Cultivating Emotional Awareness and Balance
June 17–19, 2022
June 17–19, 2022
with Eve Ekman
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Our emotions help us respond to the threats and opportunities in our daily lives and profoundly impact our individual and collective well-being. Feeling the joys and pains of our emotions is universal; yet what makes us emotional and how we respond is unique, and we become emotional without our conscious awareness. Developing emotional awareness is like navigating this otherwise invisible inner-landscape by holding the full range of our human experience with compassion and creativity.  

In this experiential workshop, we will draw from the evidence-based Cultivating Emotional Balance training, which integrates the wisdom traditions of modern psychology and emotion research with ancient contemplative practices as a path for transformation.

Each session will balance learning, being, and connecting.

  • Learning will include teachings on the scientific and contemplative foundations of emotional awareness.
  • We practice Being with guided meditations and reflective practices to develop mindful awareness and compassion for our mental and emotional patterns and habits.
  • Connective practices include discussion and small group work to investigate the roots of our emotions through mapping of our emotional episodes, slowing down the reel and seeing the story beneath what triggers us, how we feel, and the ways we respond to our fears, delights, frustrations, enjoyments, feelings of shame, and more.

Throughout this workshop Guest Faculty Teague O’Malley will weave interactive experiences of contemplative art that will encourage an embodied emotional awareness and heart-opening.

The foundation for emotional awareness connects in many ways with our most essential understandings of who we are and who we wish to become. Through learning, being, and doing practices with our emotions, we can remove the “dust from the gold” of our compassionate hearts. Join us for this weekend of transformative exploration and practice.

Recommended reading: atlasofemotions.org; Professional Distress and Meaning in Health Care: Why Professional Empathy Can Help.

Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW, is a writer, teacher, and contemplative social scientist designing, delivering, and evaluating tools to support emotional awareness. Eve draws from interdisciplinary training in clinical social work, integrative medicine, social psychology, and contemplative practice.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Sat 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sun 7:30 am – 8:30 pm - Optional
Sun 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

All guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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