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David Quigley

Discover Your Inner Healer

David Quigley will lead us on a guided journey to discover the Inner Healer.  This inner archetype will give advice about diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to help restore your body to health and vitality.  The Inner Healer can also consult with you about herbs, vitamins and medications that you are taking or contemplating.  Your Inner Healer will also help you understand the underlying causes of illness.  What are its lessons for your life?  What is this illness requiring you to examine, to change, or even to release?

Your Inner Healer will even give you a daily meditation to help change these attitudes and solve these problems.  You may experience the Inner Healer’s hands performing surgery on your body to bring deeper healing.  David will teach us how to access this healing resource every day, as an adjunct to medical treatment if needed.

David Quigley is the founder of the Alchemy Institute of Hypnosis, based in Santa Rosa, CA.  In addition to his busy private hypnotherapy practice, David has offered transformational professional training and certification in Hypnotherapy and Somatic Healing here in Santa Rosa and in other locations worldwide since 1984. David was a featured speaker at the IONS Consciousness cruise to the Mexican Rivera in Nov 08, and he taught Somatic Healing on the IONS Consciousness cruise to Alaska in Sep 09.  He is a dynamic and popular presenter and teacher at educational conferences year round.  See the website to learn more:


Marlyn Schiltz

IONS Scientist & Past IONS President

Death Makes Life Possible

Death is something that most people try not to think about. But what if contemplating and facing our mortality allowed us to live our lives more fully, without fear? This film follows cultural anthropologist and scientist, Marilyn Schlitz ,as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions. Interviews with cultural leaders, scientists and mental health professionals are interwoven with personal stories of people facing their own death as well as those who report encounters beyond death. A discussion will follow the film

Marilyn’s documentary:   ‘Death Makes Life Possible’ – A film from the Institute of Noetic Sciences and The Chopra Foundation.

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist, scientist, writer, and speaker. She is the Founder/CEO of Worldview Enterprises and former President/CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.


Diana Borges

Introduction to Your Own Energy

We and everything else are comprised of energy. If you have ever felt tired or uplifted after you spoke to someone, that was the result of energy exchanged between you and the other person. If you have ever wondered how this happens, wanted to increase your energy level or if you are just curious about human energy then this is the presentation for you.

There is a constant exchange of energy between us, nature, the universe and much more. During this presentation, Diana Borges will be teaching ways that will help you to feel the energy inside you, how to recognize energy blocks within you, and initial steps to increase your own energy. The presentation will be mostly exercises that will help you to open your chakras, connect to universal energy, feel the energy flow within you, feel the energy of a partner, increase your own energy level, understand the extent of your energy and shield against someone else’s energy.

What you learn can be used while you perform your daily activities. Increasing energy flow assists in increased awareness, healing, maintaining good health, and an overall good and relaxed feeling. The presentation will be fun and at the end you just might be surprised at how easy it is to feel and work with energy.

Diana Borges is a Reiki master in traditional Usui Reiki, certified in Celestial Palm and Celestial Shield from Tian Gong, a Qigong organization in Berkeley, and a professional geologist who has been doing environmental work for about 30 years. For the past five years, she has been training with energy and attending workshops and conferences across the country studying human energy, connection to universal energy and higher consciousness. Some of the classes she has attended include The Monroe Institutes’ Gateway Voyage retreat, a bioenery course with Mietek Wirkus and Laura Mead, and qigong, tai chi and dowsing classes. She was a taekwondo instructor for 10 years before she stopped teaching to focus more on training with energy. After numerous hours of training on her own and combining the techniques she has learned from the different modalities, her goal is to pass this information on to you.


Steve Pollaine

Limitations of Science and its Connection with Consciousness

Steve Pollaine will present a brief description of the scope of physics and cosmology today, including their limitations.  He will discuss evidence that suggests that consciousness is not based on the material world, and thus is not in the domain of physics.  This has wide-ranging implications for our understanding of reality, for it implies the existence of a reality beyond the physical world.  He will talk about the many technologies that exist to explore this other reality and consciousness itself, such as meditation and the ceremonial use of entheogens (such as peyote or ayahuasca), which have been used for thousands of years.  Western science has yet to acknowledge the knowledge and wisdom that comes from these practices.

Steve received a BS in math and physics from Yale University, followed by a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley in 1980.  He worked for 31 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on fusion energy research.  In 2011 he retired, moved to Cobb Mountain in Lake County and started giving talks on astronomy and cosmology at the Taylor Observatory/Norton Planetarium in Kelseyville.  He has been a student of the Diamond Heart spiritual school since 1987 and practices shamanism.  His main interest is the interface between science and consciousness, which includes ESP and psi phenomena.  He is also a professional pianist, playing at wineries, restaurants, art galleries and farmer’s markets.

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Master Mingtong Gu

Embody Your Transformation NOW

Master Mingtong Gu, who is honored as the Master of the Year by the World Qigong Congress in 2011. Master Gu will share the three golden keys to master your mind, open your heart and co-create with life force of the universe. He will guide our inner journeys through the matrix of the five organ system, renewing a balanced expression of the corresponding elements within our body. These rich experiential processes will be enhanced and supported by exceptionally beautiful visual imagery designed to amplify our deep somatic awareness.

Master Gu will teach and guide an extensive practice of ancient sound healing to fully awaken your energy center and emotional body. You will learn how to transform the unprocessed energy of previous emotional pain into more vibrant healing resources. This accelerates the evolution beyond being a victim of your past to the conscious creator of NOW. This advanced practice will transform your consciousness, support healing, and access abundant source energy of life. As we transform our own energy, we transform the energy field of our human communities and our earth.

600_340887772Master Gu brings his joyous teachings and extensive masterful skills of translating the ancient teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong for contemporary times. In 2011, Master Gu was awarded Qigong Master of the Year by the 13th World Qigong Congress. He trained at the largest Qigong hospital in China, where he helped people with major physical and emotional challenges. This hospital, in keeping with Qigong practices, did not use conventional medicine, yet documents a 95% success rate for such conditions as heart disease, stress, and other aging/illness related conditions. Master Gu has also received extensive Buddhist teachings from many realized teachers of Tibetan Vajrayana. Mingtong Gu leads retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. He is the author of several publications and teaches the Pure Qi Online series. He founded the Chi Center, based at EarthRise on the IONS campus in Petaluma, California, to bring Qigong to the West for the benefit of humankind.  His website is


Mark Johnson

Personalized Feng Shui

with an Introduction to All Three Schools

Santa Rosa IONS is excited to announce the return of our own Mark Johnson. Mark has been one of our biggest draws – and for good reason – he never ceases to challenge and inspire us.  He offers a volume of useful information and energetic practices. Mark also has a talent for offering new ways to look at things, so come with an open mind. But most importantly, his playfulness and enthusiasm for life is inspiring and infectious.  We hope to see you all there — and bring your friends.

