SAND19 US

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 Aug 8, Hayes Mansion is sold out for the event dates.

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Details

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

Adyashanti

Sará King

David Eagleman

Jean Houston

Joel Salinas

Deborah Johnson

Lama Tsomo

Mona Haydar

A.H. Almaas

Rupert Spira

Orland Bishop

Mirabai Starr

Thomas Hübl

Michael Meade

Lyla June

Swami Sarvapriyananda

Zhen Dao

Neil Theise

Francis Lucille

Katherine MacLean

Jac O'Keeffe

Chris Fields

Zvi Ish-Shalom

Charles Eisenstein

Adam Gainsburg

Peter Russell

Donald Hoffman

Caverly Morgan

Jude Currivan

Shakti Caterina Maggi

John Prendergast

Kabir Helminski

Michaela Boehm

Susan Campbell

Mark Wolynn

Mauro Zappaterra

Sara Aly El Sayed

Marlies Cocheret

Paul Levy

Julia Mossbridge

Ellen Emmet

Elizabeth Lindsey

Isa Gucciardi

Rollin McCraty

Richard Rudis

Mariana Caplan

James Doty

Dorothy Hunt

Miranda Macpherson

Russ Hudson

Betsy Polatin

Maya Luna

Sean Murphy

Steve James

Ian Whicher

Selene Calloni Williams

David Ellzey

Maleda Gebremedhin

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

Ellen 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

Maja Apolonia Rodé

Cynthia Merchant

Rekha Tandon

Cheryl Fraser

Craig Holliday

David Freeman

Jan Ögren

Kent Welsh

Swami Brahmananda

William Arntz

Deirdre Hade

Dave Markowitz

Candace Cave

Gustav Elmberger

Zeb Lancaster

Allison Zamani

Akilesh Ayyar

Alice Langholt

Ivan Castillo

James Munro

Garret Yount

Nicola Amadora

Celia McBride

David Sauvage

Catherine Robertson

Sea Stars

Robert Malone

Day Schildkret

SAND PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS ARE FROM WED OCT 23 at 4PM to THU OCT 24 at 5PM

MAIN CONFERENCE BEGINS THU OCT 24 at 7:30PM AND ENDS SUN OCT 27 at 9PM

A DRAFT VERSION OF THE SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND BELOW

 

 

4pm – 7pm

Berryessa

Isa Gucciardi

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — Introduction to the Shamanic Journey

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. 3 C.E.s available.

4pm – 7pm

Guadalupe

Jeannie Zandi

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — Sovereignty in Relating: Being Here But Not of Here

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.

4pm – 7pm

Monterey

Michael Meade

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — The Great Adventure of Life

The storms and tragedies of contemporary life can be termed a spiritual crisis, in which we must awaken to a greater sense of self or else become more isolated and subject to increasing feelings of isolation and helplessness.

Because all things are ultimately interconnected, the challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world. Change can be disconcerting; yet in troubled times the inner threads of genius, imagination and wisdom become both more important and surprisingly more available.

Upavita is an old Sanskrit term for the eternal thread of golden imagination that makes each life valuable and noble from the beginning. This sacred thread of life connects the mind with the heart; it ties us to the dream of life and leads us to the purpose of our soul. While holding it, all the moments of our lives make sense; without it, all can seem accidental and pointless.

Call it dharma or the inner law of our being; call it a life dream or a spiritual calling; we are each called to awaken to the inner plotline of a story trying to unfold from within. In learning to express the mythic pattern woven within, we learn to contribute to the renewal of community as well as a restoration of nature.

What we need at this time is not a minor repair, but a major transformation of the world that can only start from the inside. Transformation at the level of the individual heart and soul generates the imagination and collective energy needed to change the conditions of the world.

4pm – 7pm

San Jose

Jean Houston

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — The Magus, the Mystic and the One Who Lives in Nondual Reality

Since time began, visionaries have sought to understand and even live in the Larger Nondual Reality and the many unseen worlds that coexist with our physical existence. Whether as Magus, mystic, shaman or sage, the self within its own unbounded nature is in some sense identical to quantum mind and therefore has many more capacities than those operating in local consciousness. Working with these concepts- both spiritual and scientific Dr Jean Houston has enabled students to be, to do and to create in ways that are suggestive of higher levels of human accomplishment.

In this workshop, she will demonstrate ways of living in more fluid categories of space and time that allow one to experience subjective time in which a short amount of clock time is felt to be much longer and thus one is able to experience adventures, write books, finish projects, go voyaging in the seas of the unconscious, even learn or rehearse things that would normally take a much longer time to do. Similarly from the quantum perspective of the simultaneity of past, present and future we are able to change the story of minor past events until it become a realistic part of one’s memory.

But even our imagination is transcended by the Universe in its quantum, nondual aspect and we find we are no longer simply imaginative but imaginal. We are in the Quantum Holofield of Consciousness. We are no longer caught in our own habits and expectations. In certain states of consciousness, we seemingly access the blueprints, the guidance, forms and patterns of what up to now we have only imagined. What are these states? They are other than the usual conditioned states of worry, the regular fall back to old habitual thoughts and ideas and, frankly the using of modes and thoughts and feelings that no longer serve a personal evolutionary agenda. Having studied the minds of mystics, visionaries, high creatives, she found that these visionary adepts are hacking their own local reality to get beyond serial monotony of same old same old.

9am – 12pm

Berryessa

Arnaud Delorme, Helané Wahbeh, and Garret Yount

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — The Science of Interconnectedness

9am – 12pm

Guadalupe

Adam Gainsburg

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — The Open Human Heart Experience

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.

9am – 12pm

Monterey

Rollin McCraty

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — Moving from Social Discord to Harmony

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.

9am – 12pm

San Jose

Betsy Polatin

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — The Physicality of Nonduality (or The Embodiment of Nonduality)

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.

2pm – 5pm

Berryessa

Deborah Johnson

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — Cultivating Non-Dual Relationships

We say that we believe in nonduality, but do our lives reflect it, especially in our relationships? We will focus on cultivating the heart space to move beyond othering, particularly when our heart is not in it. This historic moment is calling us higher and deeper than we have ever gone before. Will you answer the call? It’s time to live at a deeper level the oneness we know and proclaim.

2pm – 5pm

Edenvale

Zhen Dao

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — Awareness in Conflict: Eros and the Spiritual Practices of SACRA Theater

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.

2pm – 5pm

Monterey

Donald Hoffman

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — Consciousness: A User Guide

AIl can drive cars, create music, recognize objects, find a new solar system, discover a hominid species, and trounce anyone in a game of Go. Reports of its limits have been greatly exaggerated. But can AI enjoy conscious experiences? Can it feel love? Some physicalists claim that unconscious matter, with proper complexity, ignites consciousness. I propose a new framework and question: Can we rejig our spacetime interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?

2pm – 5pm

San Jose

Mark Wolynn

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP — Break the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma

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.

3 C.E.s available

4pm – 7pm

Hayes Foyer

Conference Registration Opens

5pm – 7pm

Hayes Foyer

Reception music

5pm – 7pm

Silver Creek Dining Room

Dinner

7pm – 10:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL1.

7pm – 7:15pm

Hayes Ballroom

Maurizio Benazzo and Zaya Benazzo

Opening Ceremony

7:15pm – 7:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Love Inquiry

7:35pm – 8:15pm

Hayes Ballroom

Cynthia Jurs

Sacred Activism for the Great Turning; Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Meditation

“What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?” This was the question that dharma teacher, Cynthia Jurs, asked a 106-year-old lama living in a cave in Nepal back in 1990. In response, she was given an ancient practice to fill and seal and bury Earth Treasure Vases. For 30 years Cynthia’s spiritual practice has been to take these holy vessels around the planet to restore balance and harmony to the Earth. The little clay pots are filled with prayers and offerings and planted like seeds in diverse cultures, communities and ecosystems and the heartfelt prayers and intentions they contain take root in surprising ways. With the help of elders, activists and regular folks world-wide, creative initiatives have been catalyzed though this ancient practice of sacred activism especially suited for our times.

Like acupuncture needles in the living body of the Earth, the Treasure Vases form a healing mandala of nodes and meridians imagined as a web of light that is here to serve us as we awaken together into our own unique role in the great work of our time—to heal the web of life, restore balance and harmony, envision our world anew, and embody that vision with every fiber of our life force for the benefit of all.

Participating in the ancient art of making relations with Nature, we see ourselves as a part of Gaia to whom we are inextricably linked. The Earth Treasure Vases have opened doors for us to form an international community, guided by the elders, grounded in the living Earth, dedicated to making a difference and supporting each other on the path of collective awakening.

Cynthia will offer a teaching on the Earth Treasure Vase practice and lead a guided meditation to open us as holy vessels for the work of global healing and collective awakening that is upon us now.

8:20pm – 9:20pm

Hayes Ballroom

Adyashanti

TBA

9:35pm – 9:55pm

Hayes Ballroom

Rekha Tandon

A Garland to the One' Dance Performance

This performance in odissi dance, reaches out to the Self in intimate, personal terms.
It begins by invoking ‘Her’ who embodies intelligence and all qualities, yet is devoid of attributes, using the text of the Saraswatistotram translated by Arthur Avalon.
It then speaks to ‘Him’ who is both an exalted king and a beloved playmate, with verses by the well-loved Indian poet laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.
The piece is choreographed and performed by Rekha Tandon with musical Arrangements and narration by Michael Weston.

10pm – 10:40pm

Hayes Ballroom

Music Performance

7:30am – 8:30am

Edenvale

Rupert Spira

Experiential: Guided Meditation

7:30am – 8:30am

San Jose

Rekha Tandon

Experiential: Movement - Odissi Dance as Yoga

This workshop is a practical introduction to the tantric body-map through Indian classical dance movements. It is an opportunity to experience the specific vocabulary of odissi and see how it provides a tangible path to self-discovery and knowledge. The body will be approached as a yantra or tool for fine-tuning and centring the mind, through the process of acquiring skill in the articulation of movement. It will also discuss cultural transmission and the rebirth of tradition through the story of odissi’s history. The Odissi Dance as Yoga workshop is particularly useful to yoga practitioners and teachers who want to incorporate mudras, mantras and ritual gestures from the tantric tradition in their personal practices.

9am – 12:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL2.

9am – 9:20am

Hayes Ballroom

Donald Hoffman

Can A.I. Feel Real Love?

AIl can drive cars, create music, recognize objects, find a new solar system, discover a hominid species, and trounce anyone in a game of Go. Reports of its limits have been greatly exaggerated. But can AI enjoy conscious experiences? Can it feel love? Some physicalists claim that unconscious matter, with proper complexity, ignites consciousness. I propose a new framework and question: Can we rejig our spacetime interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?

9:25am – 9:45am

Hayes Ballroom

TBA

9:50am – 10:10am

Hayes Ballroom

Lama Tsomo

TBA

10:15am – 10:35am

Hayes Ballroom

A.H. Almaas

Embodied Spiritual Love

In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love. It is true that love is fundamentally a universal dimension to our spiritual nature. But it also expresses itself in our human relationships, including the one with divinity, in personal, relational and embodied ways. It is the same authenticity as in the presence of universal love, but with qualities useful for human relating, and important for the spiritual path. Love has true and full realization only when it is a personal and lived expression. But personal here is not that of the ego, but of the spiritual nature, a truth rarely known. This shows what the true essence of relationship is, and how love and Eros relate the human and the divine.

10:40am – 10:55am

Hayes Ballroom

Selene Calloni Williams

The Mother Mantra: The Ancient Shamanic Yoga of Nonduality

The Mother Mantra belongs to the ancient tradition of shamanic yoga. It presenents a practical, simple, yet incredibly powerful system to profoundly change the way we interpret our life, allowing us to acquire awareness and the ability to achieve our aims and our dreams. Even more than that, the Mother Mantra is the path to change a world, a journey towards freedom from social conditioning. If you feel that a revolutionary spiritual leader is waiting inside of you, the Mother Mantra is your most powerful tool to make it happen. As part of the tradition of shamanic yoga, the roots of the Mother Mantra are to be found in all the most ancient mystical traditions of the world. It is nowadays practiced by leading business and entrepreneurs all over the world and has been adopted by many schools of counselling, meditation and traditional yoga as a powerful and holistic tool that provides uncountable benefits for both the body and the mind. Its practices rely on fostering ecstasy – the state in which all shamans, artists, poets operate, the basis of all creativity and happiness.

The tradition of the Mother Mantra sees mystics as the bearers of a vital mission: the mission of returning the feeling of sacredness to a desacralized world. In this are the keys to a human life on earth that can sustain both itself and the rest of the planet. For our species faces challenges that do not require simple ecology, but deep ecology, a revolution in the value and cognitive systems on which our behaviour as a society are based. For such revolutionaries – be they mystics, shamans, poets, artists, geniuses or fools – the Mother Mantra is a concrete path to fulfilment, happiness, prosperity, for themselves and the cosmos.

11am – 12:30pm

Edenvale

C1.

11am – 11:40am

Edenvale

Brian Swimme

Conversation with Brian Swimme

11am – 12:30pm

Guadalupe

Selene Calloni Williams

Experiential: Achieving Lasting Inspiration and Energy Through Shamanic Yoga

All the practices of shamanic yoga take place in a state of ecstasy. We must bear in mind that this condition belongs to us by nature; what we can do is increase our awareness of it. If we are to talk about shamanic yoga, then we must consider ecstasy as the founding stone of all practice, as the path that leads to becoming a shaman. To experience ecstasy, one needs to contemporarily undergo the “mother experience” and the “son experience”. The “mother experience” is achieved through the tools of visualisation, devotion, the defeat of fear through love. For the “son experience” we rely on the so-called “flowing sequences”. These are harmonious sequences of asana yoga postures followed by breathing exercises, specific mantras, mudras (that is, psychic gestures) and visualization exercises, such as the “psychic forest”. There are sequences able to cater to very different kinds of needs, such as to stimulate good sleep during the night, getting energized in the morning, turning anger or frustration into positive energy, or even constructing a healthy, harmonious relationship with food and the way we eat, or attaining the power of money. Mystics today must abandon the role attributed to them by organized religion and profoundly revolutionize all those symbols and myths according to which the majority of humans behave. As a powerful means of re-establishing a connection with our guide spirit, the invisible presence that is able to guide us to a life of prosperity and enlightenment, shamanic yoga is now practiced daily by many successful managers and businessmen.

