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The Chemistry of Connection

in our Inner, Interpersonal, and Larger World

with Tara Bennett Goleman, Daniel Goleman, Aaron Wolf, and Seema Mehta and Jason Samuels Smith


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PRESENTERS: Tara Bennett Goleman, Dan Goleman, Aaron Wolf, and Seema Mehta and Jason Samuels Smith

DATE: May 21-22, 2022

TIME: All day Saturday and Sunday (10 am - 5 pm ET on Saturday; 10 am - 4 pm ET on Sunday)

VENUE: The Aligned Center, outside in a tent next to the Hudson River

You'll Learn

  • Ways to reach across perceived divides
  • Working through inner and outer obstacles
  • Transforming adversity from a place of connection
  • The neuroscience of relationships
  • Widening our circle of caring, including for the natural world
  • The arts as a connective force across differences
  • How we can reconnect with each other and the world in better ways

Program Overview

You’ll experience the weaving of a rich tapestry of interconnectedness. Taken together, these teachers will give you the experiences, tools, and understanding to nurture the kinds of connection that matter most.

Tara Bennett Goleman will draw from her books Emotional Alchemy and Mind Whispering to explore how to transform emotional patterns that separate into ones that connect. She will draw from perspectives and practices of Eastern and Western psychologies to guide us into what she calls an “inner secure base,” which enhances natural qualities within ourselves that refine our capacity to connect individually and collectively.

Daniel Goleman will draw from his books Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence, detailing our deeply wired need for social connection, and how that makes us constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” – a brain-to-brain link that connects us to those around us.

Aaron Wolf, an environmentalist, researcher, and professor of water resources, is a trained mediator who has worked with water conflicts around the world. He will share his methods for bringing opponents into a cooperative mode in resolving their differences.

Seema Mehta and Jason Samuels Smith, luminaries of classical Indian Kathak dance and tap dance, respectively, give a lecture-demonstration on their dance collaboration, showing the power of two different cultural dance traditions connecting through the universal language of rhythm.

Chemistry of Connection Collaboration

Chemistry of Connection is an ongoing collaboration of teachers that originated in Tara’s writing on connection. This collaboration includes the teachers Tara Bennett Goleman, Daniel Goleman, Aaron Wolf, RJ Sadowski, Horses Star and Red Cloud, classical Indian Kathak dancer Seema Metha, and tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith.

As a group for several years they have brought this crucial work on the transformative power of connection to different communities and venues. RJ Sadowski and Horses Star and Red Cloud are important teachers on the Chemistry of Connection team, but will not be able to be with us this time. Tara and Dan will include some principles and examples representing RJ's contribution to this work, and explore the common thread that connects all of those who have created and contributed to this workshop.

Create and nurture the connections that inspire and heal.

Emotions are a force that can separate or connect us all. In this rich tapestry of interconnectedness we'll experience diverse ways to enhance a genuine connection with ourselves and each other.

Meet Your Presenters


Tara Bennett Goleman

Tara Bennett Goleman, MA, is a psychotherapist and educator who leads workshops internationally, and is the author of the New York Times best-seller Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart, which has been translated into 28 languages, as well as Mind Whispering. Her post-graduate studies were at the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York. Dr. Aaron Beck, founder of cognitive therapy, recognized her as  “a pioneer” in integrating cognitive therapy and mindfulness. She is a longtime meditator who has studied worldwide with acclaimed masters of the insight meditation and Dzogchen traditions.


Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., is a psychologist and science journalist who has reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for the New York Times. He is the author of the international best-seller Emotional Intelligence, and has written about meditation and managing our emotions in several books, including A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World and Destructive Emotions: How to Overcome Them. His most recent book covers scientific research on meditation.


Aaron Wolf

Aaron Wolf directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation at Oregon State University, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediation around the world. He is the author, most recently, of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict. He brings his skills to a variety of conflict settings, notably between entities who share water resources, as well as faith and interfaith communities, and with and between government agencies.


Seema Mehta and Jason Samuels Smith

Classical Indian Kathak dancer Seema Mehta is the Director of Chhandam Nritya Bharati-India where she teaches over 100 students in Mumbai and Kolkata, India. She has worked with the children of Kolkata’s red light areas, and children from the Akanksha and SMILE Foundations in Mumbai. She studied under renowned Kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das starting in 2000 and began performing at San Francisco State University in 2003. Seema often collaborates with Emmy-winner Jason Samuels Smith, a professional tap dancer, choreographer, and director based in NYC. Samuels Smith has performed in dozens of movies, television shows, live performances and on Broadway, and has won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award. His accidental meeting with Seema's teacher Pandit Chitresh Das in 2004 began a global Kathak-tap conversation through dance that continues to this day.

Acclaim for the Chemistry of Connection


“Chemistry of Connection is a truly unique experience. Never before have I experienced the beautiful integration of perspectives on deeper connection within ourselves and with each other.”

― Laura S.

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COVID Protocols

With new COVID-19 variants continuing to risk our collective health and well-being, strict protocols will be in place for this event. We will be hosting the entire weekend outdoors in well-ventilated areas. Masks are mandatory, as is proof of vaccination. We will also be limiting attendance so we can practice social distancing throughout the weekend. Please note because of this, the event may sell out faster than normal.

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