Feng Shui is the study of the subtle energies of a house or area and how you can harmonize with them.  We begin by showing the similarities and incompatibilities of the 3 major schools. This includes learning the basic principles common to each school. We then focus on personalizing your Feng Shui by learning about your unique energy composition. This is done by everyone answering a brief questionnaire to determine your 5 Phase energy constitution which is the foundation of most Feng Shui schools.  If there are any excessive or deficient phases, we will discuss how to balance them.  We will then do an in-depth analysis as to how to modify your home to be in harmony with your personal energy composition.

  •  Mark Johnson started his Feng Shui studies in 1974 in Taiwan and has had several famous teachers. He has studied and taught the East/West School, the BTB School and the Flying Star School. He has written many articles on the subject and is featured in the best selling Feng Shui Anthology. He has given numerous seminars throughout the USA, Canada and Cuba and is available for personal consultations.


Madalyn Suozzo

The Physics of the Psyche and the Cell

You were probably taught that genes, the brain and DNA are static and unchangeable. However research has found that genetic expression fluctuates constantly and consciousness is what makes the changes.

Submerged intelligence exists as a vast untapped potential that can be cultivated by understanding the inner workings of the human brain & energy systems. The next step in our evolution is to access these processes in tangible ways to begin to expand our understanding of our truer, yet unknown, bio-inherent controls. In this talk, we will explore;

• The biological foundations of awakening

• The role of epigenetics in disease reversal

• The “field of information” and advanced brain balancing

• Moving the assemblage point of disease

• Practical exercises to enhance intuitive healing

• How to tap into intrinsic regeneration with “Regenesis”

Human beings are bio-electric in nature and should and can direct this creative force. Learn about a technique that awakens a slumbering frequency of regeneration used by a fetus or a starfish to regenerate body parts, encouraging a life changing experience deep in the cells. This ‘Field of Creation’ serves as a bridge between information and matter helping your physical, emotional and spiritual aspects to unite and awaken back to life.

Rev. Madalyn Suozzo was born with the ability to perceive human energy fields. She began sensing images, colors, sounds, feelings and stories inside people’s bodies by age 15. The next 30 years were a deep journey of extensive training and research into exactly how the body intrinsically heals itself. Her desire is to help others activate and control the very natural ability to self-heal and revitalize.

Madalyn teaches a powerful hands-on energy technique called Regenesis, the effect of which assists in all cell tissue regeneration. She lectures on the physics of the psyche, the connections between the seen and unseen worlds, where body mechanics and self-awareness meet. She has taught both nationally and in Canada and her work has been mentioned in three books on healing. She works with doctors in cancer clinics with practical approaches for psychological adaptation. Madalyn is developing the school to teach others how to perceive the invisible.


 David & Michelle Keip

Heart of Courage

Come learn simple, liberating practices for Centering and engaging with others that you can apply right away, every day. Heart of Courage empowers you to:

  • Befriend your body and deepen intuition
  • Return to Center in any situation
  • Keep your heart open in the midst of conflict
  • Increase your capacity to engage whole-heartedly in the world

Designed for the general public, Heart of Courage is a gentle adaptation of Aikido principles of non-violence and harmony.

In these times of accelerating change and uncertainty, it is both kind and wise to cultivate simple practices for Centering on the spot and relating to challenges with curiosity. Neuroscience research shows that stress activates habitual, survival driven reactions that only handle short-term conditions. Heart of Courage cultivates alternative responses to stress that help calm the body, open the heart and refresh the mind with new possibilities. With hara, heart and head in alignment, we pattern in the healthy habit of responding from Center and connecting with Love. Heart of Courage somatic practices grow confidence in the resourcefulness of our wholeness and gently unwind the grip of survival reactivity.


Alan Hugenot

“Physics of Consciousness and the Afterlife” 

This presentation is on the Physics of the afterlife, as explained in Chapter 6 (Consciousness and Quantum Field Theory) of his 2012 book The Death Experience: What it is like when you die. Skeptics often use the basic concepts of Newtonian materialist science to undermine people’s belief in the afterlife. But the leading Quantum Physicists have known that the universe itself is conscious, for over 80 years now. In the last 30 years there has been much data developed  which provides proof of the afterlife, yet it is not common knowledge. When we become accustomed to the idea that consciousness exists outside the body, the hypothesis that consciousness survives our physical death becomes quite feasible. Consequently, we arrive at the near inevitable conclusion that after physical death a non-local non-temporal consciousness can continue in an invisible immaterial world that encompasses past, present, and future within dark energy (the undiscerned 96% of the universe), Dr. Hugenot survived a Near-Death experience prior to completing his under graduate degree in mechanical engineering. So, during undergraduate and post-graduate school his Near-Death experience informed his understanding that consciousness underlies Newtonian materialist science.


Stuart R. Dole, Ph.D.

Science of the First-Person and the Quest of the Mystic

The quest of the mystic is perhaps humanity’s deepest  longing – the quest for the meaning of life, and the quest for freedom from suffering. Stuart will tell the stories about his own adventures on this quest – both in the sciences, and through meditation and spiritual practice. Then he will present experiential exercises to lead you through some of the more interesting parts – he stumbled upon a unique approach that turns out to combine science and mysticism – headlessness. He has presented here before on experiential shamanism – this will take a different tack, an experiential evening going to the core of the mystical – the realization of the Self – who, or what, is at the core of your being, the “real you”, who you really are.

Stuart has a deep background in the hard sciences (a BA in math, and a Ph.D. in biophysics – from UC Berkeley) and in mysticism (living and practicing for over 30 years in a meditation ashram). Along the way he developed a passion for healing – physical (through bodywork and somatics) and spiritual (with shamanism and spiritual counseling). He practices and teaches shamanic healing in Santa Rosa, with his wife Anne Hatfield, and occasionally teaches meditation classes.

The mystical forms the core of Stuart’s daily practice – a special meditation, and the deep abiding awareness of the undifferentiated that underlies all thought and experience – that is the subject of this presentation. (Then he reads scientific journals to “ground” himself.)

Stuart will take you on this journey through a series of stories, meditations, and actual scientific experiments (done with some very simple equipment). This will be a different – and fun – experience! (To some degree this builds on the work of the radical British philosopher Douglas Harding.)


Dean Radin  

Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences


How shall we interpret the fantastic tales of miracles associated with religious saints and mystics in light of today’s scientific understanding of reality?  Stories about enlightenment and supernormal abilities commonly evoke reactions ranging from awed devotion to angry dismissal.   Could such stories contain a grain of truth?  Is it possible to rationally discern truth from fiction in this controversial domain using the rigorous tools of science?

Dean Radin will present evidence suggesting an affirmative answer.  Attendees will be able to engage in Q&A with Dean at the end of his talk.

Radin - What the Bleep

Dean Radin pictured from the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know”

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES (IONS) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY.  His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories.  For over two decades he has been engaged in consciousness research.  Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, and several Silicon Valley think-tanks, including Interval Research Corporation and SRI International, where he worked on a classified program investigating psychic phenomena for the US government.

He is author or coauthor of over 200 technical and popular articles, a dozen book chapters, and several books including the bestselling The Conscious Universe (HarperOne, 1997) and Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster, 2006).  These books have remained in print since they were first published and they’ve been translated into ten foreign languages.

