Thursday, July 18, 2019
Take a deep dive and attend one of our transformative pre-conference workshops! You do not need to be registered for the main conference in order to attend a pre-conference workshops.
9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Ways to Go Beyond, and Why they Work
with Rupert Sheldrake
People with regular spiritual practices tend to live healthier and longer lives. Science sheds a new light on many spiritual practices, including pilgrimages, meditation, chanting, prayer and rites of passage. We will reflect on our connections with our ancestors and with collective memories on which we all draw, and Rupert Sheldrake will show how his hypothesis of morphic resonance enables us to understand rituals and mantras in a new way, and provides a new interpretation of memory and the survival of bodily death. Our minds are much more extensive than our brains, and can stretch out to affect people on the other side of the world, and even reach the stars.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“I Don’t End Here” – Biofield Science and Healing
What happens if we realize that we exist beyond our physical bodies, and that our consciousness and energy fields can connect to foster healing? What are the implications for our concepts of consciousness and mind, self and ‘other’, health and healing when the conventional view of life as chemistry expands to life as biofields? Do information-carrying biofields, generated by all living things, extend beyond our bodies to suggest “I don’t end here”, providing evidence for the connections between and potential for healing of all life forms? Join the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) for an all-day experience of learning, inspiration and practice as we interact with luminaries in biofield science and healing at this pre-conference workshop with our partner the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Explore and expand your healing knowledge and capacities, and help co-create the healing revolution.
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
with Leo Raderman
Holotropic Breathwork™ is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing that integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world. The name Holotropic means literally “moving toward wholeness” (from the Greek “holos”=whole and “trepein”=moving in the direction of something).
The process itself uses very simple means: it combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a special set and setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences. With the inner healing intelligence guiding the process, the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike.