On Campus Program

A Chronic Pain–Management Conference for Healthcare Professionals Shifting the Paradigm

For physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinicians, acupuncturists, psychologists, yoga and mindfulness teachers, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients living with chronic pain.

Join distinguished neuroscientists, physicians, physiotherapists, yoga researchers, expert authors, and yoga and mindfulness teachers in a dynamic, multifaceted educational experience curated for professionals interested in an integrative approach to the treatment of chronic pain from a collaborative and multidisciplinary perspective.

Chronic pain is an enormous crisis—debilitating more Americans than cancer, diabetes, and heart disease combined—and is now seen as a disease in its own right. Our nation is affected by opioid addiction and restriction, and the increasing evidence of the failure of synthetic drugs.

Groundbreaking, inspiring, and thought-provoking, this conference is unlike anything that has been offered elsewhere. Based upon current research and best practices, this embodied “change” conference provides practical information—including alternatives to pain medication—and the research behind it. Experience five themed days of lectures, panel discussions, special topic breakout sessions, experiential classes and learning workshops focused on

  • The Neuroscience of Pain: Why and How Things Hurt
  • Mindfulness and Alleviating Suffering
  • The Science of Yoga and Balancing the Body’s Response to Stress
  • Connection, Compassion, and Challenges
  • The Future of Chronic Pain Care: Healing the Patient, the Provider, and the System

Throughout the week, Kripalu also offers experiential solutions to the challenging burnout that impacts providers today in workshops on self-care, building resilience, food as medicine, and Ayurvedic rejuvenation.

Come be a part of the conversation at this critical point in healthcare, and bring home tools and techniques to empower you and your patients or clients dealing with chronic pain.

View the detailed workshop schedule.

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Additional CME Information

Berkshire Health Systems designates this live educational activity for 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Berkshire Health Systems is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Massachusetts Medical Society for Continuing Education through the Joint Providership of Berkshire Health Systems and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Disclosure In accordance with the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support disclosure will be made before the program regarding the existence of any relationships that exist between the faculty and the manufacturers of any commercial products.


Yoga and the New Science of Pain

Program at a Glance

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Dr. Lisa Nelson Talks About this Important Conference


Lorimer Moseley, DSc, PhD, is a clinical and research physiotherapist investigating pain in humans.

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Fadel Zeidan, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology and associate director of neuroscience research at Wake Forest School of Medicine, works with mindfulness meditation–based pain relief.

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Neil Pearson, PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a physical therapist, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, and a faculty member for international yoga therapy programs.

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Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, is associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

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Alex Sabo, MD, a Kripalu-trained yoga teacher, is chair and program director of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Berkshire Medical Center.

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Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, is an expert in the field of pediatric pain.

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Jill Satterfield is founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation, mindfulness, yoga, contemplative psychology, and compassion-in-action practices.

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Judy Foreman, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is the author of A Nation in Pain and The Global Pain Crisis.

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Michael (Mick) Krasner, MD, professor of clinical medicine at the University of Rochester, practices primary care internal medicine and has been teaching mindfulness-based interventions to patients, medical students, and health professionals for 16 years.

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Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT, is an assistant professor in integrative health sciences, researcher, physical therapist, and yoga therapist specializing in chronic pain, neurological, and orthopedic conditions.

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Lisa B. Nelson, MD, is a family practice physician, Director of Medical Education for Kripalu programs, and a Kripalu faculty member who has trained thousands of individuals in mind-body practices for health and vitality.

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Maureen Strafford, MD, is associate professor of public health and community medicine, anesthesiology, and pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Lisa Bergly Pearson (Swami Swarupananda), C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, guides teachers and professionals to explore the important interrelationships of suffering, unconditional love, and self-compassion.

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Lee Albert, NMT, creator of Integrated Positional Therapy, is an author and a neuromuscular therapist and yoga instructor trained in orthopedic massage, positional therapy, and yoga therapy.

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Erin Casperson, Lead Kripalu Faculty and Director of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, is passionate about sharing how the ancient practices of Ayurveda can be applied to modern-day living.

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