Science, Art, Sound, & the Sacred

Explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful, wild setting with Merlin Sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake and IONS Fellow Rupert Sheldrake.

What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. Attendees will spend part of our time outdoors – in gardens, on seashores and in forests – connecting with the more-than-human world and bringing together ideas with direct experience. They will explore scientific, artistic, and spiritual traditions through discussion, play, singing, listening, looking, pilgrimage, thinking, and celebration.

Merlin will explore the world of fungi and the ways that a deeper understanding of symbiotic relationships – between ourselves, fungi, plants, bacteria, and others – can change our understanding of the planet on which we live, and the ways that we think, feel, and behave. Cosmo will consider the fundamental roles of sound in the living world and will lead us in sound experiments, singing, and musical celebration. Rupert will discuss his hypothesis of morphic resonance, which he suggests underlies memory in nature as well as our cultural and personal memories. He will also show how scientific studies can illuminate a wide range of spiritual practices.

By leaning into ambiguity, by focusing on relationships between entities, by remembering to find excitement in what isn’t known, the presenters hope to deepen our sense of the sacred and recover a sense of wholeness.

Science, Art, Sound, & The Sacred
July 31 – August 4, 2024
Cortes Island, British Columbia

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

LEARN MORE ON HOLLYHOCK’S WEBSITE


The Big Questions in Science: Online Course

Contemporary science is based on the claim that all reality is material or physical. There is no reality but material reality. Consciousness is a by-product of the physical activity of the brain. Matter is unconscious. Evolution is purposeless. This view is now undergoing a credibility crunch. The biggest problem of all for materialism is the existence of consciousness.

In this course, Dr Rupert Sheldrake shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into limiting dogmas.

According to these principles, all of reality is material or physical; the world is a machine, made up of inanimate matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; God exists only as an idea in human minds, imprisoned within our skulls.

These beliefs are powerful not because most scientists think about them critically, but because they do not. The facts of science are real enough, and so are the techniques that scientists use, and so are the technologies based on them. But the belief system that governs conventional scientific thinking is an act of faith, grounded in a 19th-century ideology, or what Terence McKenna called ‘one free miracle’.

Together, these beliefs make up the philosophy or ideology of materialism, whose central assumption is that everything is essentially material or physical, even minds. Many scientists are unaware that materialism is an assumption.

But should science be a belief-system, or a method of inquiry?

In the skeptical spirit of true science, Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of materialism into exciting questions, and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities for discovery.

This course will radically change your view of what is real and what is possible.

The Big Questions in Science: Online Course
13-Week, Self Paced Course
Available Now

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

LEARN MORE ON RUPERT’S WEBSITE


Truth Medicine & Unconditional Love: A Nondual Approach to Psychedelic Psychotherapy

Nondual psychedelic psychotherapy starts with recognizing our inherent goodness, then moving through layers needing healing with grace, truth, and self-love.

What all of us long for most—peace, love, ease, joy, etc.—can be found in the very moments of our longing and suffering. While the healing path may be difficult and the daily integration practices hard, the truth is simple: unconditional love is both the healing salve and our true nature.

Discovering, accessing, and applying this love toward one’s self is the essence of the nondual approach to psychedelic psychotherapy. In this approach, we start from this place of innocence, ease, and peace, and work our way through the layers of trauma, shame, and untended grief with love as the healing balm.

Join Psychedelics Today on Friday, November 3rd, 2023 from 9 – 10 AM PDT for a webinar with Michael Sapiro, PsyD. He will demonstrate nondual meditation’s role in the therapeutic process, exploring concepts like loving awareness, original essence, and the entire therapy framework, from preparation to integration. Embracing the nondual approach, we can swiftly experience our unbroken wholeness, guiding our healing journey in psychedelic therapy.

Traditional therapies work from the outside in, addressing the various layers that cause us pain and discomfort toward what is good. Nondual psychedelic psychotherapy begins with what is already good and wholesome, and then we move with grace, truth, honesty, unconditional love, and acceptance through the layers we want to heal. There is no greater medicine than self-love, so why not spend our time accessing that first so we can apply it like a salve on all the untended grief and unhealed wounds that we discover on our psychedelic psychotherapy journey?

We don’t want to wait a lifetime to experience this within ourselves. Why don’t we start there? The nondual approach to psychedelic psychotherapy leads toward the experience of what is whole and unbroken within a relatively short time. When we get a taste of this truth, even briefly and fleetingly, we know it exists, and know what to aim for. This is the brightest beacon on our horizon of healing and growth in the psychedelic psychotherapeutic process.

Truth Medicine & Unconditional Love: A Nondual Approach to Psychedelic Psychotherapy
Friday, November 3
9:00 – 10:00 am PDT (12:00 – 1:00 pm EST)
Online

This course is produced by Psychedelic Support. Please visit their event page for more information!

LEARN MORE On Psychedelics Today’s Website


People Environment Achievement (P.E.A. Awards) 2022/2023

Across sectors ranging from finance and energy to music and art, the People’s Environment Achievement (P.E.A.) Awards identify and celebrate the green heroes who are taking matters into their own hands and providing inspiring alternatives to business as usual. These sustainability pioneers are recognized and rewarded at a glamorous green carpet event!

