

-Sondra G.

I have found the program to be extremely valuable. I would recommend it to anybody. I appreciate Rick Hanson's work very much, and I would definitely purchase any products of his in the future.

-Ralph D.

Just want to say I’m loving the program and the tone of your communications. I expected a lot from a program by Rick, but it’s even more than I expected.

-Patrick E.

I just wanted to say the presentation on refuge and the mind was wonderful! Rick is such a gifted teacher that 80 minutes flew by. I love the fact that he doesn't shy away from providing the neurobiology that underlies what we are learning. Thank you and keep it coming. This course is transformative and clearly given from the soul.

-Cathy M.

I'm building an internal powerhouse to a level that I didn't even know existed and I already work in the field of self-growth, self-discovery and learning. A big thank you from me to all who have helped shape and contribute to this program. Bring it on!!

-Stephanie K.

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate this course and the generosity of offering scholarships to some who cannot afford the tuition. I appreciate that I can do this every day and know it's making a difference to my life.

-Amanda P.

It’s a remarkable course. I find myself smiling over nothing in particular, feeling calmer inside, handling life’s challenges with more resilience, and finding more understanding toward my fellows.

-Vicki V.

Rick's teachings have really started making changes in my life. Some of them subtle, a few big. It makes me so much more aware of myself (mindfullness!) and what I'm doing, which of course if the first step. You should be so proud of the work you are doing.

-Cathy B.

“When I read, watch and listen to the Foundations program, I get soooo much help in noticing and taking in the good. Rick’s suggestions of what to pay attention to are always illuminating, helpful and inspiring.”

-Chris D.

I began participating in the Foundations of Well Being program when Rick Hanson launched it and I’ve avidly followed it every week. I look forward to my weekly email, the talk by Rick, the guided practice, quizzes, activities, and the monthly interviews. I’ve learned so much. And in a more internal way, I feel so many subtle shifts. The second I hear the introductory music, my body starts to relax and open. I feel extremely nourished and supported by Rick’s wise words. Further, he’s able to explain concepts in a way that’s comprehensive and yet easy to digest. And his guests have been incredible. I’ve gone on to learn as much as I can from them as well. My intention is to take the entire program again once I finish the path. I know these talks are worth second and third listenings! I’m delighted to be part of this wonderful program!

-Julie M.

I just finished the aspiration pillar and I am overflowing with gratitude for the presentation and practice you offered. The synchronicity with the current life choices I need to make is striking and yes and again, working with your material is making me move forward and gain clarity and insight that I would not have had otherwise. THANKS!!!

I also appreciate the way you have designed the weekly email. It comes in at a very good speed with my dial-up connection, with the screen and graphics and all the info you place in it. I don't know how you've done it, but it works well.

I Love your work; I'm going to miss you when this ends. This program is a bountiful source of well-being. There is not one presentation that does not leave me with a huge sense of appreciation and awe for the help offered. Rick Hanson is an amazing teacher. You don't make teachers much better than that!

-Virginie A.

Thank you for this wonderful aid to health and wellbeing, it has been a lifesaver for me over the last year, literally. Over the last three years I nursed my, unfortunately at times, abusive NPD-partner through his terminal cancer. Many friends advised leaving him, as the emotional cruelty was at times unbearable, but my Buddhist learning just could not let me walk away from a dying man. The Foundations program was a strong, warm, unwavering light through all this. Some of the points about letting in the good, enjoying the positive things I have, gratitude for my life, pacing the physical aspects of living, all 'gave me permission', so to speak, to cherish my own life whilst keeping to my ethical commitments and keeping boundaries, allowing me to honour both my boyfriend and myself. The course enabled me to find 'A Middle Way' through the ethical and emotional chaos, gifting me real jewels of wisdom to pass on to others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-Sue W.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating the Foundations of Well Being program. Among other parts of my very rich life, I am a very experienced clinical psychologist, yoga and meditation teacher and a writer of poetry and non-fiction. I found the guided focusing on me to be exquisitely valuable to my own quality of life and the congruence of what I bring to other people. You brought together important understandings and practices in comprehensive, thoughtful, reflective, tender, accessible and integrated ways. Thank you very, very much for all your efforts, your incredible generosity of spirit and your deep humility. I has been a great honour for me to be one of your many students.

