October 23–27, 2019 
Hayes MansionSan Jose, CA

“For small creatures such as we,
the vastness is bearable only through love.”
~ Carl Sagan

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For scientists, bonds and connections are essential to the working of the universe; for mystics, love is the ultimate principle. From the depths of physics to the delights of being human, relationships make life possible.

The mechanistic view of reality which sees the world as separate objects, separate individuals, communities and nations, has led to fragmentation in every aspect of life. We are now realizing that, from quarks to people, from gut bacteria to galaxies, it’s all about interconnectedness, cooperation, and symbiosis.

This year, SAND will be bringing together some of the brightest minds in science, along with spiritual teachers from various traditions and artists, in a quest to expand and deepen our understanding and experience of our relational nature through the two lenses of science and spirituality. We will explore and integrate our human knowledge and experience around the theme of relationships. We will inquire into the many scales of relationship we are part of, from microbes and bacteria to mushrooms and trees, to people and families, to galaxies and black holes.

At the end of the day, no matter how complex the field of study becomes, the innate intelligence and reflective nature of the universe shines through. Love is what breathes life into the equations; Love is the field in which the quarks and human beings relate.

We will meet you there.

Room Reservations

Room reservations should be made through the Hayes Mansion’s website for discounted room rates. Adjustments to your reservation can be made through the website of the hotel. Please contact directly Hayes Mansion for any room or hotel related questions.

Rooms sell out quickly at the Hayes Mansion, please book your accommodations early. 

As of July 17 there are very few rooms available. The night of Friday to Saturday is completely booked.

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We look forward to seeing you soon at Science & Nonduality Conference 2019 !


Oct 23, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019
  • Hayes Mansion, San Jose California
  • 200 Edenvale Ave
  • San Jose, CA
  • 95136


Neil Theise

Adam Gainsburg

Joel Salinas

Kathleen MacLean

Mauro Zappaterra

Fania Davis

Michael Meade

Caverly Morgan

Swami Sarvapriyananda

Jac O’Keeffe

John Prendergast

Susan Campbell

Mona Haydar

Francis Lucille

Lama Tsomo

Rupert Spira

Orland Bishop

Nikki Silvestri

A. H. Almaas

David Eagleman

Jean Houston

Thomas Hübl

Sará King

Zhenzan Dao

Deborah Johnson

Jude Currivan

Sara Aly Ed Sayed

Kabir Helminski

Zvi Ish-Shalom

Julia Mossbridge

Chris Fields

Charles Eisenstein

Peter Russell

Donald Hoffman

Michaela Boehm

Bruce Damer

Mariana Caplan

Mark Wolynn

Marlies Cocheret

Ellen Emmet

Isa Gucciardi

Rollin McCraty

Shakti Caterina Maggi

Paul Levy

Richard Rudis

James Doty

Mirabai Starr

Dorothy Hunt

Russ Hudson

Lyla June

Elizabeth Lindsey

Betsy Polatin

Maya Luna

Sean Murphy

Miranda Macpherson

Steve James

Ian Whicher

Selene Calloni Williams

David Ellzey

Maleda Gebremedhin

David Thomas

Rick Archer

Adam Chacksfield

Craig Gundry

David Gordon

Frank Heile

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

Jeannie Zandi

Jessica Zeller

Jörn Kroll

Kimberly Braun

Bill McDonald

Nandi Hetenyi

Nicola Amadora

Peta Morton

Seth Kostek

Sky Nelson-Isaacs

Bonnie Greenwell

Coleman Dobson

Loch Kelly

Manjari Murali

Mark Forman

Rak Razam

Robert Dittler

Alexander Aris

Yogacharya O'Brian

Dream Mullick

Marion Gilbert

Sonya Bibilos

Brian Swimme

Vivienne Verdon-Roe

Julie Brown Yau

Pamela Wilson

Anna-Lisa Adelberg

Lorraine DeLear

Prajna Ginty

James Michael Seehof

Frank Echenhofer

Alicia Dattner

Cynthia Jurs

Lincoln Carr

Gia Naranjo-Rivera

Gabriel Axel Montes

Barnaby Willett






WEDNESDAY, October 23, 4:00pm–7:00pm

Sovereignty in Relating: Being Here But Not of Here
Jeannie Zandi

Ever feel tugged this way and that by conditioning?  Like a bull with a ring in its nose, being at the mercy of our conditioned triggers creates suffering and hampers our relating—how do we free ourselves? The biblical phrase “be in the world but not of the world” implies a being who is living from a deeper reality than the commonly accepted conditioned one--showing up here but living from an embodied truth that stands sovereign and independent of history and conditioned habit. Free the bull! Join Jeannie and friends for an experiential exploration of embodied sovereignty and its vital role in relational sanity.

