CONFERENCE > PROGRAM 2013


Please note that the program is still under development, there will be still some additions and small changes to the sessions.

At SAND13 there will be two days of pre-conference workshops on Wednesday October 23rd and Thursday October 24th. Each pre-conference workshop will last 4hr and will be led by an individual presenter. The conference will start on Thursday October 24th at 7pm and will continue until Sunday October 27th 6pm. Sunday evening there will be a closing dinner with some of the speakers, the organizers and the participants.

CEU's SAND is providing through Sofia University 5.5 CEU’s for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs. We will offer a set amount of CEUs for those who plan to attend the entire conference. We do not offer individual CEUs for individual workshops/presentations/lectures. You can register and pay for the CEUs at the conference registration desk. Please do not sent checks directly to Sofia University.


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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013


9:00am - 12:00pm

AFTERNOON SESSION

2:00pm - 5:00pm

EVENING SESSION

6:30pm - 10:00pm

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


9:00am - 12:00pm

AFTERNOON SESSION

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

4:30pm

Conference Registration Opens

6:00pm - 7:30pm

PLENARY SESSION

Hayes Ballroom
7:00pm - 7:15pm
7:20pm - 8:00pm

8:10pm - 9:10pm


9:10pm - 09:20pm
9:20pm - 10:20pm

PL1. A Consciousness-based Science

Maurizio & Zaya Benazzo - Opening remarks
Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Author,Founder, The Chopra Foundation - What Is Consciousness & Where Is It?
Panel conversation "What Is Consciousness & Where Is It?" with Rudolph Tanzi, Menas Kafatos and Lothar Schäfer facilitated by Deepak Chopra
Puppetji
Stellamara, concert

Friday, October 25th, 2013

San Jose Room
7:45am - 8:45am

Meditation led by Rupert Spira

MORNING SESSIONS

Hayes Ballroom
9:00am - 9:15am
9:20am - 10:30am

PL2. Perception And Reality

SAND Cafe
Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas), Ph.D., Founder of the Diamond Approach - Perception and Reality

10:30am - 11:00am

Break

Hayes Ballroom
11:00am - 11:25am

11:30am - 12:30pm

C1. Exploring Consciousness and Perception

Catherine Pepin, Ph.D, Theoretical Physicist - Spiritual Insights in the Interpretation of Mass, Space and Time
Conversation with Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) and Rupert Spira - Exploring the Nature of Consciousness and Perception, moderated by Zaya Benazzo

San Martin Room
11:00am - 11:40am
11:50am - 12:30pm

C2. Prior to Nonduality

Jac O'Keeffe, Facilitator & Writer - Prior to Non Duality
Mystic Birinder, Author - The Nature Of Perception And Limitations Of The Mind

Monterey Room

11:00am - 11:40am



11:50am - 12:30pm

C3. From Kundalini Yoga and Upanishads to Neuroscience

David Shannahoff-Khalsa, Dir. of The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics, UCSD - Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Disorder-Specific Techniques for Treating Psychiatric Disorders
Jay Kumar, Ph.D. Prof. at Chapman University - Consciousness and Our Perception of Happiness: From the Upanishads to Neuroscience

Live Oak Room
11:00am - 11:20am

11:30am - 11:50am

12:00pm - 12:20pm

C4. Perception, Quantum Physics and Geometry

Thomas J. McFarlane - Deriving Quantum Physics from Perception
Newcomb Greenleaf, Ph.D. - Japanese Temple Geometry for Modern Eyes
Karla Galdamez, Ph.D. - Non-Local Perception: Brain to Brain Communication at a Distance

Madrone Room
11:00am - 11:20am

11:30am - 11:50am
12:00pm - 12:20pm

C5. Shifting Paradigms

Farhan Qureshi - Perceptual Relativism and Universal Mysticism
Damien Jones - The Outer Body Paradigm
Craig Weiler - The Drama With TED and Its Meaning for Parapsychology

Morgan Hill Room
9:00am - 10.30am
11:00am - 12:00pm
12:15pm - 2:00pm

Experiential Room

Yoga with Ellen Emmet
Kazuaki Tanahashi - Drawing a Circle

Emma Devi - Trans Dance

San Jose Room
11:00am-12:00pm

Explorations and Dialogues Room

Lothar Schäfer, Prof. of Physical Chemistry (Emeritus)
at the University of Arkansas
(Part 1), Quantum Reality and the Spiritual Mind