-Dr. Jeannie Higgins

I'd like to express my joy of having the chance to follow the Foundations program. It was, is, and will continue to be very beneficial to me - it is a life treasure.

-Caroline W.

Thanks for what you have taught me in such a short time. I have gone through almost all the quizzes, talks and practices in the approximately three months since I signed up. I work on it almost daily. I am glad I focused so much attention on FWB because I am emotionally more mature than I was when I began. The practices are wonderful - I look forward to being able to listen to them over the years!

-Marty Y.

This program has influenced me profoundly in both personal and professional ways. Because the material is presented in a concise and straightforward way with lots of real-life examples, I am able to retain the concepts. I appreciate the guided meditations and visual practices that allow me to experience immediate benefits and show me how to do the practice on my own, rather than just having written directions. Rick's approach is masterful and pragmatic, the material is backed by solid research, and his approach is warm and heartfelt. I can't think of a better way to learn how to to cultivate well-being. I am very thankful...

-Beverly R.

I have found the Foundations program a wonderful source of information and support for wellbeing. I especially enjoy the guided meditations. The track your progress is a really useful tool. The easy to manage ‘bites’ of information are fantastic and make such a huge impact to wellbeing. As a psychology student I love all the neuro stuff thats an added bonus! Thank you so much for creating this wonderful resource it continues to change my life and the way I think about things and manage stress.

-Ann R.

I was incredibly impressed with this excellent program, from the very beginning... even more awestruck - by Rick, his loving kindness, generosity, and willingness to show his own vulnerability and "humanness". This program was, in my opinion, excellent, both in concept and content, from the very beginning of when I first saw it, yet I have watched it continue to evolve, change, and improve. What more can I say, but Wow, just wow, and... thank you, from the bottom of my heart! :)

-Yvette R.

What an amazing, kind, brilliant, loving, giving, healing, funny, serious, wise gift and chart for sailing through life this program has been! I have a little iPod with just the Foundations talks and practices which I carry in my bag everywhere I go and go to it whenever I need, for guidance, and light and hope. Thank you! Thank you...

-Athena L.

This absolutely splendid programme has been wonderful and has really made a difference to my life, and the lives of the people around me. I will be continuing to put into practice every day what I have learned and refreshing those things as the need arises through the website. It is wonderful that it will be there when I need it. And thank you to Laurel as well for the creative activities. They were so helpful, and she is such a charming teacher.

-Lori-Ann F.

I read Buddha's Brain over three years ago and immediately sought out enriching my knowledge of positive neural plasticity from other sources as a teaching modality for my patients. The information in 'Foundations of Well-Being' is comprehensive and easy to absorb for the average Joe or Jane. The CEU's are a nice bonus but the knowledge I have gained completing this course was really worth the tuition.

-Chris, RN.

Thank you very much for this wonderful year with the Foundations of Well-being. Every week I looked forward to a new talk and practice - sometimes I even got up in the middle of the night to watch them! Thanks for your kindness, and sharing your wisdom.

-Agnes V.

I love this program and follow the new items of the program every week with pleasure!

-Barbara H.

I just completed the foundations program and wanted to thank each and everybody who has contributed and has made this possible! Taking the program and doing the practices has changed my awareness on some key points and gives me the opportunity to change some issues blocking me, which is a work in progress. :-)


I enjoy Rick's insights very much... in numerous occasions they have come just when I needed some words of wisdom, some shaking to wake up... and I am one of those who is always trying to catch up the your readings and program because I "never have enough time ".

-Carlota A.

I have been on a painful journey of grief and it led me to take this course after reading Rick's books (Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness). The loss will remain with me forever but rather than holding it inside, I have freed myself from the negative thoughts of overwhelming grief. This is such a marvellous course for healing and self growth, I feel so grateful and privileged to be participating.

-Kay L.

What a difference the program has made for me! I have become aware of the many opportunities there are for 'letting the good sink in', and I am deeply grateful for this. This past year has been a tough one for me in many ways, and I doubt that I would have gotten through it as comparatively intact and feel as calm if it had not been my weekly afternoon hour of laying a foundation for my well-being. Thank you so much for sharing so generously your knowledge and the many additional resources you provided.