His latest  book, SUPERNORMAL (Random House, 2013), will be published in July 2013.  His technical articles have appeared in journals ranging from Foundations of Physics and Physics Essays to Psychological Bulletin and Journal of Consciousness Studies; he was featured in a New York Times Magazine ARTICLE; and he has appeared on dozens of television shows ranging from the BBC’s Horizon and PBS’s Closer to Truth to Oprah and Larry King Live.  He has given over 200 interviews and talks, including invited presentations at Harvard (medical), Stanford (medical and statistics), Cambridge (physics), and Princeton (psychology), for industries including GOOGLE and Johnson & Johnson, and for government organizations including the US Navy and DARPA.  In 2010, he spent a month lecturing in India as the National Visiting Professor of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, a program in the Indian government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development.


Rob Nelson

EFT Tapping: Changing Your Life Just Got Easier! 

Rob Nelson

Learning this simple, yet powerful self-help tool may just change your life.   EFT has been around for nearly 20 years now, and is practiced by millions of people worldwide-because it works!   Find out how and why it works and how to use it yourself to permanently discharge negative or stuck emotions and limiting beliefs, clear oppressive memories and traumas, and let go of physical ailments that have an emotional component.

Through group tapping, demonstrations and instruction, Certified EFT Trainer Rob Nelson will get you up to speed on using this amazing tool for yourself and family and friends, and provide a clear explanation of how tapping works with the amygdala and procedural memory in the brain.  Prepare yourself for some serious fun and laughter-letting go of stress and negativity with EFT feels really great!

Rob Nelson always wanted to be a therapist when he grew up, and he received a BS in Psychology (1981) and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon (1983) but by 1990, fed up with the limitations of “talk therapy,” he scrapped that idea and became a certified massage therapist.

In 2007 Rob was introduced to EFT (tapping) and began using it to transform his own inner life.  By early 2008 that whole therapist idea had come full circle, and he’d opened a practice in Santa Rosa and began teaching classes locally.  In 2010 Rob was certified by Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, and became a certified trainer for EFT Universe later that year.  Rob has now trained hundreds of students and balances a thriving private practice with his national and international training schedule.


Phil Willcher

The Enneagram

Finding Your Soul’s Path



You’ll want to bring paper and pen to not miss 

capturing what you’ll discover about you.

You are invited to join us on a journey into the depths of the Enneagram. Here you can discover more of the meaning of your life, the purpose of others in your life and your world. Through this journey you can learn how to follow a map that will help you make decisions that will help you to become more of who you are (integration) and how to avoid decisions that can lead you to be less of who you are (disintegration).
So many have expressed interest in the Enneagram. What is it? Where did it originate? What are the meanings, truth and magic that can be found in its depths.
At its core, the Enneagram reveals nine motivating drives. These drives, first experienced as nine distinct survival strategies, develop into nine different points of view, nine coping strategies for dealing with our lives. Everyone has all nine drives, but for each of us, one is most important, most primal. One of the two adjacent drives on the circle is a secondary part of our personal motivations.
These drives are archetypal, powerful, primitive, and wonderful. They are a power, a force of energy that propels and compels us forward through life. From these drives, other personality characteristics arise.

By understanding these drives, we can better know why our various strengths and weaknesses occur. We can then use this knowledge to make more empowered choices. Our drives reveal aspects of both our dark shadow and our bright potential, our lowest and highest sides. By learning about and harnessing these drives with their integrations and disintegrations (the arrows), we can create more success, happiness, and love in our lives and move forward more elegantly on our spiritual path home.

Phil Willcher Phillip Willcher, MCHT is a gifted, certified hypnotherapist, master N.L.P. practitioner, a mentor and life coach. He is passionate about offering tools for self-empowerment so that people can learn to be more response-able; i.e., make better conscious choices to life situations, instead of being reactive to them, or feeling like a victim.

Over the past forty years, he has been involved in human growth potential, Yoga, Martial Arts, and studying and teaching Tantra, Meditation, NVC (aka Compassionate Communication), and other models of communication.

Phil is president of the International Association Of Professional Conversational Hypnotists.


Jan Ogren

2012 and Beyond:  A Maya Message of Hope for the Future

Jan Ogren, MA, MFT, has been a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences for over thirty years.  Through her connection with IONS, she was asked to journey to Copan, Honduras, last December to be present for the 12/21/2012 transformation.  She participated in the Maya ceremonies leading up to the solstice sunrise ceremony and assisted the Maya Shaman who performed two fire ceremonies, one at sunset and the other at midnight.

This experience was a life-changing event, not just for Jan personally, but for the world as we collectively move toward a new evolution of human consciousness foretold by the Mayas more than a millennium ago.  Jan will illuminate this age of interconnectedness through her stories of Honduras.

Along with sharing photographs of her experiences, she will guide us in meditations to help convey the messages she received from the Maya Shamans she worked with and what she learned from the astrological configuration where the Sun, Earth and Milky Way moved into direct alignment.

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Jan Ogren is an international author, licensed psychotherapist, professional photographer, storyteller and medicine woman.  She is the author of Dividing Worlds, which is coming out in Brazil this year.  Jan spoke at SRIONS in 2012 about her 30+ year journey as a medicine woman, trained by Native American teachers.


Devaa Haley Mitchell

 Redefining Success For A Meaningful Life 

Rev. Dr. Devaa Haley Mitchell is an inspirational speaker, leader & performer, supporting people to liberate their leadership gifts and step into their full potential.  An expert on leadership, personal transformation and women’s empowerment, she helps groups and individuals take their challenges and turn them into gold.  This workshop will combine presentation, dialogue, experiential exercises, guided visualization, movement, music, and creative arts processes.  Devaa’s workshops are highly interactive and experiential.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect after hearing from Devaa:

  • Clarify your vision for your life, so that you can make a meaningful contribution to our planet.
  • Learn how to break through your own internal barriers and remove limiting beliefs to accomplish goals with grace and ease.
  • Increase your confidence and overcome the factors, both external and internal, that holds them back.
  • Learn tools and practices to stay connected to your spiritual essence WHILE taking practical and definitive actions that make a world of difference.
  • Expand your feminine radiance, so you can BE who you are meant to BE and Do what you are meant to DO.
  • Unleash your creativity, so you can be more generative and productive.
  • Learn to STOP playing small and START manifesting the greater-than-imagined possibilities!

DevaaRev. Dr. Devaa Haley Mitchell is an expert on women’s empowerment and the sacred feminine. She inspires audiences around the world to unleash their leadership gifts and step into their full potential.  Devaa is a spiritual guide, public speaker, businesswoman, musician, and founder of the Inspiring Women Summit.  Devaa also serves as Chief Transformation Officer at The Shift Network, which she co-founded with her husband Stephen Dinan. In addition, she is the co-founder of the Soulful Women Wisdom School, along with Elayne Kalila Doughty.

Devaa is considered a true pioneer in translating the ancient mysteries into a modern and accessible context.

