Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB)

The Philosophy, Science, and Practices

Eve Ekman, Paul Ekman, and more

June 16-18, 2017

Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

CE Credits available

See below for
accommodation rates.


Program Description

What is the importance of the science of emotions? How does it help us in our individual lives, as well as our personal, professional, and global relationships? This weekend takes a deep dive into these and other questions.

Paul Ekman and B. Alan Wallace developed the Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) research and training program as the result of a dialogue between biobehavioral scientists, the Dalai Lama, and Buddhist monks and scholars. CEB developed as an integration of Western scientific and Buddhist psychological understandings of how we can improve our relationship to our emotions.

Join leading CEB faculty as they share the cumulative wisdom of decades of research, practice, and theory in the field with a focus on the direct application of these topics.

Through presentations, breakout sessions, practice, and question and answer periods, you will learn:

  • Attention training, heart meditation, and mindfulness practices
  • The conceptual framework of the CEB training and an introduction to the materials, including guided meditation and working with specific episodes of emotion
  • The findings and foundations of emotion science, including the relationship between emotion and stress and the creating of an “emotion atlas”
  • Insights and reflections on Buddhism and the Dalai Lama’s impact on the surge of contemplative/mindfulness practice in the West
  • How mindfulness-based interventions are being integrated in a variety of institutions, including hospitals and schools, and what the research literature is showing.

In these challenging times, the development of methods for cultivating emotional balance and compassion is a tremendously important scientific and humanitarian goal. In addition to increased knowledge and inspiration, will take home an understanding of CEB and skills to practice on your own.

Why Attend?

  • Learn the important scientific findings of emotion science and gain an expanded understanding of the positive impact and potential of CEB for yourself and the world.

  • Experience practices that effectively promote mental and emotional well-being by building awareness and skills.

  • Gain new tools and insights in a burgeoning field that has emerged at the nexus of Eastern and Western thought.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • CEs Available

    For psychologists, social workers, and medical doctors

  • Recommended Reading

    The Attention Revolution, B. Alan Wallace
    Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman
    Articles by Eve Ekman and Shauna Shapiro

  • Special Interest to

    The program is of great benefit to helping professionals and is open to everyone.

Program Faculty

Eve-Ekman-206hsweb-300x400.ccEve Ekman

Eve Ekman is a stress, emotion, and empathy postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center of Integrative Medicine.…


Paul_Ekman_2016hs-webPaul Ekman

Paul Ekman is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions and is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in…


B.Alan_Wallace-2016hs-webB. Alan Wallace

B. Alan Wallace is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He has taught Buddhist meditation and…


Ryan_Redman-2016hs-webRyan Redman

Ryan Redman is cofounder and executive director of the Flourish Foundation, a social nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemplative practices in communities for…


Shauna-Shapiro2016hs.webShauna Shapiro

Shauna Shapiro, a professor at Santa Clara University, is a clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. Recipient of the American…



Accommodations, meals, and campus activities rates, per person, for all program nights:

Pod: $280
Standard single: from $390
Standard double: from $360
Traditional: from $420
Suite: from $700

Taxes apply.

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