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February 23, 2018—March 2, 2018

B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman: Cultivating Emotional Balance

Limited number of Hemera Education Fellowship Scholarships Available.
Limited number of Hemera Healthcare Fellowship Scholarships Available.
Limited number of Tending Space Fellowships for Artists Available.

This workshop is designed to bring participants a rich and in-depth understanding of their own emotional lives and guide them towards their overarching goals of a meaningful life. Take time away to expand your meditation practice, reset your nervous system, and connect with like-minded practitioners—return home feeling rejuvenated, restored, and inspired.

The training is highly experiential and involves three main components: 

  • A rich educational material from relevant Western scientific research on emotion and stress physiology and Eastern contemplative science and practices to explore and calm our mind.  
  • Self-reflection and guided meditation practices. 
  • Discussion, and skill-building group exercises focused on learning to map and chart the territory of specific emotion episodes of anger, fear, sadness, joy, etc. 

The core teaching pillars include:

  • A longitudinal look at personal triggers and enactments of emotion 
  • A model of mental balance examined through our thoughts, intentions, attention, and feelings 
  • Meditation and conceptual learning on lovingkindness (aspiration for wellbeing for self and others), compassion (intention of relief from struggle for self and others), empathetic joy (sharing in the good qualities of self and others) and equanimity (balancing these practices through everyday life). 

This workshop has been taught internationally and has been used to train teachers from over 21 countries. The teacher training for the last nine years has been lead by senior teachers Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman, daughter of Paul and second generation emotion researcher and teacher. This is the first time that Alan and Eve will be teaching the full program together in North America. 

The workshop will deepen your understanding of the science behind Cultivating Emotional Balance and provide a direct experience of the tangible benefits it provides for you in your professional and personal life.


B. Alan Wallace is a dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.

Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.

With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.

Eve Ekman is a social scientist and teacher in the field of emotional awareness and burnout prevention, Eve’s path began early as a social justice activist in her hometown of San Francisco and lead her to social work in health care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems. Working in these environments deeply inspired Eve to pursue doctoral training in social science research to study the stress and burnout associated with these professions. Eve is the co-lead instructor for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an evidenced based meditation and emotion regulation training developed by Dr. Ekman Sr. and Buddhist scholar B. Alan Wallace at the destructive emotions meeting in Dharamshala in 2000.

Eve is a second generation emotion researcher and has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Their most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, is an online visual tool to teach a language for improving our emotional awareness was a project commissioned and supported by the Dalai Lama. Eve’s writing on empathy, burnout, and compassion has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as invited chapters in Oxford handbooks of positive psychology and the science of compassion. She has been an invited speaker to conferences from her own Bay Area to Sao Paolo, Singapore and beyond. Eve is a regular practitioner of meditation, yoga, and cold water surfing and brings her enthusiasm of living a rich emotional life in to her teaching, she inspires us to invite wellbeing in to every part of our life.



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