Education

Optimal Health and Human Flourishing

An 8-week course with Elliott S. Dacher, MD


September 28th — November 16th, 2011

Elliott S. Dacher
Elliott S. Dacher, MD
 


Optimal Health and Human Flourishing is an 8-week live telephone and online course taught by Elliott S. Dacher, M.D., and presented by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. This intensive program provides participants with a base of knowledge and a series of time-tested practices that promote greater health and a larger life. The course draws upon traditional approaches to inner practice, sophisticated study materials, and ongoing mentoring.

The weekly telephone calls with Dr. Dacher take place at 5 p.m. PDT for eight consecutive Wednesdays, from September 28th through November 16th. There is also an opportunity to review course materials through an online platform.

The text book for this course is Aware, Awake, Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Science of Integral Health and Human Flourishing, by course instructor, Elliot Dacher. 

All course participants are requested to purchase the paperback book with accompanying practice CD for an additional $19.95.

Optimal Health and Human Flourishing is part of IONS' unique transformational learning series based on scientific findings and designed to encourage the development of consciousness-based practices in healthcare, education, and a more sustainable world.

CECs Available

Continuing Education Credit is available for Dr. Dacher's course for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (Provider No. CEP 10318), and for MFTs and LCSWs (Approval No. PCE 3885) through California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 16 hours of CE Credit will be awarded upon attendance of the entire eight week course on Optimal Health, and completion of an online test. Partial credit is not available. Further instructions will be available to course participants.

Registration Information  |  How to purchase Aware, Awake, Alive  |  Course Details  |  About Elliott S. Dacher, MD


Pricing & Registration


General Registration


Regular Price: $235
Seniors / Income Sensitive: $110

Registration Now Closed
For more information please contact
Angela Murphy at amurphy@noetic.org

 

IONS Supporting Member Discount


Supporting Member Price: $180
Seniors / Income Sensitive: $75

 

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Course Text


Aware, Awake, Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Science of Integral Health and Human Flourishing

Aware, Awake, Alive book cover
course text
 


The text book for this course will be Aware, Awake, Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Science of Integral Health and Human Flourishing, by our teacher Elliot S. Dacher, MD. All course participants are requested to purchase the paperback book with accompanying practice CD for an additional $19.95.

Buy book with CD from Amazon  |  Buy Kindle eBook  |  Buy practice CD  |  Practice CD as mp3 download

Prior to the first session of class, please complete the following readings from Aware, Awake, Alive:

  • Letter to the Reader
  • Chapters 1-3

 

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Course Details


Course topics include:

  1. Detailed instruction in the time-tested practices of meditation and mind training
  2. Cultivating a mind and lifestyle that supports optimal well-being
  3. Understanding the fundamental causes of stress, distress, and suffering, and applying precise remedies which can progressively bring an end to suffering
  4. The alleviation of afflictive and disturbing emotions
  5. Accomplishing the shift from self-centeredness to other-centeredness – the noble heart
  6. Work as a form of practice
  7. Transforming adversity into opportunity
  8. The principles and practices of integral health and human flourishing

Each of these topics will be presented in the context of a highly experiential program focused on the methods of inner development. At the conclusion of this program each individual will have established an ongoing series of practices that will assure an improvement in health and well-being.

The goal of integral health and inner development is to reduce stress, distress, and suffering and promote the progressive attainment of the innate qualities of human flourishing: authentic happiness, serenity, wisdom, compassion, boundless freedom, and the perfection of health. According to course instructor, Dr. Dacher, “We do not have to create these qualities. We merely have to remove the obstacles to their full realization. That is the result of inner development and the expansion of consciousness that occurs with study, reflection, and practice. The result is an optimal well-being, the perfection of health, that persists through all of the difficulties of life, including disease, aging and death.”

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About Dr. Elliott Dacher


Dr. Elliott S. Dacher, M.D. practiced full time internal medicine from 1975 to 1996. In 1996 he left his medical practice to begin an in-depth study of the principles and practices of consciousness and health – an ongoing study of the subtlest mind/body medicine which he pursued for many years amongst the wisdom traditions of Asia. He is the author of Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing (Basic Books, 2006,) Whole Healing (Dutton/Plume, 1996,) Intentional Healing (Marlowe, 1996,) and Aware, Awake, and Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Practice of Integral Health and Human Flourishing (Paragon House, 2011). elliottdacher.org

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