Rupert Sheldrake

Biologist & Author

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers and eight books, including Science and Spiritual Practices. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Frank Know Fellow at Harvard. He worked in India as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute ICRISAT, and also lived in the Benedictine ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths, in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010 he was the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and also a Fellow of Schumacher College in England. He lives in London and is married to Jill Purce, with whom he has two sons. His web site is


Science & Spiritual Practices


Although traditional religion is declining in Europe and North America, recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious, including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights. Meanwhile, the effects of spiritual practices are being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that such practices generally make people happier and healthier. Dr Sheldrake will discuss several practices that are part of all religions, and that are also open to people with no religious affiliation, including meditation, gratitude, rituals and pilgrimage. He will show how his hypothesis of morphic resonance enables some of these practices to be understood in a new light, and will discuss this hypothesis further in his breakout session.

Ways to Go Beyond, and Why They Work

Pre-Conference Workshop

To go beyond is to move into a higher state of consciousness, to a place of bliss, greater understanding, and deep connectedness — experiences that all spiritual seekers hope for. In this workshop, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake will discuss spiritual practices that are personally transformative and also have scientifically measurable effects. He combines the latest scientific research with his extensive knowledge of mystical traditions throughout the world.


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