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EXPLORING THE NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS Program SAND15 US

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MAIN CONFERENCE

The main conference will start on Thursday October 22nd at 7pm and will continue until Sunday October 25th 6pm. Sunday evening there will be a closing dinner with some of the speakers, the organizers and the participants. Updates to the below program are still ongoing.

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A maximum of 20 CE Credits available through Meridian University for California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs, RNs to participants attending the full conference. CE credits for Psychologists are available only for specific sessions as indicated in the program (marked with a ★). For more details, see the Registration page.

 

21 October 2015
Wednesday SAND15 US
PRE-CONFERENCE AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
4:00pm7:00pmSHOWHIDE
Pre-conference Workshops
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Zoran Josipovic & Judith Blackstone – Nondual Awareness And The Unity Of Consciousness: Experience And Research ★
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Sharon Ellison – New Roots for Language: Taking Quantum Leaps Toward Greater Individual and Global Consciousness
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Peter Russell – The Art of Letting Go : The Path of No Effort
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Alan Wallace – Mindfulness: The Key to Refining Attention Skills: What Skills Will I Learn?
 Zoran Josipovic & Judith Blackstone – Nondual Awareness And The Unity Of Consciousness: Experience And Research location: Guadalupe The apparent unity of consciousness has been a much-debated issue in consciousness studies. Anecdotal reports of contemplative experiences often describe a sense of unity that transcends self-object dichotomy and subsumes the multiplicity of phenomena in a unified field of awareness/consciousness. Nondual contemplative traditions assign a special ontological status to a background nondual awareness – a non-conceptual consciousness that precedes intentionality – and regard it as that which allows for the experience of unity. This workshop will explore the possible neural mechanisms of such unity. The neuroimaging data will be discussed in light of experiential exercises, and the different models for the neural correlates of nondual awareness will be presented, including the recent research by Zoran Josipovic at New York University. The experiential component of this workshop presents the Realization Process, a series of original practices developed by Judith Blackstone, for facilitating direct attunement to nondual awareness, and for connecting with another person in this dimension. In this work, the radical openness of nondual realization is based on inward contact with one’s own body.  In this way we become increasingly whole as individuals at the same time as we transcend our individuality.  When two people attune to nondual awareness together, they experience a single expanse of awareness pervading them both as a unity. They also experience resonant connection between the qualities of their being, including the qualities of intelligence, love, and physical sensation.  This is not merging and loss of identity, but rather a concurrence of self-experience and self-transcendence.
 Sharon Ellison – New Roots for Language: Taking Quantum Leaps Toward Greater Individual and Global Consciousness
location: Berryessa
We have been “hardwired” to react defensive as our primary self-protective mechanism. Power struggle is also seen as essential, not only to our survival, but to achieving our goals. Even those of us who hold to a different world view tend have, to varying degrees, entrenched, often subconscious communication habits that impact our voice tone, body language, phrasing, and intention every time we interact. Many current “best practices” in communication are still based on foundational assumptions from a power struggle paradigm. Thus we are constantly at risk of prompting each other’s defenses and engaging in power struggles, even those we love most. In this workshop, we’ll look at how to more quickly make deep changes in how we use language. Scientific data will be presented that clarifies how this process can empower people, even in high conflict situations, to drop their defenses, often instantly, with little to no residue of the adrenaline rush stimulated by our flight or fight mechanism. Participants will learn how to: (1) Ask disarming questions, so that instead of shutting down, people are more likely to open up to conversations that get at the heart of any issue, (2) Give feedback so that people feel respected instead of judged and are more likely to want to listen, (3) State our thoughts, feelings and beliefs in ways so instead of others feeling pressured or alienated, we can create bridges of understanding, even across major differences, and (4) Create boundaries that instead of prompting others to feel controlled or punished, they to can become motivated to be more competent and reciprocal. When these Powerful Non-Defensive Communication skill sets are employed, people can open the door to quantum leaps in insight and self-awareness, as well as to taking accountability, experiencing compassion, feeling gratitude, and expanding consciousness. The skills learned can be used immediately in personal, professional, and community relationships.
Peter Russell – The Art of Letting Go : The Path of No Effort
location: Almaden

If we let go a little, we have a little peace.
 If we let go a lot, we have a lot of peace,
 If we let go completely, we have complete peace.
 — Ajahn Chah Discover how something as simple as surrendering all effort can open us to our true nature. The Dalai Lama once said that “In the final analysis, the hope of every person is peace of mind.” Why then, despite being such an intelligent and creative species, are we seldom at peace? As numerous teachers have pointed out, we are looking in the wrong direction. We are caught in the ego’s thought system — the thinking that is triggered by the sense of a separate self.  It tells us that peace of mind comes from what we have or do, resulting in attachments as to how things should or should not be, creating mental tension, and veiling the peace to be found in our natural, unperturbed state of mind. To open to our true nature we do not need to do or attain anything. We have simply to let go of the seeking that keeps the mind busy and tense. The beauty of this approach is that nothing needs to be changed or eliminated. It is simply taking the tension out of attention, and dropping back into the true self. In this workshop Peter Russell will share his latest thinking on the nature of consciousness, and the arising and dissolving of the separate self, and guide practices that encourage letting go, which he reframes as letting in and letting be.