11am – 11:20am

Hayes Ballroom

Swami Sarvapriyananda

Two Steps to the Not-Two:Exploring, Understanding and Applying Advaita Vedanta

Advaita Vedanta is the classic and paradigmatic school of nondual philosophy. Put simply, the essential teaching is 'The Absolute (Brahman) is the only reality, the world (jagat) is an appearance (of that nondual Absolute) and the sentient being (jiva) is none other than the nondual Absolute' - in Sanskrit 'Brahma Satyam, jagat mithya, jiva brahmaiva na para'. There is however, a secret to grasping this nondual teaching. The teaching is given in two steps - first, the well known 'neti, neti' 'not this, not this' leading to the realization of our spiritual nature and second, seeing that this newly discovered spiritual nature is nondual. Clarity about both steps is necessary to realize nonduality (Advaita). My talk will aim at achieving this clarity.

11am – 12:30pm

Madrone

C6.

11am – 11:20am

Madrone

Antonia Di Francesco

Photostimulation and awareness

11am – 12:30pm

Monterey Room

C2.

11am – 11:40am

Monterey Room

TBA

11am – 12:30pm

Morgan Hill

C4.

11am – 11:40am

Morgan Hill

Mark Gober

An End to Upside Down Thinking

Mark Gober, author of “An End to Upside Down Thinking” and host of the podcast “Where Is My Mind?”, will be discussing findings that have led him to the conclusion that changed his worldview 180-degrees: consciousness is the basis of all reality rather than matter. He explores independent areas of evidence, including quantum physics, psychedelics, savants, remote viewing, telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, communications with the deceased, and children who remember previous lives.The implications are immense for science, technology, and medicine as well as happiness, life/death, relationships, and even world peace. The shift to a consciousness-centric picture of reality is regarded by some as the next “Copernican-scale revolution.” Mark’s thesis has been endorsed by well-known thinkers such as Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Dean Radin, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, actress Goldie Hawn, and others.

Mark is a Partner at a Silicon Valley strategy firm, a former Wall Street investment banker, and former Princeton University tennis team captain. He is also a Board member of The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS).

11am – 12:30pm

San Jose

Robert Malone

Experiential: The Spirit of Sound

11am – 12:30pm

San Juan Bautista

C5.

11am – 11:20am

San Juan Bautista

Ian Whicher

The Yoga of Non-Separation: Freedom and the Relational Whole

While Yoga today in its most popular expressions is primarily associated with a
physical culture for which it is well known, the meaning and value of Yoga lies in its
deeper dimension, in the domain of mind, consciousness, and self-transformation leading
to spiritual liberation or freedom. The potential for an embodied, relational freedom
whereby consciousness is wholistically aligned in our day to day lives, is either
overlooked or left unexplored. For example, Yoga as classically formulated in Patañjali’s
Yoga-Sūtra, has far too often been misconstrued as leading to a freedom from the world,
emphasizing renunciation, asceticism, disengagement, and transcendence of the body,
mind and world. Interpretations of Yoga that adhere to an absolute separation of
consciousness or spirit from manifestation or formed existence, implying a final
unworkable dualism between liberated spiritual identity and life-in-the-world, amount to
an impoverishment of the possibilities for an embodied, relational life. Yet, from another
perspective, freedom can be understood as being in and for the world, thus supporting a
life-affirming approach that challenges us to an enriched, relational humanity allowing
for evolution, development and innovation through which life progresses and the world is
made a better place.

Through a deeper, mature and adept philosophical and experiential knowing, and
drawing from and updating the classical tradition, we will explore how Yoga can
culminate in a balanced integration of life that incorporates a clarity of awareness with
the integrity of being and action. Yoga manifests as love, the very abiding as and sharing
of our being or power of consciousness, in which the non-separation of self and world,
experiencer and experienced, knower and known, is uncovered and lived as our authentic
nature.

11am – 12:30pm

San Martin

C3.

11am – 11:40am

San Martin

Jac O'Keeffe

Financial Bypassing: Healing our Relationship between Money and Spirituality

11:25am – 12:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

A.H. Almaas

Dialogue - The Expression of Spirituality in Relationships

What constitutes the essence of a true relationship? And how is this related to our spiritual nature? We will explore the different ways spiritual teachings and traditions view relationship. And how relationship can be part of our practice, and at the same time enriched by our realization. An understanding not usually known by society and rarely discussed in spiritual teachings.

11:30am – 11:50am

Madrone

Juan Acosta-Urquidi

EEG Gamma oscillations are emerging as a distinct signature of ASC.

11:30am – 11:50am

San Juan Bautista

Kriya Yoga: Fast Tracking to Infinity

11:50am – 12:30pm

Edenvale

Lama Tsomo

Conversation with Lama Tsomo

11:50am – 12:30pm

Monterey Room

Kristin Kirk

Playing The Awakening Game

11:50am – 12:30pm

Morgan Hill

Caverly Morgan, Barnaby Willett, and Gia Naranjo-Rivera

New Research on Trauma, Love and Transformation

Without a shift in consciousness, humanity will become extinct. To effect a shift at large scale requires a contemplative turn in our educational systems. Practice- models are needed to blaze a pathway for this transformation. The nonprofit Peace in Schools has pioneered the deepest practice-model in contemplative education in schools.

In 2018, we partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the first scientific study globally to research mindfulness and trauma by examining adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in schools. You’ll receive a preview of initial findings and learn about a non-dual, connective, love-based model that we can leverage for collective transformation.

11:50am – 12:30pm

San Martin

Mystic Birinder

TBA

12pm – 12:20pm

Madrone

Frank Heile

An Explanation of Consciousness

12pm – 12:30pm

San Juan Bautista

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

Ultimate Kindness in Natural Mind

12:30pm – 2pm

Hayes Terrace

Lunch

2pm – 5:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL3.

2pm – 2:20pm

Hayes Ballroom

Zhen Dao

The Death Of Eros: “Aortasization” And The Dematerialization Of The Tender Body

In this talk, Zhen Dao, founder of the philosophy of Post-Daoism, will introduce Post-Daoist perspectives on the overwhelm of the Infosphere upon the fragile body. introducing new concepts and new terminology crucial to understanding and healing the loss of meaning in our time, this talk will unflinchingly diagnosis a mass individual and collective depression, and offer real, if radical ways of repairing eros and tenderness, before these concepts disappear into the history of nostalgia.

2:25pm – 2:45pm

Hayes Ballroom

Michael Meade

Holding The Thread of Life

The storms and tragedies of contemporary life can be termed a spiritual crisis, in which we must awaken to a greater sense of self or else become more isolated and subject to increasing feelings of isolation and helplessness.

Because all things are ultimately interconnected, the challenges we face and the changes underway signal a genuine transformation of the world.
Change can be disconcerting; yet in troubled times the inner threads of genius, imagination and wisdom become both more important and surprisingly more available.

Upavita is an old Sanskrit term for the eternal thread of golden imagination that makes each life valuable and noble from the beginning. This sacred thread of life connects the mind with the heart; it ties us to the dream of life and leads us to the purpose of our soul. While holding it, all the moments of our lives make sense; without it, all can seem accidental and pointless.

Call it dharma or the inner law of our being; call it a life dream or a spiritual calling; we are each called to awaken to the inner plotline of a story trying to unfold from within. In learning to express the mythic pattern woven within, we learn to contribute to the renewal of community as well as a restoration of nature.

What we need at this time is not a minor repair, but a major transformation of the world that can only start from the inside. Transformation at the level of the individual heart and soul generates the imagination and collective energy needed to change the conditions of the world.

2:50pm – 3:10pm

Hayes Ballroom

Paul Levy

The Quantum Revelation: A Modern-Day Spiritual Treasure

Quantum physics—widely considered the greatest scientific discovery of all time—has already changed the course of history with all of the new technologies it has inspired, but these innovations are considered the “low-hanging fruit,” a miniscule fraction of the real benefit of the quantum gnosis, which is to be found within the human psyche. The revelations emerging from quantum physics are pointing out that we, through our consciousness, are integral participants in nature’s ongoing process of creation who are participating—whether we consciously know it or not—in creating ourexperienceof ourselves and the world at each and every moment. Quantum physics is revealing that we, by our very nature, are creative—and creator—beings who unknowingly possess great power to cast reality in ways we can only imagine.

As if under a spell of our own making, the majority of our species, however, have become entranced by our intrinsic gift for dreaming up our world, unknowingly hypnotizing ourselves via our God-given power to creatively call forth reality in such a way that our creative power unconsciously boomerangs against us, undermining our potential for individual and collective evolution. The revelations emerging from quantum physics are unlocking the vast, world-transforming creative power of the human psyche. The new physics is a spiritual treasure that humanity has dreamed up—both in our world and inside of our minds—as the medicine for the collective psychosis afflicting the human species.

The revelation that is quantum physics expands the realm of the possible to previously unimaginable degrees. In seeing through and dispelling the illusory boundary between mind and matter, between inner and outer, quantum physics has discovered the dreamlike nature of reality. In this presentation we will explore how quantum physics is the physics of the universal dream: it is simultaneously pointing to the dreamlike nature of reality while being an expression—and revelation—of the very dreamlike nature at which it is pointing.

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Moments of Integration

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Edenvale

C7.

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Edenvale

Michael Meade

Conversation with Michael Meade

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Guadalupe

Experiential

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Guadalupe

Richard Rudis

Gong Bath Meditation/Sacred Sound Healing

The auditory constructs of ‘sacred sound’ found within a Gong Bath will bend space and awaken that portion of the universal mind within you to deeper understandings of Self.
”To see a world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.”
The power of William Blake’s words resonate within this poly-tonal, multi-octave vibratory experience: Anticipate deepening insights into transcendent wisdom, compassion and miracles.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Madrone

C12.

3:30pm – 3:50pm

Madrone

Coleman Dobson

Moduli Space and the Looking-Glass Relations of Grand Unified Theories of Mathematics : a Higgsino Relation to Love

The looking-glass relations of pure mathematics are among the most significant relations of which we are a part. Grand Unified Theories of Physics use mathematical relations called dualities to unify gravity with the Standard Model. One such duality is the powerful Homological Mirror Symmetry, which relates spaces with different topologies by reflection across their Hodge diamond. Grand Unified Theories of Mathematics use mathematical relations called isomorphisms and quasi-isomorphisms to relate number theory and geometry. One such quasi-isomorphism is the Local Langlands Correspondence, which is a conjectured GUT of global class field theory relating Galois groups and automorphic forms in a filtration series of powerful correspondences. These GUTs work in codimension-infinity moduli space, which is a “higher” geometric parameter space relating subsets across all scales. For instance, the power set of R2, the Euclidean xy plane, contains a copy of every book ever written and all books to be written in all futures, since it contains all subsets of points in R2. Thus, the power set is a magical moduli space!

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Monterey Room

Grace, Surrender and the practice of Ego Relaxation.

3:30pm – 4:05pm

Monterey Room

Betsy Polatin

The Physicality of Nonduality (or The Embodiment of Nonduality)

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.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Morgan Hill

C8.

3:30pm – 4:25pm

Morgan Hill

Rick Archer, Craig Holliday, Jac O'Keeffe, Mariana Caplan, and Miranda Macpherson

Panel - Sex, Money, Power, Trauma & Ethics in Spiritual Communities

3:30pm – 4:30pm

On the Patio

Emergent Connections: Cacao Ceremony

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Jose

Experiential

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Jose

Susan Campbell

Relationship As A Spiritual Journey: Embracing Differences on the Path of Love

In the life sciences, recurring cycles of differentiation and integration toward greater wholeness is a universal process. And so it is with human lovers. The spark of romantic love promises the possibility of unity. But as lovers continue on this path, differences surface, and our equilibrium is threatened.

The path to wholeness becomes one of inner work:
• how do we work with the projections and fears that surface when my partner wants one thing and I want another?
• what do I do when an innocent action on my part triggers my partner’s insecurities?
• how do we sort through the layers of unconscious motivations and conditioned fears that keep us attached to needing certain things from a partner in order to feel secure?

In this experiential session, we will explore how to use relationship as an awareness practice, a mutual journey of healing and liberation—where together we learn to hold a loving, compassionate space for the rejected, abandoned, angry, or fearful parts of our personalities, rather than identifying with these as who we are. We learn to let go of trying to transcend such messy aspects of our humanity, and discover that the practice of compassionate self-inquiry, while holding space for our disowned parts, pops us into a deepening sense of wholeness, an embodiment of love.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Juan Bautista

C11.

3:30pm – 3:50pm

San Juan Bautista

Andrea Colombu

True Relationship: Creating Healing Connection with Nondual Psychotherapy

In the context of psychotherapy, the client-therapist connection and relationship are of utmost and fundamental importance. However, traditional psychology misses the mark in properly addressing this necessity by holding limited, incomplete, and dualistic therapeutic positions which further reinforce a duality of separation, and limit the transformative power of a true, undifferentiated therapeutic relationship.

In contrast, nondual-based psychotherapy offers the opportunity to dissolve personal and interpersonal dualities, heal from dualistic-based suffering, and give rise to a greater sense of connection to self, to life, and to reality. By creating a relationship based on mutuality within the sacred space of pure awareness, nondual psychotherapy reinforces the rediscovery of our true nature, diffuses the illusion of separation, and promotes healing through the powerful dynamic of true, authentic nondual connection with another human being.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Martin

C9.

