Instructor Level 1 Training, Emotional Rescue Method

About The Course

Do you want to become certified as an Emotional Rescue Instructor? If so, your first step is to complete the Emotional Rescue™ Method 8 Week Course which provides you a foundation of understanding and practice in the ER Method as taught by author Dzogchen Ponlop. On completing the 8 Week Course, you are eligible to register for this Instructor Level 1 Training.

In the Instructor Level 1 course, you will have the opportunity to deepen your experience and skill in applying the Emotional Rescue Method. You’ll be introduced to the ER Community Principles, and will learn more about how people develop emotional resilience. Best of all, you will discover your own most effective ways of working with your emotional patterns related to anger, fear, and anxiety; loneliness, depression, and grief; and emotions in relationships. By deepening your skill in practicing the Emotional Rescue Method, you will be fulfilling the most important prerequisite for continuing on the pathway to ER Instructor certification.

Course Goals and Benefits

This course will help you:

  • Develop further emotional resilience skills
  • Cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness
  • Respond to stress without resorting to reactivity
  • Learn how to transform fear, anger, and anxiety
  • Learn skills for overcoming loneliness, depression and grief
  • Gain confidence to work with emotions in relationships

Emotional Rescue Instructor Courses:

  • Based on the book, Emotional Rescue, by Dzogchen Ponlop
  • Aligned with scientific research on what builds emotional resilience
  • Adapted from authentic Buddhist teachings for working with emotions
  • Taught by certified Emotional Rescue instructors
  • Equally beneficial for new and experienced practitioners
  • Fulfills a prerequisite to become a Certified Instructor

Course Structure

The Instructor Level 1 Training is designed to help you develop greater resilience through a deeper exploration of the Emotional Rescue Method as it applies to emotions that we all experience.

This 7-week course consists of one 2.5 hour session per week, beginning with an introductory session, for a total of 8 sessions. During the course, you will explore the “Emotions Lab” in class, at home, and out in the world, as well as through your personal journaling.

These 7 weeks will be filled with practice, discussion, and meaningful connections with others who, like you, are committed to transforming difficult emotions into empowering energy, for your own and others’ benefit.

Wednesdays, Jan 12-Mar 2, 2021

4:30pm PDT

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Course session recordings are available for 30 days.

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. 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 Brazil. Carlos is passionate about learning, and helping others to discover, the 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