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Featured workshop 2017

What can we do when challenges and catastrophes strike? We all encounter them but how we respond can be the difference between more suffering and experiencing happiness. In this weekend workshop, resilience researcher Michaela Haas, PhD, and her friend, Emmy-award winning reporter Sheila Hamilton, share time-tested, empathetic, heart practices to show us how to transform adversity into a force for greater good.
Sheila frequently speaks on mindful mental health, a technique she used to understand and accept her husband’s death by suicide. Her discussions regarding forgiveness, recovery, and the practical challenges of caring for someone with a mental illness are honest, raw and riveting. Author Michaela Haas explores the new science of posttraumatic growth, featuring tried-and-true methods to turn stress into strength. Together they offer various ways to find compassion, healing, forgiveness, resilience, and happiness in difficult times.
You will leave with a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit and powerful practices to transform our life. Anyone looking to find healing, forgiveness, and happiness in difficult times is welcome.

When:  December 8 - 10, 2017
Where: Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA
Tickets & Details: Multiversity

Book launch: crazy america

The German edition of Michaela's new book Crazy America: Eine Liebeserklärung an ein durchgeknalltes Land (RandomHouse/Goldmann) launches May 15. Seit ein ungehobelter Demagoge ins Weiße Haus einzog stellt sich die Frage: Haben die Amis sie noch alle? Fakt ist: Trumps Erfolg ist nur möglich, weil es in Amerika so viele Verrücktheiten gibt. Da können wir Europäer nur staunen! So gibt es eine Stadt, in der der Besitz einer Waffe Pflicht ist. In acht US-Staaten ist es erlaubt, sich einen Tiger als Haustier zu halten. Und die Sheriffs schreiten zwar ein, wenn eine Frau am Strand ihr Bikinioberteil ablegt – aber nicht, wenn sie sich eine Knarre kaufen will! Total verrückt, die Amerikaner! Dieses Buch ist ein witziger und grandioser Streifzug durch ihr durchgeknalltes Universum.

When: May 15, 2017
Where: Germany
Get the book: here

Get the new updated paperback!

The brand new, updated paperback edition of Bouncing Forward comes with a new subtitle: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience, plus a new foreword. Check it out!

What: Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience
When: December 27, 2016
Where: Everywhere books are sold

Compassion, Forgiveness & Resilience

We had so much fun at the weekend workshop with the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and David Kaczynski at the wonderful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York!


My publisher`s talented son Sage captured the spirit of our lovely Bouncing Forward workshop Finding Resilience in Challenging Times at the One Love Festival in Ojai, CA.


How to thrive after trauma and the new science of posttraumatic growth. Watch the interview on Book Circle Online:

Bouncing Forward Booktour

We had a blast at Warwick's in La Jolla, Vroman's in Pasadena, Diesel Brentwood, Chaucer's Santa Barbara, Insight LA in Santa Monica,  Barnes&Noble Huntington Beach, Rigpa San Francisco, and Books Inc. in Berkeley. Thank you for your inspiring questions and comments!

Coco Schumann: The Ghetto Swinger

2016 begins with a surprise: The very first book I co-wrote, almost 20 years ago, has been translated into English and is now available in the US: Coco Schumann - The Ghetto Swinger (DoppelHouse Press) is the biography of Germany`s most famous jazz guitarist who played in Auschwitz for his life. I have learned so much from Coco who is now 91. When I asked Coco what kept him going, he said, “I decided I could either live the rest of my life being broken by Auschwitz or be joyful that I survived.” He is also featured in Bouncing Forward.

Coco Schumann has played with jazz greats like Marlene Dietrich, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong. Yet until the 1980s none of his colleagues knew of his experience in the Holocaust. In 1943, at 19 years old, Coco Schumann, who had been playing "forbidden" jazz in underground swing clubs in Berlin, was deported, first to Theresienstadt, then to Auschwitz. In Theresienstadt, he was able to play for extra rations with the jazz combo The Ghetto Swingers.

Booktour in germany – stark wie ein phönix

The German translation of Bouncing Forward was off to a great start! We had awesome events in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Starnberg.  Get the book! More info about the German edition on Michaela's German website.

Atria forms new imprint

Publishers Weekly announces Simon and Schuster's new imprint Enliven, and its first publication: "Enliven’s first title, Bouncing Forward, by Michaela Haas, looks at posttraumatic growth research from Buddhist and clinical perspectives and will be published in October, 2015."

Buddhafest Washington 2015