Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB)

The Philosophy, Science, and Practices


Eve Ekman, Paul Ekman, B. Alan Wallace, Ryan Redman, Shauna Shapiro

June 16-18, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
CE Credits available

$425 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


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.

Faculty Bio

Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman is a stress, emotion, and empathy postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center of Integrative Medicine. The daughter of Paul Ekman, a pioneering founder of the field of emotion research, Eve is an internationally sought-after trainer of emotion regulation and mindfulness skills.

Her research interests are inspired by her past experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital and her training in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), an applied emotion-regulation and mindfulness intervention.

At the Osher Center, Eve continues to refine the framework, research, and training in the areas of meaning, empathy, and burnout. She provides trainings based on CEB to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law, and education. She has also led a training for Wisdom 2.0, and gave a TEDx talk at California State East Bay.

In 2012, an Elle magazine profile introduced Eve’s research into mainstream media.

Paul 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 San Francisco.

Dr. Ekman was ranked 15th among the most influential psychologists of the 21st century by Archives of Scientific Psychology and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

In addition to his distinguished academic career, Dr. Ekman has authored more than 100 published articles and holds several honorary doctoral degrees. He is author of 15 books, including Emotions Revealed, Telling Lies and Emotional Awareness, a conversation between himself and the Dalai Lama.

His research and publications span decades, revealing key insights about human emotion and communication. The television series Lie to Me, which aired on the FOX network from 2009 to 2011, was based on Dr. Ekman’s work.

B. Alan Wallace

B. Alan Wallace is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy worldwide since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including the Dalai Lama.

Weaving an academic career with periods of time in retreat, Alan is a dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.

Ryan Redman

Ryan Redman is cofounder and executive director of the Flourish Foundation, a social nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemplative practices in communities for the purpose of achieving mental balance and universal compassion.

He is also a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and serves as a core faculty member of the Inner Kids Program. He has been teaching contemplative-based practices in Sun Valley, Idaho, for the past 15 years.

Ryan developed an interest in contemplative practices at an early age. In his early 20s he spent three years in India, deepening his personal practice and furthering his understanding of various traditions. He holds a master’s degree in contemplative education from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and continues to study meditation with B. Alan Wallace.

Ryan is actively involved in local community service as a Rotarian and hospice volunteer, and each year he leads international service projects to Central America and Asia.

Shauna Shapiro

Shauna Shapiro, a professor at Santa Clara University, is a clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness.

Recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, Dr. Shapiro is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, which was cofounded by the Dalai Lama.

She leads mindfulness programs internationally and has been invited to present for the king of Thailand, the Danish government, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China. Dr. Shapiro serves on the advisory board of Axialent, a leader in conscious business, and has brought mindfulness to pioneering companies, including Cisco Systems and Google.

She has published more than 150 articles and book chapters and is coauthor of the critically acclaimed texts The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child.

Dr. Shapiro’s work has been featured in Wired magazine, USA Today, the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and American Psychologist.

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.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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