Search Inside Yourself training program


The 2019 Search Inside Yourself Training course is now full. We are also no longer accepting waitlist applicants.

Thank you very much for your interest. We hope to be able to bring this training back next year.

In support of UBC’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing, HR is once again offering a unique professional development opportunity to UBC faculty and staff.

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a  training program that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. In times of rapid change, the SIY program can help participants build resilience, become adaptive and learn to thrive.

What the program offers

  • An overview of the neuroscience supporting emotion and mindfulness
  • Exercises to focus attention and develop self-awareness (the foundation for emotional intelligence, self-mastery, and leadership)
  • Specific workplace applications to help you thrive and achieve greater emotional balance and focus

Program benefits:

  • Increase self-awareness and self-regulation
  • Gain practical takeaway skills, such as mindfulness, journaling, techniques for self-awareness and self-regulation
  • Learn to communicate with insight and awareness of others’ emotions and perspectives

Program details

Date: January 14 and 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Centre for Interactice Research on Sustainability (CIRS), BC Hydro Theatre, UBC Vancouver
Cost: $50 (eligible for Professional Development funding reimbursement)


  • 2-day, in-person, cohort-based training taught by two SIY-certified instructors (January 14 and 15, 2019)
  • 4 weeks of follow-up exercises and content delivered by email, as well as conversations with participants from your cohort (approx. mid-January to mid-February)
  • 1-hour debrief session via webinar to reunite instructors and cohort and integrate learning, answer questions and provide direction going forward (TBA, February, 2019)


  • Lunch on both days of in-person training
  • Copies of the Search Inside Yourself book
  • Hardbound journals for each participant

Who can register:

  • Open to all staff and faculty at UBC Vancouver and Okanagan  (please note that Okanagan staff and faculty will need to arrange for their own travel and accommodation for the course duration).
  • Spots are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Registration details

Registration is now full.


More information

What previous participants had to say:

The neuroscience information was insightful and the exercises and practices were interesting enough to consider implementing in my everyday life.”

I learned that having more compassion towards others and self if a great way to show leadership, to step up and to be more valuable.”

  • 98% of participants would recommend the SIY program to a colleague
  • 85% of participants felt more confident when having difficult conversations
  • 88% of participants reported increased ability to remain calm in challenging situations