June 20, 2005
From July 6 to 11, 2005, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) will hold its 11th International Conference in the Washington DC area. The conference theme is “Consciousness and Healing” and it will bring together cutting edge thinkers, leaders, and activists for an examination of the essential shifts needed to move our world in the direction of personal, social and global change. More than 85 luminaries will present a vision of profound hope, grounded in rigorous science, wisdom, and compassion. Four days of inspiring keynotes, powerful workshops, stimulating dialogues, community, music, and celebration will make this a truly unforgettable experience.
The conference is an extraordinary opportunity to be uplifted, encouraged and inspired. Within the theme of “healing our world”, specific keynotes, plenary sessions and dozens of workshops will address the latest research and understanding regarding global conditions, the shifts that are occurring, and how we can advance them. For example, Apollo 14 astronaut and IONS founder Edgar Mitchell will present an important full-day workshop on “Consciousness and Sustainability”; Kenny Ausubel founder of Bioneers will explore “Ecological Medicine and the Fate of the Earth”; and Penny Livingston-Stark will examine “Permaculture: Reconnection of the Human Spirit to the Earth”. (See full descriptions below).
This is the first time in over a decade that an IONS conference has been held in the Washington DC area, and it comes at a time and to a place where “good news” is greatly needed. As IONS President James O’Dea has observed, “The world is increasingly desperate for hope in the face of seemingly intractable problems. This conference will demonstrate that a new culture is arising and that major shifts are underway, if only we support them. Human civilization is at a great fork in the road, and this conference will help illuminate the evolutionary path forward.”
Please take a moment to go the IONS website at http://www.noetic.org/ for full conference and registration information.
The Institute of Noetic Sciences is an international nonprofit that for 30 years has explored the intersection of science and consciousness. (The word “noetic” comes from the ancient Greek nous, and refers to “inner knowing,” or intuitive consciousness.) ION’s research focus includes emerging paradigms, extended human capacities and integral health and healing.
Edgar Mitchell, PhD
Global events of past years, now exacerbated by recent policies of the United States, are threatening to make sustainable development of planet Earth unattainable. Sustainability has been the long-range goal of environmentalists, agriculturists, futurists and hosts of activists for at least four decades as concerns about global overpopulation, poverty, species extinction, global warming, deforestation and related issues have mounted. We are now witnessing the quiet dissembling of more than thirty years of laws and protections that moved civilization toward a sustainable future. This workshop will examine the issues, the impact of recent legislation, and the possible courses of action open to us.
Edgar Mitchell, PhD is the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a former Apollo Astronaut. His many credentials and degrees include four honorary doctorates and a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Dr. Mitchell is a luminescent lecturer and author of several books, including The Way of the Explorer.
Ecological Medicine and the Fate of the Earth
As the world’s ecosystems reach a tipping point of likely collapse, social and scientific innovators called “bioneers” are mapping a practical future of restoration based on nature’s operating instructions. One of the strongest pathways to restoration is the emerging field of Ecological Medicine, the recognition that human and environmental health are one notion, indivisible.
Kenny Ausubel, founder and co-executive director of Bioneers, is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He co-founded Seeds of Change, a biodiversity organic seed company, and wrote the book Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure. He is the author of the books The Bioneers: Declarations of Interdependence, profiling the Bioneers culture, and When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies. Most recently,
he edited the first two titles in the Bioneers book series with J.P Harpignies: Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves, and Nature’s Operating Instructions: The True Biotechnologies.
Permaculture: Reconnection of the Human Spirit to the Earth
This workshop will explore the fundamental permaculture principles of ecology and regenerative design. Tools will be given to learn ways to connect with the earth, develop a renewed relationship with place and the environment. Penny will share strategies for developing “human based ecologies” that create more fertility and viability on the land while providing for the needs of people, wildlife and all other sentient beings on the planet.
Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker. She is the founder of Sustainable Living Designs, The Permaculture Institute of Northern California, and Regenerative Design Institute. Penny has been working professionally in the land management and development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound landscape design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials.
http://www.noetic.org/ or call 800-583-3063