Alan Wallace – Mindfulness: The Key to Refining Attention Skills: What Skills Will I Learn?
location: San Jose
Attention is perhaps our most precious commodity but everyday its power is being lost to our addiction to splitting our focus between email and phone, between the person we are with and the one on Skype, and between the present moment and our planning for the next one. Alan has started what he calls The Attention Revolution, offering a potential cure for the chronic distractibility that has become the norm in modern life. In this workshop Alan will demonstrate meditation techniques for developing extraordinary levels of attention and focus. These techniques can be integrated into your normal daily routine helping you to reduce stress, support your mental health and provide greater clarity, creativity and personal performance. The methods taught in this workshop will include three key techniques he has found most effective for people in the modern world. 1 – The practice of mindfulness breathing 2 – Settling the mind in its natural state 3 – Developing attentional stability Many of us are suffering from information overload, overwork, sleep deprivation and sensory bombardment. Any of us, as Alan points out can dramatically improve the powers of our concentration and in doing so receive extraordinary benefits. It can make you more resilient in the face of emotional and physical stressors. When attention is impaired it distracts from everything we do, and when it is well focused it enhances everything we do. The meditative practices shared in this workshop will be of immense value to your work, your life and to those around you.
22 October 2015
Thursday SAND15 US
PRE-CONFERENCE MORNING WORKSHOPS
9:00am12:00pm SHOWHIDE
Pre-conference workshops
9:00am – 12:00pm
Don Americo Yabar – The Salka Experience of Consciousness
9:00am – 12:00pm
Stuart Hameroff – ‘Feeling the Universe’ – Consciousness as a Process of Fundamental Reality ★
9:00am – 12:00pm
Dorothy Hunt – Awareness Knows No Enemies – Dissolving Our Inner Divisions
9:00am – 12:00pm
Chloe Goodchild – The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life Through The Power of Sound
9:00am – 12:00pm
Richard Miller – As Self Falls Away: When Self Falls Away
PRE-CONFERENCE AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
2:00pm5:00pm SHOWHIDE
Pre-conference Workshops
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Menas Kafatos & Jay Kumar – Sacred Science
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Stephen LaBerge – Exploring Consciousness: Dreaming and Awakening ★ 
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Bernadette Roberts – Nonduality is the Mystery of Christ
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Rupert Spira – Consciousness, the Sole Reality of All that Is
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Ellen Emmet – The Body of Love: Experiencing the Body in the Embrace of our True Nature
CONFERENCE BEGINS
4:30pm
Conference Registration Opens
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Dinner
PLENARY SESSION
7:00pm9:40pmSHOWHIDE
PL1. An Overview of the Study and Exploration of Consciousness ★ Hayes Ballroom
Maurizio & Zaya BenazzoOpening remarks
Peter RussellThe Primacy of Consciousness
Stuart HameroffA Brief History of the Study of Consciousness
A.H. AlmaasConsciousness, Its Nature and Role in Experience
Laura Inserra(Music)
Don Americo Yabar – The Salka Experience of Consciousness location: Berryessa Don Américo Yábar is poet, writer, therapist, and founder of energetic poetic movement Salka. He comes from the heart of the Andes in Peru. His work is based in the active experience of the Salka, the non-domesticated, free energy of the Cosmos. Salka is a Quechua word meaning wild. The therapeutic connotation given to the word by Don Américo is: non-domesticated energy, free energy. Salka energy touches all that is in Nature- all beings of Pachamama, Mother Earth, and the infinite spaces of Cosmos. The work comes from over 30 years of sharing with small groups of salka waikis worldwide~ connecting with the Pachamama , their deepest selves and the Cosmos. Salka is in tune with the mystical traditions and spiritual healers of the indigenous communities in the highest reaches of Peru as well as extending into the deep mirrors the Amazon jungle. Consciousness in the Andes is expressed as being whole, subject to the Pachamama and the Cosmos, moving into a life of reciprocity, complementarity. It extends from the heart, munay, the cosmic mind, leaving us to understand that for the Andean, everything is alive, provided with sacred energy. To access this understanding Don Americo and Gayle will help you with various energetic movements, stimulating and revealing your ancient wisdom. Thus we learn to use our own energy and develop our consciousness, opening to a natural world, healthy and in alignment. In this experiential workshop he and his son Gayle will help us in activating our Salk’a energy, regaining a sense of vital energy and sense of poetry. One form of active therapy the energy body to a clearer perception of self and others in relation to consciousness.