3:30pm – 4:25pm

San Martin

Miranda Macpherson

Embodying Boundless Love, Grace, Surrender & Ego Relaxation

Every human being wants love and needs love, at every stage of life.
Yet love is way more than a commodity we get or give. Love is who we truly are minus any defenses. It is our heart at rest as Pure Being, and it wants to dissolve our mental boundaries of separation, heal and expand us, and connect us with everything in existence. Furthermore, Love’s presence wants to radiate deeper into our troubled world through the Divine vessel that is your body, heart and mind.

What does it take to truly open into the non-dual condition of Boundless Love Itself? Why is this so important for continued spiritual surrender, and for the humanization of our world? How can we learn to relax into the vulnerability that this induces, and allow Love’s transforming presence to melt our armor, resolve the spiritual poverty of lack, and usher us – personally and collectively, into the very heart of Reality?

Before we can embody Boundless Love, first we must receive its fulfilling nectar. This challenges our familiar identity, flushing hidden wounds to the surface for healing. It will melt our subtle habits of closure, expose fears and invite us into new depths of vulnerability. Hence for most people, truly embodying our realization with our families and loved ones is often the greatest spiritual test.

Miranda will share the transmission of Grace that is Boundless Love and how the practice of Ego Relaxation can help us relax the search for love, and skillfully navigate the subtle defenses that arise. Together, we will open more substantially into Love’s transforming presence, and explore what it takes to live into the unending fullness of your vast heart.

3:35pm – 3:50pm

Hayes Ballroom

TBA

3:55pm – 4:15pm

Hayes Ballroom

Chris Fields

What Are Neurons For?

We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is neurons and brains are for. Their deeper functions in regulating the body, either directly or through neurohormonal and neuroimmune interactions are largely unconscious and therefore neglected. This talk introduces theoretical models and experimental data suggesting an even deeper and evolutionarily older function of nervous systems: regulating the size and shape of the body. If these models are correct, the original function of neurons was the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. Neurons still perform these functions, from early embryogenesis through adulthood. We may even, sometimes, be aware of them. Recognizing this gives a new meaning to "embodied cognition."

3:55pm – 4:15pm

Madrone

Agony On The Path to Nondual Math

In this talk we will explore the agony which may arise when one tries to think nondually, when this involves significant un-learning. Specifically, we will focus on the nondual "constructive" math of Errett Bishop. My goal is to explain that agony, its history and its significance, for non-mathematicians who probably have never heard of constructive mathematics. The talk is inspired by the article "Five Stages of Accepting Constructive Mathematics" by Andrej Bauer, that appeared in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society in 2017. (The stages are indeed those of Kübler-Ross.) It is also based on my own experience and research, and the thought of the great Stanford computer scientist D. E. Knuth. Newcomb Greenleaf, Ph. D. Saint Johnsbury, VT Core Undergraduate Faculty, Goddard College

3:55pm – 4:15pm

San Juan Bautista

David Freeman

Our Relationship to Truth

Truth is an evolutionary force in humanity and the basis of the civilization we have developed. It’s a force that cuts two ways: toward the outer world of things and systems, and toward the inner world of psyche and spirit. It takes truth to further our science, and it takes truth to realize our essential nature. It’s also true that the beliefs humans have collected over our history are often antiquated, no longer apply, or are distorted wishes for the world we want or believe once existed. These beliefs obscure the truths we have discovered about the world and ourselves, and therefore influence how we live together and what world we build.

To continue developing civilization, our use of truth will need to be three-fold:
1) discovering new truths
2) applying those truths as well as the truths we have previously discovered, and
3) undoing the false beliefs and mistaken views we have, both outer and inner.

Given the above, our relationship to truth is the most important relationship we have, both individually and collectively. It will help us live and prosper to understand what our relationship to truth actually is. Do we recognize its significance and importance in our lives and societies? Do we actively cultivate our relationship to it? Is it an evolving relationship? Are we getting closer to it? Is our relationship to truth a love relationship?

It would seem that truth loves humanity in that it has provided us an instrument to discover and apply it. That instrument is inquiry. It is somewhere involved in all human endeavor: science, technology, arts, education, governance, medicine, journalism, spiritual realization ... It’s how we discover reality and build our world. We can use it to optimize our relationship to truth.

4:10pm – 4:45pm

Monterey Room

Ajaya Sommers

Reclaim Your Organic Developmental Wisdoms: Core Embodiment

What is to come through this birth canal of our collective evolution, we cannot know. It can feel so unstable, so frightening and painful to our vulnerable birthing selves as we leave one world and are not yet fully grounded within a new one. This constant dying and letting go into the emergence of our next expression is what our organic developmental wisdom carries. There is a 13 billion (at least!) years old ancient intelligence that knows how to give birth, to bond and to participate in this inter-being. We are this, that is awake, aware, and trustworthy at the very core of our being. We can allow this intelligence to permeate all of our activities and relationships.

In this class, we will melt below habitual patterns of an over-stimulated nervous system, wired through history, a false sense of separation, and the thinking mind to connect directly with our core intelligence. Using breath, sound vibration, subtle intrinsic movement, embryological anatomy and provocative inquiry we enter into the inner alchemy that allows a dissolve of any outdated structures. A psycho-spiritual somatic reorganization and higher order of self-regulation arises as our cells surrender into the all-pervasive holding ground of nature that is always present, when we are seated in the Core. We will re-emerge renewed, resourced and ready to re-engage our senses such that they become thresholds where the divine, the natural world, our culture and the mystery of being human coalesce as the dynamic dance of Life.

4:20pm – 4:40pm

Hayes Ballroom

Zvi Ish-Shalom

Returning to Eden: Intimacy and Relationship as a Mystical Practice

In this talk, we will explore the ancient biblical story of the Garden of Eden as a mystical guide for reclaiming our original condition of nondual perception. More specifically, we will see how the Hebrew text maps out how we tend to lose touch with our primordial inner nature and how intimacy and authentic relationship provide us with a powerful mechanism for reconnecting to our core nondual state of boundless freedom.

4:20pm – 4:40pm

Madrone

William Arntz and Deirdre Hade

The Mystic and the Physicist: A Love Affair Where Science and Spirituality Meet (M + P = Så_)

Science and Spirit. Logic and Paradox. Left brain/Right brain. Two branches of human inquiry into the Nature of Reality. Will they ever merge??? They say opposites attract…..

Before making What the BLEEP Do We Know!?, William Arntz was a research laser physicist for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), otherwise known as “Star Wars.” About that same time, mystic and spiritual teacher Deirdre Hade was beginning to understand the visions she had been experiencing since the age of three. As she sat by the bed of her cancer-stricken mother, she discovered the healing power of light, which ultimately enabled her mother to live 13 years longer than expected.

Years later their paths met in destiny, they fell in love, and the Mystic and the Physicist married. In a love affair of science and mystical magic, the left has become the right, the paradox logical.

4:20pm – 4:40pm

San Juan Bautista

Kimberly Braun

SELF and self: A Compelling Relationship Leading to Union, Being, and Embodiment of Consciousness

Rev. Kimberly Braun stands before you as one surrendered, and surrendering over and again into the embrace of the Beloved. In her presentation she will weave storytelling of her own unitive experiences as a cloistered Carmelite nun, and the mystical insights and systematics of Teilhard de Chardin, Carl Jung, Teresa of Avila and John of the cross to lay out for all attendees the relevance and power of a relationship between the individual person and the Ground of all Being leading to the ultimate dissolution of notions such as ‘I’ and ‘Thou’ INTO simple, all encompassing, all penetrating BEING.

Kimberly does not want anyone to assume what she says is ‘true,’ but rather wishes to invite you into the adventure of discovering truth as your personal experience reveals it to you. Her presentation will both excite your senses with the playfulness with which she recounts stories of union and stir your mind through her compelling insights and reflection on the nature of relationship as part of what it means to be human, Consciousness in Form.

4:35pm – 5:30pm

Edenvale

Paul Levy

Conversation with Paul Levy

4:35pm – 5:30pm

Morgan Hill

Kristin Kirk, Zhen Dao, and Loch Kelly

Panel - Dynamics of Attraction: Divine Masculine and Feminine in Awakening

One consciousness plays itself as two, in this divine dance of apparent separation and union. We will explore the divine masculine and feminine within and the inner union that flourishes in embodied awakening. We will explore what this looks like on the outside and inside both personally and in relationships. We will also explore the perfection of and resolution of longing for the other in the awakening process both in and out of intimate relationships.

4:35pm – 5:30pm

San Martin

Cynthia Jurs

Sacred Vessels

4:45pm – 5:05pm

Hayes Ballroom

Shakti Caterina Maggi

TBA

4:45pm – 5:05pm

Madrone

Interbeing: Love in the Fabric of Personal Identity

4:45pm – 5:05pm

San Juan Bautista

Sonya Bibilos

Whole Human, Whole Life Awakening OR Storytelling: An Ancient Path of Connection & Inspiration

Many people focus on spiritual awakening to the exclusion of other areas of life, or they focus on trying to fix one or two problem areas of their lives. You are meant to live a vibrant, alive, and aligned life in all areas: spiritual awakening, abundance, relationship, emotional healing, work, and body. When you treat your life as an ecosystem, you’ll find that any area that is lagging behind affects the other areas. Similarly, every area that is awake and embodied can lift up the other facets of life. You have a loving opportunity to illuminate and awaken the whole ecosystem of your life.

4:55pm – 5:30pm

Monterey Room

Isa Gucciardi

The Shamanic Journey OR The Doorway Between the Worlds: Medium and Oracle Traditions in Shamanic and Buddhist Traditions

Within Mahayana Buddhist traditions, there are oracle systems that have guided the course of the tradition and have even helped with the establishment of new schools of thought. We will explore the different forms of wisdom that have emerged out of relationships mediated by the oracle tradition between Tibetan Buddhist deities and well-known scholars. We will explore the worlds that opened through the relationship between Tsongkhapa and Manjushri and between Asanga and Maitreya , for example. Shamanism is a form of spiritual practice based in earth-wisdom traditions whose practices rely heavily on the practitioner's capacity to form oracle relationships with the unseen powers of nature. One of the primary tasks for the shamanic initiate is to master the art of mediumship. Whenever shamans are working, they are expected to be able to offer a vehicle for helping spirits to enter into the world of ordinary reality to assist those in need. Shamans may be called upon to speak with those who have passed on or provide a channel for others to do so. They may also be asked to become a conduit for the subtle energies held in light and sound to be used effectively in all types of healing environments. We will look at the ways in which shamans use oracle work and the channeling of spirits in their work in serving others.

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Katherine MacLean

Befriending the Beloved Mystery with Magic Mushrooms

Psychedelics have officially re-entered mainstream consciousness, through clinical research trials at major universities, corporate-sponsored pharmaceutical drug development, and decriminalization efforts in major America cities. Everyone from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Michael Pollan now has a story to tell about how mushrooms can save humanity. But let's not forget the original love stories that the mushrooms have been quietly sharing with humans for millennia. In this talk, Dr. Katherine MacLean will weave a tale of scientific discovery, mystical love, super-natural intelligence, and personal redemption from the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms. Learn more at www.katherinemaclean.org

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Madrone

David Sauvage

What Is An Empath? And Is It For Real?

This talk will teach you everything you want to know about what it is to be an empath. David will cover the history of the word, from its inception in literature to its present day use. He'll explore the edges of empathy and where it meets intuitive abilities—then he'll push into the seemingly inexplicable realm of psychic phenomena. You'll learn David's own story, going from skeptic to self-proclaimed empath. He'll describe the nature of his own superpower and his desire to have his superpower, and the superpowers of his fellow empaths, more rigorously studied and understood by science. Lastly, he'll help you discover where you are on the empath spectrum. You might think the word doesn't apply to you, that it's for "those sensitive types," but you might be surprised.

5:10pm – 5:30pm

San Juan Bautista

Allison Zamani

Therapy for the Body, Mind, and Spirit

This presentation will focus on how the subtle body can explicitly be incorporated into somatic therapy and psychotherapy in order to assist the healing process. Topics will include an overview of the subtle body, a discussion of subtle body and its connection to emotions, and how this understanding can be used in healing. The presentation will include an experiential component, focus on somatic awareness and incorporating the teachings of the body through pranayama and visualization.

5:30pm – 5:45pm

Break

5:45pm – 6:45pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL4. Human Essence

5:45pm – 6:05pm

Hayes Ballroom

Jean Houston

The Spiritual Quest As The Search For Non Dual Reality

The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our nature if we are going to survive. Deepening requires exploration. And for all its byways, exploration leads ultimately to the spiritual source of our existence and to the quest for a faith that will support our continuing explorations. Not since the days of Plato and Buddha and Confucius, some 2500 years ago, has there been such an uprising of spiritual yearning. Though the varieties of contemporary religious experience may look or sound different, they share a core belief—that each human being contains a godseed, a divine essence that can be nurtured through spiritual practice into a fully matured expression of the god stuff within. Moreover, belief in a divine essence as the basis of reality is not limited to explicitly religious paths. Scientists of a Non Dual bent explain reality in terms that are not much different from those mystics use. While mystics speak of steps on the path to union with the Infinite, scientist-seekers talk about the frequency bands of consciousness, some of which are closer than others to Universal being. Speculative scientists often use the metaphor of the hologram to explain humanity's place in the Universal Mind. Each part of a hologram contains an image of the whole. Break a hologram image up, shine a special kind of laser light though any of its pieces, and you get the whole picture back again. In spiritual terms, we might think of ourselves as fragments of the great hologram of Reality. Shine the proper light of consciousness through us, and we each reflect the whole—starfish and sequoias, the sap rising in the winter trees and the yearning of God for each of us. . .This yearning to know our true nature is universal. When I have studied or talked with seekers who have had this experience, they have told me of a joy that passes understanding, an immense surge of creativity, a instant uprush of kindness and tolerance that make them impassioned champions for the betterment of all, bridge builders, magnets for solutions, peacemakers, pathfinders. Best of all, other people feel enriched and nourished around them. Everyone they touch becomes more, because they themselves are more.

