Cultivating Emotional Balance

Cultivating Emotional Balance

Through Mindfulness

Tuesday, June 11 (before dinner) – Sunday, June 16 (11:00 a.m.)

Light on the Hill Retreat Center

Van Etten, New York

Leader: John Bruna


In response to a request by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. B. Alan Wallace developed a training program that integrates Buddhist contemplative practices (meditation) withrocks_on_balance Western techniques for dealing with negative emotional experiences. The training program, called Cultivating Emotional Balance, has been scientifically measured to reduce emotional responses that are destructive to self and others and enhance those that are beneficial. CEB is an intensive 42 hour training that provides students with valuable tools to improve the quality of their life as well as the lives they come into contact with. John is a certified teacher of CEB. He is currently the only one doing this training in the U.S. To learn more, visit the Way of Compassion website.


Meals: All meals are vegetarian or vegan. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.


Cost: The cost is $550 per person which covers the food (three meals a day), lodging, and administration cost.  This does not include any fee for John or the Way of Compassion Foundation.  All of our services are always offered a free-will donation basis. We simply ask that you make whatever donation you feel good about.


Registration: There is limited space available. They have mostly single rooms and 4 doubles. Registration is on a first come basis. You may register with a deposit of at least $150. The remainder is due by April 15, 2013. Click here to register online. You may also send a check to: Way of Compassion Foundation, 35106 Millwood Court, Newark, CA 94560.

Please indicate that your deposit is for the CEB Retreat in CNY and include your full name, email and phone number. If you want to share a room, please indicate that you want a double room and the name of the person you are sharing with.


If you have any questions, please contact Ginnie Monahan via email or phone at 530-435-5576.


About John BrunaJohn Bruna

John Bruna is a counselor, educator, and spiritual teacher. John has been cultivating his spiritual path since 1984. With the motivation to live a meaningful life, John had careers in counseling and in education as a teacher in a low-income urban high school. Having found his spiritual teacher, Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, John traveled to Gaden Shartse Monastery in India and ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Geluk tradition. After more than six years of monastic life, John has returned to life as a layperson. Drawing upon his education, training, diverse life experience (not to mention his humor), John has dedicated his life to help others overcome their personal obstacles and challenges. John is now the director of the Way of Compassion Foundation and facilitates a variety of workshops and public talks throughout the USA.

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