Grateful Aging: Embracing Our Wisdom Years

Understanding and managing the process of aging is a central issue in modern society. This is a critical factor given the demographic shift toward an aging population and the negative stereotypes around aging that can limit people’s worldview on aging with gratitude and well-being. This discussion overviews a naturalistic model of grateful aging and transformation.

IONS Senior Fellow Marilyn Schlitz will help identify a set of steps to promote well-being and to shift the fear of aging into inspiration for living well. The nine steps to Grateful Aging include:

  1. answer the call to transformation
  2. cultivate curiosity
  3. formalize an Aging practice
  4. set intention for Aging
  5. pay attention to the gifts of aging
  6. build Grateful Aging habits
  7. find guidance
  8. move to acceptance
  9. transform self and society

Educational programs are described for elderly patients and for the healthcare professionals who serve them. The Grateful Aging Program is designed to expand awareness of healthy, mindful, and meaningful aging; promote individual and social well-being; and facilitate a supportive atmosphere for personal enrichment and shared learning.

Grateful Aging: Embracing Our Wisdom Years
August 15, 2023
9:30 – 11:30 AM PDT

This workshop is hosted by the Sage-ing International. Please visit their website for more information.


The Next You: The Art of Futuremaking

What innate potential lies dormant within you? What dreams are yearning to be expressed? What does it look like to be fully alive, live an integrated and embodied life, and become an engaged part of the larger ecosystem of nature and community? It’s time to meet your future self and find out.

Co-fascilitated by former IONS CEO, Cassandra Vieten, this workshop focuses on creating a robust, loving relationship with the best future version of you — the one who can help you pivot the direction of your life toward your heart’s vision. We will learn how to communicate with and embody that future self while mapping out the new terrain of your life in a process we call “futuremaking.” Using the sciences of imagination, transformation, and hope, you’ll chart a course for your next chapter.

Join us for a three-day workshop where we will engage in futuremaking experiences, including talks to spark insights; small and large group discussions to ground learning; guided imagery, meditation, and creative processes to connect you with your deeper wisdom; and movement and deep engagement with the beauty of Esalen to renew your spirit.

As we weave cutting-edge science with deep experiential practices and rich connection with kindred spirits, you’ll move forward — not back to “normal” or even a “new normal” — but ahead into a new extraordinary. Your future self is calling for you.

The Next You: The Art of Futuremaking
September 15 – 18, 2023
The Esalen Institute

This workshop is hosted by the Esalen Institute. Please visit their website for more information.


Morphic Resonance, Memory and the Habits of Nature

Embark on an illuminating journey through Rupert Sheldrake’s groundbreaking hypothesis of morphic resonance in this 8-part video series, his deepest dive yet on the topic. Rupert proposes that memory is inherent in nature and evolves through habits rather than fixed laws, working from the past to the present and into the future. In this seminar, he will outline the scientific basis of his hypothesis and explain how it impacts biological inheritance, personal and collective memory, instincts, and the development of both living and non-living self-organizing systems, from crystals to societies.

Learn how morphic resonance fosters a fresh perspective on rituals, mantras, festivals, and pilgrimages. Uncover its role in family constellation therapy and its impact on learning. See how our own lives, like the evolutionary process itself, depend on an interplay between habits and creativity. Join Rupert on this enlightening journey as he unravels the enigma of morphic resonance, a theory that could forever change the way we perceive reality.

There will be a live online Q&A session for participants in this course in November 2023. Participants will be notified of the details nearer the time.

Morphic Resonance, Memory and the Habits of Nature
Live online Q&A session for Course Participants in November 2023
Recordings Available Now

This course is produced by Rupert Sheldrake. Please visit their event page for more information!


Morphic Resonance and Memory

Join IONS Fellow Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, as he discusses the process of morphic resonance and how it plays into our inherent memory and systems. According to his hypothesis of formative causation, all self-organizing systems, including crystals, organisms, and societies are organized by morphic fields which contain an inherent memory. This is given by the previously mentioned process of morphic resonance from previous similar systems. By this process, all human beings draw upon a collective human memory, similar to Jung’s collective unconscious, and in turn contribute to it.