6:10pm – 6:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Brian Swimme

A Great Leap in Being

In order to understand the nature of our universe as well as the role SAND is performing with respect to the evolution of the universe, it is helpful to remember that seven million years ago we were identical to chimpanzees. Think of building San Francisco with the consciousness of a chimp. Take it further. Four billion years ago our planet was molten rock. That molten rock became chimpanzees. The crowning achievement of four centuries of modern science is our discovery of this innate, pervasive, astonishing, self-transcending creative power of matter. But modern English fails us here. To call it “matter” is to dump centuries of dualistic consciousness on it. Let’s call it creative energy and say it again: the magnificent achievement of empirically based, mathematical science is the stunning realization that we have been constructed by, and that we dwell within, ultimate creative energy.

One of the fundamental spiritual, social, and ecological challenges of our time is learning how to live into what we know. If we could experience in a direct way how every cow and fir tree required fourteen billion years of creativity to be here, our relationships with them and with all others would change. But the vast majority of us, certainly including myself, do not know how to experience the universe at this level in an ongoing way. No one does. No humans in the history of humanity had this knowledge, which means no humans in history had to learn how to be a human being as a mode of cosmic creativity. That’s one of the reasons we come to SAND. Our community is one of the nodes where a new form of humanity is struggling to come forth. We are groping forward, comparing notes, sharing insights, awakening experience, deepening consciousness. We are the universe carrying out one of its greatest leaps in being.

6:45pm – 8pm

Silver Creek Dining Room

Dinner

7:30pm – 10pm

Lower Level Lobby

Akilesh Ayyar, Ivan Castillo, Zeb Lancaster, Olga Colbert, Alice Langholt, Dave Markowitz, Celia McBride, James Munro, and Jon Smith

Poster session

8:30pm – 9:45pm

Hayes Ballroom

Concert with East Forrest

7:30am – 8:30am

Edenvale

Thomas Hübl

Experiential: Guided Meditation

7:30am – 8:30am

San Jose

Vivienne Verdon-Roe

Experiential: Qigong For Awakening And Healing Self And Planet

The form of qigong I teach was created in 1989 by a Chinese man, Dr Ming Pang. He had been recognized as a genius at a young age. He studied with 19 grandmasters and he became a doctor of Chinese and Western medicine. Dr. Ming Pang did in-depth studies of Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Quantum Physics. He integrated these into his theories, teachings and practices. D Pang’s form has successfully treated a wide range of illnesses, including my own 20-year struggle with Lyme disease.

In addition to physical healing, these practices have a profound effect on ego identity. Opening to the infinite timeless source of all existence gradually (or not so gradually) awakens us from the illusory separate self. The limiting patterns of belief about self and world dissolve on the energetic level. Empty of old programming, our essence is revealed as embodied infinite love. The joy and peace experienced is independent of outer circumstances.

In this session, we will have the opportunity to experience this transformation together as I guide us through moving meditations. The standing practices can be modified or done sitting or lying down. The session is for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. During our time together, we will merge our now expanded wide open hearts into one energy heart and activate a vision of awakening and healing for all of humanity, all sentient beings and Mother Earth herself. Please join me for this precious opportunity to contribute–to bring harmony into life through the love that is our shared being.

9am – 12:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL5.

9am – 9:20am

Hayes Ballroom

James Doty

Transendence Through Compassion

A painful childhood associated with poverty, an alcoholic father and mother suffering from mental illness resulted in a childhood filled with fear, uncertainty, despair and hopelessness. At the age of 12 years everything changed after meeting one person who intuitively knew that the path to transcendence was through compassion and through compassion one is led to oneness. A personal narrative combined with a discussion of our evolution intertwined with the effects of practicing compassion

9:25am – 9:45am

Hayes Ballroom

Sará King

The Science of Social Justice: A Generative Field of Collective Healing

“Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a radically interdisciplinary and groundbreaking field developed by neuropsychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel that presents us with a scientifically grounded view of the mind, human development, relationships and experience. We are living in a moment in human history - the anthropocene - where everything about this beautiful planet that we live on is being drastically impacted by the human mind. The unconsciousness surrounding our collective traumatic history of structural, physical, and emotional violence has brought us to a tipping point, where we must as a species learn how to reimagine the very meaning of resilient and compassionate relationships in order to move beyond the geopolitics of survival into a sustainable and Beloved Community.

In this talk, Dr. Sará King will discuss the research she conducted at UCLA on yoga, mindfulness and resilience as they relate to trauma and the work of social justice with youth. Additionally, she will discuss the work she has been conducting with her mentor, Dan Siegel, to understand how (IPNB) has deep social justice implications for how we understand and bring about Beloved Community.

Additionally, Dr. King will lead a brief guided meditation practice with the intention of bringing participants into an embodied experience of “MWe” - Dan Siegel’s new framework for shifting our understanding of what it is to have a “self”, in a way that she hopes will illuminate the ways in which we can get in touch with our intergenerational and ancestral resources for healing through the power of mindful relationships.”

9:50am – 10:10am

Hayes Ballroom

Elizabeth Lindsey

We, The Navigators

10:15am – 10:35am

Hayes Ballroom

Mona Haydar

You Are the Universe In Ecstatic Motion and Other Truths

We presume we are small entities when in fact within each of us is the entire enfolded universe waiting to be unfolded and revealed. Our choice to open to love is the path towards freedom and liberation. We've heard this. We feel it. But how do we do it? How do we unlearn and de-program our toxic and limiting beliefs? How do we rid ourselves of negative cycles and patterns and live in the manner most aligned with our highest purpose? Through the use of ancient technologies and methodologies, we can engage that which is beyond. All of this and more in our session!

10:40am – 10:55am

Hayes Ballroom

Moments of Integration

11am – 12:30pm

Edenvale

C13. Integrated Conversations

11am – 11:40am

Edenvale

James Doty

Conversation with James Doty

11am – 12:30pm

Guadalupe

Ellen Emmet

Body Of Truth, Body Of Vibration: A Ritual

When we knowingly take our stand as the limitless field of Awareness we may recognise that all experiences arise spontaneously within it and share their deepest reality with it. In this workshop, we will give special attention to the body. For most of us, even after an awakening to our true nature of Awareness, we continue to experience the body as a habitual and intricate network of density and tension which perpetuates and reflects the belief in being a fragment that needs to defend, assert and protect itself… These habits are layered, deep rooted and active under the surface of our contemplation. Thus, the body’s original and harmonious nature, its lively flowing expression, and deep silent vibration remain compromised by the impossible task of maintaining itself as an anchor and cage for the separate one… Together we will explore and discover.

11am – 12:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Caverly Morgan, Sará King, and Orland Bishop

Panel - Social Justice: Are We One?

11am – 12:30pm

Madrone

C18.

11am – 11:20am

Madrone

Seth Kostek

Visual perception mediated by light traversing 4-dimensional spacetime continua is an illusion

Knowing images mediated by seeing light from existent physical objects is misinterpretation of perception. Expression of quantum spin angular momentum in terms of Gibbs and black hole thermodynamic entropy, suggesting that the substance of the content in experience is knowing the non-physical simultaneous abstraction and composition of complementary opposite limits within concepts as holographic interference information, is confirmed by experimental assay of image appearance. Contrary to the material physicalist theory of image production an unknown object produces knowing image without unknown-to-known object conversion; signifying that physical objects do not exist. Since experience is the knowing of content by consciousness, and the substance of content in experience is knowing conceptual limits made of knowing complementarity, the entirety of experience is a conscious singularity.

11am – 12:30pm

Monterey Room

C14.

11am – 11:40am

Monterey Room

Mauro Zappaterra

The Cerebrospinal Fluid and I AM

The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear fluid that bathes our entire central nervous system (CNS), the brain and spinal cord. At the center of your brain, at the same location of your third eye, your brow center, there is a space filled with CSF called the third ventricle. This space is bordered by the pituitary gland and the pineal gland, and has been referred to as the ‘Crystal Palace’ and the ‘Cave of Brahma.’ CSF is home to many neurotransmitters and signaling molecules, including melatonin and the ‘spirit molecule’ DMT, providing an elaborate range of biological functions. CSF also contains extracellular matrix proteins that make up the connective tissue of the body and therefore is a fluid connective tissue, a liquid matrix for information to be held and transported. CSF evolved as a way to transmit signals from the environment. Therefore, CSF carries information within the fluid, whether it is a protein, a growth factor, or a hormone, and transmits that information to the entire CNS, as a fluid conductor. Our awareness of I AM begins to develop from our earliest moments of existence, when we are immersed in this primordial fluid in our mother’s womb. CSF may serve as a vehicle for signaling to major control centers in the brain and transmitting Source energy to the body and the felt sense of I AM. Connect to your CSF, to your own fluid body, to your liquid light, your liquid prana, your liquid chi, to the structured, resonating primordial ocean within you.

11am – 12:30pm

Morgan Hill

C16.

11am – 11:40am

Morgan Hill

Mariana Caplan

Healing Trauma and Ending Sex Scandals in Spiritual Communities

Many long-term spiritual practitioners and teachers experience unnecessary obstacles and suffering along the path when we have not understood the importance of deep psychological inquiry, and healing the trauma that is stored within our bodies. Teachers and students alike need to understand that spiritual awakening does not dissolve trauma and psychological wounds, nor does it replace the necessity for psychological work. Spiritually bypassing in this way frequently leads to spiritual traumas and scandals—approximately 90% related to sex, and generally perpetrated by male teachers.

For over 20 years, I have been supporting spiritual and religious practitioners, teachers/leaders, and communities to heal, grow, and thrive as a psychotherapist, author, consultant, and yoga teacher. I believe that by understanding, addressing, and healing trauma within ourselves and our communities—whether we are teachers or practitioners—we become empowered to end the endless repetition of predictable scandals related to sex, power, and money.

By practicing the potent methods to address our deep psychological wounds and traumas that are available through trauma healing, somatics, and neuroscience, and rigorously applying and integrating them into our spiritual practices and communities, our practice becomes grounded and integrated. When we address these issues in ourselves, we are neither drawn to teachers and practices that are likely to repeat patterns of unresolved trauma within us, nor do we participate in replicating the myriad forms of otherwise avoidable suffering due to unaddressed psychological wounds. When we bring together ancient practices and teachings, and a modern understanding of psychology, trauma, somatics, and neuroscience, we catalyze new possibilities for an integrated awakening within our body, psyche and spirit. Traveling through the eye of the needle of our trauma, our wounds become our gifts and transform into the capacity for discernment—the crowning jewel on the spiritual path.

11am – 12:30pm

On the Patio

Emergent Connections

11am – 12:30pm

San Jose

Michaela Boehm and Steve James

Experiential: The Embodied Path to Intimacy

Intimacy starts with our connection to ourselves, via our feeling body. Our bodily genius holds the secrets of intimate perception and deep connection. As we become more sensitive to the signals of our body we become more aware of others and true connections can begin. From here there are endless means of artfully deepening and enlivening these connections through communication, touch, and gaze. In this interactive class we will engage in processes and exercises to sensitize the body in relationship to another, and explore ways to deepen into an understanding of the principles of intimacy.

11am – 12:30pm

San Juan Bautista

C17.

11am – 11:20am

San Juan Bautista

Kent Welsh

Nondual Embodiment

What is life’s expression of Nondual consciousness and love? With the embodiment of Nonduality, life becomes a portal from which divine being emerges into form, identity with separation is surrendered, truth matters more than the structure of beliefs, and our resistance to what is ends. When divine flow is no is longer hindered, consciousness and love unite in dance, in song, and life’s expression emerges from the flowering of heart and minds undivided intimacy with being. All are welcome to join in this exploration of how the divine seeps into the crevices and conquers the diverse territories of our conscious existence.

11am – 12:30pm

San Martin

C15.

11am – 11:40am

San Martin

Swami Brahmananda

Devotion is the Mother of Wisdom: The Practice of Bhakti

Devotion is a way of relating that invites us to merge, to become fully absorbed, with the object of our devotion. When the object of our devotion is Source, or God, or Consciousness, we merge with this knowing, and we experience ourselves as One with it. Advaita Vedanta is the nondual teaching, and Yoga is the practice, that gives us a direct experience with the true nature of reality and of ourselves.

Join us for this exploration of Bhakti, the practice of Love and Devotion in the Yoga tradition. Explore the ever-deepening stages of awareness and how to remove the illusions that stand in our way from knowing ourselves as the divine. Learn how the practice of love and devotion is the mother of all wisdom, and brings us to the limitless happiness and freedom that we all seek.

11:30am – 11:50am

Madrone

Jörn Kroll

Panpsychism: Phenomenal Bonding Relations, Primacy of Consciousness, or Just Interplay among Mentons?

Panpsychism is the view that consciousness, or some form of mentality, is distributed throughout the universe. This view is as old as Western and Eastern cosmology. Surprisingly, panpsychism is currently experiencing a robust revival, even among analytically oriented philosophers of mind. This presentation gives an overview of the main issues and approaches in the contemporary debate about and within panpsychism, and indicates some ignored roads currently not taken. The contemporary debate is gripped by “the hard problem” of explaining how consciousness can arise from apparently unconscious matter. The renewed interest in panpsychism is motivated by the obvious failure of reductive physicalism to explain phenomenal consciousness or mentality. Panpsychism seems to offer a middle ground between physicalism, idealism, and mind-matter dualism. From the perspective of physicalism, which treats instances of conscious experience as the “curse of the qualia,” consciousness is an anomaly that needs to be explained (away), i.e., reduced to physical concepts. Panpsychists, however, point out a hard datum in favor of their view: the irrefutable existence of consciousness.

We will review contending accounts of panpsychism which have two features in common:
(1) Like their physicalist counterparts, panpsychists are obsessed with explaining consciousness, favoring microphysical upward causation, emergence, or supervenience.
(2) Panpsychists’ biggest problem is the seemingly insurmountable combination problem: how do microphysical, protophenomenal elements add up or combine to account for macrophysical, conscious subjects? An intriguing perspective is opened up by the high probability of downward causation, i.e., causal powers that are not microdetermined by the causal relations at lower levels (as in quantum entanglement). The presentation concludes with a sketch of admirable alternatives to panpsychism in order to round out the newly emerging metaphysics of consciousness.

