Public Talks

DonalPhotoDr. MacCoon’s public talks integrate themes of psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, sustainability, resilience, and community. His talks are entertaining, informative, and soulful, weaving together words, images, and his own music.

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Selected audience feedback

"Very, very, clever, so touching, hilarious, wonderful and enlightening. Life changing! Donal is great!!"
"Donal was a breath of fresh air! Amazing speaker and truly a heartfelt talk. I loved it!"
"His music and personal reflection added immensely."
"Loved it, impressive and inspiring. Good speaker, great musician!"
"His lecture was amazing. Entertaining, funny, and very inspirational."
"One of the best plenaries I have ever seen! Thank you!" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"Simply Outstanding" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"An absolutely beautiful and compelling presentation" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"I was deeply moved, inspired, and convinced, and at the end cathartically in tears. Thank you!" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"A home run" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"Fantastic! Powerful! Felt like I needed some time to myself to process afterward. A gift." (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"Off the charts with the ability to teach and inspire! Many thanks!"
"His lecture is 'Medicine.'"
"Thanks for integration of all the technical with practical, reminding us all of the beauty of people when they live their lives fully. Loved the integration of creativity and practical information."
"The most inspiring presentation I've ever attended. Thank you for your compassion."
"Wonderful presenter. Excellent about engaging audience, connecting with those in audience and making real life connections. "Real"

Video of  talk given in Februrary, 2013 to UW-Madison Environmental Health, Making the Connections conference: “Saving Rumi: Connecting to Ourselves for Sustainable Well-being” (Available in 9, bite-size, bits)

Video of another talk (starts at 52 minutes into the video)

Selected talks (some with resources):

  • Strong: Resilient Emotion Regulation for One Planet Thriving (12/14/16), Meriter Hospitalist Group, Madison, WI
  • Wild Wisdom: The Art of Showing Up (2015), Whole Me: Whole We Conference, UW-Health, Madison, WI
  • Providence Health & Services, Portland, OR (November, 2013): (1) “Pause, Presence, Proceed” with Dr. David Rakel; (2) “Connecting to Ourselves as Health Professionals: Mindful Approaches to One Planet Thriving” pdf  (see MacCoon, Wallace, & Newman, 2004, for details concerning model presented).
  • UW-Madison Environmental Health, Making the Connections conference, Madison, WI (Februrary, 2013): “Saving Rumi: Connecting to Ourselves for Sustainable Well-being (video)
  • The American Academy of Pain Management, Annual Conference in Orlando, FL (September, 2013): “The Mindful Clinician — How YOU Trump Pills:
    Pause, Presence, Proceed”, 4-hour workshop co-facilitated with Dr. David Rakel
  • The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (September, 2012): “Pause, Presence, Proceed”, co-speaker plenary with Dr. David Rakel
  • Mindfulness and Sustainable Well-being, Viroqua, WI (March, 2012)
  • UW-Health Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, Madison, WI (August, 2011)
  • Aurora Health Workshop (August, 2010) co-facilitated with Katherine Bonus. Mindfulness resources for parents and children can be found at the Center for Healthy Minds.
  • Rock Valley College (April, 2010) pdf
  • Madison Bioneers (November, 2009) pdf
  • Aurora Health Primary Care Conference (May, 2009) pdf
  • Wisconsin Psychological Association, Madison, WI (April, 2009) pdf
    • Video (10-minute version)
    •       1. Podcast
      (full 80-minutes, 37 MB)
  • First Congregational Church, Western Springs, IL (April, 2009) pdf
  • UW-Madison Business School (April, 2009) pdf
  • Green Medicine Conference (2008): Mindfulness pdf; Sustainable Well-being pdf

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