Keynote Speakers

Embodiment as the Heart of Participatory Spirituality with Jorge N. Ferrer, Ph.D.

Saturday May 12, 9:30-11:00 am

Jorge N. Ferrer, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of East–West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. He is the author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality (Albany: SUNY Press, 2002) and coeditor of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008). A leading scholar on transformative practices and integral epistemology at the Esalen Center for Theory and Research, Ferrer received the Fetzer Institute’s Presidential Award in 2000 for his seminal work on consciousness studies. In 2009 he became an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United Nations on a research project aimed at solving global interreligious conflict. He was born in Barcelona, Spain.

Ground-breaking Mental Health Care in Brazil with Emma Bragdon, Ph.D.

Friday May 11, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Emma Bragdon has spent 6 months a year in Brazil since 2001. Having been a spiritual guide for more than 50 groups coming to Brazil to consult John of God, she is now hosting groups of students and health professionals to observe the workings of Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil.  Her two most recent books are: “Spiritism and Mental Health” and “Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, BiPolar and Other Serious Mental

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