Embodied sovereignty is known through a grounded relationship between heaven and earth, between awareness and felt experience. Conditioning leaves our attention fused to thought, resulting in the neglect of the holy instrument of the body. Denied of ground, breath and harmonizing awareness, we let unconscious survival fear drive our actions and interactions. Including the body in our awareness allows us to build a capacity not only to rest below the mind, but to monitor and meet rising patterns in their infancy before they embroil us in triggered exchanges. It also allows light to penetrate flesh, soothing, informing and “enlightening” the creature of the body.

This work will support participants to experience a model of the awareness-penetrated-body as friend, temple, sanctuary and holy receiver. Through teaching, guided meditation and guided partner exercises, participants will be supported to anchor the teachings in their own experience to rest in heaven while walking on earth.


Introduction to the Shamanic Journey, 
Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Foundation of Sacred Stream

The Shamanic Journey is a method of accessing inner wisdom through a meditative state. It is derived from a practice done by the healers, or shamans, of indigenous shamanic cultures. It is performed to gain insight and effect healing, and has been a common practice of many indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., is an early pioneer of adapting the shamanic journey to a therapeutic practice. Her unique style of teaching the journey includes a process of inquiry that is transformative and helps students step fully into their own personal power. Counseling professionals will find this methodology useful in working with their clients.

This workshop will:

  • Thoroughly ground you in a life-changing practice for spiritual inquiry that fits easily into even the busiest schedule.
  • Provide tools and tips for framing questions and interpreting your journey experiences.
  • Help you to know how to make the distinction between interpreting the often symbolic language of intuitive wisdom and engaging in magical thinking.
  • Help you to explore and relate to unfamiliar fields of consciousness safely.

You will find this workshop especially beneficial if you:

  • Seek to develop trust in yourself and your connection to your inner wisdom.
  • Are eager to enhance your innate creativity or generate the momentum to get unstuck in some area of your life.
  • Are ready to step into, and live the rest of your life as, your authentic best self.
  • Have burning questions about who you really are and your place in the world.


The Great Adventure of Life
Michael Meade, Author

The heart of the human drama concerns whether we are moving towards a greater life or moving away from it. The obstacles, dilemmas and losses we encounter in life’s unending drama either cause us to grow bigger lives or else become smaller people. Often, the choice comes down to adventure or complacency. 

Each person naturally desires to be a part of something “larger than life.” Whether through a creative endeavor, a spiritual awakening, or a great love affair, we seek to transcend the horizontal world of simple reality and cross the bridge of vision and imagination. We are hunting the great self and soul within us, which has both the energy we lack and the ideas we most need.

 The first adventure of life involves growing up and making our way in terms of the outer world. In the Second Adventure we respond to the calling that echoes the core meanings and purpose set within us from the beginning. Life’s great adventure arises from an inner myth and passionate story set within the heart of each person, intended to be lived out as the great experiment of each life.

 The Second Adventure is about being fully alive at any age; about being full of life throughout the entire course of life. Without this adventure of greater self-discovery, people become older but not elder, become aged but not truly wise. It is the road of spiritual rather than worldly fulfillment; it is the inward arc through which we turn fully to the inner dream of life and the heart’s deepest longings.

 This Second Adventure of life involves one’s true calling and intended work in the world. It reveals one’s best way of contributing to the life of others as well as the ongoing creation of the world. When the world around us becomes dark and increasingly troubled, it is time to seek again the soul’s great adventure.


THURSDAY, October 24, 9:00am–12:00pm

The Open Human Heart Experience
Adam Gainsburg

Thus far Adam’s Open Human Heart work has grown steadily and quietly through word-of-mouth. For the first time, in this pre-conference workshop, Adam will introduce the Open Human Heart experience to a broader audience.
The Open Human Heart Experience is an immersion into the vastness of our Human Hearts to hold the entirety of our being, beyond emotions, sensations, and energy states. Knowing what’s happening has nothing to do with fully allowing what’s happening in our direct experience. Together we’ll drop out of our heads and awareness as framing our moment and discover how willing we are to authentically feel without agenda.
This workshop will:
•    Introduce you to the Open Human Heart Experience
•    Invite you into your own direct experience as a human being first
•    Demonstrate the power and reliability of I Don’t Know
•    Explain what actual Safety is and what it’s not
•    Offer teachings on the real reasons why we do the things we do (and why reasons don’t matter)
•    Show how healing, evolution and awakening are byproducts of essential honesty.


