October 23–27, 2019
Dolce Hayes Mansion, San 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 should be made through the Dolce Hayes Mansion’s website for discounted room rates.
To make reservation by phone: please do not call the hotel local number – Instead call the main reservations line +1 866-981-3300 – Press Option 2 (attending a meeting or event) – Tell them that you want to book a room for The Science and Nonduality conference (not SAND).
Adjustments to your reservation can be made through the website of the hotel. Please contact directly Dolce Hayes Mansion for any room or hotel related questions.
Rooms sell out quickly at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, please book your accommodations early. There is a 3 day minimum stay.
Contact the hotel for any room or hotel related questions.
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We look forward to seeing you soon at Science & Nonduality Conference 2019 !
A. H. Almaas
Sara Aly Ed Sayed
Shakti Caterina Maggi
Selene Calloni Williams
Program Schedule coming soon ...
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.
|Prime Registration||Tickets $499 (Mar 16 – Jul 15)
(Rate includes 3 Lunches, processing fees will apply)
|Standard Registration||Tickets $599 (Jul 16 – Oct 22)
(Rate includes 3 Lunches, processing fees will apply)
Thu Oct 24, 7:00pm to
Sun Oct 27, 6:00pm
|Tickets $649 (Oct 23 - Onsite)
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(Available in June)
Oct. 23, 4:00–7:00pm
Oct. 24, 9:00am–12:00pm and 2:00–5:00pm
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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.
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.
Neil Theise MD is a practicing pathologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is Professor of Pathology and of Medicine. He is considered a thought leader in fields of liver diseases, liver stem cells, and adult stem cell plasticity. In recent years, interests in complexity theory applications to biology have led to novel insights regarding stem cell biology, non-Western models of the body, science-spirituality dialogue, and consciousness studies. With Menas Kafatos he is formulating a panpsychist approach to the relationship between consciousness and the universe. He is a Senior Student at the Village Zendo in NYC.
Adam is a visionary at the leading edge of inner transformational technologies. While he has extensive background in shamanic and indigenous practices, sound and frequency healing, somatic and psychological healing, human ascension systems and geomancy, his foremost gift is his rare ability to facilitate others in opening into and courageously embracing their full-spectrum humanity.
Since 2002 he has brought several thousand people into a direct experience of the vastness of their Soul inside their tangible, empowered sense of Self. His devotion to authentic presence and practical life experience — rooted in the somatic intelligence of the Human Heart — manifest through his impeccable skill and genuine kindness.
Joel Salinas was born in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1983. After studying the intersection of biology and sociology at Cornell University, he completed his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine followed by neurology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He subsequently completed a combined research and clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Salinas is a Neurologist at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology. He specializes in brain health, with emphasis in neuropsychiatry and cognitive behavioral neurology, and conducts research in social and behavioral epidemiology to understand the complex neurobiological interplay between social relationships and brain health. He chronicles his experiences as a doctor living with synesthesia in his new book, Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain (from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins). www.joelsalinasmd.com
Katherine MacLean, PhD is a research scientist, teacher and meditator. In her academic research at UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University, she studied how psychedelics and mindfulness meditation can promote beneficial, long-lasting changes in personality, well-being and brain function. Following her younger sister's untimely death from cancer, she left academia and co-founded the Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program in New York (www.psychedelicprogam.com), which focuses on increasing awareness and reducing risks of psychedelic use. She has traveled throughout the United States and internationally to facilitate integration groups for psychedelics users and lead trainings and educational workshops for clinicians and the public. She currently lives on an organic farm with her husband and two small children. Learn more: www.katherinemaclean.org
Mauro Zappaterra obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Harvard Medical School. He completed his PhD doing work with neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in the adult. He is published in numerous scientific articles on the CSF and his work was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron Journal. His work on the CSF can be found at www.holdingspace.com. He was also featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in teaching medical students about living with life threatening diseases and in Psychology Today on an article titled “Joy: The art of loving life.” He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with a particular focus on optimizing human performance and decreasing suffering. Much of his practice is focused on pain management. He is the director of the multidisciplinary treatment programs at Synovation Medical Group and is a staff physician at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. As a PM&R physician he combines his training in various complementary medicine modalities such as Polarity Therapy, Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy and attempts to treat each individual wholistically, integrating body, mind and spirit. He leads a weekly mindfulness group for chronic pain via ZOOM. He researches and designs new programs and techniques to help alleviate pain, improve function, and increase quality of life.
Fania E. Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women's, prisoners', peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with indigenous healers, particularly in Africa, catalyzed Fania’s search for a healing justice, ultimately leading Fania to bring restorative justice to Oakland, California. Founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY), her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice, World Trust's Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) award, the Ella Baker Jo Baker Award, the Bioneers’ Changemaker Award, the LaFarge Social Justice Award, and the Ebony POWER 100 award. She is a Woodrow Wilson fellow and the Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.