As part of this event, Rupert will discuss how even individual memory depends on morphic resonance rather than on physical memory traces stored within the brain.  Attempts by neuroscientists to locate memory traces in brains have failed over and over again, probably because they are not there.  If memories are not stored in brains, then they need not be destroyed at death when the brain decays. Social groups also carry memories in their organizing fields, which may underlie family patterns that recur over the generations, and morphic resonance makes family constellation therapy easier to understand.

Morphic Resonance and Memory
May 15, 2023
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, PDT

This event is hosted by the Scientific & Medical Network. Please visit their event page for more information!

LEARN MORE On the scientific and medical network’s Website

Thrive @ Zen Rock’s Free Online Gathering

The Thrive @ Zen Rock’s Online Gathering aims to unite people from around the world to inspire personal growth and collective action for a sustainable future. Through engaging talks, workshops, and activities, participants will connect with leading teachers, philosophers, and activists to address the pressing issues facing our planet. This is your chance to explore the interconnectedness of humanity and the environment; empowering individuals to make meaningful change in their local communities.

What to expect:

  • Inspirational talks and panel discussions on sustainability, activism, and spirituality
  • Live yoga, meditation, and movement sessions to help you connect with your body and mind
  • Interactive workshops designed to empower you with practical tools and techniques
  • And much more…

Join a 4-day unique online gathering, featuring 40+ speakers, including IONS Fellow Michael Sapiro, PsyD., discussing sustainability, activism, and spirituality. Our speakers will address the critical questions of what it means to thrive. Participate from home and gain insights to empower your transformation. Let’s grow together!

Thrive @ Zen Rocks Free Online Gathering
May 19 – 22, 2023

This event is hosted by Zen Rocks. Please visit their website for more information.


Truth Medicine: Transformation Through Psychedelic Therapy

With the global shift toward potentially accepting psychedelic therapy as an evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health issues, it becomes increasingly important for people struggling and the therapists who treat these conditions, to better understand and be prepared for the innovative use of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. How does psychedelic therapy benefit the individual, our communities, and specialized groups like first responders and combat veterans? And what actually occurs in a session, in group settings, and on retreats that make this therapy so revolutionary? And is this treatment right for everyone, and if not, why, and who would be excluded?

The core message of IONS Fellow Michael Sapiro’s work is that truth heals wounds and leads to transformation, and that psychedelic therapy is the most powerful and accelerated intervention we have to date. Discovering, exposing, speaking, and ultimately living one’s truth has been the missing component in traditional psychotherapy. Truth Medicine explores these topics from a heart-centered, integrative approach, looking at how psychedelic psychotherapy addresses healing and transformation on a variety of levels, including the physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual.

Truth Medicine: Transformation Through Psychedelic Therapy
May 10, 2023
11:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT

This workshop is hosted by the Scientific & Medical Network. Please visit their website for more information.


Mental Health & Well-Being Global Summit

Most of us have been affected in some way by the current mental health crisis. The good news is that there is a mental health renaissance underway that offers real hope and new solutions for mental health and well-being.

More people are talking openly and honestly about their mental health than ever before. Stigma has been substantially reduced, and everyone from kids, elite athletes, celebrities and late-night talk show hosts—as well as us everyday people—are being more open and vulnerable about what we are experiencing.

Not only that, there are dozens of new, emerging, evidence-based approaches to mental health and well-being that are making a significant difference in people’s lives.

And…rather than waiting until mental health becomes a crisis, we are beginning to be able to build in whole-person—body-mind-spirit—ways to restore emotional balance and build psychological resilience starting right from the beginning—in kids, families, and society.

There are so many whole-person approaches that are providing tremendous help for overcoming—and avoiding—mental health challenges.

This event features more than 60 presenters, including Deepak Chopra MD, Gabor Maté MD, don Miguel Ruiz, IONS Fellows Michael Sapiro PsyD and Cassandra Vieten PhD.

The Summit will also feature an exclusive free screening of the stunning and widely-acclaimed film THE WISDOM OF TRAUMA.

Join the Summit today and be part of this powerful mental health movement that is underway.