The Physicality of Nonduality (or The Embodiment of Nonduality)
Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to discover the unity of body, mind, and spirit based on the tensegrity model. I will offer hands-on guidance and simple exercises to enhance sensory skills by exploring the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and nervous systems, and how they relate to the larger universe. Through group exercises and one on one instruction, you'll learn to increase body awareness, and breathing capacity, to change inefficient habits, so that you can move with ease and speak with confidence.  Learn to awaken inherent potential by finding the support from the ground that can lead to full stature and expansion, while becoming aware of how trauma and overwhelm can interfere with this process.


Moving from Social Discord to Harmony
Rollin McCraty, Executive Vice President and Director Research of HeartMath Institute

This workshop will explore some of the key concepts and techniques in the HeartMath Institute’s Activating the Heart of Teams program. This innovative program combines leading heart-brain science with a tested skillset for real-life application so individuals can flourish, which is at the heart of harmonious and robust teams or groups of individuals in classrooms, boardrooms, families, communities and organizations.

 As our world experiences dramatic change and the stress it is causing in societies, people from all cultures are looking for practical ways to expand their heart connections in their communities to affect social change through compassionate awareness and actions. When people learn how to connect more from the heart and interact more harmoniously, we can work toward creating the kind of world in which we all want to live—one of deeper caring, kindness, connection and cooperation.

This workshop will provide the science and practical skills for moving from discord to harmony, raising personal vibration, creating flow in non-flowing situations, and how we can make more meaningful connections with others. An important aspect of the program is the new group coherence technology that provides real-time feedback of a group’s collective heart coherence level.

 In this workshop you will learn skills that lead to:

  • Increased positive energy and bonding.
  • More appreciation, care, kindness and cooperation among individuals.
  • Better communication.
  • Enhanced collective intuition for increasing creativity and finding solutions to problems.
  • Decrease in social discord and adversarial interactions.
  • Viewing things from a more inclusive perspective.
  • Motivation and momentum to make something purposeful happen.  
  • Increased sense of well-being and appreciation of collective action.
  • Fewer mistakes and errors.
  • Faster and more accurate decision-making.
  • Shorter meeting times.


How We Were Made And Shall Be Remade In The Cosmos:  A Grand Tale Of Science, Healing And Human Revolution
Bruce Damer, Research Scientist at UC Santa Cruz and The Biota Institute

As we learn more about the cosmos, we are making exciting new discoveries about the origin of life on Earth, the rise of complex ecosystems and the evolution and nature of humans. In other words, we are now learning how we were made, from quarks to consciousness. At the same time, a beautiful merger of psychology, neuroscience, the mystical and healing arts is addressing the question of how we may be remade. In this workshop, Dr. Bruce Damer will tell a sweeping tale of creation, evolution and a rolling ongoing revolution of humanity as we unfold in this time of miracles. He will also offer a powerful experiential session of how opening to a greater field of possibility can both provide fundamental healing and shape the way to our individual and collective realization. Despite dark entropic forces of dissolution which dog us and threaten all that we have toiled to create, we can and will emerge into a sustainable brilliant future that the cosmos has prepared for us.


THURSDAY, October 24, 2:00pm–5:00pm

 Break the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma
Mark Wolynn, Director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco
San Jose Room

It didn’t start with you, but it can end with you. Unconsciously, we relive our mother’s anxiety. We repeat our father’s disappointments. We replicate the failed relationships of our parents and grandparents. Just as we inherit our eye color and blood type, we also inherit the residue from traumatic events that have taken place in our family. Illness, depression, anxiety, unhappy relationships, and financial challenges can all be forms of this unconscious inheritance. In this workshop, Mark Wolynn, author of the award-winning It didn't Start with you: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who we are and how to End the Cycle (Penguin, 2017), will offer effective ways to break inherited patterns so we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives.


Consciousness: A User Guide
Donald Hoffman, Cognitive Scientist and Author

Our conscious experiences are an enigma. They are intimate and familiar—an essential companion each moment, as we taste coffee, smell a rose, or savor a sunset. Yet they’re also deeply confounding: a hodgepodge of conflicting emotions, competing desires, deep insights, self-deceptions, and untamed thoughts that trespass the silence of meditation. We are eye-witness experts of our conscious experiences—and mystified amateurs. Why?

Discoveries in clinics, advances in technology, and breakthroughs in science are converging to illuminate this most personal mystery. We now see the outline, and many fascinating pages, of a user guide to human consciousness. This guide is already exploited by corporations to manipulate consumers and maximize profits. But it also offers us tools to understand ourselves, enhance our relationships, and craft societies that promote the better angels of our nature. It provides new insights into pressing questions: Can AI become conscious? Is there free will?