11:30am – 11:50am

San Juan Bautista

Nicola Amadora

The Fire Between Feminine and Masculine

The urge to unite draws us together like irresistible magnets and we push each other away with equal intensity. The absolute contains these polarities, which makes the dance juicy, fascinating and agonizing too. We have created a rift between women and men, between the masculine and feminine energy and it plays out on a grand scale across the world, in our relationships and within our own souls.

How do we bridge the gap and heal the wounds of centuries? How do we engage to bring forth understanding and deep connection? The crucible to real love is often found where we least expect it: in the separation between the feminine and masculine, within the knots we encounter in relationships and our own being. It asks us to stand in the fire with each other, to meet across the chasm through a new way of communicating and relating.

A call is resounding throughout the lands and hearts to come together in an enliving, liberating and authentic way so we can create a world, where love is given the prime seat in the space between us here and now.

11:50am – 12:30pm

Edenvale

Sará King

Conversation with Sará King

11:50am – 12:30pm

Monterey Room

Sean Murphy

Emptiness Means Togetherness: Zen and the Paradox of Relationship

Emptiness, Oneness, Interconnectedness – these are all common ways reality is described in Buddhism. Do they point to the same thing? Different things? If so, how many realities can there be? How do we hold the apparent paradox of no fixed self vs the obvious multiplicity of our relationships? How do we reconcile the indivisibility of the Absolute with the relative appearance of the 10,000 things? And, as the song goes, “What’s Love got to do with it?” Do the techniques offered by Zen practice present a means of answering such questions? Fortunately, in Zen ‘not knowing’ is a highly esteemed principle, and coming to know the great mystery deeply does not require explaining it. In this presentation we’ll apply our ‘Beginners Minds’ to exploring and clarifying these and other such questions, which have beguiled and frustrated human beings since our beginnings.

11:50am – 12:30pm

Morgan Hill

Sara Aly El Sayed

Mimicking Nature's Relationships

Biomimicry is "the conscious emulation of nature's genius - Janine Benyus". Biomimicry has been known in design and technology, by emulating organisms, such as the kingfisher's beak inspiring a more efficient bullet train, or termite mounds inspiring cooler building structures. However, this field is not just about emulating it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature. Nature itself is thriving through its intrictate relationships, whether in the soil of perennial grasslands, or through mutualistic relations of organisms on a coral reef, or even the microorganisms working together to aid in your own body's digestion. We can reconnect to nature, by going outside, or delving inside of us, using our senses, understanding the science and cultivating cooperative relationships.

11:50am – 12:30pm

San Martin

Dorothy Hunt

That Which Cannot Be Divided

Love is the refusal to separate —Nisargadatta Maharaj
From a deeply awakened perspective, the smallest particle and the vastness of space are equal expressions of an infinite mystery that cannot be divided or even named. This infinite mystery is empty of definition, empty of self, empty of resistance. Yet from this ground of infinite potential, life and love move spontaneously. Whether we are scientists looking for a single building block of the universe, or spiritual seekers looking for the deepest Truth, we discover a wholeness of being containing intricate interconnections.
Quarks, the smallest known particles, have flavors, yet apparently cannot be separated or isolated within their energy field. So, too, our ordinary life, filled with ever-changing forms and flavors, cannot be divided from the still, silent ground that seems to create from its own vibrations everything that appears to “be.” What is the energy of this connectivity? Perhaps it is a Love that cannot separate itself from you, from me, from the moment, from the cosmos, from the changing faces of experience, because it is simultaneously the totality of both source and expression. Perhaps your very form is the way that the Infinite knows and loves itself.

This presentation, including experiential invitations, will explore the singularity of That which cannot be divided, yet relates to itself each moment in every conceivable way through an unconditional and timeless Love that can be experienced but not created by any thought that takes itself to be separate.

12pm – 12:20pm

Madrone

Anja-Karina Pahl

Toward a Non-Dual Science that includes the Sacred: The Eye That Sees Itself

Twenty-five years ago, during my first PhD research on a Theory of Everything [TOE], I discovered a radical mathematical pattern that connects seas & trees & sky, stars & DNA & Psyche. This wasn’t so much a scientific revelation as the result of long, deep meditation practise, using a non-dual worldview as my basic axiom and primary school mathematics as my language. Inevitably, it horrified my supervisors and led to my expulsion from Uni. Then, I was too young to know how to fight the politics obscuring the real issue. Yet the philosophy and mathematics at the heart of the conundrum was - and still is - relatively easy to explore, gently, visually and poetically, in the right context.

At SAND, we could open the discussion again. After all, if we believe that nonduality is the absolute truth, it must be true everywhere. And if there is a Theory Of Everything, it must be everywhere, at every scale, not just in a quantum universe. So what if we match the right kind of measuring stick and building block to the job? What would it look like, to change our conversation about Science & Nonduality as quasi-divorced entities from different universes, to a married couple, to a Science OF Nonduality? What if the non-dual worldview were indeed the only thing that could create an interdisciplinary science that includes the sacred, that by default includes all disciplines and topics, allowing us to simultaneously describe both cosmos & consciousness, holography as well as theodicy, art & science & life? It’s exciting to think that midwifing science in this new phase of life can be part of SAND because academia as it exists on its own today, cannot do it alone. Please join me on this journey.

12pm – 12:20pm

San Juan Bautista

Cheryl Fraser

Mindfulness, Love, and Sex: How to Bring Buddha into the Bedroom

What do mindfulness and sex have to do with each other? A lot. Buddhist theory and meditation techniques have deep relevance to relationship and sex therapy. The intense eroticism of a new relationship is based on novelty. Sexual boredom often accompanies familiarity. But what if you could create novelty with the one you are with? Buddha’s wisdom and new research converge when we apply meditation techniques to your relationship. Mindfulness has been shown to improve couples communication, conflict management, and increase sexual arousal, desire, and overall intimacy. It turns out great love – and great sex – are all in your head.

But what are the practical applications? Does mindfulness really help people have better relationships? The short answer is yes. Drawn from my new book Buddha’s Bedroom – The Mindful Loving Path to Sexual Passion and Lifelong Intimacy – foreword by Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman - this workshop is designed to help participants apply Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness to romantic/sexual relationships. Participants will actively engage in mindfulness and communication exercises and learn how to apply mindfulness to their erotic life. Suitable for couples and singles.

Topics include:
• Don’t change your Mate, Change your Mind – How Right View can revitalize your love affair
• How to commit to your relationship every day, no matter what
• The key to Mindful Apology – When you mess up, take a Love Mulligan and Apologize, Repair, and Begin Again
• How Right Speech can fix your communication with your mate - even when you are angry
• Why you need to discriminate between physical arousal and mental desire – the two keys to the erotic engine – and learn how to use mindfulness to recreate the attraction and passion you used to have
• The difference between a climax orgasm and a tantric orgasm – How you can ride the sexual response cycle to sexual bliss
• The Seven Factors of Enlightened Sex

12:30pm – 2pm

Hayes Terrace

Lunch - Music with Nuevo Flamenco Trio

2pm – 5:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL6. Collective Initiations

2pm – 2:20pm

Hayes Ballroom

Joel Salinas

What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses

Discover how to apply fascinating new insights from brain science to transform how you experience the world as well as your “self” and how you can better connect with anyone, including someone who is different from you in almost every way. Harvard neurologist, scientist, and author Joel Salinas, MD, discusses what you and the people you care about can learn from understanding the profound science behind reality and atypical brains, including his own. Dr. Salinas has an extreme form of synesthesia where all his senses collide—tasting sounds, literally feeling what someone else is physically and emotionally feeling, and more.
Be warned: Dr. Salinas will guide you through an immersive journey down the rabbit hole of his own wildly unusual sensory perception and, at several points along the way, you may learn something powerful about yourself that you never would have expected. Through this mind-altering, multisensory experience, he combines art, science, technology, and spirituality to reveal how we can use these neuroscientific aha moments to radically shape the world around us and within us.

2:25pm – 2:45pm

Hayes Ballroom

Deborah Johnson

Putting Relate Back Into Relationship

There is a growing tendency to build relationship around external commonalities rather than inner connection. Technology is creating the opportunity for this to trend to continue. There are times when there are good reasons for us to be in relationship with others because of mutual associations. However, we can experience difficulty in building and sustaining relationships when, despite our common association, we cannot actually relate to one another in our heart. Understanding is a good beginning, but it is not enough. We can understand someone and not be able to relate to them. Relating does not develop until you can perceive that whomever or whatever has something to do with you. Oftentimes, the culprit of our inability to genuinely relate in our heart is our adherence to the dualistic paradigm of “otherness.” In this mindset, we simply fail to perceive our interconnectedness, let alone our oneness. Engaging in othering for prolonged periods of time cripples our very capacity to be in authentic relationship. We witness this on all levels from interpersonal family dynamics to geo-socio political affairs. Unbeknownst to us, we have created the equivalent of relationship gerrymandering in which we redraw the boundaries of who is or out of our sphere of connectedness. Rarely do they have any say in the matter. Forgetting that a relationship is merely a real time reflection of how we are relating, we fallaciously believe that we can improve relationships without improving how we actually relate. It’s time for us to put “relate” back into relationship.

2:50pm – 3:10pm

Hayes Ballroom

Thomas Hübl

TBA

3:10pm – 3:25pm

Thomas Hübl

Tuning Meditation

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Edenvale

C19. Integrated Conversations

3:30pm – 4:25pm

Edenvale

Joel Salinas

Conversation with Joel Salinas

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Guadalupe

Experiential

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Guadalupe

Zhen Dao

TBA

3:30pm – 3:40pm

Hayes Ballroom

Youth Poems

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Madrone

C24.

3:30pm – 3:50pm

Madrone

Rak Razam

All is One

What are the connections between human consciousness, entheogenic medicines and planetary cohesion? Can we view the evolutionary intelligence embedded in nature as the driver behind the creation of psychoactive substances as interspecies mediators to bring humanity back into Gaian consciousness? Is the ego a reducing valve for the mind that separates us from nature and part of a historical disconnect entangled in our species PTSD? Is the current global shamanic resurgence a part of the rebuilding of the relationship with the mind and heart of nature to reveal that WE are are the medicine? Is human ‘awakening’ part of a larger evolution emerging from the global emergency? Is the imminent collapse of an unsustainable civilization part of this planetary transformation? Does the death of the linear historic ego precede an emerging distributed network consciousness and a return to higher levels of connection? Does the emergency contain the conditions for the emergence? How can we use technology to entrain shamanic states of consciousness and turn altered states into altered traits? Who are we, and what are we becoming?

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Monterey Room

C22.

3:30pm – 4:05pm

Monterey Room

Alexander Aris

The Mathematics of Nonduality

The Mathematics of Nonduality visions a unified psychophysics bringing together physics and psychology through a new understanding of mathematics as both a universal archetypal system and a living process embodied at once in all of psyche and matter. We ‘look and see’ that mathematics is occurring, consciously and unconsciously, in all physical and psychical phenomena. From this perspective all matter is sentient and an embodied universal intelligence is the source of all psychophysical process. In this light the technical issues of incompleteness, undecidability, and indefinability, introduced by the mathematical theorems of Godel and others, and the ‘inexhaustibility of mathematics’ take on a new significance.

Extending the Lucas-Penrose view that Godel’s results imply that the human mind can not be reduced to digital computation, mathematical inexhaustibility becomes a ‘transuniversal’ principle not only of mathematics but also of physics and psychology that implies the existence of a corresponding inexhaustible ‘transuniversal’ psyche. Even in the kind of alternate universes, suggested by some of Stephen Hawking’s last work, in which the laws of physics are different from those of our own universe, inexhaustibility still remains a fundamental law, just as the principles of mathematics understood for what they actually are, must hold true of any possible universe. This psychophysical inexhaustibility is the ‘body and mind of God’.

From this point of view, the discovery of mathematical inexhaustibility is literally an event of cosmic significance and the contemporary ‘crisis’ in our understanding of the foundations of mathematics in the wake of Godel’s work is an intellectually historic moment. This may reflect the psychic and material crises we face as a global culture and we are invited to consider how coming to a new understanding of the nature of mathematics may inform the emerging new cultural paradigm in the face of our planetary crises.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Morgan Hill

C20. Youth Programming

3:30pm – 4:05pm

Morgan Hill

TBA

3:30pm – 4:30pm

On the Patio

Emergent Connections

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Jose

Experiential

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Jose

Melissa Stager and Cynthia Merchant

Trauma and the Rupture of Interconnection: Healing through Somatic Experiencing (SE)

In this 2-hr experiential and didactic public workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore how trauma trapped in the nervous system can affect one’s ability to feel truly connected to the self, the other, and the whole. Through guided exercises in a supportive small group setting, we will practice somatic tools for releasing trauma trapped in the body. Our inner exploration of bodily sensations, imagery, movement, emotions, and meaning will help build coherence and a deeper state of interconnectedness that will support genuine emotional growth and spiritual-transformation.

Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter A Levine, PhD, is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress related disorders that cause internal fragmentation due to Autonomic Nervous System dysregulation. The trauma response is a set of defensive bodily reactions that people initially mobilize in order to protect themselves, both from threat, and then later, against feeling emotional and physical pain. However, as time goes on, this holding keeps our reactions frozen and stuck in the past, unable to be fully present in the here and now, and unable to go forward in life with the richness and connection we deserve.

The SE approach gently facilitates the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms and chronic stress. Through a combination of theoretical explanation, demonstrations, and body-oriented exercises, participants will begin to develop a deep and intrinsic body awareness that helps to draw them into the vibrant experience of life-energy, flow, contact with the eternal now, and wholeness.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Juan Bautista

C23.