Stuart Hameroff – ‘Feeling the Universe’ – Consciousness as a Process of Fundamental Reality ★ location: San Jose Feelings and conscious awareness remain scientifically mysterious. The mainstream view contends they emerge from computation among brain neurons, implying consciousness is an adaptation of biological evolution. But this view neglects the question of what life is, the possibility of non-local consciousness (parapsychology, spirituality) and fails to provide testable predictions. An alternative view suggests feelings and awareness are intrinsic to the universe, that mental features preceded biological life, prompting its origin and driving evolution. One such view is the Penrose-Hameroff ‘Orch OR’ theory which suggests that sequences of quantum state reductions, ‘collapses of the wavefunction’, occur in the brain in structures called microtubules inside neurons, as rearrangements in the fine scale structure of the universe. This in turn suggests feelings and awareness have existed all along, and that biological life is an adaptation of conscious feelings accompanying quantum state reductions ubiquitous in the universe. The workshop will cover: (1) Two worlds: The edge between quantum and classical (2) The brain: Neurons, microtubules and the ‘quantum underground’ (3) The ‘quantum pleasure principle’ – How feelings precipitated life and drove evolution (4) Music of the universe: Consciousness resonates across scales in the fabric of reality (5) ‘Tuning the brain’ – Treating mental and cognitive disorders with transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’)
Dorothy Hunt – Awareness Knows No Enemies – Dissolving Our Inner Divisions location: Guadalupe What if there is no samsara to vanquish, no nirvana to attain?  How would your separate identity maintain itself without its project of “fixing” a “me” or attaining a fantasized future state?  Would you really become complacent to the sufferings in yourself or the world if you knew you were not separate from the moment, from life, from the essence of all? Living without division is not possible for the thinking mind; it requires a radical shift of identity.  But whether or not there has been a deep, abiding awakening, one must still face whatever is arising in consciousness moment to moment.  The Buddha faced Mara; Jesus, the devil; Milarepa, a cave full of demons.  Each is a story of remaining present as the deepest truth in the face of projections and seductions of divided mind. There is a solvent for our mental and emotional divisions:  the intimate, transforming light of Nondual Awareness, the silent source of all that appears or disappears in consciousness.  Such awareness clears the darkness of our innocent misunderstandings and opens the heart to its compassion and love. Clear seeing from the heart dissolves separation and division. This workshop will invite time to soak in the Silence that loosens contractions and brings clarity to the moment.  From this ground, we will investigate our inner divisions, including the biggest one of all—the illusion of a separate “self.”  Looking for the source of “ego” rather than efforting to destroy it, we may discover our own radiant Presence. Those who have great realization about delusion are buddhas. Those who are greatly deluded within realization are sentient beings. –Dogen
Chloe Goodchild – The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life Through The Power of Sound location: Almaden Both science and spirituality agree that every particle of matter, every phenomenon
 we experience, is a form of resonance or vibration. The human voice is quite literally a mouthpiece of this truth; there is no form of expression more personal, more tied to our identities, than our voices. With simple inspirational exercises, this book by renowned
 voice teacher Chloe Goodchild gives readers the tools to guide them in a process of sound healing and soul communication that is guaranteed to open the heart and restore forgiveness, compassion, and interconnectedness between individuals and in their communities. At the heart of every human journey exists the longing to feel at home in one’s self and in
the world. In a unique response to meet this longing, Chloe Goodchild invites you on a compelling adventure of self-discovery and creative fulfillment through a direct experience of your own authentic voice–the voice of your personal authority, the song of your soul. Going beyond traditional vocal training guides, this book will appeal to anyone wishing to encounter themselves at a primal level through the medium of the voice.
Richard Miller – As Self Falls Away: When Self Falls Away location: Rose Garden/Alum Rock There are distinct phases that arise as our belief of being a separate ego-I-self falls away, and when it has fallen away. As self falls away, three subtle but distinct aspects of identification with being a separate ego-I-self are be revealed, which need to be understood and, in turn, set free. Then, the realization of what lies beyond all sense of self, mind and separation can be recognized, and its fragrance integrated into all aspects of daily life. Join Richard as he describes the phases of awakening (pre and post), the subtle aspects of ego-I identification and current neuroscience related to pre- and post-awakening, and shares experiential practices of meditative self-inquiry that explore the felt-sense of self and non-self, and the integration of awakening and non-separation amidst the circumstances of daily life.
Menas Kafatos & Jay Kumar – Sacred Science Location: Berryessa In this three hour workshop, quantum physicist Menas Kafatos and cognitive scientist Jay Kumar, both scholars of science, spirituality and religious studies, explore who we truly are from the perspectives of two great systems of thought, Buddhism and Kashmir Śaivism. They draw teachings using selected sūtras from ancients texts, the Śiva Sūtras of Vasugupta, the Paramārthasāra of Abhinavagupta, along with core Buddhist teachings from the Dhammapada and The Heart Sutra, that touch on concepts about the nature of the individual and universal Self, true knowledge, śūnyatā “emptiness” and anicca “impermanence”. These are explored in the context of both quantum theory and contemplative practices. Existential questions have been explored for millennia throughout various spiritual traditions and constitute what we term the “Sacred Science”, combining intellectual inquiry with contemplation and direct experience. Participants will be exposed to the idea of the unity of existence with manifest realities, diversities, and countless structures that spring out from the underlying universal Consciousness. This unique and experiential workshop explores humanity’s paradigm of wholeness through condensed but profound universal truths reflected in key sūtras and a few fundamental laws of nature. Meditation and simple centering techniques will be provided to assist practitioners in a deeper sense of our own mystery of existence.
Stephen LaBerge – Exploring Consciousness: Dreaming and Awakening Location: Almaden Our dream experiences seem so real to our sleeping minds that it is usually only after we awaken that we recognize our dreams as the mental experiences they are. Happily, there is an important exception: sometimes while dreaming, we become conscious that we are dreaming. This remarkable state of consciousness is referred to as “lucid dreaming” and is learnable and rewarding. Scientific research has proven the objective reality of lucid dreams, and has led to the development of new methods of inducing them. I will provide a brief overview of lucid dreaming, touching on techniques and technology for achieving lucid dreaming; a model of dreaming and waking consciousness; scientific research on mind-body relationships during REM sleep; and several applications of lucid dreaming — exploring consciousness, enhancing creativity, personal development and self-integration, dream yoga, and transcendent experience. Of the many applications and implications of lucid dreaming, the one of greatest, deepest relevance to SaND-folk is its potential to stimulate spiritual awakening. Implicit in lucid dreaming is the knowledge that one is dreaming, which is to say, that one is not awake. Yet this is the paradox: as the beginning of wisdom is “to know that one knows nothing,” so too, the beginning of awakening is to know that one is not awake.  If we suppose we already are awake, as we do in both the dreams we call “false awakenings” and also those we do not call dreams at all, but presumptively term “waking life,” how can we even frame the possibility of waking up?  We already (believe) we are. Yet as both ancient Eastern spiritual teachings and recent Western psychological science agree, much of ordinary life is lived in such an automatic unconscious manner, that to say that most of us somnambulate through life seems little exaggeration. In the words of Bahauddin Naqshband (d. 1388) “Here we are all of us in a dream caravan. A caravan, but a dream. A dream, but a caravan. And we know which are the dreams. Therein lies the hope.”
