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Cultivating Emotional Balance

Event Description

Cultivating Emotional Balance is a 42-hour training program developed by Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. B. Alan Wallace that integrates Buddhist contemplative practices with Western psychological techniques for dealing with negative emotional experiences. The training’s purpose is to reduce emotional responses that are destructive to self and others and enhance compassion and empathy by probing the depths of exceptional mental balance and awakening a heartfelt concern toward ourselves and others.


March 16 – 21, 2017


All Levels

Silence Level


What will be covered?

Our emotions can lead us to our greatest joys and most painful sorrows. In their most creative capacity, they are guides pointing us towards who we truly are and what is most meaningful in our lives. At their most destructive, we are caught by them: lost in the grip of anger, sadness, fear, or overwhelm. This suffering is something we have all felt, but we can create more space, choice, and ease in the face of it.

The Cultivating Emotional Balance training was sparked during a meeting between behavioral scientists, a neuroscientist, a monk, a philosopher, and the Dalai Lama in 2000, as a new approach to understanding our emotional lives. Combining contemporary scientific research with contemplative practices drawn from Buddhism, the Cultivating Emotional Balance training gives participants new tools for working with emotion.

Over centuries, Buddhism has refined meditation methods which probe the nature of the mind and promote positive states of mind, including compassion. In these challenging times, the development of methods for “cultivating emotional balance” and promoting compassion for others is a tremendously important scientific and humanitarian goal. By integrating wisdom derived from two very different traditions, the Cultivating Emotional Balance training contributes to this important goal.

The full program is a 42-hour training, but in shorter workshop you will be introduced to some of the key components of this training.

• Understanding how emotions work, and how they can work for and not against us;
• Recognizing and working with emotional triggers;
• Deepening awareness and stabilizing attention;
• Increasing compassion for the self and others;
• Cultivating genuine happiness and mental balance.

Who is this retreat for?

All are welcome. This class is open to all levels of meditation experience.

Continuing Education

CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about CE visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 16 March 2017 to 21 March 2017

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Teacher Bio


Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi became interested in meditation after reading Be Here Now and Autobiography of a Yogi in the early ’70’s. After years of practicing, learning and being of service within the FPMT, in early 2000, she began a long, solitary retreat that lasted 6½ years. Tenzin Chogkyi decided to become ordained in the third year of her long retreat, and then left retreat for a quick trip to India in 2004 for novice ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since 2008, she has been teaching at various centers worldwide and is currently the resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute. Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi is a registered teacher within the FPMT and in 2013 completed teacher training certification in Cultivating Emotional Balance Training with Paul Ekman and Alan Wallace.

Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman is currently a Post Doctoral Scholar at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Ekman’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CEB. At the Osher Center for Integrative medicine Eve continues to refine the conceptual frame work, research and training in the areas of meaning, empathy and burnout. In addition to research Eve provides training based in Cultivating Emotional Balance to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law and education both domestically and internationally.Eve lives in her beloved hometown of San Francisco. When she is not writing, she is surfing, cooking and getting lost in nature.

Ryan Redman

Ryan Redman developed an interest for contemplative based practices at an early age and eventually traveled to India at the age of twenty to pursue his interests in meditation. Upon his return, Ryan began teaching and studying contemplative based practices while studying at the University of California in Santa Barbara. After completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, Ryan traveled back to India several times to further his understanding of awareness based practices. As a result of these early experiences, Ryan has dedicated his life to exploring the interrelationship between personal transformation and benevolent social action. Ryan has been teaching in the Wood River Valley for the past 12 years and has completed a Masters degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, Ryan is also a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance and serves as a core faculty member in Susan Kaiser Greenland’s Inner Kids Program. He continues to study meditation with B. Alan Wallace, the Director of the Santa Barbara Institute of Consciousness Studies. Ryan is a co-founder of the Flourish Foundation, and along with his love for teaching and community service, he is a devoted husband and father.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
Option A Option B
Main Dormitory $595.00 $775.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $645.00 $825.00
Private Room $895.00 $1,075.00
Private Room SHARE OPTION $550.00 $725.00
Cabin $1,070.00 $1,250.00
Cabin SHARE OPTION $575.00 $800.00
10% membership discounts are applicable for members.
Level 1: One Student $170.00
Level 2: Two Students $340.00

Financial Aid is Available

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at