12:30pm - 2:00pm

Lunch music

with CelloJoe

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Hayes Ballroom
2:00pm - 2:50pm


3:00pm - 4:00pm

C6. The New Spirituality

Panel: The Implications of a Universal Spirituality with Matthew Fox, Edward Bastian and Rory McEntee moderated by Kurt Johnson
Panel:
Spiritual Teaching, Psychotherapy, and the Quest for the Truth with Pamela Wilson, John Prendergast, Karen Johnson and Ellen Emmet moderated by Gail Brenner

Monterey Room
2:00pm-2:35pm

2:40pm - 3:15pm

3:25pm - 3:55pm

C7. Reflections on Neurology and the Mind

Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology, Harvard University - Super Brain
Robert Burton, MD, Neurologist, & Author - Reflections on a Mind's "I"
James Austin, MD, Neurologist & Author - Visual Perception: Spontaneous Color Imagery During Meditation

San Martin Room
2:00pm-2:35pm

2:40pm - 3:15pm
3:25pm - 3:55pm

C8. Seeing Who We Really Are

Ed Bastian - Creating Your Spiritual Path and Contemplative Practice A Process of Inquiry, Insight and Integration
Richard Lang - See Who You Really Are
Kenny Johnson - All Things Are Empty...Empty Are All Things

Live Oak Room

2:00pm-2:35pm
2:40pm - 3:15pm


3:25pm - 3:55pm

C9. Interconnected Perception and Universal Spirituality

Jagdish Kohli, Cultivating Interconnected Perception
Bob Jesse, Council on Spiritual Practices (convenor) and
Johns Hopkins (researcher)
-  From the Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Findings to the Reconstruction of Religion
Kurt Johnson
, Ph.D. Professor & Artist - The Implications of a Universal Spirituality

Madrone Room

2:00pm-2:20pm

2:30pm - 2:50pm


3:00pm - 3:20pm
3:30pm - 3:50pm

C10. Perception, Oneness and Relational Consciousness

Todd Haydon - The Nature of Perception and the Ancient Hindu Fire Ritual
Stephano Sabetti, Ph.D, Psychotherapist and Author - One-Twoness, Perceiving Duality In the Heart of Oneness and the Oneness Underlying the Duality
Annette Knopp - The Primordial Feminine in Non-Duality
Alex Warden - Relational Consciousness: A New Awareness Born of the Feminine

Morgan Hill Room
2:00pm-2:50pm


3:00pm-4:00pm

Experiential Room

David Shannahoff-Khalsa - A Kundalini Yoga Pranayam to Awaken the Dormant Regions of the Brain and a Mantra to Awaken, Balance, and Heal the Eight Chakras
Mingtong Gu, Qigong Master Teacher - Embodying Your Wholeness as Your True Nature

San Jose Room
2:00pm - 3:15pm

3:20pm - 4:00pm

Explorations and Dialogues Room

Catherine Pepin, Ph.D, Menas Kafatos Ph.D., and Dave Pruett Ph.D - Where Science and Spirituality converge

Ken Burak - Perception, Meditation, Phenomenology: An Experiential Workshop

Hayes Ballroom

4:15pm - 4:35pm
4:40pm - 5:25pm


5:30pm - 6:15pm


6:20pm - 6:30pm

PL 3. Wisdom from Our Spiritual Ancestors and Half a Century of Consciousness Research

Music - Alexandra Cherrington
Matthew Fox, Ph.D., Author & Theologian - Perceptions that Can Rock Our Worlds: Wisdom from Our Spiritual Ancestors
Stanislav Grof, Ph.D., Psychiatrist - Revision and Re-Enchantment of Psychology: Legacy from Half Century of Consciousness Research
Puppetji

6:30pm-

8:00pm

Hayes Foyer
7:30pm - 11:00pm

Poster session:

Brendan Smith, Gerald Bell, Deborah Kala Perkins, Teddie Potter, Suzanne Price, Mystic Birinder Bhullar, Richard Blum, Kosi Freedom, Laurel Botsford, Lynne D'Amico, Fred Davis, Suzy Adra, Laurie Moore, Virginia Wright, Brian Brown