Bernadette Roberts – Nonduality is the Mystery of Christ Location: San Jose Based on my research, the term advita or “nondual” has been used to define a number of different realities. Thus it has been used to mean “One God without a second”; that “Brahman transcendent in itself and immanent in man (Atman) is One and not two”; it is used to define “enlightenment” or the realization that “Underlying multiplicity all is One (or nondual)”; also to define a “particular state of consciousness” regarded as a final goal. Altogether, the term “nondual” has been used in multiple contexts to define the Reality or Truth of “something”. Given its multiple references, in this workshop we will add another use for this term to define the “mystery of “Christ”. The term “Christ” is not the name of anyone – God or man – but a title used to refer to the mystery of God’s eternal oneness with Man. Despite the union or “oneness” of disparate natures (Infinite and finite), Christ is not a “numerical one” or a single individual being – God nor Man. Just as Hinduism has a number of disagreeing references to the term “nonduality”, so too, Christianity has a number of different (even disagreeable) references to “Christ”. While I could never stand behind any Hindu reference to nonduality, I am happy, however, to stand behind “Christ” as its true definition. Showing how and why this is so is the focus of this workshop. We will begin by going over the Hindu origin of the term and then see how Western Monotheism, its philosophy and theology, offers the perfect understanding of the mystery of Christ –  the living manifestation of “nonduality”.
Rupert Spira – Consciousness, the Sole Reality of All that Is location: Guadalupe In Rupert’s workshop, which combines the essential understanding contained in the Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism traditions, we discover that all experience appears in Consciousness, is known by Consciousness and is made of Consciousness. This is a highly experiential approach in which it is understood and felt that it is Consciousness alone that modulates itself in all forms of experience, and yet never is, knows or becomes anything other than itself. In relation to thought, this felt understanding is known as Truth; in relation to emotions, it is felt as Love; and in relation to perceptions, it is experienced as Beauty.
Ellen Emmet – The Body of Love: Experiencing the Body in the Embrace of our True Nature location: Rose Garden/Alum Rock Open Loving Awareness is the essential substance of our shared being. When we knowingly take our stand as this Awareness we recognize that all our experiences: thoughts, bodily sensations and perceptions arise effortlessly within it and share their 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 sensations and energies, which perpetuate and reflect the belief in being a separate individual consciousness. These habits are deep rooted and remain active under the surface of our contemplation. Thus “I” Awareness continues to feel separate and limited and the body’s innocent and harmonious functioning remains deeply compromised by the impossible task of maintaining itself as an anchor and cage for the illusory separate identity. As we gently invite the felt bodily experience to align itself with our deepest understanding, we discover that it flows with natural ease, freedom and transparency and reflects and expresses the ever-present love that is its source and its substance.
23 October 2015
Friday SAND15 US
7:30am8:30am
Meditation: Self-inquiry – Being Aware of Being Aware, led by Rupert Spira San Jose
MORNING SESSIONS
9:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL2. A Scientific Exploration of Consciousness ★ Hayes Ballroom
9:00am – 9:20am
Henry StappOn the Nature of Things
9:30am – 9:50am
Julia MossbridgeConsciousness, Non-consciousness, and Time
10:00am – 10:20am
Donald HoffmanConscious Agents: A Theory of Consciousness
10:20am – 10:30am
Chloe Goodchild, Naked Voice
10:30am – 12:30pm
How Close is Science to Understanding Consciousness? A Panel with Stuart Hameroff, Julia Mossbridge, Henry Stapp and Donald Hoffman, facilitated by A.H. Almaas.
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
C1. Beyond Separation Monterey
9:00am – 9:40am
Dorothy HuntUntying The Knot Of Separation
9:50am – 10:30am
Amoda Maa JeevenDuality, Nonduality, and the Feminine Face of Awakening
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
C2. Shamanic Experience of Consciousness San Martin
9:00am – 9:40am
Claude PonceletExploring The Nature of Reality and of Consciousness Through the Shamanic Experience
9:50am – 10:30am
don Américo Yábar The Salka Experience of Consciousness
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
9:00am – 10:30am
Ellen EmmetThe Body of Love – Experiencing our Body in the Embrace of our True Nature
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
Dome.