Ordained as an interfaith minister, Devaa draws upon 20 years of study and practice of the most respected systems of personal growth and spiritual development.  A core part of Devaa’s path includes sacred music.  Her recently launched debut album, Sacred Alchemy, aims to reawaken and liberate the many dimensions of the sacred feminine.


Katia S. Petersen

Worldview Explorations

Discover Yourself. Inspire Others. Engage the World.

Katia picThe Worldview Explorations project creates the space for each of us to continue life’s journey through the lenses of curiosity, awe, reflection and practice. Individually and collectively we become more aware of our own worldviews and their importance through experiential inquiry. We explore such questions as ‘What is a worldview?, ‘How do worldviews shape our experiences?,’ and ‘What skills will help open us to other people’s worldviews with more compassion?.’ Worldview Explorations is designed to shift our perspective on life, creating new possibilities for how we interact with one another and the world around us while re-igniting our sense of being of service.

Katia’s work focuses on systems change, collaborative processing of organizational needs, creative planning, conflict resolution and mediation. A skilled dialogue practitioner, Katia draws upon a wide range of emergent processes that support effective group work including: World Café, Theory U, and Appreciative Inquiry. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Education at IONS, Dr. Petersen worked with thousands of educators and students nationwide.

Goddess Archetypes: 

Who are you?

Learn, discover, and embody your Divine Feminine

Mytrae Meliana

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A Santa Rosa IONS
Visual and Experiential Event  


Indian goddesses are powerhouses of beauty, wisdom, and abundance. In this time of the Sacred Feminine, women are being called to step into their true power and radiance.

Join in an afternoon with Saraswathi, Lakshmi, and Kali to honor, transform, and empower your womanhood.

  In this workshop, you will:

  • Identify and connect with your goddess archetypes
  • Receive guidance about an aspect of your life, such as your health, relationship, work, career etc.
  • Explore your archetypes through art, dance, and group sharing
  • Learn how to work with archetypes to empower and transform yourself

This workshop is open to women and men. 

Please bring your intention and an object for the altar (optional).


Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Practical Ways of Working With Your Dreams

Although there are still few neuroscientists who will claim that dream imagery is random and without meaning, there are now well-designed studies that demonstrate the usefulness of dreams in psychotherapy and the correspondence between dream life and waking life, including issues that need resolution.

This presentation will survey contemporary dream research and will provide instruction for participants’ own dream-working activities.

Stanley K Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, is a Fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Kent State University Child Study Center, Kent OH, and the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY. He is co-author of Extraordinary Dreams (SUNY, 2002), The Mythic Path, 3rd ed. (Energy Psychology Press, 2006), and Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans (Greenwood, 2007), and co-editor of Healing Tales (Puente, 2007), Healing Stories (Puente, 2007), The Psychological Impact of War on Civilians: An International Perspective (Greenwood, 2003), Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence (APA, 2000), and many other books.Stanley has conducted workshops and seminars on dreams and/or hypnosis in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and at the last four congresses of the Interamerican Psychological Association. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Indian Psychologyand Revista Argentina de Psicologia Paranormal, and the advisory board for International School for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership (St. Petersburg) and the Czech Unitaria (Prague). He holds faculty appointments at the Universidade Holistica Internacional (Brasilia) and the Instituto de Medicina y Tecnologia Avanzada de la Conducta (Ciudad Juarez). He has given invited addresses for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, and the School for Diplomatic Studies, Montevideo, Uruguay. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams.

Stanley’s website is


Stuart Dole, Ph.D. 

The Scientist, the Mystic, and the Shaman

Stuart Dole will present a modern scientific perspective on shamanism – practical techniques for working in the spirit worlds. He will present background on what shamanism is (and isn’t), and how it fits into both world-wide indigenous cultures as well as modern western life. He will lead the group in an experiential exercise – the shamanic journey. Hopefully there will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Please feel free to bring a drum or rattle if you have one – most of the world’s cultures use “sonic driving” for the journey, rather than hallucinogens – and we will too. You might want to journal your experiences, so bring writing materials. Many people prefer to lie on the floor for journeying, so you might also bring a blanket or pad, and something to cover your eyes. 

STUART 2012 Stuart Dole, Ph.D. started his explorations into the “big questions” in the realms of mathematics, graduating with his BA from UC Berkeley (cum laude). He then embarked on several parallel lines of inquiry – in the sciences he spent 11 years as a graduate student in biophysics, also at Berkeley – first studying the physiology of meditation (inspired by joining a meditation center, where he lived for over 30 years), then developing a mathematical model of lung tumor initiation and growth. He worked in the life sciences and high tech until 2001.

While working in technology he lived and practiced at Ramagiri Ashram under the teacher Eknath Easwaran. The focus of life at the Ashram was meditation – often over four hours a day – and the study of the world’s mystical traditions from all religions.

Eventually Stuart’s interests broadened and he met the radical English philosopher and non-dual teacher Douglas Harding – most famous for his little book On Having No Head – and the Zen of the Obvious. Stuart was “beheaded” and it hasn’t come back.

He also studied and began practicing somatics and bodywork, which he continues today.

This quest to “follow the miracles” of healing led to the study of, and initiation into shamanism – you might think of it as “applied mysticism”. Shamanism (and the nature-spirit connection) has become Stuart’s passion – both as a practice, and teaching. With his wife Anne they have an on-going series of classes in experiential shamanism, both introductory as well as advanced initiations and trainings.


Steve Villano

CEO & President of IONS

IONS for the EONS

Steve Villano will speak on the 40th anniversary of IONS and his vision of the organization going forward.  He will talk about his new position as President of IONS and what he hopes to accomplish in his role.

Steve Villano, JD is CEO/President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Mr. Villano has 40 years of experience in public service, public health, public education, non-profit management, organizational design and development, and communications/media. He served in senior administrative positions at two academic medical centers in New York, was CEO of two national nonprofit organizations involved with HIV/AIDS education and public education and worked in public service during the administration of former Governor Mario M. Cuomo of New York State.

Mr. Villano has a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, a Masters Degree in Communications from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany.  He served as an adjunct professor for 22 years at Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations in its Labor Studies Program. He has been published in the Federal Communications Law Journal, the Free Speech Forum of the Speech Communications Association of America, Associations Now magazine, Healthcare Marketing Association publications, and in numerous other newspapers, magazines, and internet sites. He has been a presenter and participant at international and national conferences and served as an International Juror at a United Nations film conference in Cannes, France. Mr. Villano has been executive producer of three documentaries on HIV/AIDS-related issues, which have aired on the Sundance Channel, Discovery Health Networks, and Showtime, and produced and distributed dozens of public health/public service announcements across the U.S. and around the world on HIV/AIDS awareness and education.


The Six Pathways of Destiny

Ralph Metzner, PhD

Each of us, as a human soul, incarnates by choice with a purpose, an intention or vision for this life—what we came here to do and to be. The soul chooses one or more of six great archetypal pathways in which to develop its talents and realize its vision—Healer/Peacemaker, Explorer/Scientists, Warrior/Guardian, Artist/Poet, Teacher/Historian, Builder/Organizer. For each of the six pathways, the work we do in society has its characteristic disciplines that are first to be learned and then practiced. Each of the pathways is not only a career or profession, our work in the world, each is also at a deeper level a path of spiritual development that the soul has chosen.