Mental Health & Well-Being Global Summit
April 11 – 17, 2023
Free Online Event

This event is hosted by John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation and Wisdom for Life. Please visit their website for more information.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AT John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation’s WEBSITE

How To Transform Science: Six Potential Breakthroughs

These six talks by Rupert Sheldrake will take you on a series of scientific adventures, opening unexpected vistas of experimentally testable possibility, enlarging your imagination and expanding your understanding of nature. Each talk will give you much to discuss with your friends, and if you would like to participate in leading-edge research yourself, Rupert suggests several potentially fruitful lines of enquiry that could be done as student projects, or by groups of citizen scientists.

The talks are being released free of charge on YouTube at roughly two-monthly intervals, starting on March 1, 2023, and ending in October 2, 2023, but if you subscribe to the course you will gain immediate access to all episodes along with free links to relevant chapters from Rupert’s books, as well as technical articles and reviews from scientific journals. The initial subscription rate is £55, going down to £35 on June 5, when the third episode is released.

Most of Rupert Sheldrake’s talks and dialogues are freely available on his Youtube channel and Navigating Consciousness Podcast, and he receives no income from advertisements. Your subscription will not only enable you to avoid waiting for the free episodes, but will also help us cover the cost of producing professionally filmed videos, such as the ones in this course.

How to Transform Science: Six Potential Breakthroughs
Early Access to Recordings Available March 1 – October 2, 2023

This course is produced by Rupert Sheldrake. Please visit their event page for more information!

LEARN MORE On Rupert’s Website

Health and Personality Development: An Interdisciplinary Approach

The conference is open to students, psychologists, health professionals, supervisors, as well as anyone from the helping and educational professions.

The conference welcomes representatives of the assisting and educational fields (psychologists, medical practitioners, consultants, social professionals, supervisors, etc.), as well as students, spiritual teachers and practitioners.

Key topics include:

  • Challenges to science on the threshold of metamodernism
  • Wellbeing studies: a cross-disciplinary methodological perspective
  • Spirituality, spiritual practice, and spiritual experience in mental health
  • Psychological assistance and support for working with different groups of clients and patients
  • Integrating technologies into psychological assistance
  • Psychological research and evaluation in professional activity
  • Modern trends in psychological assistance
  • Digitisation in professional life
  • Professional identity and professional activity
  • Health behaviour, self-help, and recreation
  • Development trends in modern military psychology and military psychologists’ professional activity during the war in Ukraine

Participation is free of charge, but we invite you to make a donation to “Support Groups for the People of Ukraine” project. The donated funds will be used to organise psychological support groups for local residents in Ukraine.

Health and Personality Development: An Interdisciplinary Approach
April 13 – 15, 2023,

This event is hosted by the Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU). Please visit their website for more information.


Cultivating Vitality in Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Ecosystem of Mental Well-Being

What is vitality? Exuberance, vibrance, sparkle, spirit, and verve — terms rarely found in psychology textbooks. Vulnerability to depression and anxiety is widespread, and our culture traditionally emphasizes reducing symptoms with drugs that alter certain neurotransmitters, which is only part of the picture. We are living in a new era where vulnerabilities can become strengths, and what used to be stigma becomes common humanity. Good mental health is being redefined in terms of stress resilience, post-traumatic growth, and vitality.

This workshop explores evidence-based tools for living a vibrant life, even in the presence of stress, depression, anxiety, or any pain we may be carrying. We will help you build your own ecosystem of mental well-being — including new ways to foster vitality and purpose through caring for the brain, body, and gut. In this workshop, we’ll review the latest scientific findings on practices such as:

  • Hot and cold exposures
  • Optimal physical challenges
  • Breathing techniques
  • Meditation
  • Embodied movement

A mental health renaissance is underway. Mental well-being is being redefined, and a range of evidence-based, whole-person approaches are gaining ground. Learn from renowned authors and cutting-edge scientists to create a flourishing ecosystem of mental well-being for yourself and your clients.

Cultivating Vitality in Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Ecosystem of Mental Well-Being
May 26 – 29, 2023
The Esalen Institute

This workshop is hosted by the Esalen Institute. Please visit their website for more information.


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