Now in its 13th year, the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards is the UK’s leading sustainability and climate awards, honoring the individuals and teams behind the products, services, and businesses that are changing the face of our planet.

Previous winners include Juliet Davenport OBE, Cat Fletcher, Polly Higgins, and many other amazing Earth ambassadors who are committed to revolutionizing old models and systems. Guests will include Lords and MPs, Celebrities, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and, of course, the shortlist of Green Heroes for 2022 & 2023, which includes IONS Fellow Roger Nelson, PhD.

Selected by an all-female panel of judges, the shortlist for 2023’s P.E.A. Awards includes environmental champions across 19 categories, covering Youth and Indigenous Communities, Influencer and Climate Pioneer as well as changemakers in sectors ranging from Arts to Electric Vehicles.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to an individual whose considerable contributions and passion for change have led them to achieve exemplary long-term success in the field of sustainability.

Be sure to join for an evening to remember with a theme of ‘007 – Live or let die. There will also be an award-winning organic vegan meal will be served, accompanied by delicious cocktails, organic wines, and beers supplied by the My Green Pod Hero product suppliers.

Come and join the celebrations at the UK’s number 1 sustainability awards, networking event and climate celebration of the year!

People Environment Achievement (P.E.A. Awards) 2022/2023
November 15, 2023
5:30pm – 12:30am GMT

This event is hosted by the P.E.A. Awards. Please visit their website for more information.

Visit the P.E.A. Award’s Website to learn more And Register


The Science of Wholeness

Across the broad span of wisdom traditions, one encounter is of key significance: some direct access or contact with the ground of being.

Even in this secular age, dominated as we are by the materialistic, reductionist paradigm of western science, these transcendent experiences still occur, even amongst members of the scientific community.

While this experience is always inexpressible in detail, it commonly involves an overwhelming feeling of wholeness, a blurring of the line between subject and object, a melting away of divisions and an immersion in a state of participatory consciousness.

If the underlying ground of reality is an inexpressible whole, beyond aspects and distinctions, we might expect some echo of this to emerge in our scientific investigations. David Bohm certainly had this intuition, which coloured his approach to quantum theory especially and science and philosophy more generally.

In this series of workshops, The Pari Center will investigate the extent to which modern science has encountered aspects of wholeness, non-local consciousness and the subject-object distinction. They will also consider what a post-reductionist science might look like, drawing on the experiences of indigenous cultures. Featuring a lineup of incredible speakers including IONS Fellow Roger Nelson, PhD (speaking November 5), and Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize winner Álex Gómez-Marin, PhD (speaking November 11).

The Science of Wholeness
November 4 – 19, 2023
Online

This event is hosted by the Pari Center. Please visit their website for more information.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AT THE PARI CENTER’S WEBSITE


Truth Medicine: A Nondual Approach to Psychedelic Psychotherapy

What all of us long for most—peace, love, ease, joy, etc.—can be found in the very moments of our longing and suffering. While the healing path may be difficult and the daily integration practices hard, the truth is simple: unconditional love is both the healing salve and our true nature.

Discovering, accessing, and applying this love toward one’s self is the essence of the nondual approach to psychedelic psychotherapy. In this approach, we start from this place of innocence, ease, and peace, and work our way through the layers of trauma, shame, and untended grief with love as the healing balm.

Join Psychedelic Support on Friday, October 13th, 2023 from 12 PM-1 PM PDT for a webinar with Michael Sapiro, PsyD.

Traditional therapies work from the outside in, addressing the various layers that cause us pain and discomfort toward what is good. Nondual psychedelic psychotherapy begins with what is already good and wholesome, and then we move with grace, truth, honesty, unconditional love, and acceptance through the layers we want to heal. There is no greater medicine than self-love, so why not spend our time accessing that first so we can apply it like a salve on all the untended grief and unhealed wounds that we discover on our psychedelic psychotherapy journey?

In this experiential talk, Dr. Sapiro will offer an example of nondual meditation as it applies to the therapeutic process, case studies, and nondual therapeutic methods, and will cover the framework that runs throughout the entire therapeutic process (preparation, ketamine sessions, and integration). You will learn how concepts like nonduality, loving witness, loving awareness, original essence, grace, and unconditional love can be applied during the therapeutic process.

We don’t want to wait a lifetime to experience this within ourselves. Why don’t we start there? The nondual approach to psychedelic psychotherapy leads toward the experience of what is whole and unbroken within a relatively short time. When we get a taste of this truth, even briefly and fleetingly, we know it exists, and know what to aim for. This is the brightest beacon on our horizon of healing and growth in the psychedelic psychotherapeutic process.

Truth Medicine: A Nondual Approach to Psychedelic Psychotherapy
Friday, October 13
12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT
Online

This course is produced by Psychedelic Support. Please visit their event page for more information!

LEARN MORE On Psychedelic Support’s Website


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.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AT Sage-ing Internationals’S WEBSITE


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.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AT ESALEN’S WEBSITE


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 on November 22, 2023. Participants will be notified of the details nearer the time.

Morphic Resonance, Memory and the Habits of Nature
Live online Q&A session on November 22, 2023
Recordings Available Now

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

LEARN MORE ON RUPERT’S WEBSITE


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
Online

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


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