Ralph Metzner, PhD, is a recognized pioneer in studies of consciousness and its transformations. He is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he was also the Academic Dean for ten years in the 1980s. He collaborated with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert in studies of psychedelic drugs at Harvard in the 1960s, and co-authored The Psychedelic Experience. His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology and Birth of  a Psychedelic Culture (with Ram Dass and Gary Bravo). This workshop is based on the most recent volume in his new series on The Ecology of Consciousness, published by the Green Earth Foundation.


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Linda Benn  

Pellowah -Healing Technique from Australia

Pellowah Healing Technique is an Enlightenment Modality that radically shifts consciousness. Pellowah Healing Technique is an Enlightenment Modality that
radically shifts consciousness. As a result of Pellowah, you will find it easier to –

  • Increase your personal capacity for positive change
  • Take charge of your life
  • Create the life you want with unlimited imagination
  • Generate a new & expanded perspective
  • Gain a new lightness & sense of well-being that keeps
  • increasing over time

The purpose of this healing technique is to empower you and increase your personal capacity for positive change to achieve
your highest potential. Pellowah helps you to make better choices and have more control in your life. It is 100% pure,
as it is not filtered through the practitioner. It is direct energy between the person receiving the healing and spirit. There is
no interpretation or diagnosis from the practitioner – it is simple, yet powerful. Pellowah is an angelic word for ‘a radical shift in
consciousness’. This form of healing connects and activates all 12 strands of DNA to unblock and realign meridians within the
body – producing a feeling of connection and wellbeing. Level One – Your own awareness will be greatly expanded & you can become a practitioner of this amazing form of healing. Level Two – Connects you with your higher self & you learn the 7 symbols for your continued growth.

Linda is a highly intuitive practitioner, International Trainer of Pellowah healing & Master NLP, Time Line
Therapy and certified Hypnotherapist. Her wisdom and teachings bring forth a strong foundation for healing skills,
intuitive wisdom, self-empowerment, creativity, clarity and the igniting of one’s uniqueness, purpose and unlimited potential.

Linda has a background in Intuitive massage and energy bodywork and has found that Pellowah energy has increased
her own intuition & psychic abilities to tune into the client and to listen to the client’s body communicating with her to use the
best technique at that time. Linda is an outstanding teacher and healer and has developed a unique approach and advanced
techniques to enhance and hasten the healing process.


“Ancient Women Who Seeded the Evolution of Consciousness”

Seminar – Sacred Music – Mystical Meditation Journey

Santa Rosa IONS is proud to host what promises to be a powerful educational and mystical journey to connect ourselves to Ancient Wisdom Leaders. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene has had one of the most powerful impacts on the evolution of consciousness, even though this work was suppressed for years.  Somehow the teachings survived.

Christy Michaels, Heather Salmon and Donny Regal will provide music and an inspiring seminar, restoring our lost memories of what was originally intended to be a life of Conscious Evolution.


Master Mingtong Gu

Embody Your Transformation NOW

Join us for this rare opportunity to practice with Master Mingtong Gu, who was honored as the Master of the Year by the World Qigong Congress in 2011. Master Gu will share the three golden keys to master your mind, open your heart and co-create with the life force of the universe. He will guide our inner journeys through the matrix of the five organ system, renewing a balanced expression of the corresponding elements within our bodies. These rich experiential processes will be enhanced and supported by exceptionally beautiful visual imagery designed to amplify our deep somatic awareness.

Master Gu will teach and guide an extensive practice of ancient sound healing to fully awaken your energy center and emotional body. You will learn how to transform the unprocessed energy of previous emotional pain into more vibrant healing resources. This accelerates the evolution beyond being a victim of your past to the conscious creator of NOW. This advanced practice will transform your consciousness, support healing, and access abundant energy source of life. As we transform our own energy, we transform the energy field of our human communities and our earth.

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Master Gu brings his joyous teachings and extensive masterful skills of translating the ancient teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong for contemporary times. He trained at the largest Qigong hospital in China, where he helped people with major physical and emotional challenges. This hospital, in keeping with Qigong practices, did not use conventional medicine, yet documents a 95% success rate for such conditions as heart disease, stress, and other aging/illness related conditions. Master Gu has also received extensive Buddhist teachings from many realized teachers of Tibetan Vajrayana. Mingtong Gu leads retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. He is the author of several publications and teaches the Pure Qi Online series. He founded the Chi Center, based at EarthRise on the IONS campus in Petaluma, California, to bring Qigong to the West for the benefit of humankind.


Marcia Singer

BODY TALK: Evolving Body-Mind Connections via Body Psychometry©

Your body’s talking 24/7: Are you a savvy Listener?!  That migraine, toothache, allergy, digestive or sexual disorder is valuable In-Form-ation –if you can decode it. Before you reach for the detox herbs, yoga mat or call a shrink, listen for the Messages available 24/7 from the knowing “heart” of the matter. Your body is a living, flawless map of the Psyche; Your DNA is a portal between worlds.  Your physical, mental, emotional, sexual-creative and spiritual bodies are simultaneously occurring facets of your diamond Nature.  Body Psychometry© is Marcia Singer’s unique contribution to Body-Mind awareness, natural healing, intuitive and instinctual knowledge. This presentation offers metaphysical theory, case histories and interactive audience readings: maybe yours?

Marcia Singer

Marcia Singer, MSW, CHt is the innovative healing artist who in the early 90s pioneered a “body-centered” approach to Hypnotherapy while active with the American Board of Hypnotherapy. She introduced Touch as a diagnostic tool and adjunctive skill, birthed Body Psychometry © in conjunction with Past Life Regression Therapy and employed Vibrational Sound creatively.  As a Tantric Shaman, Marcia caught national attention for her work in reclaiming intimate, Deep Feminine/Masculine sensibilities, and healing sensual/sexual PTSD.  Other credits include a Master’s from UC Berkeley; Voice Dialoguing, directing Improv and originating the Tao of Play -making play your spiritual practice. She directs the Love Arts Foundation now in Santa Rosa relocated from L.A.



Colleen O’Rourke

Changing the Paradigm: Your Sensitivity is Your Greatest Strength 

(and it CAN Change the World!)

Members of IONs are joined by more than just their passion for exploring and advancing consciousness; there is the shared trait of being Highly Sensitive People. This evening we explore what High Sensitivity is, and more importantly, what it is not. While this culture often identifies sensitivity as a weakness, it is truly a source of tremendous strength and contains gifts of awesome power and beauty.

We will explore the traits that make you a gifted artist, creative leader, or highly intuitive contributor to the world. Together we will step into: Active seeing and listening – The power of touch – Metaphorical use of senses – The gift of being seen -Tapping into the wisdom field and, consequently, our own intuition.

We will also learn tools and techniques for navigating effectively in this insensitive world and how to ground yourself in the knowing that while you are in a minority, you are not alone. Awaken to the strengths that are innately present in you because of your sensitivity. You’ll leave the evening with a sense of optimism, empowerment, and unabashed pride in your sensitivity!

