IONS 18th International Conference

Conference Schedule

July 18-21, 2019
Santa Clara, CA


7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Lucas Mix, PhDBruce DamerYvonne CagleBrian KeatingGinny Whitelaw

Cassandra Vieten Bruce McEver
Moderated by Cassandra Vieten, PhD, IONS President & Senior Scientist Opening remarks by H. Bruce McEver, Founder of Berkshire Capital and the Foundation for Religious Literacy

Spirituality, Astrophysics, and Space Exploration

Included with Conference Ticket!
Yvonne Cagle, MD, NASA Astronaut and Colonel (Ret) US Air Force
Bruce Damer, PhD, NASA Scientist and Engineer
Ginny Whitelaw, PhD, Zen Institute for Leadership, Former NASA Deputy Manager for Integrating the International Space Station
Brian Keating, PhD, Astrophysicist, UC San Diego
Lucas Mix, PhD, Episcopal Priest, Researcher at Harvard University NASA Astrobiology Institute

As IONS founder Edgar Mitchell said, “We are stardust.” As we learn more about outer space, tremendous discoveries are being made each day about the origins of our existence, the building blocks of reality as we know it, and the potential for life on other planets. How does this comport with religious and spiritual wisdom throughout the ages about the nature of reality, divinity and order in the universe, and the role of human consciousness in the cosmos? Both inspire awe, and both point to our essential interconnectedness, and the need for both technology and human ethics to guide us toward sustainability. This enlivening evening dialogue builds bridges between these two arenas of exploration, and how they are not mutually exclusive but can be complementary to and inform one another.

This panel discussion is sponsored by:

Arthur C Clarke Center for HumanImagination Foundation for Religious Literacy

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Morning Practices

The Kata: Integral Transformative Practice (ITP) International

Biofield Tuning Group Exercise

8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Breakfast & Spotlight Talks

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Morning General Session

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch & Spotlight Talks

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon General Session

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Session

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dinner Break

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Poster Session

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Evening Program

Gathering Our Community: Cross Pollinating + Integrating Learning
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

How might we honor, accelerate, and deepen individual and collective wisdom arising through conversations that matter? Through dialogue and powerful questions, we will explore individual knowing and the collective wisdom arising. We will have an opportunity to integrate what we are learning from the conference, cross-pollinate ideas across the generations, share the future we want, and meet new friends. Come and share your perspective and be informed by other community members’ perspectives and let’s discover how these exchanges shift consciousness as we know it.

Sounds from the Heart
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Madhu Anziani will lead a group chanting experience, activating the healing power of our combined voices. When we bring our voices together we create energy that brings us together into moments of unity. And with our intention for healing ourselves, our families, and all our relations, sound becomes a carrier wave to transform our reality.

The Space Less Traveled
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy a short preview of the upcoming documentary The Space Less Traveled – The Story of Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Walking on the moon was only the beginning. For Edgar Mitchell, it sparked a lifetime of ceaseless exploration. Afterwards, engage in conversation with the filmmakers, Antares Davis and Cameron Jutte.


7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Morning Practices

The Kata: Integral Transformative Practice (ITP) International

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Breakfast & Spotlight Talks

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning General Session

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Morning Breakout Session

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch & Spotlight Talks

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon General Session

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Noetic Breakthrough: An IONS Benefit Dinner

Weaving Scientific Exploration and Personal Discovery for a Future that Works for All

The Institute of Noetic Sciences serves as a beacon for the future, calling forth the highest in each of us to work towards a world that honors the interplay of science and spirit, and seeks to infuse this awareness into everyday life. What’s your role to play in creating this future?

As the world is tempted to slip back into old fear-based paradigms of separation and divisiveness, there can be nothing more important than providing people with direct experiences of our interconnection, scientific evidence for that connection, tools for harnessing it to create real-world solutions, and a community of support to help us stand strong.

Join us in co-creating a more compassionate, thriving and sustainable future!

The Noetic Breakthrough: An IONS Benefit Dinner is your opportunity to hear about the bold vision IONS has as it heads towards its 50th anniversary, and rub shoulders with IONS Board Members, Leadership, Scientists, and Conference Speakers.

Reception: 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
Dessert & Mingling: 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the First Moonwalk and Dance Party

featuring Afrolicious

AfroliciousAfrolicious is coming off a spectacular 2018 that saw several game-changing releases including their single, “Love Shall Remain” and the EP “World of Possibilities,” as well countless electrifying shows at major venues and festivals around the United States. Fans around the country and around the world are discovering the party that took over San Francisco and the Bay Area for more than five years.

The Afrolicious live experience is, in a nutshell, a joyous and raucous celebration of life. The Afrolicious sound combines inspiring lyrics, funky bass lines, and a powerful horn section while retaining the soul and feel of classic funk, disco, Latin, and Afrobeat melodies. Audiences looking to dance, be inspired, or celebrate life have found Afrolicious to be their perfect conduit.

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Morning Practices

The Kata: Integral Transformative Practice (ITP) International

Bliss Trip™ Guided Meditation

8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Breakfast & Spotlight Talks

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Morning General Session

Closing Ceremony

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