In this workshop, we delve into the user guide for consciousness—the tools within it, the breakthroughs behind it, and how to apply it. We meet patients whose left hand fights their right; stroke victims who deny their hemi-paralysis, until cold water is put in their left ear; a twin who can see, literally, through the eyes of her sister; a man whose brain is split, with the right half an atheist and the left a believer in God. We see how optogenetics, with the flick of a light, can switch on a memory and its emotion; how an arachnophobe can be cured overnight, by touching a spider and taking propranolol.

Through these examples, and the science behind them, we explore consciousness, and unveil its astonishing creative powers. Your consciousness is no bit player on the ancient stage of spacetime; it is, instead, the very author of space, time, and physical objects—including the human brain. We can wake up to the true nature, and creative potential, of our conscious being.

Book for workshop: The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth From Our Eyes


Awareness in Conflict:  Eros and the Spiritual Practices of SACRA Theater
Zhen Dao, Founder of Mogadao Institute

8 Members of the SACRA Immanence Theater Company and Zhen Dao, founder of SACRA and the practice tradition of MogaDao, will lead students on a theatrical and spiritual exploration of the relationship between spiritual practice and creative emergence. The players of SACRA train in all of the uniquely spiritualized practice disciplines of MogaDao, including MogaDao Tripartite Meditation, 5-Realms Yoga, MogaDao Qigong, Jingshen Gongfu, Depth Sexuality, and MogaDao’s Heartmind Warrior Training Program, which consists of “Neurogenic Exercises,” slow and soft Jingshen Gongfu techniques in partnership, that transform the very structure of our response to stress, conflict, and fear. This training is the foundation of what Zhen Dao calls “the erotic basis of being,” the ethos of SACRA Theater. Within the context of SACRA theater, these neurogenic exercises function to emancipate actors—and students of all fields of creative expression and paths of spiritual growth—from superficial notions of performance to reality, in all its indeterminacy, beauty, and peril.




Main Conference Program Schedule TBA ...

October 23–27, 2019

Join us for two days of pre-conference workshops on Oct 23-24, followed by 3 days of conference from Thursday, Oct 24 7:00 pm to Sunday, Oct 27 6:00 pm, filled with talks, panels, meditations, performances, music and dance.

Ticket Rates
Prime Registration Tickets $499 (Mar 16–Jul 15)
(Rate includes 3 Lunches, processing fees will apply)
Standard Registration Tickets $599 (Jul 16–Aug 31)
(Rate includes 3 Lunches, processing fees will apply)
Main Conference
Thu Oct 24, 7:00pm to Sun Oct 27, 6:00pm
Tickets $649 (Sep 1–On site)
(Rate includes 3 Lunches, processing fees will apply)
Pre-Conference Workshops
Oct. 23, 4:00–7:00pm 
Oct. 24, 9:00am–12:00pm and 2:00–5:00pm

Tickets $60 (Now–Oct. 22)
(Does not include meals, processing fees will apply)

Tickets $70 (Onsite)
(Does not include meals, processing fees will apply)

Day Passes
Fri, Sat & Sun
Will be available mid-September
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Hotel Registration
There are still rooms available at the Dolce Hayes Mansion for the SAND event dates. 
To book your hotel room please click here or see the Venue page for alternative accommodations in the area.

If you are interested in sharing a room at the conference, you can check our Share a Room/Ride forum (Coming soon).

The main conference registration ticket includes 3 lunches. All other meals need to be purchased separately. We invite you to purchase additional meals when you register to keep the momentum and camaraderie going by staying onsite. Lunches are served outside, in the hotel’s lovely patio area. The hotel can accommodate any food restrictions. Come enjoy one another’s company while satisfying your taste buds. If you are not staying at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, and wish to have breakfast when you arrive at the conference, breakfast is available 6:30 – 10:00am. Breakfast packages and all meals can be purchased on the registration site.


  • Become a SAND Supporter to receive a 15% discount on the main conference registration, free livestream and, much more.
  • Student (with a valid student ID) and Senior (above the age of 65) are eligible for 15% discounts. (not available on the Early Bird rate).
  • Wish to volunteer? Fill out the online volunteer application form (Coming soon). If you have a valid reason to qualify for a reduced rate scholarship application form will be available beginning Jul 15.
  • Can’t attend in person, no worries, Livestream will be available closer to the event (free to SAND supporters).

Refund policy

  • A $55 admin fee is charged for cancellations between Mar 16 and Aug 31.
  • A $100 admin fee is charged for cancellations between Sep 1 and Oct 12.
  • No refund after Oct 12.
  • If you cannot attend, you can switch your registration to another person at no charge until Oct 12.

SAND Presenter Cancellation Policy
If your talk has been accepted and you have registered at the discounted rate, the registration fee is non-refundable after Sep 1, cancellation before that date is subject to a $100 cancellation fee.