9:00am – 10:30am
“Quantum-Playtion:” Activating the Human Body Field through Play with Jen Healy
10:30am11:00am
Break
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C3. The Unveiling of Consciousness to Itself San Martin
11:00am – 11:40am
Rick ArcherScience and Spirituality: Ultimate Reality as All-Pervading Intelligence
11:50am – 12:30pm
David (Davidya) BucklandOur Natural Potential
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C4. Consciousness and the Biofield San Juan Bautista
11:00am – 11:40am
Sean O’NuallainThe Circle of Explanation in the Sciences
11:50am – 12:30pm
Justin RiddleFractal Trialism: Cognitive Science Meets Quantum Mechanics
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C5. Re-Emerging Feminine Monterey
11:00am – 11:20am
Prajna GintyThe Power of Consciousness to Heal Trauma
11:30am – 12:30pm
PANEL – Nature of the Goddess moderated by Prajna Ginty, with Sally Kempton, Marlies Cocheret, Pamela Wilson
11:00am12:20pmSHOWHIDE
C6. Art, Consciousness and Shamanic Technology Madrone
11:00am – 11:20am
Juan AcostaMapping the Terra Incognita of Consciousness with Neuroshamanic Technology
11:30am – 11:50am
Ekabumi EllikSacred Art: Illustrating Spiritual Principles and Re-Patterning Consciousness
12:00 – 12:20pm
J. F. MartelThe Mind of Art: Consciousness and the Aesthetic Dimension
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C7. Consciousness Hacking: Perspectives on the Transformative Potential of Technology Morgan Hill
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
11:00am – 12:30pm
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Dome.
11:00am – 12:30pm
Samantha SweetwaterDancing Freedom – Alive, Awake and Aligned
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Exploration & Dialogues. Truth Beyond Belief San Jose
11:00am – 12:30pm
Bernadette RobertsTruth Beyond Belief
12:30pm2:00pmSHOWHIDE
Lunch
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Lunch music
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
2:00pm4:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL3. Activism in a Living Universe Hayes Ballroom
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Drew DellingerThe Nondual Activist: Interrelatedness & Justice
2:30pm – 2:50pm
Duane ElginAwakening as Intimacy With a Living Universe
3:00pm – 3:20pm
Charles EisensteinStory Disruption and Morphogenesis
3:20pm – 3:30pm
A.M. DavisPoetry
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Panel: Awakened Activism with Drew Dellinger, Duane Elgin, Charles Eisenstein, Elisabet Sahtouris, moderated by Peter Russell
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C8. Consciousness Theories Morgan Hill
2:00pm – 2:40pm
Zoran JosipovicThe Unified Context of Consciousness
2:50pm – 3:30pm
Chetan PrakashConscious Realism: Two Theorems
3:40pm – 4:20pm
Dave PruettCosmogenesis, Complexification, and Consciousness
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C9. This Moment as Pure Consciousness San Martin
2:00pm – 2:40pm
Joan TollifsonBeing Just This Moment
2:50pm – 3:30pm
John PrendergastInner Alignment and the Embodiment of Pure Consciousness
3:40pm – 4:20pm
Igor KufayevThe Transformative Power of Beauty
2:00pm4:30pmSHOWHIDE
C10. Nonduality in Christianity and Relationships Monterey
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Panel on Christianity: Is a Second Reformation Possible, Even Likely? facilitated by Cameron McColl with Adam Bucko, Matthew Wright & Francis Bennett
3:15pm – 4:30pm
Rick Archer Interview with A.H. Almaas and Karen Johnson on Nondual Relationships
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C11. Living Beyond Division San Juan Bautista
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Kristin KirkSurrendering Self & Co-Creation: Living the Paradox
2:30pm – 2:50pm
Canela Michelle MeyersBefriending the Mind
3:00pm – 3:20pm
Susanne MarieLiving Beyond Inner Division
3:30pm – 3:50pm
Grace BubeckThe Heart’s Knowing: Exploring Non-dual Awakening in the Heart
4:00pm – 4:20pm
Michael TaftAsking the Unaskable: What Does Nondual Experience Point To?
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C12. Shifting the Paradigm Madrone
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Theresa BullardInterfacing with Consciousness: How to Re-wire Your Brain and Re-program Your Soul for Greater Access
2:30pm – 2:50pm
Eileen McKusickTuning the Human Biofield
3:00pm – 3:20pm
Wolfgang LukasShifting the Paradigm in Consciousness Research
3:30pm – 3:50pm
Josh MitteldorfQuantum Consciousness and Biological Evolution
4:00pm – 4:20pm
Lily WangThe Convergence of Nichiren Buddhism and Quantum Physics
2:00pm5:00pmSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Lyn Hunstad & Marlies CocheretErotic Meditation: Using Sensuality as a Spiritual Tool
3:40pm – 5:00pm
Corky QuakenbushAiki-Lab: The Power of Beneficent Intention
2:00pm4:45pmSHOWHIDE
Dome.
