Introduction to Emotional Rescue Practice & Practitioner Certification Level 1

About The Course

Our world is red hot with emotions, stuck in age old patterns. Yet when we bring mindfulness and awareness to our emotional hot spots, creative energy is suddenly set free. We discover renewed wellbeing, inspiration, and resourcefulness to meet our challenges.

Based on authentic Buddhist teachings for building emotional resilience, the Emotional Rescue method is the result of decades of work by Ponlop Rinpoche to adapt this approach for the benefit of modern practitioners. With practice in the ER method, our experience of emotions opens up greater clarity of mind and generosity of spirit as we relate to ourselves, to others, and to our world.

We aspire to help create a future in which negative emotions no longer cause violence and misery. By using mindfulness to reclaim emotions as our most powerful source of creative energy, we aspire to build resilient communities where all can flourish.

The Emotional Rescue Practitioner Certification Course is a gift to yourself, to others, and to a suffering world. By learning the authentic ER method, you are empowering yourself to connect with your deepest intention for wanting to transform emotions, to bring awareness to those emotions on the spot, and to reclaim the creative energy to enjoy your life and to nourish the lives of others as well.

In this course, you will have guided opportunities to practice the ER method in an open, accepting environment. By the end of this course, you will better understand your relationship with your emotions and will have practical skills you can apply to any situation.

Course Goals and Benefits

This course will help you:

  • Develop emotional resilience
  • Cultivate mindfulness and self awareness
  • Respond to stress without resorting to reactivity
  • Learn your emotional profile and how to work with it
  • Gain confidence to deal with any challenge

Emotional Rescue Practitioner Certification Course:

  • Based on the book, Emotional Rescue, by Dzogchen Ponlop
  • Backed by scientific research on what builds emotional resilience
  • Adapted from authentic Buddhist teachings for working with emotions
  • Taught by certified Emotional Rescue instructors
  • Fulfills prerequisite for Emotional Rescue Practitioner Certification
  • No mindfulness experience required — great for beginners or experienced practitioners
  • Guided practice in the ER 3 Step Plan for transforming fear and anger

Course Structure

The course begins with Introduction to Emotional Rescue Practice, a concise but rich program that introduces you to the fundamentals of the ER method and practice over one weekend, in just one hour on Friday night and two half days over Saturday and Sunday. You could stop there, but we hope you don’t! Continue with Emotional Rescue Practitioner Certification Level 1, a second short weekend course also consisting of one hour on Friday night and two half days over Saturday and Sunday. These two weekends will be filled with practice, discussion, and meaningful connections with other folks who, like you, are committed to transforming difficult emotions into empowering energy! Between these weekend bookends, you can keep the ER method alive in your life, with short daily online journaling and a one live online Q&A session with certified instructors.

Course Instructors

Diane Biray Gregorio, PhD

Diane Biray Gregorio, Ph.D. is a Harvard-trained social psychologist, applied researcher, nonprofit executive, speaker, and trainer. Since 1991 she has focused on global health, mindfulness, gender, poverty, and human rights. Dr. Gregorio combines meditation and scientific and philosophical studies with engaged action to alleviate human suffering. She has been trained by some of the top teachers in her fields, and by highly esteemed Buddhist masters. More at

Carlos Ferreyros

Carlos Ferreyros is a native of Lima, Peru, and has lived in the United States for 35 years. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Carlos is a senior student and meditation instructor under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. As a celebrated communications professional, Carlos has directed brands such as The Disney Channel, FOX, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, among others. His work won 9 EMMY awards. Carlos is co-founder of Zen, a meditation platform for Spanish speakers. He has taught Emotional Rescue in Mexico, Peru and Brasil. Carlos is passionate about learning, and helping others to discover, the positive benefits of meditation, mindfulness and awareness.

Ceci Miller, MFA

Ceci Miller is an author, editor, communications consultant and trainer. She served as an editor for Emotional Rescue and Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has written, edited, and published books with bestselling authors through her company since 1988. She has consulted on a wide variety of print and digital publishing projects, including books and series for children. She has practiced meditation since 1976 and Buddhist teachings since 2005. More at

Coursework and Schedule

The Practitioner Certification course gives you a foundation of understanding and practice in the Emotional Rescue method. Upon completion of all course requirements of Introduction to Emotional Rescue Practice and Emotional Rescue Practitioner Certification Level 1, you become eligible to apply for certification as an Emotional Rescue Practitioner, Level 1. Learn more

Introduction to 
Emotional Rescue Practice

January 22-24, 2021

  • Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT
  • Saturday 9am – 12:30pm PDT
  • Sunday 9am – 12:30pm PDT

Emotional Rescue Practitioner
Certification Level 1

January 29-31, 2021

  • Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT
  • Saturday 9am – 12:30pm PDT
  • Sunday 9am – 12:30pm PDT

In between these two concise but rich weekends exploring the ER Method and practice, you can keep the Method fresh through your private online journal and one live online Q & A with certified instructors.

Course Pricing

To make these courses available to as many people as possible, we are offering a Launch Discount through January 2021. If you need further financial assistance, please click here to contact us

Introduction to 
Emotional Rescue Practice

[no certification]

  • $249 value, Launch Discount $100
  • Effective through January 2021 Discount will be applied at checkout

Emotional Rescue Practitioner
Certification Level 1

Must complete Introductory course in order to register for this course separately.

  • $249 value, Launch Discount $100
  • Effective through January 2021 Discount will be applied at checkout

Practitioner Certification 
Course Bundle

Enrolls you for concurrent Introduction and Certification Level 1.

  • $500 value, Launch Discount $225
  • Effective through January 2021 Discount will be applied at checkout

Completion of both Introduction to Emotional Rescue Practice and Emotional Rescue Practitioner Certification Level 1 is required for Level 1 certification.