3:30pm – 3:50pm

San Juan Bautista

Robert Dittler

How come we aren't one yet? Or are we?: Phenomenology of Relationship

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Martin

C21.

3:30pm – 4:25pm

San Martin

Marlies Cocheret

It is all about making whoopee The playful connection of intimacy between human and divine.

How can we be intimate with ourselves and another? Our bodies are vehicles of love. Through our body - life experiences itself, how would it be to know the oneness of form and emptiness from our experience? Before we come together in love, we intimately connect with our inner silence, which can be experienced, in our body as a subtle vibration. That makes us touchable, reachable, and open. We are relaxing into our body being, our essence.

As that silent body being, we gaze into each other’s eyes. The couple steps together into the mystery. Naturally, the bodies enter the one stream of subtle vibration. Energy circles back and forth between the bodies and starts living its own life. Before we know it the bodies find each other. Essence meets essence and body meets body. It sounds really wonderful, but it is not always that easy. It takes practice and dedication to move through that, which is in the way to come to the natural joy of making love. The experience of “I am a body falls” away and simultaneously the bodies are moving. They melt into one movement that has nothing to do with us. We are not here and, yes; we are here and intimately experiencing all sensations. It’s almost like you say to each other afterwards, “Was that us making love?”

This can be experienced not only during sex, but also throughout life. Looking in someone’s eyes, being touched by the wind or our lover, the sweetness of a flower, a thought, or an emotion, or chocolate melting on our tongue. All is the making of love! Or is it making whoopee?

3:45pm – 4:05pm

Hayes Ballroom

Rollin McCraty

Heartfelt Connectedness and Love: The Key to Getting In-Synch

As our world experiences dramatic change and polarizations, and we see the stress it is causing, people from all cultures are looking for practical ways to deepen heart connections in their communities and affect social change through compassionate awareness and actions. This presentation explores new research on group coherence and the importance of physiological synchronization in increasing group cooperation, collaboration, harmony and performance. The term coherence always implies harmonious relationships and connectedness between the various parts of a larger system. Social coherence can be achieved by the establishment of stable and harmonious relationships, between couples, within families, groups or people within larger organizations. A number of studies have shown that feelings of cooperation, trust, compassion and increased pro-social behaviors depend largely on the establishment of a spontaneous synchronization of physiological rhythms between group members. In order for physiological activity of individuals to synchronize, a signal of some type must convey information between them. The model that best fits the data from various studies is built on field theory and nonlocal information exchange where information about the entire group is simultaneously distributed to all of the group members, creating a “social hologram”. We have suggested that biologically generated magnetic fields may act as a carrier wave for information transfer between individuals and group members. The most commonly found factor that underlies our ability to get in-synch with our deeper self, others, and the rhythms of the Earth is heartfelt connectedness and love.

3:55pm – 4:15pm

Madrone

Frank Echenhofer

Psychedelics for Spiritual Development: Advanced Navigation Skills

Psychedelics make the interconnectedness of life palpable, and can open the gates to a direct experience of nonduality. But to benefit from their use, good preparation and a navigational toolkit to work with the experience is essential. Just as in extended spiritual retreat, during medicine journeys the ego is deconstructed, which can be frightening. With the right toolkit in place, the process is more likely to unfold without resistance — and without being derailed by fear. This talk will cover practical methods to slow down a process that moves so fast that it leaves you fearful and fragmented, to sense into a calming rhythm in the body in the midst of intensity, to take charge of your attention and shift it when needed, and to develop a stance of curiosity toward strong experience. Some of the tools that help in this are universal and available to everyone, and you need only be made aware that you possess them. Others might require preparatory practices, or to be made into a form that works for your unique psyche. The talk will include time to share stories of successfully navigated strong experience as well as challenging situations. Participants can use these stories to assess and add to their current toolkit, seeing where it might be weak, and specific practices will be introduced to fill in what might be lacking. Frank will also introduce creative practices for both preparation and integration that work well for both medicine journeys and spiritual retreats.

4pm – 4:20pm

San Juan Bautista

When Physical, Mental, or Emotional Trauma Invades the Spiritual realm in the Therapeutic Healing Relationship

4:10pm – 4:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Russ Hudson

The Enneagram: Nonduality and the Vulnerable Heart

The journey into authentic nondual experience usually entails an ongoing experience of paradox, and one of the great paradoxes of nondual teachings is the apparent dichotomy between the vast stillness and openness of our fundamental consciousness and the visceral sense of being here—embodied and open-hearted. It takes a while before many of us discover that the way to genuine nondual awareness is through deeply embodied presence. Without this, our realizations tend to turn into memories, and lead to various dissociative or detached positions that are actually ego defenses against suffering. Yet central to the original teachings of the Enneagram is the idea that our core suffering can be transformed by bring presence and compassion to it. Indeed, each of the nine points represent particular transformational pathways from the dense suffering of egoic existence into the embodied qualities the awakened heart. In this presentation, we will explore these nine transformations of the heart, and how they assist us in our capacity to actually live our realizations in our work, relationships, and daily lives.

4:10pm – 4:45pm

Monterey Room

Lincoln Carr

From Quantum Intuition to Quantum Complexity: Practical Instruction in Opening to the Mystery

Quantum mechanics has served as an inspiration to spiritual experience from JZ Knight’s “What the Bleep?” documentary to Deepak Chopra’s books to a pervasive fascination with quantum entangled phenomena in the media. Recently, physicists have built several hundred working analog quantum computers and are now closing in on the even more powerful digital versions. How do these extraordinary machines work? What do they have to do with the complexity of life around us, and our daily experience? Recently we showed that the same mathematical tools used to quantify the complexity of thought in the brain as measured by EEG and fMRI can be directly adapted to quantum states. As a result, we were able to quantify quantum complexity for the first time, laying a foundation for exploration of “quantum life” and setting a surprising new direction for quantum computers.

In fact, quantum thinking has been foreshadowed throughout history from the fourfold logic of Pyrrho of Ancient Greece and Nagarjuna, to tantra and non-dualistic Shaivism. In this talk, jointly given by a quantum physicist and a practitioner of Non-Dual Shakta and Shiva Tantra, we present not only the latest discoveries in quantum research, but also practical methods for developing quantum intuition. We show how naturally physics concepts like the continuous creation and decoherence of entangled quantum states parallel tantric teachings that each cognitive event flows through creation, stasis, dissolution, concealment, and grace. We explain how the curiosity and compassion essential to human nature in tantra are also the necessary approach of the working scientist, who has to avoid dogmatism and remain open to being wrong in any moment. We invite you to open yourself to the Mystery with us as we take a journey together into quantum logic and the quantum technology that is rapidly transforming the world around us.

4:10pm – 4:45pm

Morgan Hill

TBA

4:20pm – 4:40pm

Madrone

Prajna Ginty

Honoring the Intelligence of Master Plant Teachers to Inform our Collective Capacity to Heal and Reconnect

Western medicine (and often times spiritual awakening) has not been successful at addressing deeper issues of the human experience such as addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, P.T.S.D, loneliness, isolation and inherited ancestral pain. These conditions are endemic in modern society and significantly impact how we relate to and celebrate every aspect of who we are. Trauma is stored in the brain and expresses itself through the body in all relationships. Indigenous Curanderos (doctors) refer to this as “soul sickness,” and for thousands of years have employed plant medicine to catalyze healing in both physical and spiritual dimensions.

Shamanism, like mysticism, is a sacred calling born from the deepest love and care. It is the hidden medicine our ancestors practiced that has since been atrociously suppressed and replaced by hierarchical, materialistic, and male-dominated allopathic medicine. As a species, we have never been more in need of redirection and most importantly reconnection. We are loudly being summoned to reestablish our relationship with the sacred feminine, address the missed experience of mothering each other, our planet and ourselves. I feel there is a deep yearning amidst us to learn to live in reverential reciprocity with all of existence.

In this session Prajna will highlight the responsible and respectful use of plant medicines particularly Ayahuasca, Huachuma and Mapacho (sacred tobacco). She will address the challenges and advantages of employing sacred ceremony (integrated with non-dual mysticism and various therapeutic processes) as a remedy for trauma and interpersonal and collective fragmentation. She will speak to the power of master plant teachers to facilitate reconnection with and integration of sacred wholeness. She will underline the importance of what she refers to as the open clinic as a means to engender deep healing on many levels–emotional, physical, interpersonal, psychic, spiritual, and collective.

4:30pm – 4:50pm

San Juan Bautista

Peta Morton

The Geometry of Love

What does it mean to be a human being living harmoniously or dis-harmoniously within a complex and ever-changing network of countless other nested systems?

Who are you really? What are you? Your physical body is constructed from a variety of chemical elements, assembled in such a way as to form molecules, cells, blood, bones, organs, teeth, hair. It is constantly changing and renewing itself. You are not the same person you were even a few moments ago. You are made from the very same basic building blocks of life that permeate our entire galaxy, bound together in complex ways to form intricately detailed structures, yet you are so much more than the sum of your physical parts.

You are a collection of thoughts and experiences, and the information you have accumulated about them, a bundle of beliefs, memories and emotions. You are the stories you tell yourself. A master translator of frequency and vibration, you are a wondrous synthesizer of life. Your bodily instrument is a musical marvel, constantly generating a glorious spectrum of sound, both audible and inaudible, combining electrical signals of different frequencies. You are simultaneously a transmitter, receiver and interpreter of data, like some magnificent router. You are an array of ordered photons, particles and waves of light. Above all, you are a process, an integral part of life seeking to experience itself.

Join Peta to explore your True Nature through sound, rhythm, vibration, frequency, cymatics, geometry, astrology, alchemy and personal experience, as she playfully demonstrates how our minds and emotions really do affect our physical reality.

4:35pm – 5:30pm

Edenvale

Thomas Hübl

Conversation with Thomas Hübl

4:35pm – 4:55pm

Hayes Ballroom

Julie Brown Yau

Beyond Trauma. Falling into Love.

There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity. To fully engage in a new way of being, the old story of separation needs to dissolve. To do this we need to diminish the structures that hold the old patterns in place. A key to clearing the obstacles that keep you limited or feeling disconnected, is to resolve the deepest impact of early or developmental trauma.

This presentation dives into the depth and most difficult aspects of trauma healing, to reach a life beyond trauma. You can come to know a more loving and beautiful world is possible, one in which you can abide as love and in compassion. Undifferentiated anger, rage, and terror of annihilation are experiences that are often circumvented, hidden, or locked away in your unconscious. Unresolved they can obscure your true spiritual nature and realizations. You can find their healing properties and move into freedom. As you do so, new kernels of life are found, old structures drop away, and a spiritual awakening and a maturation is born of the transformation.

4:35pm – 5:30pm

San Martin

John Prendergast

Partnered Inquiry into the True Nature of the Heart

4:45pm – 5:05pm

Madrone

Sean Webb

How the Cutting Edge of the Science of Self Can Help You Live a More Peaceful Life OR An Enlightened Guy Took Two Navy SEALs Deep Into the Amazon Jungle to Experience Ayahuasca: Here‰Ûªs What Happened

This will be a talk about how multiple Peruvian Shaman administered Ayahuasca experiences stacked up to an endogenous enlightenment experience brought on by meditation alone, and the affects the sacred medicines had on my travel companion, two U.S. Navy SEALs looking to find deeper meaning after leaving combat military service. It is a compelling, meaningful, and inspirational tale which outcomes can fill us all full of hope. If you’d like, we can bring one or both of the two SEALs with me to speak first hand.

4:50pm – 5:30pm

Monterey Room

Sky Nelson-Isaacs

Relationship in Quantum Physics

In the theory of quantum mechanics, it is experimentally established that things (or rather properties of things, such as mass or location) do not exist in and of themselves. Ingenious experiments testing “Bell’s inequalities” have convinced even die hard materialists that, without relationships and interactions, there are no material things. All the loopholes in these experiments have been closed, including a recent experiment that relied on starlight many thousands of light years away to decide the settings of the equipment, ensuring that human choice had nothing to do with the matter. What does all this mean? Theories of “relationality” makes exactly this claim. In this presentation, I report on the most recent work that I and others are doing on quantifying the theory of relational quantum mechanics. Using the beautiful mathematics of Fourier transforms, I will show that the “location” of an object is not a real thing. All that is specified by the laws of physics is a “trajectory” or path through space and time. It is only when two entities interact—what we call a measurement—that the idea of specific locations and times become real. These represent the time and place of the interaction, not of the things in and of themselves. Hence, from a quantifiable perspective in quantum physics, it appears that only relationships are real.

4:55pm – 5:30pm

Morgan Hill

TBA

5pm – 5:20pm

Hayes Ballroom

TBA

5pm – 5:20pm

San Juan Bautista

Integrating Ascending & Descending Models of Awakening

Scientific studies of awakening and transpersonal development are hindered by inadequate and conflicting terms and models. I will present a framework, based on well-validated studies of ego development and human meaning-making wisdom, that proposes to clarify some common puzzles in our understanding of what spiritual growth and awakening are. The framework integrates "ascending" and "descending" models of spiritual growth using a developmental model with two elements: "complexity capacity" and "spiritual clarity." The first element draws on contemporary cognitive science and transpersonal psychology studies; while the second element draws on theories of shadow work, trauma recovery, and contemplative neuroscience. It supports a post- or trans-metaphysical understanding of spirituality and speaks to the perceptual, magical, social, rational, and trans-rational levels of the psyche. I draw on the prior works of: Ken Wilber, Dan Brown, George Lakoff, Robert Kegan, Susanne Cook-Greuter, and Terri O'Fallon. The model offers insights into these questions: Is awakening more about learning or unlearning? What is spiritual development good for? Can spiritual development happen too quickly? Do non-dual states ground in eternal transcendent realities, learned capacities, physical embodiment, or all of these?

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Madrone

Carlos Warter

Psychedelia: Reflections for a Possible Future

A spiritual journey into the heart of how we can remember who we are before it is too late. Psychedelia tells the story of a possible future for all of humanity. It will challenge each reader to redefine their concepts of who we are, where we come from and where we are going.