Hayes Ballroom
8:00pm - 8:30pm

8:30pm - 10:30pm


San Jose Room
8:30pm - 9.30pm

9.30pm - 10.30pm

Evening Program

Tribute to Rick Linchitz , followed by a short film about Rick Linchitz

The Wisdom Tree, Film Premiere and Q&A with the Director Sunil Shah 
Open Conversation and Concert
Aging, Death, and Loss: An Open Conversation About the Fundamental Identification with the Body led by Gail Brenner

Concert with Damien Rose Liquid Bells


Saturday, October 26th, 2013

San Jose Room
7:45am - 8:45am

Meditation led by Rupert Spira

MORNING SESSIONS

Hayes Ballroom
9:00am - 9:40am

9:50am - 10:30am

PL 4. The Self and Other Illusions

Donald Hoffman, Ph.D., Cognitive Scientist & Author - Consciousness and the Interface Theory of Perception
Susana Martinez Conde, Ph.D. - Champions of Illusion

Hayes Ballroom
11:00am - 11:25am


11:30am - 12:30pm

C11. Psychedelics and Perception

James Fadiman, Ph.D., Author & Researcher - The Very Best Tools There is: Psychedelics and the Study of Perception
Panel: Psychedelic Research and the Self/Nature Boundary Doug Robinson, Diana Slattery Ph.D., Stanislav Grof M.D.- moderated by James Fadiman, PhD, co-sponsored by MAPS

Monterey Room
11:00am - 11:40am

11:50am - 12:30pm

C12. Truth Story and Enlightenment

Mark Matousek, Memoirist and Speaker - Truth Story Transformation: The Art of Self-Inquiry
John Hagelin, Ph.D, President of the David Lynch Foundation - Enlightenment and 'Supernormal' Abilities

San Martin Room
11:00am - 11:40am
11:50am - 12:30pm

C13. The Perception of Awakening

Francis Bennett - Awakening as a Beginning
Robert Dittler, Ph.D., O.S.B. - The Nature of Perception: A Phenomenological Perspective

Live Oak Room
11:00am - 11:20am
11:30am - 11:50am
12:00pm - 12:20pm

C14. Energy, Vision and Awareness

Will Pye - Experiencing the Diagnosis of a Brain Tumour
Rodolfo Fiorini - Vision, Awareness, Meditation
Theresa Bullard, Ph.D. - Enhancing Perception Through Vibrational Energy

Madrone Room
11:00am - 11:20am

11:30am - 11:50am

12:00pm - 12:20pm

C15. Thresholds of Perception

Michael Kosoy - Levels of Perception in Theoretical and Kabbalistic Biology
Cindy Atha-Weldon, Ph.D. - Inter-isness, the Threshold of Perception: Dancing in the Doorway
Austin Hill Shaw - Creativity Through the Perceptual Lenses of Science, Art, and Religion

Morgan Hill Room
9:00am - 10:30am
11:00am - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 2:00 pm

Experiential Room

Yoga with Ellen Emmet
Tango 101: One plus one equals One- an introduction to Argentine tango with Raquel Mashiach and Walter Stillman

TransDance® Heather Munro Pierce

San Jose Room
11:00am-12:00pm

Explorations and Dialogues Room

Lothar Schäfer, Prof. of Physical Chemistry (Emeritus)
at the University of Arkansas
(Part 2), Quantum Reality and the Spiritual Mind

12:30pm-2:00pm

Lunch music
with Rob Reich (accordion)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Hayes Ballroom
2:00pm - 2:40pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm

C16. The Science of Perception

Chris Fields, Ph.D., Independent Scientist - Forget Emergence: Perception as Entanglement
Panel:
The Science of Perception with Susana Martinez Conde, Chris Fields and Donald Hoffman, moderated by Nick Day

Monterey Room
2:00pm - 2:35pm

2:40pm - 3:15pm
3:25pm - 4:00pm

C17. Doorways of Perception

Dorothy Hunt - Perception: Doorway to the Known and the Unknowable
Igor Kufayev - The World Is As You See It
Kazuaki Tanahashi - Dynamics of Singularism and Pluralism in the Heart Sutra

San Martin Room
2:00pm - 2:35pm

2:40pm - 3:15pm

3:25pm - 4:00pm

C18. On The Fringe of Perception

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. Social Anthropologist, Researcher - Death Makes Life Possible
Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D. Professor & Artist - On The Fringe of Perception: Core Belief, Lucidity, and Creative Action