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Chloe GoodchildThe Naked Voice – Transform Your Life Through The Power of Sound
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Kellyann ConwaySound and Consciousness
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
Explorations & Dialogues. San Jose
2:00pm – 3:10pm
Sharon EllisonChanging Blueprints, Changing Reality
3:20pm – 4:20pm
Menas KafatosFundamental Awareness: The I in You, the You in I
4:20pm5:00pm
Break
5:00pm6:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL4. Consciousness Exploring Approaches ★ Hayes Ballroom
5:00pm – 5:10pm
TBA
5:15pm – 5:45pm
Alan WallaceA Radically Empirical Approach to the Exploration of Consciousness
5:55pm – 6:30pm
Stephen LaBerge in dialogue
6:30pm8:00pm
Dinner
7:30pm10:30pmSHOWHIDE
Poster Session Hayes Foyer
7:30pm – 10:30pm
Poster displays with presenter Q&A: Andree Morgana, Andrew Hahn, Antonia Di Francesco, Blaine McCutchan, Bronislaw Czarnocha, Carmel Ashton, Carole Griggs, Ted Strauss, Christina Pages, Craig Holliday, Dorote Lucci, Eric Lundgaard, Frank Heile, Gerald Whitehawk, Ingrid Fredriksson, Isi Momin, James Heartland, James Tagg, Jeffrey Beck, Jenna Russo, Joel Weddington, Josh Whiton, Kate Sorensen, Kathleen Lockwood, Kourtney Polvinale, Kristen Eykel, Kumar Sharma, Leslie Seymour, Michael Levenhagen, Mykhail Mianiye, Nicola Amadora, Olena Tsybenko, Robert Newton, Sam Geppi, Shannon Deets, Siegfried Bleher, Sonya Amrita Bibilos, Susan Imholz, Susanna Eun, Vera de Chalambert, Yi Lai Li, Ben Shechet, Asha Deliverance, Primož Potočnik, Tom Bunzel
EVENING SESSION
8:30pm10:30pmSHOWHIDE
Evening program Hayes Ballroom
8:30pm – 9:15pm
Improvised Performances: Nina Wise“What Just Happened” and David Ellzey“Into the Unknown”
9:15pm – 10:30pm
Dying to Know, a special film preview screening
24 October 2015
Saturday SAND15 US
7:30am8:30am
Meditation: The Way of Love – Exploring the Nature of the Body led by Rupert Spira San Jose
 
MORNING SESSIONS
9:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL5. Lucid Living Hayes Ballroom
9:00am – 9:30am
Sally KemptonMeeting the Goddess of Consciousness
9:40am – 10:30am
Aisha Salem In Conversation with Zaya Benazzo – Full Embrace of Truth
10:40am – 11:10am
Fariba Bogzaran with Samandar DehghaniLucidity, Poetic Synthesis and Creative Consciousness
11:15am – 11:25am
Mingtong GuBring The Mind Back To The Body
11:30am – 12:30pm
Lucid Dreaming Panel ★ moderated by Daniel Deslauriers with Alan Wallace, Stephen LaBerge, and Fariba Bogzaran
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
C13. Awakened Humanity Monterey
9:00am – 9:40am
Francis BennettIntegrating Humanity with Divinity
9:50am – 10:30am
Leonard JacobsonPresence and Mastery, Two Steps to Awakening
9:00am10:20amSHOWHIDE
C14. Consciousness as Living Beings San Martin
9:00am – 9:20am
Syamala HariChidabhasa – Appearance of Consciousness in Living Beings
9:30am – 9:50am
Robert DittlerFind out what God, Love, and Sex have to do with Consciousness: A Phenomenological Perspective
10:00am – 10:20am
Maria SyldonaKashmir Shaivism, Reality and Human Development
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
9:00am – 10:30am
Aikido: the Dynamic Physical Embodiment of Non-duality with Chetan Prakash
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
Dome.
9:00am – 10:30am
Sound Immersion Experience: Gongs & Singing Bowls with Danny Goldberg
10:30am11:00am
Break
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C15. Sexuality and Meditation Morgan Hill
11:00am – 11:40am
Marlise CocheretSexSang – How Awake is Your Love Life? An Exploration of Sexuality and the Ground of Being
11:50am – 12:30pm
Lorin RocheThe Meditation Instinct
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C16. Activism in a Second Axial Age San Martin
11:00am – 11:40am
Adam Bucko – What’s Your Calling? Are You Living in Service of Compassion and Justice?
11:50am – 12:30pm
Matthew WrightThe Role of Religion in a Second Axial Age
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C17. Nonduality, Panpsychism and Artificial Consciousness Monterey
11:00am – 11:30am
Bernardo KastrupTop-down Individuation: Nonduality and the Fallacies of Panpsychism and Artificial Sentience
11:40am – 12:30pm
Panel: Panpsychism: Cultural Threat or Useful Stepping Stone? with Chris Fields, Bernardo Kastrup facilitated by Rick Archer
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C18. Quantum Mechanical Tools Madrone
11:00am – 11:20am
Sky NelsonComplementarity and Consciousness in Physics
11:30am – 11:50am
Stephen PollaineConsciousness and the Material World of Physics
12:00 – 12:20pm
Marek AlbosztaSimulating Human Decision Making with Quantum Mechanical Tools
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C19. The Knowing Universe San Juan Bautista
11:00am – 11:20am
Olivier BenHaimThe Universe According to Kabbalah
11:30am – 11:50am
Will PyeWho would insist non-duality is preferable to duality?
12:00 – 12:20pm
Kurt JohnsonThe Growth of Interspirituality in the Embrace of a Sacred Earth
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Explorations & Dialogues. San Jose
11:00am – 12:30pm
Aisha SalemFull Embrace of Truth
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
11:00am – 12:30pm
Yoga with Julia Ingersoll
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Dome.
11:30am – 12:30pm
Mingtong GuEmbodied Consciousness Through Qigong
12:30pm2:00pmSHOWHIDE
Lunch
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Lunch
 
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
2:00pm4:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL6. A New Framework of Awareness ★ Hayes Ballroom
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Edward FrenkelCartesianism as the Effect of our Collective Childhood Trauma
2:30pm – 2:50pm
Menas KafatosFramework for Fundamental Awareness: Beyond the Consciousness Debates
2:50pm – 3:00pm
Cornelius Boots (Zen Shakuhachi Flute)
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Panel: The Nature of Fundamental Reality with Edward Frenkel, Bernardo Kastrup, Menas Kafatos, Julia Mossbridge, facilitated by Deepak Chopra
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C20. Maturity, Presence and Ease Morgan Hill
2:00pm – 2:40pm
Judith BlackstoneNondual Awakening and Personal Maturity
2:50pm – 3:30pm
Georgi Johnson and Bart ten Berge – I am here. I am That.