Dr. Warter takes the reader through three complete life journeys starting with a possible outcome of today’s planetary dilemma. The protagonist finds himself as Soul, learning lessons that he will need to learn through his next two incarnations. The book covers the gamut of birth, family relationships, growing up, love, intimacy and emotions. Dr. Warter will use the book to participants back to their own essence and life journeys in a powerful and meaningful way.

5:30pm – 5:45pm

Lawn

Break

5:45pm – 6:45pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL7.

5:45pm – 6:10pm

Hayes Ballroom

The Secret Lives of the Brain

6:15pm – 6:45pm

Hayes Ballroom

Rupert Spira

The Essence of Nonduality

In his meetings, Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen etc., and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own experience. This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving silent meditation, guided meditation and conversation, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience, and in the longing for love, peace and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

6:45pm – 8pm

Silver Creek Dining Room

Dinner

8:30pm – 11:59pm

Hayes Ballroom

Quarks to Love Party and Live Music

8:30pm – 9:20pm

Hayes Ballroom

Eros, The Fugitive

9:25pm – 9:55pm

Patio Area

TBA

10pm – 11:59pm

Hayes Ballroom

Dance Party - Music is Medicine, DJ Dragonfly

7:30am – 8:30am

Edenvale

Shakti Caterina Maggi

Experiential: Guided Meditation

7:30am – 8:30am

San Jose

Vivienne Verdon-Roe

Experiential: Movement

The form of qigong I teach was created in 1989 by a Chinese man, Dr Ming Pang. He had been recognized as a genius at a young age. He studied with 19 grandmasters and he became a doctor of Chinese and Western medicine. Dr. Ming Pang did in-depth studies of Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Quantum Physics. He integrated these into his theories, teachings and practices. D Pang’s form has successfully treated a wide range of illnesses, including my own 20-year struggle with Lyme disease.

In addition to physical healing, these practices have a profound effect on ego identity. Opening to the infinite timeless source of all existence gradually (or not so gradually) awakens us from the illusory separate self. The limiting patterns of belief about self and world dissolve on the energetic level. Empty of old programming, our essence is revealed as embodied infinite love. The joy and peace experienced is independent of outer circumstances.

In this session, we will have the opportunity to experience this transformation together as I guide us through moving meditations. The standing practices can be modified or done sitting or lying down. The session is for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. During our time together, we will merge our now expanded wide open hearts into one energy heart and activate a vision of awakening and healing for all of humanity, all sentient beings and Mother Earth herself. Please join me for this precious opportunity to contribute–to bring harmony into life through the love that is our shared being.

9am – 12:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL8.

9am – 9:20am

Hayes Ballroom

Orland Bishop

TBA

9:25am – 9:45am

Hayes Ballroom

Charles Eisenstein

The Trap of Being Right

There is a special area of the Matrix reserved for people who think they have exited the Matrix. The answers to metaphysical questions—and indeed political questions, personal questions—are usually less important than the process that the question launches. Here we will explore the power of the question and the power of not-knowing, with special reference to science, politics, the maintenance of consensus reality, and the moments when love shines through.

9:50am – 10:10am

Hayes Ballroom

Peter Russell

Loving Your Self

10:15am – 10:35am

Hayes Ballroom

Francis Lucille

TBA

10:40am – 10:50am

Hayes Ballroom

Maya Luna

Poetry

10:50am – 11am

Hayes Ballroom

Love Inquiry

11am – 12:30pm

Edenvale

C25. Integrated Conversations

11am – 12:30pm

Edenvale

Orland Bishop

Conversation with Orland Bishop/Council

11am – 12:30pm

Guadalupe

Eric Lyleson

Experiential: Essential Wholeness, Integral Psychotherapy, Spiritual Awakening and the Enneagram

11am – 12:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Thomas Hübl and Charles Eisenstein

Conversation in Healing Collective Trauma

11am – 12:30pm

Madrone

C30.

11am – 11:20am

Madrone

Bonnie Greenwell

Creating a Loving Relationship with Your Own Life Force

Within Mahayana Buddhist traditions, there are oracle systems that have guided the course of the tradition and have even helped with the establishment of new schools of thought. We will explore the different forms of wisdom that have emerged out of relationships mediated by the oracle tradition between Tibetan Buddhist deities and well-known scholars. We will explore the worlds that opened through the relationship between Tsongkhapa and Manjushri and between Asanga and Maitreya , for example. Shamanism is a form of spiritual practice based in earth-wisdom traditions whose practices rely heavily on the practitioner's capacity to form oracle relationships with the unseen powers of nature. One of the primary tasks for the shamanic initiate is to master the art of mediumship. Whenever shamans are working, they are expected to be able to offer a vehicle for helping spirits to enter into the world of ordinary reality to assist those in need. Shamans may be called upon to speak with those who have passed on or provide a channel for others to do so. They may also be asked to become a conduit for the subtle energies held in light and sound to be used effectively in all types of healing environments. We will look at the ways in which shamans use oracle work and the channeling of spirits in their work in serving others.

11am – 12:30pm

Monterey Room

C26.

11am – 11:40am

Monterey Room

Rick Archer

Knowledge is Different in Different Levels of Consciousness

11am – 12:30pm

Morgan Hill

C27.

11am – 11:40am

Morgan Hill

Gabriel Axel Montes

The Fusion of AI, Neuroscience, and Non-Ordinary Consciousness

Fusing neuroscience, AI, non-ordinary consciousness, and ecology, ‘neuro-yogi’ Gabriel Axel looks at the nature of mind through the lens of an endeavour to build benevolent AI capable of supporting non-ordinary consciousness, such as non-dual awareness and various psychical capabilities. AI engineers are tirelessly attempting to craft AI based on notions of what is intelligence, and yet there is little deeper practical grasp of the nature of mind itself. Gabriel presents his academic research on how objective thought and technological evolution are the mechanisms by which the human mind works to reproduce itself, and he illustrates how underlying worldviews and values steer this process. Crucially, the case is made for an existential and ethical imperative to constructively contribute to the development of AI as the future of mind and wellbeing of all life. Gabriel offers a template for how mind-body cultivators can meaningfully and practically contribute to the creation of a beneficent AI future. In this presentation, Gabriel refers to ideas from several of his recent publications, which can be accessed on gabrielaxel.com/academic

11am – 12:30pm

On the Patio

Emergent Connections

11am – 12:30pm

San Jose

David Ellzey

Experiential: Love as Body, Being, and Beyond

“Close your eyes. Fall in love. Stay there” —Rumi. In this workshop, through ancient inquiry, letting go, meditation, movement and dance, you’ll explore the body, the mind, and the stillness expressed as eternal love within all. You’ll see through false perceptions of non-love and unveil the direct experience of unconditioned freedom. The human body can be seen as a seemingly localized portal through which to realize the non-local and Infinite. Having unconditional compassion for this body and its human story with all its innocence, trials, and triumphs, can bring a profound relaxation and rest. Come and uncover this infinite sense of being—right in the center of the human story that you're experiencing every precious moment of life.

11am – 12:30pm

San Juan Bautista

C29.

11am – 11:20am

San Juan Bautista

David Gordon

Mindful Dreaming: The Healing Power of Nondual Dreamwork OR Dreams and Dreamwork: Powerful Guides to Nondual Awareness

Based on my book Mindful Dreaming and compelling dreams of clients and awakened teachers, I demonstrate how our nightly dreams use the language of metaphor to provide Nondual guidance in deconstructing our conditioned belief in a separate self. Dreams can also offer powerful here and now glimpses of unitive consciousness. Indeed, every dream can be seen as a means to clarify and restore our relationship to our true nature.

As a vehicle for the Progressive Path, I show how dreams teach the core tenets of nonduality e.g., Pure Awareness impartially welcomes all experience; There is no personal Doer: Suffering arises when we resist what is; Nondual awareness ends suffering.

In every dream one of four core habits of thought or ego strategies predominate: Distraction; Control; Judgment; and Attachment. I demonstrate with abundant examples how each of these thoughts creates its own unique quality of suffering in the dream that is parallel to the dreamer’s suffering and emotional contraction in waking life. Each dream narrative also offers respectively, four healing nondual values—Silence/Stillness; Humility/Surrender; Compassion; and Grieving/Letting Go—that can dissolve the contractions corresponding to each type of ego strategy. Dreams present these Nondual qualities to the dreamer via a Dream Mentor—persons, animals, or elements in nature that embody those qualities. In nightmares we feel mortally threatened because we are so strongly identified with an ego strategy that the mere presence of the Mentor’s nondual perspective is intuited (correctly) as tantamount to immanent dissolution and (ego) death. Thus, dreams are frightening or peaceful to the degree that we rigidly resist or welcome the presence of the Mentor.

As a vehicle for the Direct Path, I show how dreams sometimes provide the direct experience of Nondual unitive consciousness even without the dreamer’s exposure to such teachings or previous spiritual practice.

11am – 12:30pm

San Martin

C28.

11am – 11:40am

San Martin

Kabir Helminski

Awakening Spiritual Intelligence

Beyond our rational, utilitarian intelligence, beyond even emotional intelligence, the human being has a capacity for spiritual intelligence. Through this higher intelligence the human being senses a deeper relationship to existence, perceiving the non-material laws and principles of nature. This innate knowing, when it is not covered over by egoistic demands, connects us to a Universal Intelligence.

The influence of post-modernism has encouraged the notion that there is no “objective” reality; that human thought projects its own subjective meaning on to the empty canvas of an inchoate reality. Following this line of thought, enlightenment is to realize that there is no objective truth or meaning but the meaning we give to reality. In other words, all meaning and value resides with the human brain alone.

A different view of human possibilities is that the human being is a child of the universe, made “in the image of God”, endowed with capacities to know and embrace the very Source of its existence. This has been a persistent theme across many traditions in one form or another: the Purusha (Cosmic Self) in Hinduism, Adam Kadmon (the Primordial Human) in Kabbalah, and its human embodiment, Insan al Kamil (the Completed Human), in Sufism.

Spiritual intelligence awakens a sense of value and meaning which can be internally experienced by any individual who has purified their consciousness. We will reflect on seven themes that enhance spiritual intelligence: honest witnessing, a new relationship to time, purifying the psyche of idols, awakening gratitude, trust in the unfolding of life, egoless striving, and unconditional consent to what is.

11:30am – 11:50am

Madrone

Nandi Hetenyi

Codependency: An Unconscious Search for Divine Union

Birthed out of the recovery movement, co-dependency was thought of as an addiction itself. This seeking outside of oneself for wholeness through relationship has been at the core of our human dilemma for millennia, arising out of a spiritual crisis symptomatic of our soul wounding.

This split between our human and divine nature sits within our collective unconscious and drives our search for divine union outside of ourselves. We either feel we lack or too much of something, subconsciously identifying with spirit or matter, masculine or feminine, earth or sky, form or emptiness. This dynamic is both psychological and spiritual in nature, which makes it possible that seeking on the spiritual path itself could become a codependent search for wholeness. A sincere spiritual seeker may never address the soul wound but cultivate an identity of wholeness while still feeling like something is missing. It’s also possible to get caught in ongoing psychological work while remaining disconnected from source itself as the Western psychological paradigm does not value divinity as an internal experience. Codependency as a symptom of this spiritual crisis actually offers us a direct path into our wholeness via our soul wound. It is on this path where we learn to cultivate an inner ground of safety and connection, allow ourselves to grieve and release the relational wound of shame that blocks our hearts. It is in the heart that we ultimately experience embodied divine union. Drawing on Jungian theory, non-dual shamanism and her own recovery journey, this talk will discuss how addressing our codependency is vital to fostering healthy relationships with self and others, creating a world that is interdependent and emotionally sane.

11:30am – 11:50am

San Juan Bautista

Marion Gilbert

The Enneagram Map and Three Lenses of Perception

The Somatic Awareness Practice using the Enneagram map offers a way for us to become aware of the mostly hidden and automatic patterns of thinking, feeling and sensing our reality. This practice is designed to assist in bringing a deeper understanding and compassion to the suffering we experience at the root of the arising of these patterns serving our survival. It is important to know there is great intelligence and energy in these patterns. The great cost is that we became identified with our apparent separate identities causing great disparate realities affecting our partial reality and perception of who we are and therefore enter into our relationships. The obstacles to remembering our essential nature and the inherent interconnectedness of all beings and all things are the platform for transformation. The Somatic awareness practice is a non-dual practice with the capacity to release these automatic, conditioned patterns safely. The freed up energy is receptive and the witnessing consciousness receives direct knowing, feeling and sensing generating essential states of consciousness allowing us to experience more of the reality as it actually is.

11:50am – 12:30pm

Monterey Room

Loch Kelly

The Art and Science of Nondual Love

11:50am – 12:30pm

Morgan Hill

Julia Mossbridge

Time Tavel Update: Relationships Spanning Across Time

Dr. Mossbridge presents results from her most recent experiments related to mental and physical time travel, with a special focus on potential applications and mitigating their risks.

11:50am – 12:30pm

San Martin

Jeannie Zandi

Burying the Hatchet: Discovering Peace Between Women and Men OR Sovereignty in Relating: Being Here But Not of Here

12pm – 12:20pm

Madrone

Jessica Zeller

Exploring The Relationship Of Nonduality And Interdependence Coming Home To My Soul: Resting In Indra's Net

I propose that there is no “relationship” between Nature and myself—we are Not Two. Each one of us is unique and yet totally interdependent with all that IS. What is this “Earth”? How does it become ever more aware through me/as me? How does the habit of human “identification” allow us to limit our care and involvement with other species with whom we share this fragile biosphere? How do we allow our grief for the extinction of members of our greater family to empower us to change our embedded behaviors?
As we find our HOME in this moment, orienting as a human on this planet in this solar system and galaxy, in touch with our ancient elemental roots, we can come to rest in our True Nature as embodied awareness, present in this home of our soul, Earth. Our bodies are Earth’s local representatives. Attending to sensations of subtle energy, we dissolve the membrane of perceived boundaries to allow body, nature, earth, elements and self to melt into the loving presence of awareness in this moment. Using this body as our laboratory, we can track the flow of sensory input co-arising in each moment. We practice looking into the mirror of Nature and then practice the inquiry of “who or what is looking”? What says “I” when I say I? With what is this “I” identified?

