Acem Meditation International

Two-week Training in Interpersonal Communication

Course type: Training in Interpersonal Communication

This two-week course is a rare opportunity to explore your personality and the way you interact with others in an open and reflective atmosphere. The training is suitable both for first-timers and people with previous experience from Acem's communication courses. A limited number of places will be reserved for non-Scandinavian participants until 15 February 2014.



Course facts

Course starts
Saturday 14 June 2014, 12:00 pm
Course ends
Saturday 28 June 2014, 2:00 pm
Halvorsbøle Int. Retreat Centre, Oslo
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The benefits of this personal growth experience will be felt in your professional and private life. The course provides opportunities to enhance:

  •  empathy and sensitivity
  •  interpersonal social skills
  •  leadership qualities
  •  conflict management
  •  understanding of group-dynamics
  •  self-knowledge

Communication courses of this kind have been developed in Scandinavia since 1970 by medical doctors and psychologists with an interest in Acem Meditation and self-understanding. They are usually one-week events - this is only the second time ever such an intensive two-week course is arranged.

Each communication group has 6-9 participants and 1-2 leaders, and meets for two daily sessions throughout the course. The open and reflective atmosphere provides an opportunity to explore the way you interact with others. The focus is sometimes on group interaction and sometimes on individual issues and personality.

The course is led by Dr. Are Holen, psychiatrist, and Professor at Department of Neuroscience, NTNU - Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Holen founded Acem in 1966 and is the head of the international organisation.

Typical daily programme 

 0815 - 0915 Breakfast
 0930 - 1200 Communication groups
 1215 - 1300 Lunch
 1315 - 1615 Work tasks, walk, self-evaluation
 1615 - 1745 Communication groups
 1800 - 1930 Dinner
 1930 - 2115 Self-activated groups
 2130 - Social gathering, Diary and daily report
 Ca. 2300 Good night

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The course is open to those who have learnt Acem Meditation. Scandinavian-speaking and English-speaking groups will be available. Evening seminars will be in Scandinavian, with simultaneous translation when needed. A limited number of places for non-Scandinavian participants will be available until 15 February 2014.

Discounted course fees:
The course fees above are only for participants residing outside Scandinavia.
● The fee includes full board (lacto-vegetarian diet) and ensuite accommodation in a single room.
● Discount for full-time students. If the course is fully booked, student discount may entail accommodation in double room.
● If you cancel your registration before 20 May, your course fee will be refunded minus an administration fee of EUR 30. If you cancel your reservation after 20 May, your course fee will only be refunded if your cancellation is due to illness or other serious reasons.

Information, registration and payment
● Participants residing in Scandinavia:
Contact Acem Norway
● Participants residing outside Scandinavia:
Use "Registration and payment" button at the top of this column. For info, contact Acem International.
● Registrations close on 20 May, 2014.

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Arrival and departure
Shared transport will be arranged from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (not Oslo Airport Torp or Oslo Airport Rygge) on 14 June at 11.30am, as well as back to the airport on 28 June at 2pm (estimated arrival: 3:30pm).


Are Holen

International Head and founder of Acem. Psychologist and physician by profession.