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How to manage the everyday obstacles of our destructive emotions and cultivate a wholesome way of being? These were the questions that sparked the meeting between H.H. the Dalai Lama with behavioral scientists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and sociologists, as well as Buddhist monks and scholars, at the VII Mind & Life Dialogue. One of the outcomes of these rich and fruitful discussions was the development of this program.
Set in an acre of traditional fruit orchards, Quinta Minuvida is the perfect spot for intimate small groups, offering ample space for meditation and seclusion.
Amenities include five thoughtful suites, an outdoor pool, a yoga studio, a guest kitchen, living room with fireplace, outdoor grill, firepit, observatory, organic vegetable garden, and one acre of orchards; a fully equipped studio, a large lawn, a banana grove and terrace space with stunning views. Near beaches, walking trails, hot springs.
Quinta Minuvida offers intentional, sustainable accommodation. Lovingly restored in 2017, the property preserves its vintage Azorean character dating from the orange era. Quinta Minuvida is only 20 minutes from the airport and capital Ponta Delgada, but a world apart, transporting you to a bucolic lifestyle of early bedtimes and wild canaries announcing a new day.
Quinta Minuvida offers five suites with private baths that can accommodate 10 - 12 guests in private or shared accommodation. The style can be classic Azorean or more contemporary. It features vintage furniture or large beds made from reclaimed pallets.
If necessary, Center for Human Flourishing can accommodate extra people in the neighbor partner farm.
The accommodation types available are:
Cultivating Emotional Balance is a training program designed to increase happiness and well-being within yourself, as well as in relationships with others and the world around you. In particular, it focuses on how your emotions can often become problematic and an obstacle to your own and others’ well-being, and what you can do to transform them into a wellspring of genuine joy and growth.
This course aims at helping you:
Your emotions can either greatly help you and be a source of joy, or make you feel and behave in regrettable ways and create profound misery. The problem is, for most of you, emotions are beyond your conscious control – you don’t have a choice, they just happen to you.
The first step towards choice is becoming more aware of and familiar with your emotional experiences. Cultivating Emotional Balance training puts emotional awareness at its core to help participants move closer to a life of choice.
By becoming able to recognize the spark before the flame, you create a distance between stimulus and response, where you can choose if and how you want to emotionally engage.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
~ Viktor Frankl
What’s behind emotional balance? What turns an emotion constructive or destructive? Your emotions are based on the state and characteristics of your mind. A balanced mind will lead to balanced emotions, while an unbalanced mind will lead to unbalanced emotions.
CEB training aims at cultivating and sustaining emotional balance from a solid ground of mental balance, grounded on:
A tranquil mind and stable attention are key to emotional regulation, self-discovery, and well-being in general.
Your views shape experience and emotions. The right ones bring you peace and growth, but delusion brings pain and unsatisfaction.
Meaningful aspirations such as love and compassion are what constitute the ground of genuine happiness.
The key components of CEB are:
Cultivating Emotional Balance is an evidence-based curriculum that draws from empirical research on emotion, coupled with contemplative practices that are rooted in Buddhist traditions.
CEB training integrates wisdom traditions, contemplative sciences, modern psychology, and scientific emotion research into a secular platform for human transformation. The CEB curriculum features useful and profound theory and practices from both the modern scientific method and knowledge, including psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, as well as from the time-tested contemplative tradition with millennia of experience and refinement of Buddhism.
Cultivating Emotional Balance only takes the core wisdom and practices from these traditions and is not associated with any religion, being a completely secular program open to everyone from any background.
The training will focus on learning the theories and practices of psychology regarding emotional balance, based on Dr. Paul Ekman’s work, and the relevant theories and practices of Buddhism, based on Dr. Alan Wallace’s teachings, 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). This deeply experiential course features the complete 42-hour Cultivating Emotional Balance program, detailed below.
The 4 applications of mindfulness (satipatthana):
The 4 immeasurables (Brahmaviharas)
Fourth day is free (trail included).
Center for Human Flourishing highly recommends that you arrive earlier or leave later to explore and experience all the beauty and adventure of São Miguel and the Azores. If you wish to stay at Quinta Minuvida before or after the retreat, please contact the property directly.
All those who successfully complete the course will receive participation and completion certificate from the teacher and Center for Human Flourishing. Presence in 85% of the sessions is necessary.
1 guided trail in the lushing green vulcanic beauty of the Azores led by our hosts Rimi and João, certified guides.
Filipe is the founder and main teacher and author of the Center for Human Flourishing. He is a teacher, trainer, and author in the fields of mental and emotional balance, emotional intelligence, awareness, and regulation, meditation and contemplative practices, mental health, happiness and well-being, and personal growth and transformation. He is currently a 6th and final year medical student at the Abel Salazar Institute for Biomedical Sciences – University of Porto (ICBAS-UP), having begun his course in 2015, and he is also a voluntary paramedic at the Portuguese Red Cross.
The Azores are the perfect off-the-beaten-path destination, bursting with natural beauty and endless outdoor possibilities. Dark sandy beaches or craggy volcanic cliffs ascend to mountains as tall as 7,700 feet. It's a lush, dramatic volcanic landscape.
While original laurel subtropical forest once covered most of the islands, today everything seems to grow here. The capricious Azorean landscape is dotted with white-washed Mediterranean villages, full of color and vibrancy. Locals drive fast, live slow, and eat fresh.
Complement your retreat experience with soaks in natural springs, hikes in volcano rims, and runs on deserted beaches. Try surfing, canyoning, or mountain biking.
Center for Human Flourishing serves three delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals, composed of regional and seasonal products. Tea, coffee, biscuits, and fruit are always available. Vegan and gluten / lactose free options available.
Dolphin & whale watching
Windsurf, kayaking, paddle, etc. in the lagoons
João Paulo II Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at João Paulo II Airport (PDL). From there, Center for Human Flourishing will pick you up and take you to the retreat center. If you prefer to go on your own, or can't join the organized airport transfer, you can either rent a car or take a taxi (20 min travel).
Azores Airlines and TAP Portugal offer regular flights from Boston and Center for Human Flourishing recommend online booking. From Europe, Ryanair offers low-cost fares from London and Lisbon. Many other charter companies operate from Germany and other destinations, as does Azores Airlines.
For this organizer you can guarantee your booking through Tripaneer.com. All major credit cards supported.
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