Wolfgang Lukas, Physicist - The Role of Self Knowledge in the Feedback Mechanism of Perception and Experience

Live Oak
2:00pm-2:20pm
2:30pm - 2:50pm

3:00pm - 3:20pm

3:30pm - 3:50pm

C19. No-Self Perception

Andreas Mueller - Perception is a Story
Siegfried Bleher, Ph.D. - The Quantum Physics of Nondual Perception: Does an Electron Know it is an Electron?
Jorn Kroll - Everyday Enlightenment: Heidegger’s Phenomenology of No-Self Perception and Action
Bill Baird - Awareness and Perception in Nondual Realization from an Advaita /Quantum/Neuropsychology Perspective

Madrone Room
2:00pm-2:20pm

2:30pm - 2:50pm

3:00pm - 3:20pm

3:30pm - 3:50pm

C20. Film, Music and the Fabric of Existence

Nick Day - Consciousness Goes to the Movies: From Perception to Reality
Tom Zelle - Music without Perception – Being Awake in Sound
Michael Taft - Deconstructing The Perception Of The Ego/Self
Sergio Baroni - Sensing Our Way Home Into The Fabric Of Existence, Through Heart-Energized, Rooted Embodiment

Morgan Hill Room
2:00pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Experiential Room

Richard Bock - The Quantum Light Breath with
Sperry Andrews - New Eyes New World

San Jose Room
2:00pm - 3:00pm
3:00 - 4:00pm

Explorations and Dialogues Room

Pamela Wilson - Silent Artistry

Meike Schuett: Women's Dialogue Meetings in Truth for Women

4:00pm-4:30pm

Break

Hayes Ballroom
4:30pm - 5:05pm

5:10pm - 5:45pm

5:50pm - 6:30pm
6:30pm - 6:40pm

PL 5. The Nature of Perception

Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D, Founder of The Lucidity Institute - Perception, Dreaming, and Awakening
Lothar Schäfer, Ph.D., Prof. of Physical Chemistry (Emeritus) - Quantum Reality and the Spiritual Mind
Rupert Spira
, Teacher - The Nature of Perception
A day in the SAND box with Puppetji

6:30pm-8:00pm

Hayes Ballroom

8:00pm - 8:30pm

8:30pm - 9:00pm
9:00pm - 9:30pm
10:00pm - 12:00am

"Threshold of Perception" - An Evening Program and a Party

David Ellzey, Transformational Entertainer "A World Beyond Thinking."
Wes Nisker, "How to Be an Earthling"
Shovelman
DJ Dragongfly

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

San Jose Room
7:45am - 8:45am

Meditation led by Rupert Spira

MORNING SESSIONS

Hayes Ballroom
9:00am - 9:40am
9:50am - 10:30am

PL6. Revolutions in Perceptions

Dean Radin, Ph.D. - Was Buddha Just a Nice Guy
Charles Eisenstein - Scientific Heresies: Heralds of a Nondualistic Mythology

Hayes Ballroom
11:00am - 11:20am

11:30am - 12:30pm

C21. The Context of the Human Body

Elissa Epel, Ph.D. Embodiment: How the outside world affects the inside
Panel: Human Body: Divine Presence with Igor Kufayev, Jac O'Keeffe and Francis Bennett, moderated by Rick Archer

Monterey Room
11:00am - 11:40am



11:50am - 12:30pm

C22. Perception Mechanisms

Jaime Pineda, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Science
and Neuroscience at U.C. San Diego
- Perception-Action Mechanisms, The Sense of Self, and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dave Pruett, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of
Mathematics at James Madison University
-
Revolutions in Human Self-Perceptions

San Martin Room
11:00am - 11:40am

11:50am - 12:30pm

C23. Stillness and the Creativity of Being

Marlies Cocheret, Psychologist & Tantric Educator - How Can We Live the Stillness of Being in Our Body's World?
Peter Russell, M.A., D.C.S., F.S.P .- The Unbounded Creativity of Being

Live Oak Room
11:00am - 11:20am

11:30am - 11:50am

12:00pm - 12:30pm

C24. Perceptions, Illusions, Reality

Lucila Guadalupe - Caceres From the Mere Optical Illusion to the Complex Illusion of Reality
Frank Heile - Primary Consciousness Perception versus Symbolic Consciousness Perception
Gary Weber, Ph.D., Researcher & Author - Psychedelics and NonDual Awakening Create Similar Perceptions of Reality

