The Art of Empathy: Balancing Connection, Self-Care, and Healthy Intimacy


A Week long Teaching in Bali

July 3-9, 2016

Empathy is an essential skill, yet many of us were never taught how it works. As we open our hearts, we may find that we need some support in balancing our newfound empathic intimacy with a grounded sense of ourselves.

Join empathy pioneers Karla McLaren and Amanda Ball in a hands-on exploration of empathy, mindfulness, self-care, and a groundbreaking approach to emotional awareness.

If your empathy is too intense, you'll learn how to manage it more comfortably, and if empathy is confusing for you, you'll learn how to understand it more clearly. No matter where you start, you’ll learn how to develop your own healthy empathic artistry.



About Karla Mclaren and Amanda Ball

Educator, Author, Social Science Researcher
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Karla McLaren, M.Ed is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into the depths of the soul. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC.

Karla’s lifelong work has been focused on the creation of a grand unified theory of emotions, which she has developed through her work with survivors of dissociative trauma, through her own lifelong experience as a hyper-empath, and through extensive research into the social and biological sciences.

Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration™, is a nonclinical approach to emotional awareness that can be used by individuals, couples, families, in schools, and in the workplace. Dynamic Emotional Integration is taught in an online education and licensing program.

Karla has also developed a unified Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that highlights all of the processes in empathy and makes them accessible and easily understandable. This new model explicitly and intentionally welcomes people who have been exiled from earlier models of empathy (such as men, boys, and autistic people).

Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (2012).

Karla has taught at such venues as the University of San Francisco, Omega Institute, Naropa University, Kripalu Center, Hollyhock Learning Centre, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Additionally, as a prison arts educator with the William James Foundation, she has utilized singing, drumming, and drama to help men in maximum security prisons explore and heal long-held emotional traumas.


Amanda Ball, MS has her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and she focused her academic studies and internship on the work in The Language of Emotions and The Art of Empathy. Amanda is the administrator of Emotion Dynamics LLC, and she is double-licensed as a Dynamic Emotional Integration™ Trainer and Consultant.

Amanda's professional interests include emotions, empathy, addiction & distractions, neurodiversity, trauma healing, and gender & sexuality. She divides her time between Northern California and New England.


Immersion inclusions

This is an all-inclusive Immersion (minus flight and visa) from the first to last day

  • All teaching with Karla and Amanda (roughly 2 "classes" per day)
  • 6 nights accommodation at either Bali Lush or Bali Eco Stay
  • Optional daily yoga and meditation
  • All organic, locally-sourced vegetarian food (Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate them)
  • Transfers to and from the venue from Ubud (departing on the 3rd, and returning on the 9th)
  • All excursions including visit to a secluded beach, walks to waterfalls, and option to climb up Batu Karu volcano



Set in the foothills of Batu Karu, an active volcano on the southern slope of Bali, this week long Immersion is an opportunity to connect with the raw nature of life.  We've chosen this location in remote Bali, nestled among village life and set in spectacular nature to support the quality of our time together.

Most of our days will be spent under the guidance and teaching of Karla, but when we're not in this "space" you will be able to go for a swim, take a long walk to a waterfall, sit silently by a creek, and explore the surrounding forests.

This is the perfect location for this immersion.

Beautiful. Quiet. Soulful. 

We will be utilizing 2 different (but near to one another) locations: Bali Lush and Bali Eco Stay. They are intimate and private. Together, they fulfill all our needs as they provide organic, locally-sourced food, lovely rooms (everyone will have their own bed, but rooms will be shared), and intimate spaces for discussions and quiet reflection. 


Special Early Bird Pricing: $1,995 USD (Until March 31st)

The special Early Bird pricing is offered from now until March 31st.  The Early Bird fee must be paid IN FULL by this date in order to receive the discount.  Any questions email:

Standard Pricing: $2,195 per person (After March 31st)

This rate is for a shared room (room sizes are different, and so there will be a different number of people in each room).

A 25% deposit is required to secure your reservation or pay in full early and save!

NOTE: If you don't wish to pay via our website, you can use PayPal or do a wire transfer. Please contact us via the inquiry form to receive these payment details.

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