Opening to the experiential truth of the interdependence of all, we are more able to be present and available, to play our part in the healing of our precious and only Earth as we each begin to find our soul’s calling, our unique place in this hologramatic jeweled web of life.

12pm – 12:20pm

San Juan Bautista

Craig Gundry

Self-Knowing, Love, and the Horror of Mass Violence

Agape (altruistic love of fellow humans) is universally regarded as one of the highest expressions of spiritual living. Unless one lives isolated on an island of narcissism, it’s natural to experience love for family, friends, and those who share our common opinions. It seems most people also experience a natural degree of empathy and inner connection toward humanity at large. But what about the Adam Lanza’s and Abdulkadir Masharipov’s of the world? How do we face the horror of mass violence so frequent in today’s headlines, while simultaneously experiencing empathy and compassion for those who commit such acts?

In this presentation, a consultant specialized in managing risks of targeted violence explores the psychology of mass murderers and proposes that perhaps these ‘evil monsters’ are not so very different from you and I when understood at a fundamental level. Although the title theme of this presentation focuses on the psychological pathway to mass violence, the inner message is about self-knowing and universal characteristics of our conditioned selves which obstruct the genuine experience of compassion, love, and our greater spiritual identity. The speaker also offers ten self-observation and contemplation experiments as a starting point for experiential discovery.

12:30pm – 2pm

Hayes Terrace

Lunch Music with

2pm – 5:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL9.

2pm – 2:20pm

Hayes Ballroom

Neil Theise

Everything Is Not A Thing: Inherent Compassion Of A Self-Organizing Universe

Buddhism teaches the emptiness of inherent existence or, in other words, "everything is not a thing." Contemporary physics, chemistry and biology, seen through the simplifying lens of complexity theory (it sounds complex, but is actually simple) shows us that the non-dual realm is in complementarity with all of duality, that the presence/absence of boundaries, of separation, is dependent on perspective. "Wisdom" is seeing the world without delusion; science is one means to washing delusion from one's mind. In doing so, the inherent compassionate nature of the universe and of every being within and of that universe, therefore, as well, is revealed.

2:25pm – 2:45pm

Hayes Ballroom

Mirabai Starr

A Fierce & Tender Wisdom

As traditionally male-dominated structures topple across the landscape of the human community, the feminine is rising, carrying cups of mercy and spreading flames of truth-telling. Long-buried wisdom teachings and previously ignored women mystics are revealing themselves to be urgently relevant as we pass through a global dark night of the soul and into a radically renewed humanity. With its emphasis on relationality and inclusivity, its tolerance for ambiguity and its intimacy with mystery, the feminine reclaims the body as holy ground and and blesses the web of interbeing that sustains us all. The feminine speaks in poetry and song, she worships the earth as cherished relative, she embraces ultimate reality as lover. In this talk, “mystical feminist” Mirabai Starr shares the fruits of many years of investigating, excavating and lifting up female voices in all the world’s religions

2:50pm – 3:10pm

Hayes Ballroom

Pamela Wilson

Being at its Best, Life Living itself

Rooted and flowing with awareness and curiosity, each one of us has a steady genuine interest in the heart of the matter, within activity and about behavior. The root of the word friend and freedom is the same, a clue to function as compassion within and without. Our true nature already does function this way, welcoming everything equally. A constancy that meets the ever changing with a resilience born of clarity, love, mountain strength, eternality, timeless patience and a strong dose of humor. Like Noah's Ark, this one heart that we are, welcomes aboard the animals or polarities soothing and balancing them back to oneness. Joy and sorrow, freedom and bondage, ignorance and wisdom, tension and relaxation, hatred and love. All are resolved, dissolved and solved in the Stillness of the Heart. It is notable how wisdom can show us our true nature, but it is compassion, kindness and deep listening that liberate the body and mind from old fashioned services, the past and uncomfortable tendencies. Yes, wisdom, a felt sense of space and enough rootedness allow us to slow down and be with what is calling us. Rather than restlessly postponing or distracting ourselves. The unshakeble knowing that not everything is as it appears to be or only its function, allows for a respectful curiosity. A deeper listening, slowing down from doing to being and suddenly, there is a true meeting. Heart to Heart. What a pleasure to be truly intimate within, and with what is from moment to moment. Neither running from or towards. Freedom and love exploring itself, meeting itself. Free to be, free to love and be love. Luckily, no time is required for beingness to be. No effort needed to be still. No work required to rest!

3:15pm – 3:35pm

Hayes Ballroom

Lyla June

The Resurgence of Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous sciences, embedded and discussed through indigenous languages, have suffered great destruction. So many languages have gone extinct, and the ones that remain are not being supported. Lyla June discusses a tool for spurring the resurgence of ancestral epistemology and curriculum through Indigenous-led universities.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Edenvale

C31. Integrated Conversation

3:30pm – 4:25pm

Edenvale

Rupert Spira

Conversation with Rupert Spira

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Guadalupe

Experiential:

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Guadalupe

Anna-Lisa Adelberg and Lorraine DeLear

The Union of Emptiness and Fullness

Explore the relationship between our pure consciousness, empty boundless nature, and our alive dynamic fullness that animates everything. Pure consciousness is more then the vast stillness we find on a meditation cushion, it’s also dynamic and intelligent. What is exciting is we can train to connect to this living wisdom. Through Anna-Lisa Adelberg and Raina DeLear’s unique teaching method, participants have reported reaching profound states of awareness easily and effortlessly. These methods give us a direct taste of emptiness and the experience of being interconnected with everyone and everything. In this two-hour experiential, we will shift our levels of mind into awakened awareness and then recognize this awareness’s inseparability with an all pervasive energy. We will experience “emptiness-fullness” and for some “evenness-bliss”. We will then create a co-awakening Luminous circle to harness the power of the group’s collective awareness. What emerges is an energetic field that is awake to itself. Together we form a circle and focus our collective loving awareness in the center. We then invite people into the center. This can be likened to a magnifying glass with the sun, as we are offering a magnified awake energy to the individual in the center. The person in the center will experience a spontaneous healing where any bound energy consciousness will naturally unfold and liberate. Luminous Awareness Institute is the integration of a healing and nondual awakening path dedicated to the evolution of human consciousness.This special 2 hour session will be led by Luminous Awareness Institute Founders Anna-Lisa Adelberg and Raina Lorraine DeLear.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Madrone

C.34

3:30pm – 3:50pm

Madrone

Bill McDonald

Naadi Reading - Fate or Free Will?

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Monterey Room

C32.

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Monterey Room

Panel - The Reality of Self Love

The lived reality of self-love is essential to the embodiment of nondual awareness. When we look beyond the idea that self-love is just about reinforcing a limited ego identification, we begin to see it as a multi-faceted, radiant gem of infinite worth. This gem, as a whole, is the very basis of the movement toward Truth, while its facets offer vital medicines that heal, awaken, and transform the mind, heart, and body. What are the facets of self-love? What role does self-love play in the field of nondual awakening and embodiment? How and when might an orientation toward self-love be a distraction from real clarity? Our panel will share their unique perspectives on the forms and functions of true self-love, how it shows up in our lived human experience, and how it is and becomes an endless embrace of One. Lovers of Truth and humanity, please join us for this beautiful, rich, and meaningful exploration.

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Morgan Hill

C36. Youth Programming

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Morgan Hill

TBA

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Jose

Experiential

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Jose

Maleda Gebremedhin

Experiential: Great Mother Womb of Life Activation Journey: Dive into the epicenter of Awakened Feminine Consciousness.

Awakening to Great Mother is more than a liberated state of consciousness. She is the omnipresent field of our living, breathing reality that moment by moment births Love into form. Her body of life is the universe… the full spectrum of existence. The majestic synthesis of duality and nonduality weaving into the myriad forms. Nothing is left behind in Her awakening within us… simultaneously we are Mother and soul-child, human and divine, relational and omnipresent Love. Through the many stages of realizing Her, we open to embodying the omnipotent power of Love that actively heals, nurtures, and cares for the soul of life.

At the very epicenter of Her awakening is the gateway of women’s wombs… through which every human soul gestates into form. Our womb- fields remain one of the most underestimated and undervalued domains of spiritual consciousness… and the energetic state of our wombs affect the entirety of humanity. Because of the aeons of trauma women have endured, our healing and Her awakening naturally go hand in hand. As we heal, our wombs gradually become exalted and we enter into vast and deep states of Great Mother omnipresent compassion. In turn we become living vessels for the rebirth of love into the human field.

In this beauty-filled journey for women, we’ll dive into the Womb of Life through the gateways of our wombs. We’ll experience the life-giving movement of the Great Mother birthing the soul of life, the essence of Love into form within ourselves, Gaia’s planetary field, and beyond. Join us and explore Her healing, life-giving awakening within you.
For more info, visit: www.wombmatrixhealing.com

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Juan Bautista

C35.

3:30pm – 3:50pm

San Juan Bautista

Manjari Murali

Contemplating the Neuroscience of Consciousness

3:30pm – 5:30pm

San Martin

C.33

3:30pm – 4:25pm

San Martin

Gail Brenner

TBA

3:40pm – 4pm

Hayes Ballroom

Chiara Baldini

TBA

3:55pm – 4:15pm

San Juan Bautista

Jan Ögren

Laughing with Spirits: Creating Healthy Relationships with Spirits and Natural Energies

4pm – 4:20pm

Madrone

Adam Chacksfield

Inside Together: Sharing We-Consciousness

4:05pm – 4:25pm

Hayes Ballroom

Jude Currivan

Real-ativity

From the foundational relativity of space and time woven together by light into its invariant fabric, and the equivalence of energy and matter also mediated by the speed of light, the reality of the physical world is innately relational. Instead of its apparent separation, leading edge science at all scales of existence and across numerous fields of research is not only revealing that our Universe is fundamentally inter-connected but that its appearance arises from non-physical realms of causation and ultimate Unity.
Increasingly compelling evidence shows that digitised information, the basis of our communications technologies, also underpins and makes up all physical reality. The 1s and 0s of this simplest and universal ‘alphabet’ themselves relate as meaningful, not random, instructions that literally ‘in-form’ the laws of physics and manifested relationships throughout the Universe.

The embodied relationships of this emergent infodynamic and holo/fractal model of our Universe, where the whole is present in the smallest pixilation and every contributes to the whole are being discovered at all scales of existence and across numerous fields of research. From its beginning 13.8 billion years ago, not in the implied chaos of the big bang but as an exquisitely ordered and xxxx of a continuing Big Breath, our Universe exists and evolves as a great thought rather than a great thing. Each of us is a co-creative microcosm of our Universe’s innate and evolutionary intelligence – and with every thought, emotion, word and action, we contribute to the co-creation of the whole world. As a species, the universal impulse to evolve is now inviting us, rather than to continue to play out the ‘illusion’ of separation, to understand, experience and embody the awareness of such unity expressed through diversity – to enter into the adventure of an ever-expanding and evolutionary relationship with the entire Cosmos.

4:15pm – 5pm

Morgan Hill

TBA

4:20pm – 4:40pm

San Juan Bautista

Ellen O'Brian

Healing the Split: Dharmic Prosperity for our Time

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Hayes Ballroom

TBA

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Madrone

Mark Forman

The Monster's Journey: From Trauma to Connection

4:35pm – 5:30pm

Edenvale

Francis Lucille

Conversation with Francis Lucille

4:35pm – 5:30pm

Monterey Room

Kent Welsh

Panel - No More Armor: Men, Heart & Strength

The legacy of emotional armoring that comes with men’s conditioning in Western culture creates suffering for the men inside it and for those with whom they relate. Along with the clarity of spiritual awakening comes incredible tender openness. Join this panel of male-friendly hearts, moderated by Kent Welsh of Open Circle Center, to explore from a variety of perspectives what it takes for men to show up without armor in relating, fully available as Being in the moment, in a strong, vulnerable and heartful way.

4:35pm – 5:30pm

San Martin

Craig Holliday

Why Gurus Fall from Grace: The Necessity of Shadow Work on the Path. An Integral Exploration of Shadow OR 7 Chakras 7 Minds 7 Sources of Divinity: An Exploration of the Subtle Energetic Body

4:45pm – 5:05pm

San Juan Bautista

Experiential Dreamwork: Dreams as Emotional Immune System

4:55pm – 5:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Keith Salmon

Intimations of Nature's Grace

5pm – 5:20pm

Madrone

James Michael Seehof

Becoming Closer

We live in a society that fosters competition, distrust and separation. We often have a small circle of close friends and sometimes none at all. Festival goers skew towards the social side of that norm but conversation is generally kept “safe” and is rarely intimate. Few of us make a regular effort towards meaningful connection with those we know less well. Being open to everyday deep interaction can gradually shift the norms and expectations of our society. Over time we have the potential of creating a more trusting, compassionate and caring world as we become willing to have meaningful contact with a greater number of individuals and learn to widen our range of comfort and familiarity.

In this 20 minute gathering we will explore becoming closer to those we don’t know. After a brief introduction we will create connection through a series of interactions. Finally, we will explore what we experienced. How we were challenged. What we learned about ourselves and others. How we might bring these insights home and effect change in our community. What is our vision of a world that is open, courageous and caring?

jamesmichaelseehof.com

5pm – 5:30pm

Morgan Hill

TBA

5:10pm – 5:30pm

San Juan Bautista

TBA

5:30pm – 5:45pm

Break

5:45pm – 6:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

PL10. Closing the Circle

5:45pm – 6:30pm

Hayes Ballroom

Closing Circle

6:45pm – 9pm

Silver Creek Dining Room

Closing Dinner

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
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
Register Now

 

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).

Meals
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.

Discounts

  • 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.