Harnessing Happiness

In Turbulent Times 

- A Virtual Learning Series as a Mountain Program

 POSTPONED  new dates to be determined
Jan 21 through February 18, 7-8:30pm EST
Each session will be 1 hour with 1/2 hour Q&A

Bring a Friend and Join Us to Learn ... 


 Come with an open mind and heart to learn how to survive and thrive in turbulent times.

  • How to maintain mental/emotional equilibrium in hard times

  • How to apply the new neuroscience of happiness 

  • What mindsets are necessary for learning, happiness and adaptability

  • How individual styles impact well being especially in turbulent times

This program has been postponed--new dates to be determined

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Dr. Rita Brodnax, neuroscience expert, education leader, and OLLI presenter.

Rita is donating her time, materials, and content pro bono to assure the sustainability in these challenging times of The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, NC.

Dr. Rita Brodnax


Dr. Brodnax earned her doctorate from Indiana University in educational leadership and applying brain research to teaching, learning and communication. Dr. Rita Brodnax has had culturally diverse and in-depth experiences in the education field as a teacher, administrator, professional development coordinator, dean, assistant superintendent, superintendent, university faculty, and consultant. Dr. Brodnax has trained thousands of teachers and administrators and worked with hundreds of schools in urban, rural, and suburban areas. Dr. Brodnax’s interest and passion for applying brain research to teaching and learning started decades ago when she began teaching and wanted to reach every single one of her students and not just most of them. She pursued brain research with the hope of finding out how to be more successful with all students. She found powerful and definite answers about how to use her own brain better and how to help others do the same.


Via secured Zoom link, once registered with The Mountain's signup system by
HERE or calling office at 828-526-5838.


  • Thursday Evenings, Runs weekly from January 21 through February 18th. 7-8:30pm EST

  • Registration is OPEN.

  • Registration deadline: There is no registration deadline and you can feel free to sign up even in the midst of the program. 


  • Who: Anyone 25 years old to 100+ and especially ideal for 50 or older.

Program Sessions

Coming Shortly:

Program Cost

  • Program Fee: $55 for 5 sessions. The program fee is dedicated to Staff Salaries at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center (Highlands, NC). Session Presenters are acting pro bono to sustain The Mountain in these challenging times. 

  • Donations are certainly welcome. To contribute to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center via the button below or sending a check to The Mountain, P.O Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741


If you have any questions regarding registration please contact The Mountain directly at:


828.526.5838 ext. 218​​

Phil Sterner, Program Developer and Volunteer at MRLC

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