Two seminars forming the first course of the ESSE Institute in Zone 8 were conducted in early September 2017. Led by 14 trainers and instructors from the SSIO of Kazakhstan, 38 people attended these seminars. The first seminar, the Basic Course, comprised 14 lectures, and the second course, on Leadership, comprised 16 lectures. The trainers, who collaborated with each other extensively, were appreciated for their profound knowledge and the quality of the material presented. The well-received lectures elicited active involvement from the participants and ended with a chorus of songs highlighting universal human values.