Online Learning Powered by Flexible Residential Conferences
More than an education, Saybrook University’s residential conferences are an experience that will impact your life and the community you’re going to serve. At the beginning of each semester, Saybrook students, faculty, and staff gather for a unique six-day event in Monterey California.
“Be ready for change. Be ready for transformation. Be brave about that change. It’s going to impact your life and the community you’re going to serve.”
—Dr. Nathan Long, President Saybrook University
What to Expect
After spending months getting to know your classmates and instructors online, this is your chance to meet them face-to-face—to shake their hands or embrace them warmly.
Here, you have the opportunity to explore your chosen field with students and faculty from around the globe. You will watch films produced by your fellow students that address the needs people suffering in our world. You will hear stories both personal and empowering, and you may even find yourself dancing in the tradition of West Africa.
Our Residential Conferences are a safe place for students and faculty to explore their fields of study, as well as their own personal experiences. The most important thing is to be open to the views of others while remaining vocal about your own. Be comforted in knowing that whatever you decide to share, you will have people to support you.
Through this experience, many have developed meaningful relationships that will last the rest of their lives. Residential Conferences are an integral part of study at Saybrook University. It’s a place to explore and celebrate yourself as well as the world around you.
Immerse yourself in a community of seekers and emerge transformed.
Monterey, California | 300+ attendees | 6 full days | 150+ courses and events
One fireside drum circle
Residential conferences for our online programs are held at the start of each semester, both for in-person learning and to introduce courses for the first term of that semester.
All new students at Saybrook University (except those in the Bellevue, Washington, master’s program) are required to attend an additional residential orientation held immediately before their first residential conference. The orientation familiarizes students with Saybrook University’s education requirements, faculty and staff, distance learning modalities, and courses for the initial term.
Residential Conference Info by Program
New students in the M.S and Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine attend a 1-day residential orientation and 5-day residential conference, and continuing students attend at least three additional 5-day residential conferences in August and January. Students may attend additional residential conference days if required for the courses in their program plans.
New students in the M.A. in Integrative Wellness Coaching attend a 1-day residential orientation and 5-day residential conference, and continuing students attend one additional 5-day residential conferences in August or January.
The M.S. in Integrative and Functional Nutrition is now a virtual degree. Students in this program are invited to attend all residential conferences, but none are required. If an M.S. in IFN student enrolls in a course from another degree program which has a required RC component, the student must attend the RC days for that specific class.
Students in the Ph.D. Psychology, Psychophysiology Specialization program attend one of the two required residential conferences in San Francisco (August) and the other at the annual meetings of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), held in March but for which exact dates and location vary from year to year.
Although most of the classes for this completely on-campus degree program are held at our Seattle, WA campus location, students will also need to attend a residential conference in Monterrey