He is the author of The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn't End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul; editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart; and editor of Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
Swami Sarvapriyananda has been appointed as Minister and Spiritual Leader of the
Vedanta Society of New York, and assumed his duties here on January 6, 2017.
Prior to this, he served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern
California for 13 months, beginning on December 3, 2015.
Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in
2004. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami served as an
acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math. He has
served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the
Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the
Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at Belur Math, and the first Registrar
of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math.
Jac O’Keeffe experienced a spontaneous, inner awakening in 1997. Her third eye opened, and her life dramatically changed course. She left a successful career pioneering community arts policy at the national level in Ireland to begin a substantial, healing practice, which progressed into residential retreats that explored the spiritual causes underpinning clinical depression. In 2003, she closed her practice, left her Western lifestyle, and eventually moved to India. Intense spiritual practice led to a two year period without thoughts. Spiritual wisdom developed, and Jac now guides others in her teachings and publications to transcend dual and non dual perspectives, and prepares spiritual teachers for liberation. www.jac-okeeffe.com
John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is the author of In Touch: How to Tune into the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself (Sounds True, 2015) and the senior editor of The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom andPsychotherapy (2003) and Listening from the Heart of Silence (2007). He is also the Editor -in-Chief of Undivided: The Online Journal ofNonduality and Psychology at www.undividedjournal.com. He offers workshops, retreats, and several self-inquiry groups. He is a psychotherapist in private practice and a retired Adjunct Professor of Psychology at CIIS. www.listeningfromsilence.com
Susan Campbell, Ph.D. (Psychology, University of Massachusetts) is founder of the Getting Real Work and author of 10 books, including her 1980’s best-seller The Couples Journey, which popularized the idea of relationship as a path to mutual awakening. A former graduate school professor at UMass for 12 years, she is currently on the Adjunct Faculty of the Saybrook Graduate School. She has also taught part time at Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, CIIS, JFK, and Rutgers. Susan was formerly Co-Director of The Institute for the Study of Conscious Evolution, where she directed a think-tank studying intimate relationships as an evolutionary force.
Mona Haydar, rapper, chaplain, poet, and MA in Christian Ethics, brings her fierce, wise voice to SAND.
Fresh off the success of her debut EP “Barbarican” and armed with an MA from Union Theological Seminar in New York City, Mona Haydar comes Stateside to discuss her music, her spiritual path and the power of art. Billboard Magazine named Haydar’s breakout hit “Hijabi” one of 2017’s best protest songs and one of the top feminist anthems of all time. Her “Ask A Muslim” project, created in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, garnered international attention and extensive press. The project was featured on the series “The Secret Life of Muslims” and remains the most watched episode of the series. As an MA student, she worked as a chaplain at NYU and studied post-colonial theology. The Flint, Michigan-raised Syrian American, daughter of immigrants, and slayer of white supremacy comes to SAND from her current home in Morocco to share some of her work and engage in dialogue with our community.
Orland Bishop works within a global social network of individuals and agencies engaged with the Ecology of Nature and Human Consciousness within the realms of life and death. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Shadetree Multicultural Foundation, a Los Angeles based social agency focused on youth development and social capital development. Shadetree serves in the development of peace processes for urban conflicts, capacity building for economic enterprises in communities and cities, systemic and collaborative leadership development and creating frameworks for emerging economies. Since 2002, he has served as the Presiding Priest of the Aquarian Gospel Temple, founded in 1941 in the City of Los Angeles which supports independent Spiritual Science Research within the US, Africa and other countries linked to their global networks. He is passionate about the power of agreements and intentions for a shared reality among Human Communities.
Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) was born in the Middle East, but at age 18 he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics, where he was studying Einstein's theory of general relativity and nuclear physics, when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him more and more into inquiring into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature. Hameed is the founder of the Diamond Approach® - a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization. This inquiry opens up the infinite creativity of our Being, transforming our lives into a runaway realization, moving from realization to further realization. Almaas' books include: The Inner Journey Home, Essence , The Pearl Beyond Price , Luminous Night’s Journey, and The Unfolding Now. www.ahalmaas.com
Dr. Sará King is a mother, a UCLA-trained neuroscientist, education philosopher, political scientist and critical theorist who will begin a neuroscience post-doctoral fellowship in the department of Neurology at OHSU this fall. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in field of mindfulness and social justice in schools, and enjoys public speaking and advocacy work at the intersection of these fields.
Sará is also an author, entrepreneur, and yoga and meditation teacher who founded MindHeart Consulting, a company dedicated to creating cutting edge research projects and community healing experiences through the framework that she personally developed called "The Science of Social Justice" - which involves the use of an intersectional understanding of the biopsychosocial impact of systemic oppression on marginalized populations, combined with the application of the science of well-being to understand how to create research and healing projects that serve the aims of social justice in underrepresented communities.