3:40pm – 4:20pm
Chuck HilligGetting Comfortable in Your Own Skin
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C21. Zen, the Brain and Perception San Juan Bautista
2:00pm – 2:40pm
Mauro ZappaterraThe Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Fluid Nature of Consciousness
2:50pm – 3:30pm
Françoise TibikaOn Atoms and Perception
3:40pm – 4:20pm
James AustinZen and the Brain, Revisited
2:00pm4:15pmSHOWHIDE
C22. Panels on Embodiment and Technology Monterey
2:00pm – 3:00pm
PANEL – The Embodiment of Freedom with Prajna Ginty, Susanne Marie, and Ellen Emmet facilitated by Sonya Bibilos
3:15pm – 4:15pm
PANEL – Consciousness Hacking: Technology as a Pointer on the Spiritual Path with Dr. Deborah Rozman, Dr. Neema Moraveji, Dr. Zoran Josipovic, and Poonacha Machaiah, hosted by Mikey Siegel
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C23. Life’s Intelligence Madrone
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Shamini JainBiofield Science: The Interface Between Consciousness and Healing
2:30pm – 2:50pm
Bill BairdSelf-Organizing Evolution of Consciousness from the Quantum Vacuum to the Human Soul in a Self-Aware Superfluid Universe
3:00pm – 3:20pm
Karla GaldamezNeumann’s ‘Cut’ and the Photon-Eye Interaction
3:30pm – 3:50pm
Cindy Atha-WeldonParallel Explorations of Consciousness: Following Footprints through the Fog
4:00pm – 4:20pm
Wolfgang BaerThe Forces of Consciousness
2:00pm5:00pmSHOWHIDE
C24. BATGAP Interviews San Martin
2:00pm – 2:50pm
Rick Archer Interview with Dorothy Hunt
3:00pm – 3:50pm
Rick Archer Interview with Adam Bucko
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Rick Archer Interview with Dana Sawyer
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
Explorations & Dialogues. Awakened Relationships San Jose
2:00pm – 3:10pm
God and Goddess: Two Waves One Ocean – a Conversation with Maja Apolonia Rode and Jeff Brown
3:20pm – 4:20pm
Gail Brenner & Cameron McCollThe Beauty of Relationship in Living the Deepest Truth
2:00pm5:00pmSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Risa KaparoCoPresencing: The Art of Dialogue as Social Meditation
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Denise BerezonskyBreema: Nine Doors to Consciousness
2:00pm5:00pmSHOWHIDE
Dome.
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Stefana SerafinaBody, Inner Space, and the Anatomy of the Next Step
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Contact Improvisation: Interconnected Embodied Consciousness with Daniel Deslauriers
4:20pm5:00pm
Break
 
5:00pm6:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL7. The Nature of One Mind Hayes Ballroom
5:00pm – 5:10pm
Samantha Sweetwater(Your) Body of Nature
5:10pm – 5:45pm
Rupert SpiraThe Nature of Consciousness
5:55pm – 6:30pm
Deepak ChopraThe Reality Problem: Can Science Become Enlightened?
6:30pm8:00pm
Dinner
EVENING SESSIONS
8:00pm9:00pmSHOWHIDE
Hayes Ballroom
8:00pm – 9:00pm
The Hard Problem of Matter: A conversation with Deepak Chopra and Rupert Spira, moderated by Rick Archer
9:15pm10:00pmSHOWHIDE
Outside Patio
9:15pm – 10:00pm
Evening show: Music and Performances by Diego’s Umbrella with Catalyst Artists including Fire Dancers & Stilt Walkers, and Magician Ron SonomaMagic
10:00pm11:30pmSHOWHIDE
Hayes Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:30pm
25 October 2015
Sunday SAND15 US
7:30am8:30am
Meditation: The Path of Beauty – Exploring the Nature of the World led by Rupert Spira San Jose
 
MORNING SESSIONS
9:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL8. The Edge of Consciousness ★ Hayes Ballroom
9:00am – 9:40am
Robert Thurman Shūnyatā-karuṇā-garbham — “Emptiness the Womb of Compassion”
9:50am – 10:30am
Stanislav GrofProposal for a Radical Revision of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Lessons from a Half Century of Consciousness Research
10:35am – 10:50am
Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, Embodied Consciousness Reset
11:00am – 11:40am
Rick DoblinPsychedelic Mystical Experiences, Social Change and Therapeutic Outcomes
11:50am – 12:30pm
Cassandra VietenNew Frontiers in the Science of Consciousness
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
C25. Wisdom and the Path Home San Martin
9:00am – 9:40am
Pamela WilsonSilence is the Mainframe: Wisdom is Noticing What Is
9:50am – 10:30am
DevajiThe Direct Path Home
9:00am10:20amSHOWHIDE
C26. Polarity within Unity Monterey
9:00am – 9:40am
Julie YauTrauma, the Imaginal, and Awakening
9:50am – 10:20am
Russ HudsonThe Enneagram: An Ancient Western Perspective on Polarity within Unity
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
9:00am – 10:30am
Yoga with Suzy Adra
9:00am10:30amSHOWHIDE
Dome.