-Margrit S.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say how wonderful I've found the programme and to offer a wholehearted endorsement of it . The content has been remarkable: imaginative, insightful and tremendously valuable. For the richness of the content, the cost has been incredibly low and, being on a fixed income, I have appreciated the option of monthly payments. The speedy responses when I've encountered the odd glitch in accessing materials have been an indicator of the care taken over the whole offering. My sincere thanks to Rick and all involved!

-Anita D.

The Foundations program is fantastic! I just love every session and look forward to them. Not only do I recommend your program every week in my practice to my patients, but I think daily of how I do not need to be hijacked by my emotions! What a blessing to have such a wonderful program so available, that I can do with a cup of tea and a pillow supporting my back.

-Denise T.

After many years of practice at Spirit Rock and the SF Zen Center, I'm finally getting some "concrete", usable advice. The Foundations of Well-Being is giving me the resources, strength and clarity to be an active participant with the obstacles that "come up" in life. It's the medicine I need. I've worked as an RN for over 30 years - the past 15 with the homeless in the Civic Center, and a lot had to be "swallowed" over the years, along with never feeling I was doing a "good" job. Now you are offering me some valuable tools to really let go of a lot of pain and unnerving, habitual self torture. My operating system is getting scrubbed (firmly, but yet easily) getting a chance to really settle. Thanks, so much.

-Chris R.

Thank you. I appreciate how Rick seems to pull everything together into a package that is compassionate, shines his light, is not pushy, and is affordable. I started at the beginning and am so glad I will keep getting e-mails to motivate me to go back and listen again.

-Bobbi R.

The Foundations program has been a life changing experience. The profound effects of the program continue to surface and are apparent in how my responses to life have become calmer and more positive while the practices continue to grow and become more incorporated. Thank you for creating this program…it is a gift of knowledge and experience that relates to my spiritual practice, work experience and relationships....I highly recommend it.

-Betty R.

I had a traumatic experience that, for 3 years, was poisoning all the good things in my life. Even though I read "Buddha's Brain" and I understood the concept intellectually, I was hopelessly stuck. The Foundations program is helping me tremendously. Every Tuesday I receive another insight from Rick that helps me gain perspective and actual "tools" to help me to deal with and minimize my painful thoughts. I feel there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. I am deeply appreciative of Rick for developing this program and offering it at such an affordable cost.

-Mary W.

I came across Rick years ago on the BBC Radio 4 and he made a great impression on me and continues to do so. Little did I know that through the Foundations of Well-Being program, he would be helping me through a very difficult time, but he has and I will be eternally thankful for his support and kindness. Through the interviews I have gotten to know other experts in greater depths - each one offering such positive advice and understanding of our crazy brains! The program is enormously helpful, and I can't tell you how glad I am that I decdied to do it. It's uplifting, hopeful, and engenders a spirit of hope for our futures. I am now trying in my own way to pass on this wisdom, helping others as he is."

-Maggie C.

I've just completed the Learning Pillar and am really feeling it! You've created an incredibly useful program so rich in relevant information. I've got some years on me and have been through my share of therapies, but FWB is providing the tools necessary for real change.

-Emily P.

More than gratitude, I thank you for opening my mind, being, and my life to heartfelt love and possibilty through The Foundations of Well-Being and you.

-Betsy G.

When I started this journey way back in January I was in a very desperate place looking for something to grab a hold of to really change my life situation. I had experienced so much trauma over the past 4 years and was really struggling. I chose to really embrace what was being offered and just keep chipping away at stuff. I threw myself whole heartedly into the practices, researched and read books from the people Rick interviewed that resonated for me. Here I am 12 months latter still in the same life but with a completely different approach. My health has improved hugely as well as my relationship to myself as I apply the practices of self care and being on my own side, a long standing core issue that I had been unable to change has shifted, I am learning to live with it, accept it and work with whats here, it has changed everything for me. I am so truly grateful.

-Joanne R.

This program was aptly named Foundations of Well-Being. Personally and professionally, it provided a solid base of knowledge and practice that will continue to serve me in the future. I appreciated its design, intentions and how the knowledge was delivered in a practical and relevant manner , making it very “do-able."

-Carol O.

Thank you for your many hours of work to create this program. Each month, I looked forward to your engaging talks and practices, the creative activities, and the fascinating interviews. I have learned many helpful things about relationships—with myself, with others, and with life. Thank you for your ongoing work to help us to create a strong foundation, and to engage in our lives, together, with compassion and clarity.