Colleen O’Rourke is a certified Life and Leadership Coach. She is Highly Sensitive and understands the deep cultural bias against sensitivity and the devastation it causes to those possessing this gift. She has learned to cast off the “rules of domestication” that keep sensitivity relegated as woo woo, weird, or weak, and she’s embraced the power of her senses.

Colleen is on a mission to educate and empower Highly Sensitive People to thrive at work, in life, and as leaders in the world.  “We’re suffering the consequences of selfish, short- sighted, greed-based authority structures, and Highly Sensitive People offer leadership based in collaboration, wisdom and respect that serves a holistic purpose. We can use our optimistic idealism to restore the balance, harmony, and peace that the world needs.”


Michael Bloch, PhD  

Visiting scholar at IONS

Left Brain, Right Brain and Everything In Between

Michael Bloch PhD will discuss ways that neuroscientists such as himself test and observe the abilities of the left brain, the right brain, and the interactions between these structures.  He will discuss brain abnormalities (split brain, brain damage, learning differences), and the effects of changing conditions (such as administering aromatherapy stimuli) on the brain’s processing modes.  He also will discuss the possible role of the right hemisphere in presentiment as well as the role that aromas may play in mind/matter interactions.

Michael Bloch

Michael Bloch received his PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Southern California in 1989.  Since 1993 he has been a member of the Psychology department at the University of San Francisco.  His research has investigated hemispheric asymmetry and integration in normal and disabled populations as well as the effects of certain olfactory stimuli on hemispheric processing and consciousness.  Currently he a visiting scholar at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, investigating the role that odors and the right hemisphere may play in the interaction of consciousness and the physical world.


Mark Johnson

Chi = mc2

“As you enter the conference room, you will have the opportunity to check whether you are physically balanced or not by putting your right foot on a scale and your left foot on another scale and, while looking straight forward, a person will read the difference between the weights on each foot. When you leave, check them again and I guarantee you the weights will be closer toward balance.” –Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson’s slide presentation, talk, and demonstrations with audience participation will explain E=mc2 (Einstein’s famous equation) and relate it to Chi=mc2. Mark will demonstrate detoxification and stimulation techniques for the physical body including all internal organs, with acupressure brain and neuronal stimulation and lymphatic cleansing. We will learn how to activate the bio-electrical flow-through our meridian body which includes all 12 meridians, the 8 extra meridians used in acupuncture, and the most used acupressure points along the meridians for maximum health maintenance. Mark will show us how to integrate our physical body and our meridian body with a simple Tai Chi style.

We will learn about the Chinese auric body, that has 9 chakra’s instead of the more familiar 7 of the Hindu system, and what aspects of our lives relate to each chakra. We will then be shown how to integrate them with the physical and meridian bodies. Lastly, with a quiet standing meditation, we can ALLOW complete integration of all 3 bodies

Mark Johnson’s psychic abilities were first tested at Duke University in 1962. He has been involved with IONS for nearly15 years and participated in several experiments involving remote viewing. He has over 45 years experience in Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Acupuncture, Feng Shui and the I Ching. He has sold over 600,000 Tai Chi DVDs and officiated over 50 Tai Chi tournaments. He has taught many famous actors: Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Patrick Swayze, Mickey Rourke, Ralph Macchio and many others. He is one of the founders of the National Qigong Assoc. and presently on their board of advisors. He recently authored a book titled: My Life as Play and in his “spare time” is an amateur astronomer and ultralight pilot.


Tarot Master

Michelle D’Anjou Astie

Visionary Voyage Through the Tarot

Join us to discover or enhance your knowledge of Tarot in a most entertaining and enlightening way. Michelle D’Anjou Astie believes that Nothing is a Coincidence and Everything is Synchronized. Tarot plays perfectly into that philosophy.
Michelle believes “Tarot connects us to the energy of the Universe.  I can’t say I know how it works. But whatever it is, it is REAL.”  Michelle’s passion for Tarot is contagious.  She does not teach by the book, nor does she teach people to read Tarot in the same way she does.  She considers her job to bring out what is unique in each student.  ”When that happens, it CLICKS!” says Michelle.  “There is no need to follow any rules. My job is to give students permission to think and act outside the box.  My job is to give students permission to be who they are.”
If you have always wanted to learn Tarot or increase your skills, Michelle is the PERFECT teacher.
The very French Michelle D’Anjou Astie embraces three cultural identities, that of France, Canada and the United States.  She has a long history of living in both Quebec and throughout the United States.  Presently Michelle makes her home in Cuastecomates, Mexico. There is no need to purchase a specific Tarot deck for the class. Bring your favorite along. If you don’t have  a Tarot deck yet, find one you like and get ready to connect with your new cards.


David & Michelle Keip

“The Heart of Courage”

Designed for the general public, Heart of Courage is a gentle adaptation of Aikido principles and cultivates relaxing, connecting, and feeling compassion when meeting any challenge.
After a brief introduction, you’re invited to experience gentle movement exercises to:
* Explore new relationship skills
* Befriend your body and deepen intuition
* Learn how to return to Center in any situation
* Increase your capacity to engage whole-heartedly in the world
In these times of accelerating change and uncertainty, it is both kind and wise to cultivate simple practices for centering on the spot and relating to challenges. Neuroscience research shows that stress activates habitual, survival driven reactions that only handle short-term conditions. Fortunately we can cultivate alternative responses to stress that empower us to shift our energy and attention to core values, creative activity and long-term concerns.
David and Michelle Keip are passionate about sharing the essence of Aikido and empowering both children and adults to make positive changes.  Michelle and David Keip each have 30 years training in Aikido, a non-resistant martial art often called the Art of Peace. They met on the mat of Aikido in the early 80’s and hold advanced Black Belts.  The Keips offer Heart of Courage in private sessions, an on-going Adventure Group, workshops and drop-in classes at their school, Wellspring Aikido.
“Heart of Courage has given me the best practical tools for living my life strongly centered in Love. I’ve used them often to help clients.” Jan Ogren, MFT


Peter M. Skaife
The Dynamics of Spiritual Change:
“You Can Take Spiritual Action to Change What’s Happening”

From his many years of work with people recovering from traumatic events, in hospitals, and with organizations seeking to change the world, Peter M. Skaife will share his insight about how every person has hidden talents and natural abilities that they can access and utilize to take effective spiritual action. He will emphasize the importance of each person discovering their own ways to take spiritual action to change what’s happening in their lives and how to help others.

Peter will also share stories about the dynamics of taking spiritual action in real-life situations. He will share personal stories about his discovery of his shamanic abilities, his work with people recovering from traumatic events, and with people who have learned to deal with their personal dark side and developed a better relationship with their personal monsters.

In his presentation, Peter will discuss several keys to taking effective spiritual action in today’s world – including learning to become an authority on who you are (your personal mythology) and opening yourself more fully to your own experience, rather than relying on the advice of experts. He will also talk about the challenges involved in people learning to open themselves to their own experience.

