Eve Ekman PhD, MSW

Meaning, Empathy and Emotional Awareness

Upcoming Trainings

Wednesday May 25th Meditation and Dharma Talk, Against the Stream 2701 Folsom 7:30pm
I will be covering the weekly Wednesday meditation session at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center. The format is a 30 minute guided meditation followed by a 45 minute dharma talk and discussion. This is a drop in evening with a sliding scale for suggested donation.

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Thursday June 12th Osher Center Integrative Medicine and Mindfulness Mini-Medical School, 513 Parnassus Ave, School of Nursing Room 225 7:00pm
Integrative Medicine and Mindfulness:  From the Monastery to Modern Medical Practice. Osher will present an engaging series of lectures and experiential exercises by experts in mindfulness practice, research, and education.I will be presenting a lecture in this series on “The Alchemy of Empathy, transforming stress in to meaning at work”. There is a cost for the series,Pre-register here


Mondays June 27th- August 22nd 2016,
Cultivating Emotional Balance for Health Care Professionals,
Osher Center 1545 Divisadero Street 7:30-9pm
Cultivating Emotional Balance, CEB, is an evidenced based meditation and emotion awareness training to enable the practice of empathic, compassionate medicine and avoiding burnout. The class format includes guided meditation practices, conceptual teaching and discussions. There are 8 evening sessions and a daylong retreat. You must register ahead of time email here:classes@ocim.ucsf.edu



Saturday July 9th  Daylong Retreat on Embodied Emotional Awareness with Tenzin Namsel, Against the Stream 2701 Folsom St. San Francisco 10am -5pm
In this experiential training you will learn about contemplative and western scientific approaches to understanding emotions. You will be guided through meditation training in non-distraction and an embodied experience of our emotions. There will be discussion and reflective writing throughout the day. Join us, bring your emotions. Register here.





August 19th- 21/26th Annual Cultivating Emotional Balance Weekend and Week Long Retreat in Santa Cruz with Tenzin Chogkyi and Ryan Redman at the Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture, Boulder Creek.
This is an opportunity to deepen your meditation and emotional awareness practices in a peaceful retreat center set amid the natural beauty of a redwood valley in Boulder Creek. This residential retreat can be taken as a weekend or week long course and includes daily practice, workshop and silent self reflection. This Cultivating Emotional Balance course features three amazing teachers who bring deep expertise in the science of emotion and wisdom practices of applied Buddhist psychology. The class format includes guided meditation practices, conceptual teaching and discussions. Pre-registration and more information here.




Ongoing Training


Cultivating Emotional Balance

Cultivating Emotional Balance is a 42 hour, secular, emotion and mindfulness skills training designed to help participants improve emotional life through the cultivation of constructive emotional experiences, decrease destructive emotional experiences and developing mental balance. The training is drawn from Western scientific research on emotions and traditional Eastern attention focus (Shamatha) and contemplative (Four Immeasurables), practices.CEBTT_2012_Group

CEB includes emotion skills, contemplative practices in compassion and mindfulness meditation training designed to improve emotional regulation that can provide stress reduction and enhance interpersonal communication taught through first person exercises, group discussion and dyadic exercises along side technology assisted daily emotion tracking and guided mindfulness practices.

Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) was born during a Mind & with the Dalai Lama in 2000 and tested for efficacy with a randomized control study published in the peer-reviewed journal Emotion, 2011.




Dr. Paul Ekman founded the Paul Ekman Group (PEG), when he retired from UCSF where he has been a professor for nearly forty years, in order to translate his research findings into practical tools that would equip anyone to lead a more skillful emotional life and also to enable those in law enforcement to more accurately spot lies during interrogations. His training tools on emotional skills have been used by teachers, therapists, physicians, salespersons, nurses, corporate executives, from dozens of countries. His daughter Eve Ekman, develops emotion and stress related trainings for PEG.



Past Trainings

CEBTT 2015, New South Wales, Australia

CEBTT 2014, Holy Isle Scotland

CEBTT 2013, Mexico

CEBTT 2010-2012 Thanyapura Mind Center, Thailand


CEB training in Bangalore and Delhi, India December 2015


Attentamente Mexico City, Guadlajara, Novemeber 2015 and January 201




































Mind and Its Potential Australia, November 2014

Greater Good Teacher Training 2013

Manhattan Beach, California, Erickson Foundation, Couples Conference, 2013

Mexico City, Casa de Tibet/Attentamente for School Teachers , 2013

Santa Clara Trail Lawyers Association, 2012

Happiness and Its Causes, Australia 2011 and upcoming 2013

National University of Singapore, 2011 & 2012


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