Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training

Certification Program

Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies successfully held the first five-week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teachers’ Training (CEBTT) in the summer of 2010 in Phuket, Thailand, taught by Dr. Eve Ekman and Dr. B. Alan Wallace. Since that time, members of this group have themselves led a number of CEB trainings in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas, with many more planned for the future.

The five week training includes two weeks of learning in depth how to use and teach emotional skills. The second half is a three week silent retreat into the core practices of meditation which are offered through CEB, mindfulness of breathing, shamatha attention training and the four great virtues of the heart practices.

In 2017, we will launch a two year CEBTT in North America hosted through the Multiversity and Vajrapani Institutes in Santa Cruz, California. This version of the teacher training will require some pre-requisites of meditation, at least 3 in-person CEB retreats, as well as online materials to complete certification.

Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate allowing them to teach CEB. This training is intended to empower people to apply CEB as an educational tool in multiple venues, including hospitals, schools, and businesses, bringing enhanced emotional health and mental stability to participants. One may also take the class for personal edification with no particular plans to teach, but only a desire to apply the training to oneself and one’s relationships.

Fall 2017 CEB Teacher Training

The eight 5-Week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training will be held in Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Tuscany, Italy from August 27 through September 30 2017 (Dr. Eve Ekman will teach Aug. 27 – Sept. 9, and Dr. Alan Wallace will teach Sept. 10 – 30).  To request an application for the Fall 2017 course, please email retreats@sbinstitute.com.

Prerequisites

It is highly recommended that applicants have a background in psychology, social work, or education, and/or experience in meditation, preferably both. Applicants should also possess a strong motivation to develop and strengthen skills which will allow them to help others.

Course Description: 

The training will focus on learning the theories and practices of psychology regarding emotional balance, as taught by Dr. Paul Ekman and the relevant theories and practices of Buddhism, taught by Dr. Alan Wallace, particularly focused on the cultivation of attention, insight through the practice of mindfulness, and the qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity (the Four Immeasurables). The format will consist of a combination of lectures, meditation, and discussion. Dr. Wallace will be in residence for first three weeks. Dr. Eve Ekman will lead the training for the last two weeks.

During the 2017 CEB teacher training, single rooms, and double rooms are available. The cost per person is $ 4100 (USD) for single room, $3235(USD) for a double/ shared room. There are two payments, a deposit of $1000 is due upon acceptance and the final payment of $3100 for single room, and $2235 for double room is due four months before the retreat begins. This includes all teaching, housing, and meals. Travel expenses are not included. ( Price will be updated soon).

To apply for the 5 week CEB Teacher Training in Alicante, Spain, request a detailed application by emailing retreats@sbinstitute.com and mention CEBTT 2017, in the subject of the email. When a certain number of the applications have been returned, they are vetted and everyone is notified if they are accepted, put on the waiting list, or do not qualify at this time to attend the retreat. If you have any questions, please contact retreats@sbinstitute.com

Past Trainings:

Fall 2016 CEB Teacher Training

The seventh 5-Week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training was held in Pedreguer, Alicante, Spain from October 17 through November 20, 2016. The training was taught by Dr. B. Alan Wallace and Dr. Eve Ekman

2015 Summer CEB Training

The sixth 5-Week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training was held at St. Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Center Sydney, Australia from June 23- July 28, 2015. The training was taught by Dr. B. Alan Wallace and Dr. Eve Ekman.

2014 Summer CEB Training

The fifth 5-Week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training was held in Scotland, United Kingdom from July 6- August 8, 2014. The training was taught by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman.

2013 Summer CEB Training

The fourth 5-Week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training took place from July 24th-August 28th, 2013 at the Casa Tonalli, in Mexico. The training was taught by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman.

2012 Summer CEB Training

The third 5-Week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training took place from July 16th-August 20th, 2012 at the Thanyapura Mind Center, in Phuket, Thailand. The training was taught by B. Alan Wallce, Eve Ekman, and Andrea Capellari.

2011 Summer CEB Training

The second 5-Week Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training took place from June 26th – July 31st, 2011 at the Thanyapura Mind Center, in Phuket, Thailand. The training was taught by B. Alan Wallace, Eve Ekman, and Malcolm Huxter with Paul Ekman available on the first day via video conferencing since poor health prevents him from travel.