Peter M. Skaife is a shamanic elder, who during his lifetime has worked with many people who have wanted to learn how to discover their own inner healing abilities. His insights are not merely the results of his extensive training. They arise from his personal experiences. At two years of age, Peter almost drowned in a small lake in Northern California but was revived. At age thirteen, he was hospitalized and told by doctors that he would never survive. At fifty-two, he was severely poisoned when a railroad car full of pesticide dumped into the Sacramento River near Dunsmuir, CA. By overcoming adversity in his own life, Peter gained the strength and insights to help others.

He is the father of seven children (two biological), and enjoys cooking and playing tennis in Rohnert Park, CA. He is the founder of the practice of Qailokiko, and has recently founded The Institute for the Study of Spiritual Violence. In 2003, he authored the book, “Welcoming the Help of My Monsters – Opps! and Aha!” published by Heroic Living, Inc.


Stuart Dole Ph.D.
“Exploration of the Science of Shamanism”

Stuart will again lead an experiential evening exploration of the science of shamanism, and what it can offer to the study of consciousness and the problem of “What is Healing”. Please bring a bandana, a notebook and pen, and (if you have them) a hand drum or rattle. Also bring your questions and comments!

Stuart brings an unusual mix of background and interests to the Santa Rosa IONS Community Group:

  • A PhD from UC Berkeley in biophysics, with an undergraduate degree in mathematics, combined with a strong interest in the philosophy of science and formal reason.
  • An early entry into the computer field – as an engineer and entrepreneur – he has worked in bio-medicine, medical imaging, computer security, microwave metrology, and many other areas.
  • Over 30 years of study of world mysticism and resident practice of meditation in a formal ashram setting, under the daily guidance of the meditation teacher Eknath Easwaran.  He also spent several years studying the physiology of meditation.
  • A passion for body-mind healing, in all forms: starting with a year-long training in Somatics with the Lomi School, followed by massage school and bodywork training, and 10 years of bodywork practice in Calistoga and Santa Rosa – as his “second career”.
  • Learning and practicing the ancient healing methods of shamanism, shared by most of the world’s indigenous cultures – he trained under Michael Harner of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (including the advanced 3-Year program), Sandra Ingerman, and many healers and shamans from indigenous traditions – including Celtic, Siberian, Tibetan, Brazilian, African, and Hawaiian. Currently Stuart and his wife Anne Hatfield offer training programs in shamanic healing in Santa Rosa.
  • A deep love of nature and the outdoors – many years hiking and climbing, exploring and just sitting – including a little time with Tom Brown Jr. and Jon Young, but more importantly lots of “dirt time”.

Stuart has been more interested in experiential paths than theoretical – actually getting out there (or “in here”) and doing it – as the best way to inform theoretical approaches. He and Anne are currently writing a book about this.


Helen L. Stewart Ph.D.
“Probable Earth” SALON:  Questions, Answers, Conversation

Join us for an intuitive look at events in our community and around the world. In addition to direct intuitive information from Helen, this is also a time for us to talk together, and for you to offer your intuitive and rational views on a wide-ranging array of subjects as well. We’ll look at geopolitical issues, global and regional mass events, cosmology, business and spiritual matters…the sky’s the limit!

This will be a “salon” format, with a brief introduction by Helen regarding her approach to mass events and the possibility of “probable” earths; followed by series of questions to which Helen provides intuitive answers on the spot; and lastly by general conversation triggered by information elicited from the Q and A segment.

HELEN STEWART is a futurist and professional intuitive who, in addition to personal intuitive readings, specializes in what she calls “Seven Second Decisionmaking.” She is a public speaker, radio personality, educator, and advisor to many individuals and companies.

Helen holds an earned Ph.D. from Brandeis University and was a post- doctoral scholar at Harvard University. She also held full-time teaching appointments at Wellesley College and Brandeis University. Prior to founding UMS, an alternative e-learning institute, she was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Rider University. In addition to academic-administration, Helen has worked as corporate consultant, interpreter in French, rural sociologist, arbitrator and mediator.

Interested in metaphysics her entire life, Helen has studied intuitive development, cosmology, healing, and various alternative modalities with many teachers over the past 35 years in a formal way, including Michio Kushi, Mietek Wirkus, Tamara Diaghilev, Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer, and Elizabeth Werner.


Martin Ucik
“Consciousness Development through Relationships”

Martin Ucik talks about, “Consciousness Development thru Relationships”.
Martin Ucik is a German born entrepreneur who trained with Eckhart Tolle as a Power Of Now group facilitator and founded, an Association for Healthy Relationships. His studies of Ken Wilber’s Integral Model enabled him to integrate his personal experiences as a divorced father with the wisdom from over 200 relationship books into “Integral Relationships: A Manual for Men”, which Ken Wilber recently called “an astonishingly complete manual for men based on virtually all the elements of the Integral model, in itself a remarkable feat. And the advice is truly sound.”

Martin Ucik
Author of “Integral Relationships: A Manual for Men”

– An astonishingly complete manual for men based on virtually all the elements of the Integral model, in itself a remarkable feat. And the advice is truly sound. A great book!”—Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision
– Get this book and pay attention to what it has to say. Prof. Allan Combs
– A very intelligent, original, penetrating, enlightening and well-written analysis of male-female relationships. Michael Morrissey, Ph.D.
– Ladies and gents, please… let’s get the word out! This book is phenomenal…. Susan Hodges, M.A. MFT, Certified Integral Coach etc.


Judith Hoagland
“A Thanksgiving Ceremony in Peruvian Tradition”

Judith will be presenting a Thanksgiving Ceremony based on Peruvian Indigenous traditions.

Judy Hoaglund holds an M.S. degree in nutrition and has worked as a health practitioner for over 30 years. She lives in rural Sonoma County where her life-long interest in shamanism and spiritual growth have evolved into teaching Peruvian shamanism as well as maintaining her private healing practice.

Haywarikuy (somtimes called a “Despacho”) is a gifting back to the source for all that we have received. It is a ritual of thanksgiving. In Andean cosmology, the entire physical plane, including Mother Earth and all living things, are brought into being and nurtured by energies and beings in the spirit realm. Andean peoples create sacred offerings that are then presented to those spiritual essences most closely assisting humanity. This shamanic ceremony is known as haywarikuy in Quechua or despacho in Spanish. This ritual helps to maintain our personal and planetary balance by ensuring that sacred reciprocity, ayni , has been offered. I will speak about these “unseen beings” from the Andean perspective. We will all participate in the creation of our group haywarikuy . Come and learn how providing these offerings can benefit us in our daily lives. Please bring a sacred offering such as cornmeal, incense, tobacco, pollen, flowers, poems/drawings, etc. to offer in thanks.


Patricia Everitt
“Sound Healing and Higher Consciousness”

We are vibrational beings. Everything in the universe is in a state of vibration, including every part of our body. Dis-ease is a result of this vibration not flowing freely in the body creating discordant energy.

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York, said if we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through the ears, but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes.

Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration. Cymatic experiments show that sound has the ability to change the structure of molecules. Since the body is composed mostly of liquids, it is easy to understand how sound can reorganize discordant energies to realign with the body”s natural rhythms. This creates harmony in the body for healing and well-being.

