Exclusive Emotional Balance Course Launched in Phuket

Dr B. Alan Wallace, chairman of the Phuket International Academy Mind Centre.

PHUKET, The groundbreaking Phuket International Academy Mind Centre (PIAMC) is hosting an exclusive training seminar for professionals looking to heighten their awareness in cultivating emotional balance within themselves and passing on the knowledge to a broader audience.

Commencing on July 18 and running through to August 24, the “Cultivating Emotional Balance Teachers’ Training” course will be taught by world renowned psychology professor Dr Paul Ekman and Dr B Alan Wallace (who is also Chairman of PIAMC) in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.

A team of IT experts will be using video conferencing software which will allow Dr Ekman to not only give lectures from his home in California, but to communicate directly with participants and answer questions each day.

Dr Ekman’s daughter, Eve, who has been involved with his work for many years, will be in Phuket to act as his on-site teaching assistant, lead discussion groups, and to answer additional questions about the training.

Participants who successfully complete the course to the instructors’ satisfaction will receive a certificate allowing them to teach the Cultivating Emotional Balance course.

Delegates who have no plans to teach may also take the class for personal edification.

Training will focus on learning the theories and practices of psychology regarding emotional balance as taught by Dr Ekman and the relevant theories and practices of Buddhism, taught by Dr 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, meditations and discussion. Dr Wallace will be in residence for the entire training programme. It is highly recommended that participants have a background in psychology, social work or education, and/or experience in meditation, preferably both.

This course comes on the back of a highly successful eight-week Shamatha retreat โ€“ also led by Dr. Wallace โ€“ as the PIAMC establishes itself as Asia’s premier centre for meditation, wellness and balance.

The centre is putting together an impressive array of courses in the coming months and is taking bookings for its courses now, including another CEBTT session in 2011, dates soon to be announced.

PIAMC features a boutique hotel, which will be home to all participants, during their stay as accommodation costs are included in all fees. The natural surroundings of the national park provide a tranquil setting for morning and evening walks or runs.

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