She has studied and practiced hatha yoga and Buddhist philosophy for the past 14 years, and has completed a 500 hr. Mindful Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock. She is also an artist who uses poetry, contemplative photography, creative writing and painting as her favorite forms of exploring self expression, and blends these into her personal contemplative practice and professional mindfulness consulting work. mindheartconsulting.com
Rev. Deborah L. Johnson is the founder of Inner Light Ministries, an omnifaith spiritual community in Santa Cruz, California. She also founded The Motivational Institute, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in cultural diversity over 30 years. A dynamic trainer, facilitator, and public speaker, she is known for her ability to bring clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues. Her passion is building “The Beloved Community” and healing socio-political divides. Wherever she goes, her message is one of possibility, inclusion, empowerment, and transformation. The author of “The Sacred Yes”and “Your Deepest Intent,” she was featured in numerous media venues including Showtime, NPR, and Huffington Post Live. She is a board member of The Pachamama Alliance, and a founding member of Agape International Spiritual Center with Michael Bernard Beckwith, and an Advisory Council Member of the Association of Global New Thought.
Sara is pursuing a Ph.D. in food system sustainability, specifically on Women in Arid Region's Regenerative Practices, and an interest in the relationship with micro-organisms. She is co-founder of Nawaya, a social enterprise working as a catalyst to transition small scale farmer communities in Egypt into more sustainable ones through education and research. She is co-founder of Dayma an LLC responsible for outdoor Environmental Education, teaching young adults about Biomimicry and local Egyptian communities. She is an avid traveler and enjoys tasting foods, cooking and interacting with people through food experiences. Sara is on the board of Slow Food, an international movement that started in Italy aiming to safeguard local food cultures and traditions and does so by promoting Good, Clean and Fair food for all.
Chris Fields uses concepts and tools from physics, information theory, evolutionary and developmental biology, and cognitive neuroscience in an attempt to understand how, and to what extent, one part of the world can be aware of another part of the world. Underlying this question is that of how observers draw boundaries around the systems being observed, including themselves. This later question raises, in turn, questions concerning the nature and awareness of time, memory and identity through time. Answers to these questions, however tentative, suggest approaches to open problems in cosmology, developmental biology, and the etiology of developmental disorders such as autism. Dr. Fields has also been a volunteer firefighter, a visual artist, and a travel writer. He currently divides his time between Sonoma, CA and Caunes Minervois, a village in southwestern France. Biographical details and recent publications are available from http://chrisfieldsresearch.com.
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four children. http://charleseisenstein.net/
From the deep pools of Eastern wisdom, to the fast-paced rapids of the West, Peter Russell has mastered many fields, and synthesized them with consummate artistry. Weaving his unique blend of scientific rationale, global vision, and intuitive wisdom, Peter brings a sharp, critical mind to the challenge of self-awakening. The next great frontier of human exploration, he shows, is not outer space, but inner space—the development of the human mind. He has degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science from the University of Cambridge in England, and has written ten books in this area, including The Global Brain Awakens, Waking Up in Time, and most recently, From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness.
Donald Hoffman is a cognitive scientist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See (W.W. Norton, 2000). He received his BA from UCLA in Quantitative Psychology and his Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Psychology. He joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1983, where he is now a full professor in the departments of cognitive science, computer science and philosophy. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research into visual perception, the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences for his research on the relationship of consciousness and the physical world, and the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation. http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/
Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, E-RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of eight books in the fields of psychology and spirituality that have been translated in more than a dozen languages, including the Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy , Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment , Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, and The Guru Question. She has been teaching workshops and trainings in universities, major retreat centers around the world, online, and in yoga studios since 1997. Dr. Caplan also developed innovative programs as a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Naropa University, John F. Kennedy University, and Sophia University, and she is the founder of the Yoga & Psyche Method and the Yoga & Psyche Conference.
Ellen met her spiritual teacher Francis Lucille 15 years ago and studied with him for many years before beginning to teach. She is a licensed transpersonal psychotherapist with a background in movement and somatic therapies. She holds Masters Degrees in Dance Therapy (NYU, NY) and Transpersonal Psychology (JFK, CA) and has a private therapy practice in England where she lives with her husband Rupert Spira.
Shakti Caterina Maggi has been sharing a message of awakening to our true nature as One Consciousness since 2003, with workshops and meetings held in Italy, Europe, and around the world. “The opportunity to meet what we are, and to embody it in everyday life, is the very meaning of life itself – not as human beings who seek God, but as the Divine itself experiencing itself through the human experience.” Shakti shares a very contemporary approach to self-realization and reveals the real possibility of seeing what we are and embodying it in our everyday life with clarity, wisdom, and humor.