Madrone Room
11:00am - 11:20am

11:30am - 11:50am

12:00pm - 12:30pm

C25. Investigating Perception

Julia Mossbridge, Ph.D. - Investigating the Subconscious Perception of Seemingly Unpredictable Future Events
Wolfgang Baer, Ph.D. - The Integration of Physics With Spirituality
Maria Syldona, Ph.D. - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What’s Perception After All? Perspectives from Science and Kashmir Shaivism

Morgan Hill Room
9:00am - 10:30am
11:00am - 12:30 pm
12.30pm - 2:00pm

Experiential Room

Yoga with Ellen Emmet
ZIKIR: Unitive Sufi Dance
Dance

San Jose Room
11:00am-12:30pm

Explorations and Dialogues Room

Francis Lucille - Innocence and Spontaneity of Not-Knowing

12:30pm-2:00pm

Lunch music

Trio Garufa - Tango music!

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Hayes Ballroom
2:00pm - 2:35pm
2:40pm - 3:50pm

C26. Fearless Science

Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D. - Fearless Science
Panel: The Future of Meditation Research with Shauna Shapiro, Dean Radin, Arnaud Delorme, Elissa Epel moderated by Cassandra Vieten

Monterey Room
2:00pm - 2:35pm

2:40pm - 3:15pm
3:25pm - 4:00pm

C27. Beauty, Time and Perception

Isaac Shapiro - An Invitation to Be in Life in a Way That is Beautiful to You and Those Around You
John Prendergast, Ph.D. - The Felt Sense of the Ground
Bentinho Massaro - The Inter-Play of Time and Perception

San Martin Room

2:00pm - 2:35pm

2:40pm - 3:15pm

3:25pm - 4:00pm

C28. Deep Seeing, Perception, Language, Art and Quantum Reality

Jeff Durham, Ph.D. - Deep Seeing: How to Perceive and Decode Tibetan Thangka Paintings
James Johnson - A Critique of Niels Bohr’s Complementarity: A Fully Wave-like Quantum Reality
Diana Slattery, Ph.D, Novelist, Scholar, & Video Performance Artist - Perception, Reality, and Language in the Psychedelic Warp

Live Oak Room
2:00pm - 2:35pm

2:40pm - 3:15pm

3:25pm - 4:00pm

C29. The Architecture of Consciousness

Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D. Prof. of Counseling Psychology at SCU - The Role of Context
Leslie Combs, Ph.D., Professor CIIS - Integral Consciousness, Integral Art
Sean O 'Laire, Ph.D., Author - The Architecture of Reality

Madrone Room
2:00pm-2:20pm

2:30pm - 2:50pm

3:00pm - 3:20pm

3:30pm - 3:50pm

C30. Holographic Perception

Sthaneshwar Timalsina - Holographic Bodies and Deep Structures of Consciousness
Rod Rees, Ph.D. - Perception, Hallucination, and Consciousness
Anasuya Krishnaswamy, Ph.D., M.F.A, Scientist & Writer - People of the Percept
Kelly Kilrea - How Profound Spiritual Awakening Changes Leadership

Morgan Hill Room
2:00pm - 3:00pm


3:00pm - 4:00pm

Experiential Room

Risa Kaparo, Ph.D. - The Embodied Nature of Perception: Explore the Self-Sensing, Self-Organizing and Self-Renewing Universe of Somatic Intelligence
Yasmin Bar-Dor & Jon Schreiber, D.C., - Breema: The Art of Being Present

San Jose Room
2:00pm - 4:30pm

Explorations and Dialogues Room

The Wisdom Tree, Film Premiere and Q&A with the Director Sunil Shah 

4:00pm-4:15pm

Break

Hayes Ballroom
4:15pm - 4:35pm
4:40pm - 5:20pm

5:25pm - 6:15pm


6:20pm - 6:30pm

PL 7. The New Science and Not-Knowing

Music: Laura Inserra, Hang Drum
Francis Lucille - Innocence and Spontaneity of Not-Knowing
Menas Kafatos, Ph.D, Professor of Computational Physics and Director of Excellence at Chapman University - Observer-Based Science
Closing

7:30pm-

9:30pm

Fri, Sat & Sun
12:00pm - 9:00pm

 

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