-Catherine F.

I completed the Foundations of Well-Being Program almost a month ago. I don't really know how to adequately thank you for your influence on my life. I find myself using a new vocabulary: dwell, savour, absorb, linger, treasure, marinate, ponder, presence and of course mindfully. I'm deeply grateful for your excellent teaching skills and outstanding program development, which spiralled to continually remind me of learning and assist me in embedding the message. I am a retired teacher and can confidently say that you are a master teacher. I found your choice of interviewees to be a profound addition to the program. I was in awe at the way you were able to both guide the discussions and draw out the richness and vulnerabilities of these wise and very human experts in their field. I was also inspired by your genuine excitement and energy which was abundantly evident in the Q&As. THANK YOU Rick. Thanks also for allowing unlimited access to the program - I wrote detailed notes but find myself returning to specific sections to watch and listen again... With profound gratitude to you and your team.

-Jenny F.

I am thoroughly enjoying this class. I have been meditating on and off for 30 years, and Rick's interview with Jack Kornfield was incredibly useful and moving. I have seen Jack at lectures and conferences a number of times, and read his books, but this one hour talk with Rick and Jack was the best summary on mindfulness I have ever heard. Rick's questions were very effective at bringing out the beauty and wisdom of Jack K. One of many high moments in the program and I'm only on Pillar #2. Can't wait for the rest.

-Richard K.

As I follow the path of the Foundations of Well-Being, Dr. Hanson's beautiful humanity and authenticity is a great inspiration and treasure within the program!

-Elizabeth G.

I'm in Mexico (where I'm from) and where bureaucratic requirements are absurd and beyond logic. I was trying to solve a problem at the bank and kept on encountering barriers. On Saturday I got really upset at the bank's employee and left the bank furious! That afternoon I felt physically heavy, terribly uncomfortable within. I could hardly stand myself. On Sunday I decided to do Rick's guided practice Three Practices with an Upset. This morning, before going to the bank again, I did a short version of the practice, breathing deep and aspiring to have a harmonious and cordial relationship with the employee and be open to the outcome. This time everything flowed seamlessly and the problem was solved effortlessly. Later, as I was boarding a bus to go back home, an employee who was checking my bags told me, "you project peace, a certain light, energy." I was stunned and I told him I was working to age gracefully and with dignity. Rick's Foundations of Well Being practices work! I'm very grateful to have found you!

-Claudia H.

FWB is such a high quality program with a depth of information not usually found in most online courses. It also has had a very practical impact to date even though I haven’t completed it yet.

-Don S.

I'm in Mexico (where I'm from) and where bureaucratic requirements are absurd and beyond logic. I was trying to solve a problem at the bank and kept on encountering barriers. On Saturday I got really upset at the bank's employee and left the bank furious! That afternoon I felt physically heavy, terribly uncomfortable within. I could hardly stand myself. On Sunday I decided to do Rick's guided practice Three Practices with an Upset. This morning, before going to the bank again, I did a short version of the practice, breathing deep and aspiring to have a harmonious and cordial relationship with the employee and be open to the outcome. This time everything flowed seamlessly and the problem was solved effortlessly. Later, as I was boarding a bus to go back home, an employee who was checking my bags told me, "you project peace, a certain light, energy." I was stunned and I told him I was working to age gracefully and with dignity. Rick's Foundations of Well Being practices work! I'm very grateful to have found you!

-Claudia H.

about Rick Hanson

"A master of his craft."

-Mark Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness



"Offers simple, accessible, practical steps for touching the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright."

-Thich Nhat Hanh
Author of Being Peace and Understanding Our Mind



"Not simplistic positive thinking, his synthesis of the new science of the brain is realistic and practical."

-Sara Gottfried, M.D.
Author of The Hormone Cure



"Brilliant at making complex scientific information simple."

-Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
Co-author with Helen LaKelly Hunt of Making Marriage Simple



"Works practical magic, teaching you how to rewire your brain for greater happiness, peace, and well-being."

-Jennifer Louden
Author of The Woman's Comfort Book



"One of the world's leading authorities on mind training."

-Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., O.B.E.
Professor, University of Derby, author of The Compassionate Mind



"Makes the neuroscience of happiness accessible and engaging."

-Marci Shimoff
Author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul



"Following these practices will transform your life."

-Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.
Author of A Path With Heart