Shakti Caterina Maggi points directly to the essence of what we are and invites you to rediscover the divine Self in the core of one's own humanity. Overcoming fear and illusion is to wake up to extraordinary beauty of the moment and be the true embodiment of Consciousness itself in human form. She has been sharing a message of awakening to Life since 2003 with seminars and retreats hold mainly in Italy and Europe. www.shakticaterinamaggi.com/
James R. Doty, M.D. is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He holds multiple patents and is the former CEO of Accuray (ARAY:NASDAQ). He remains a consultant and operating partner to a number of venture capital firms. As a philanthropist, Dr. Doty has given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discovery the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart now translated into 38 languages. Dr. Doty is also the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.
Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is the first Polynesian explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society. A cultural anthropologist, Lindsey travels to the world’s most remote regions documenting indigenous mastery and wisdom. Her insights are reshaping Western perspectives on global leadership and cultural evolution. Lindsey’s international lectures at the world’s leading organizations are an inspiring call-to-action. From the unwavering courage of Polynesian navigator-priests who sail thousands of miles without the use of maps or instruments to the stunning accuracy of sea nomads in the Andaman Sea who averted danger during the 2004 tsunami, such demonstrations of mastery and wisdom provide invaluable lessons in the 21st century. Lindsey servers as an advisor to global organizations and is the recipient of the United Nations Visionary Award.
Maya Luna is a Poet and Ritual Performance Artist. She offers Spiritual Transmission through Medicinal Poetry and channels Wild Feminine Essence through the vessel of her Body. Her Art focuses on the themes of: Love.Sex.Life.Death.Truth.Reality.Darkness.The Sacred Feminine.Embodiment.Non Duality.Tantra.Mystery.Tabboo Her first spoken word poetry album "Holy Darkness: A Tantric Opus" is available Summer Solstice 2018
SEAN W. MURPHY is a Dharma Holder in the White Plum Lineage of Zen, as well as a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. His One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories (Hampton Roads 2013), won the 2014 International Book Award in the Eastern Religions category. He is also the award-winning author of three novels, receiving the Hemingway Award for a First Novel for his The Hope Valley Hubcap King, and the 2017 William Faulkner Wisdom Award for novel-in-progress for his current fiction project, Wilson’s Way. An MFA graduate of Naropa University, Sean has practiced Zen meditation for 30 years. He has taught meditation, writing and creativity for many years with Natalie Goldberg (author of Writing Down the Bones), in his own courses for the University of New Mexico-Taos, and many other venues. He is founder of an innovative Meditation Leader Training program through his nonprofit Sage Institute. www.murphyzen.com
Ian Whicher is a Canadian and earned his Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. A long-time spiritual practitioner, Dr Whicher is a Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He specializes in Hinduism and the Yoga tradition and is the author of books and numerous articles including, The Integrity of the Yoga Darśana (State University of New York Press), and coeditor of Yoga: The Indian Tradition (Routledge Curzon). Dr. Whicher is currently completing a volume of his select writings for Motilal Banarsidass (Delhi, India) entitled, Essays on the Yoga-Sutra: Engaging the World in Freedom. He has given numerous public talks and contemplative seminars and is writing a book for a wide readership on The Yoga of Nonduality.
Selene Calloni Williams - a contemporary mystic who, through her books, videos and seminaries, has taught how to imagine and create a new reality to an incredible number of people. Her book "Mother Mantra, the ancient shamanic yoga of non-duality", published from Inner Traditions in USA and in several others languages, is a powerful tool for overcoming subconscious programming, releasing your fears, and spiritually fusing with divine joy. She is a psychologist, writer, documentarian and anthropologist. Her spiritual journey started in Sri Lanka where she met her first teacher who initiated her to Shamanic Yoga and where she practiced meditation in a Theravada Buddhist monastery. On her return to Europe, she encountered the psychoanalyst James Hillman, who introduced her to the world of archetypal psychology. Selene has refined the “symbolic - imaginal method” to serve personal growth. She has also spent many years in Siberia and Mongolia deepening her understanding of Shamanic traditions. She wrote several books and articles on Turko-Mongolian shamanism.
Maleda is a gifted evolutionary healer, feminine mystic and midwife of the soul. She has practiced and taught in the field of feminine awakening and spiritual transformation for over 18 years, including intensive training in women’s yoga and as a lead teacher in a monastic ashram. In 2013 during an extended solitary deep retreat, she experienced a life-altering shift into Great Mother Consciousness and was shown the processes that have become the evolutionary work of the Womb of Life School today. A healer of healers and pioneer of consciousness, Maleda’s powerful transmissions and healing pathways awaken a feminine template for true and deep spiritual realization. Moving through the spiral of soul healing we access a direct experience of the Omnipresent Mother through the natural gateways of our hearts and wombs. She offers global healing activations, retreats, and practitioner trainings. www.WombofLifeSchool.com
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