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A Contemplative Creative Community: Personal and Professional Development for Embodied Mind Training

About CCCS

Established in 2020, the Centre for Contemplative Creative Science (CCCS) offers a range of continuing education online programs and courses for mental health professionals, and other healthcare providers. These CCT courses and programs provide specialized knowledge, skills and practices in embodied mind training with the innovative model of contemplative creative therapy (CCT) and specializations.

We offer multimodal and holistic contemplative creative science based on Buddhist and Western psychologies with the latest research on contemplative science, mindfulness, compassion, and meditation-based interventions on the embodied mind fueled by the joint mission to address and transform global mental health and wellness need.

Emma JM. Ates is the developer of Contemplative Creative Therapy (CCT), a multimodal and holistic treatment model, and some CCT specializations: Contemplative Photo Collage (CPC), Contemplative Photo Therapy (CPT), Contemplative BrushWork (CBW). She is the founder and director of the Center for Contemplative Creative Science (CCCS). Ates's work integrates Buddhist psychology, Dharma art and Miksang contemplative photography with art therapy, contemplative science, embodied creativity, and perception of reality research on cognitive, emotional and behaviour and into transformational clinical work with clients.


At CCCS, we seek to bridge contemplative Buddhist and Western wisdom, creativity and science to foster and disseminate knowledge, practices and modes of living that actualize liberating patterns of thought, emotions and behaviour. These new patterns break us out of the habits that continuously cause pain and suffering and reorient us in empowering ways.


Our workshops and courses aim to nourish lives at the physiological, biological, psychological, and spiritual levels by making accessible the wisdom that has transformed lives for thousands of years in Buddhist traditions and Western psychology to develop new ways of living in harmony with self, all beings, and the planet.


Loizzo (2023), during the opening of the Embodied Philosophy's conference on "Embodied Brain - Yoga, Neuroplasticity, and the New Scientific Paradigm," said: I think something fascinating is happening in the convergence between science and spirituality or science and contemplative practice that's allowing us, finally, to approach the mind in a much more robust, and authentic way (p.1-13). [This is a] new multidisciplinary science of mind, the meeting between contemplative or experiential approaches to the mind and modern science.


Contemplative Creative Science (CCS) is a branch of Contemplative Science and Psychotherapy, according to the Nalanda Institute and Mind and Life Institute and Research. Contemplative creative science is a discipline of first-person, subjective internal and external inquiry (CCR 2021*) into the embodied mind and its multiple layers of reality experience and interdependence with other beings, life on this planet, and beyond.


CCS utilizes multimodal contemplative creative and bio-based methods and practices to cultivate attention, mindfulness, compassion, insight, and introspection to observe cognitive functions, content and projections directly and their impacts on functioning in relationship with self, other humans and beings, the planet, and the universe at large (Ates, 2022).

*Center for Contemplative Research (2021), What is Contemplative Science? Retrieved from:


CCT Approach

The contemplative creative therapy (CCT) model and specializations are innovative embodied mind interventions incorporating Buddhist and Western psychologies, contemplative arts, art psychotherapy, and bio-psycho-spiritual approaches. CCT is about re-training the embodied mind by transforming a reactive embodied system into a conscious and flexible one. CCT approach and methods may expand understanding of the embodied mind's functions, content, and processes to cultivate a broader consciousness that empowers clients (and practitioners) to have more choices over their conditions and circumstances, thereby supporting clinicians in psychotherapy. The reasons for integrating Dharma teachings, Buddhist psychology, Contemplative arts and embodied creativity in CCT are multifold; the most critical aspect is a set of embodied mind training (psychosomatic) based on first-person inquiry to develop insight, wisdom, and compassion.


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