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Winter Words with Bessel van der Kolk – at Paepcke Auditorium & Livestreamed

Join us for a conversation with the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Body Keeps the Score,” Bessel van der Kolk. He will discuss his work studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences and develop treatments for traumatic stress.

Event location: Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen (1000 N 3rd St)

Doors: 5:30 p.m. | Talk: 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Book-signing to follow.

In-person Event Ticket – $30 | | Virtual Access Ticket – $12

In-Person Season Pass – $100 | | Virtual Access Season Pass – $50
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Livestream access to Winter Words with Bessel von der Kolk will be available to ticket holders outside of the live event time.


Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

His #1 New York Times Science bestseller, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma” (translated in 38 languages), transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, psychedelic therapy, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and body work. Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and Principal Investigator Boston site of MAPS sponsored MDMA assisted psychotherapy study. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world. Visit for more information.

Thanks to our partners at Explore Booksellers and Bookbinders Basalt,
Aspen Words members receive 20% off Winter Words book titles.

Thank you to our season presenting sponsors
Beth & Josh Mondry | Helen & Wally Obermeyer

Thanks also to:
Penguin Random House
Writers House, A Literary Agency

and our local partners:

Event information
Mon Jan 23, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N 3rd St.
Virtual; Aspen, CO