November 6 – 9, 2017 | Location Sedona, AZ | Tuition $1,349 | Conference Fee $399 What’s this?

This four-day program, held in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, is an opportunity to pause from the many complexities of being a judge and find some space to breathe and reflect. Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in the present moment. It is a practice of learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and acknowledging whatever is present and using that information to respond to the unfolding of our work and lives.


Over the course of the four days, we will explore the most current research on mindfulness, including the neuroscience underlying mindfulness and the effects of mindfulness on work-related skills and behaviors. Specifically, participants will learn how mindfulness can help cope with trauma, and enhance leadership and communication. Mindfulness also …

  • develops your immune system;
  • aids with physiological responses to stress and negative emotions;
  • improves social relationships with family and strangers;
  • reduces stress, depression, and anxiety;
  • increases well-being and happiness;
  • increases openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness; and
  • improves your awareness that is more clear, nonconceptual, and flexible.

Research on mindfulness in the judiciary, for example, the effectiveness of mindfulness in addressing unconscious biases, will be a particular focus. In addition to the didactic portion of the program, we will spend a significant amount of time experiencing directly a wide variety of attention focusing and meditation practices, while leaving time for thoughtful dialogue and inquiry. By the end of the course you will have both experience with mindfulness practice along with the resources to keep your practice going for years to come.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define “mindfulness”;
  2. Describe why mindfulness is especially important for judges to employ;
  3. Summarize the benefits of mindfulness for both your personal and professional life; and
  4. Apply mindfulness to assist you in decision making.

Kelly, Zarcone, Mindfulness Training Has Positive Health Benefits: Interdisciplinary Research Shows How Powerful the Mind Really Is, located at (visited Apr. 15, 2016).

Enchantment Resort

The hotel for this course will be the Enchantment Resort. Set on 70 acres of panoramic natural terrain, Enchantment Resort stands at the doorway of secluded Boynton Canyon…surrounded by red rock formations known for inspiring the mind, body and spirit.

The group room rate is $215 per night (plus a $25 daily resort fee and applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 6.325%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until October 16, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (855) 421-1088 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

The room block for this course is currently sold out. Rooms are available at the Enchantment Resort but not at NJC’s agreed-upon rate. If you choose to stay at the Enchantment Resort outside of the room block, let them know you are with NJC and they should be able to slide you into a spot if a judge withdraws from the course. If you are renting a car, there are plenty of other good lodging options in Sedona about five miles from the Enchantment Resort.