Information is stored in stone and in bone. Sound creates a rearrangement of the molecular structure and this rearrangement presents an opportunity for information to flood in. Voice is one of the most powerful instruments for dislodging stagnant energy in the physical body opening one to their own divine gifts.

We will explore unlocking blocked energy in our bodies using our voices. Accompanied by alchemically designed instruments, we will delve inward in a sound journey to explore our inner landscape for opening our awareness to our Divine Selves.

Patricia Everitt is a Sound Healing Ceremonialist, Reiki Master, CMT, and teacher of Peruvian cosmology based on the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. She has been in the healing arts field for over 20 years.


Katherine Metz

“Everyday States of Mind – Their Relationship to the Chinese Five Elements and Design of our Homes”

Feng Shui practiced with an eye for beauty, a spirit for healing, and a bit of uncommon sense

What will you do when you encounter indecision, dread, self-pity, rigidity or cynicism? What will you look for in the home if someone is paralyzed by inner conflict or insecurity? If there has been a sudden change in someone’s language, emotions and behavior, how can you use Feng Shui to restore balance? Does Feng Shui have something to offer someone who is having panic attacks ? The resounding answer is, “yes.”

The scope of Feng Shui teachings is enormous . Practitioners can help to reduce worry, calm a bully, minimize violence and reduce frustration. Katherine will focus our time together on the emotions that we encounter everyday.


Deborah Myers
“Energy Balancing – Break Through the Blocks and Attract What You Want”

Deborah, director of Health at Your Fingertips, will share how we can easily experience balance and harmony in all parts of our lives by utilizing easy-to-learn acupressure techniques. She will describe what we are as an energy system and how we can access the energy pathways by gentle easy-to-do touch. She will demonstrate energy flows that will break through the blocks that can hinder us from experiencing health, vitality and prosperity. We will learn how we can have a daily practice that can break through the energy blocks and bring stress reduction, pain relief, and healing for ourselves and our families. And, we will discover how this same practice will bring awareness and alignment that will allow us to attract and manifest what we truly desire in our individual lives and in our communities.

Deborah is motivated to share this information because she believes that each of us has the innate ability to heal ourselves – we just need to have the tools to do so. She believes that our greatest resource is the inner wealth that lies within us – our spiritual or inner qualities such as insight, intuition, vision, and awareness. Learning how to awaken and invest this tremendous inner wealth will enable us to attract what we want and find deep personal fulfillment, allowing each of us to be an integral part of shifting human consciousness and to make a difference in our communities and our world.

Deborah uses her knowledge of the body, mind and spirit gained from her training and experience to assist others. She works with individual clients, using a blend of bodywork techniques (including acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu) which stimulate the body’s natural healing process. She teaches wellness workshops that help people learn how they can bring balance and harmony in all parts of their lives.


Richard Feather Anderson
“Geomantic, Perspectives on Expanding Consciousness”

Richard will give an overview of the wide range of technologies and modalities that have been created to expand human consciousness out of the diverse cultural traditions of the ancient science of geomancy, the art of finding the right place and living in harmony with the patterns of Nature. He will discuss and then lead us through a sample of some of the practices that can be useful to respond to the effects of modern issues like global climate change, diminished sense of community, and the increasing stresses of accelerating modern life.

Richard is motivated to share these practices by his belief that the environmental and social crises we have created cannot be solved by technology alone; that we need a shift in human consciousness and sense of connection to the earth to even generate the political will to use the available technological solutions.

He will share from his broad and deep background of working with labyrinths, dowsing of earth energies at power spots, earth acupuncture, sacred geometry as a revelatory meditation practice, and creating sense of self, community and connection with the earth spirit from Native American, European, Tibetan and Chinese shamanic geomantic traditions.


Allan Hardman
“The Flock Theory of Consciousness”

As Allan’s exploration of the nature of consciousness deepened, he wondered about all the different versions and beliefs of how this universe works. Who’s in charge, where do ideas come from, how are we related, and what can we do to participate? Stuff like that, he says. One day, watching a large flock of birds swooping and wheeling through the sky, he realized no single bird could be in charge. The consciousness directing that flight must be outside of the individual birds. He saw the same possibility in schools of fish. Since his work is mostly with humans, he began to wonder if we humans were gathered in changing flocks, directed by an external consciousness. This evening Allan will explore this idea with us, as we gather together as an IONS flock. Come and find out where we swoop and soar!

Allan says: “All life is based on relationships, and the most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. Most people have learned to believe lies denying their value and worth in the world. I am passionate about helping us all change how we “dream” ourselves and learn to love and accept themselves just as we are (and just as we are not!). When we heal our relationship with ourselves the entire world we live in changes. Want to change your world? Let’s do it!”

Allan’s background includes over twenty years as a practitioner and instructor of Alchemical Hypnotherapy and spiritual psychology, and a ten year personal apprenticeship with Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements and other books. He is a Toltec Master in that tradition and brings his wisdom of the Toltec path to his work with spiritual counseling and emotional healing. Allan is the author of The Everything Toltec Wisdom Book, and co-author of The Heart of Healing and Healing the Heart of the World, with Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, Caroline Myss, and many others.


Patrick Haggard
Sound Healing Experiential

All matter is vibration and all matter is influenced by other vibrations – like sound, light, and other frequencies. “Sound therapy” describes a physical, emotional and spiritual balance that is promoted by the application of sound frequencies and is based on the principles of resonance, entrainment, vibration, and intention.

Patrick will briefly discuss the value and processes of vocal toning for well being and will lead our group through several sound healing techniques, including a simple breathing and toning exercise, a vocal sweep & listening exercise, and a group Vowel Toning.  If time and attendance permits he may bring his sound table and perform a short sound healing demonstration with group participation for one lucky person.


Stuart Dole

Shamanic Drum Journey

Stuart R. Dole, Ph.D. offers an experiential exploration into shamanic journey work. Everyone is invited to bring a small hand drum or a rattle. After sharing some background info, Stuart will guide the group on a journey. Afterwords we’ll have a look at things from a scientific worldview perspective, too.

“It has been said that what defines shamanism is the shamanic journey is the ecstatic flight into the worlds of the spirits. It turns out that this journey is accessible to almost anyone willing to give it a try. Further, the “cosmography” of the spirit worlds is remarkably similar across many cultures, hinting that there may be an underlying structure that’s common across cultures. While a few cultures use hallucinogenic plants to access the spirit worlds, and have received a lot of notoriety for doing so, most of the world’s shamanic traditions use drumming and they are every bit as effective in their work.”


Francis Geddes, MDiv, PhD

“Medicine, Prayer and Research”

Francis is a retired United Church of Christ parish minister who served several congregations over a period of twenty-five years. Dr. Geddes is the author of Contemplative Healing: The Congregation as Healing Community. Francis has developed and taught Contemplative Healing, a practice of healing prayer, to more than nine hundred individuals in more than thirty congregations on the West Coast over the last thirty-two years. He served as a spiritual director at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo for six years and helped found the Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation.

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