About Halvor

Halvor Eifring, PhD (born 1960 in Norway) is the general secretary of Acem International and head of Acem Norway. He learnt Acem Meditation in 1976, became an instructor in 1979 and an initiator in 2001. He started Acem in Taiwan and China and has taught and lectured on Acem Meditation in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and America. He has co-authored the book Acem Meditation: An Introductory Companion (with Dr. Are Holen) and written several articles on Acem Meditation and related topics. He is one of the editors of Acem's quarterly journal Dyade. Dr. Eifring is Professor of Chinese at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has published books and articles on Chinese language and literature and is currently leading a research project on the cultural history of meditation. He is married and lives in Oslo, Norway.

Meditating Queen

2020-04-11T13:34:06+02:00April 7th, 2020|

– staying afloat in trying times.

In this picture, «Lightness of Being», Queen Elizabeth II is photographed by Chris Levine (copyright the artist 2008-2020).

Meditation represents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect. The true contribution of meditation in our trying corona times may be something Queen Elizabeth II touched upon in her speech to her […]

Are Holen appointed honorary doctor of The Open University

2019-06-30T17:28:14+02:00September 24th, 2018|

International recognition for Acem Meditation and stress research

“His rigorous research and compassionate practice [have] transformed the lives of people across the world.” These words were pronounced when the founder of the Acem School of Meditation Professor Are Holen (pictured at the ceremony above) was appointed honorary doctor of The Open University (OU) outside London on […]

Acem Meditation highly rated at Spanish hospital

2019-07-05T11:35:08+02:00March 11th, 2018|

On every single question, the score of the Acem courses is way above the average score of all the other courses organized by the hospital. This average is calculated on the basis of nearly 80,000 evaluation forms from different courses over several years. Not only is the Acem score higher than the average; it is higher than any other course organized at the hospital. The evaluation form also asks about the performance of each instructor, and the scores for all three Acem instructors are way above the average.

Training in Interpersonal Communication

2019-07-05T11:48:05+02:00March 9th, 2017|

The communication course takes place at Halvorsbøle outside Oslo, Norway on 29 April–7 May, 2017. The course is an opportunity for in-depth exploration of patterns of communication and underlying psychological issues. It provides opportunities to enhance sensitivity, interpersonal social skills, leadership qualities, conflict management, understanding of group-dynamics, and self-knowledge. The benefits can be felt both in professional and private life. The course is suitable for first-timers as well as experienced participants.

Where the Pyrenees touch the sky

2019-07-05T11:51:40+02:00April 20th, 2016|

Hundreds of meditators from around the world have already registered for the second world retreat in Acem’s 50-year long history. They will travel to the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees for a week of intensive meditation, personal reflection, playful interaction, and scenic walks in spectacular surroundings. You may still join them. But note the deadline for the early-bird discount: 15 May 2016.

New study reveals the core meditation areas in the brain

2019-07-05T11:51:49+02:00April 20th, 2016|

There are three main meditation-related areas in the brain, according to a new meta-analysis study: Insula, the prefrontal cortex, and the anterior cingulate cortex. All of these are located in the front half of the brain, and they seem to be involved irrespective of the type of meditation used.

Choose your workshop

2019-07-05T11:51:57+02:00April 20th, 2016|

On three afternoons during the World Retreat, you can choose between five different exciting and entertaining workshops. The workshops come in three different versions: talks, games and body practices. While most of the talks focus on scientific, cultural or psychological aspects of meditation, two of them are concerned with the history and art of the country we are in: Spain. The games encourage a playful attitude towards the exploration of the self, while the body practices use breath and movements as channels of self-expression.

Long meditations plus guidance, yoga, workshops, seminars and mountain walks

2019-07-05T11:52:19+02:00April 18th, 2016|

The World Retreat programme centres on the long meditations. They are preceded by morning yoga and followed by guidance groups as well as evening seminars with Acem's founder Dr Are Holen. Every day there is time for walking and talking in the forests, grasslands and mountains nearby. In addition, you can choose from several parallel workshops in the afternoon, and informal social activities in the evenings make it easy to get new friends and contacts from different parts of the world.

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