9:00am – 10:30am
Magalie Bonneau-MarciIntegrating Your Insights Through Embodied Consciousness and Community Reflection
 
10:30am11:00am
Break
11:00am12:20pmSHOWHIDE
C27. Seeing San Martin
11:00am – 11:40am
Richard LangSeeing Who You Really Are
11:50am – 12:30pm
Gary WeberAyahuasca, Aging, Autism And The Default Mode Network
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
C28. Inspired Action Monterey
11:00am – 11:20am
Maja Apolonia RodePlaying with Presence: Who Am I?
11:30am – 12:30pm
Panel – Creativity, Consciousness & Inspired Action facilitated by Maja Apolonia Rode, with Adam Bucko, Charles Eisenstein, Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo
11:00am12:20pmSHOWHIDE
C29. Textures and Archetypes in Consciousness Morgan Hill
11:00am – 11:20am
Cornelius BootsThe Texture of Suchness: The Shakuhachi Flute of Zen Buddhism
11:30am – 11:50am
Nick DayArchetypes In Myths And Movies And What They Tell Us About The Hidden Nature Of Consciousness
12:00 – 12:20pm
Fedor IlkovWhen the Brain doesn’t Mind: Quantified Self-importance and Engineered Non-duality
11:00am12:20pmSHOWHIDE
C30. DNA and Evolving Consciousness San Juan Bautista
11:00am – 11:20am
Andy SalamoneThe Nature of Consciousness and the Consciousness of Nature
11:30am – 11:50am
Tom BunzelIf DNA is Software, Who “Wrote” the Code?
12:00 – 12:20pm
Bonnie GreenwellTransformation of Energies and Consciousness in Spiritual Awakening
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Explorations & Dialogues. San Jose
11:00am – 12:30pm
Dialogue with Francis Lucille
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
11:00am – 12:30pm
Chakra Awareness – the Connection to Consciousness with Kristen Eykel, CHt.
11:00am12:30pmSHOWHIDE
Dome.
11:00am – 12:30pm
Transdance with Heather Munro Pierce
12:30pm2:00pmSHOWHIDE
Lunch
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Lunch
 
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
PL9. Dissolving Trauma Through Presence ★ Hayes Ballroom
2:00pm – 2:25pm
Richard MillerAs Self Falls Away: When Self Falls Away
2:30pm – 2:55pm
Scott KilobyDissolving the Link Between Trauma and Addiction Through Presence
3:00pm – 3:10pm
Interlude with Ajaya SommersCore Embodiment
3:15pm – 4:30pm
Panel: Engaging Trauma and Spirituality with Scott Kiloby, Richard Miller and Russ Hudson, facilitated by Julie Yau
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C31. Courageous Inquiry Morgan Hill
2:00pm – 2:40pm
Stephan BodianDancing on the Razor’s Edge
2:50pm – 3:30pm
Gail BrennerConsciousness Lacks Nothing: Courageous Inquiry into the Pain of the Inadequate Separate Self
3:40pm – 4:20pm
David EllzeyThe Ocean of Now: How the Present Moment Helps You Navigate Daily Life
2:00pm4:10pmSHOWHIDE
C32. Mathematics, Life and Awareness Monterey
2:00pm – 2:40pm
Thomas McFarlaneThe Mathematics of Manifestation
2:50pm – 3:20pm
Chris FieldsWhat is Life? Concentrated Awareness
3:30pm – 4:10pm
Neil TheiseFundamental Awareness: A Monistic, Integrative Model of Consciousness
2:00pm4:20pmSHOWHIDE
C33. Explorations in Consciousness San Juan Bautista
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Nisha ManekInformation Medicine: A New Medical Paradigm
2:30pm – 2:50pm
Helen EriksenThe Fruit-tree Strategy – Giving While Growing ® – A Transformational Model about Connectedness
3:00pm – 3:20pm
Glenn Aparicio ParryOriginal Thinking: Recovering the Full Continuum of Consciousness
3:30pm – 3:50pm
Dana SawyerThe Perennial Philosophy and the Future of Religion
4:00pm – 4:20pm
Colleen JironThe Universe Is Breathing
2:00pm5:00pmSHOWHIDE
C34. BATGAP Interviews San Martin
2:00pm – 2:50pm
3:00pm – 3:50pm
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Rick Archer Interview with Gail Brenner
2:00pm4:15pmSHOWHIDE
Explorations & Dialogues. San Jose
2:00pm – 3:10pm
Peter RussellWhat is Reality? Further Explorations on the Primacy of Consciousness
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Marie Rose Phan-LêTalking Story: Collaborative Consciousness and the Transformative Power of Narrative
2:00pm5:00pmSHOWHIDE
Experiential. Guadalupe
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Karuna – Own Your Own Natural Rhythm: An Experiential in Kundalini Yoga
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Ajaya SommersBiological Intelligence – Our True Nature is Nature
2:00pm5:00pmSHOWHIDE
Dome.
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Richard BockQuantum Light Breath
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Puran & Susanna BairDeveloping the Powers of the Heart by Using Sound Currents
4:20pm5:00pm
Break
 
5:00pm6:30pmSHOWHIDE
PL10. Emptiness and Nonduality Hayes Ballroom
5:00pm – 5:10pm
Cello Joe
5:15pm – 5:45pm
Elisabet SahtourisThe Nature of Consciousness in ‘Big History’
5:50pm – 6:30pm
Francis LucilleInnocence and Spontaneity Not Knowing
6:30pm
Closing
6:30pm8:00pm
Closing Dinner
Program as a PDF: (right-click to download)
Sorted by Day and Time
Sorted by Speaker, Day, and Time
(thanks to Rick Archer)
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