CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS




David Lukoff, Ph.D.

David Lukoff, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California, and a licensed psychologist in California whose areas of expertise include treatment of schizophrenia, spiritual issues in clinical practice, and case study methodology. He is author of 80 articles and chapters on spiritual issues and mental health, and teachers internationally on spirituality and mental health. He is co-author of the DSM-IV category Religious or Spiritual Problem, co-president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and maintains the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.




Bernadette Blin

Bernadette Blin is a psychologist, transpersonal psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and author of articles and books on Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Holotropic Breathwork.
Certified in Gestalt Therapy (Ecole Parisienne de Gestalt) and in Transpersonal Psychology and Holotropic Breathwork (Grof Transpersonal Training). ECP (European Certificate of Psychotherapy) and ECTP (EUROTAS Certificate of Transpersonal Psychotherapy).
Creator and director of IRETT (Training Institute for Transpersonal Therapists) in France.
President of EUROTAS and Vice-President of GRETT (Groupe de Recherches et d'Etudes en Thérapies Transpersonnelles).
Co-author of 2 books: Healing the Ego, Revealing the Being, the Challenge of Transpersonal Therapies – Trédaniel – 2009 and Manual of Transpersonal Psychotherapy –Dunod/Interéditions - 2011.




Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, a Fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Kent State University Child Study Center, Kent OH, and the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY. Krippner is a pioneer in the study of consciousness, having conducted research in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, and with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream paradigms. He is the co-author of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work With Them (SUNY Press, 2002), Perchance to Dream (Nova Science, 2009), Mysterious Minds (Praeger, 2010), Debating Psychic Experience (Praeger, 2010), Demystifying Shamans and Their World (Imprint Academic, 2011), The Voice of Rolling Thunder (Inner Traditions, 2012); and is the co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence (APA, 2000), as well as dozens of other books. He also has over 1000 published, scholarly articles, chapters, and papers.




Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D.

Rosemarie Anderson has been Professor of Transpersonal Psychology and Core Faculty at Sofia University since 1992. With the publication of Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences (SAGE, 1998), she and the late William Braud founded the field of transpersonal research methods by providing a rationale for using transpersonal ways of knowing uniquely suited to the study of transpersonal and spiritual phenomena. In Transforming Self and Others Through Research (SUNY Press, 2011), they presented advanced versions of these methods and experiential exercises for studying research topics using practices, such as mindfulness, compassion practices, direct knowing, play, and the creative arts. Dr. Anderson has developed a transpersonal research method know as intuitive inquiry, a data-collection procedure known as embodied writing, and a scale for measuring embodied ways of knowing known as the Body Insight Scale. She is also the author of Celtic Oracles (Random House, 1998) and co-author of Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis (Guilford, 2011). She lives in Oregon, USA and is a student of Denma Locho Rinpoche and Paul Goodberg.




B. Les Lancaster, Ph.D.

B. Les Lancaster is Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool JM University, Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University, and Academic Dean for Transpersonal Psychology at the Professional Development Foundation, UK. He is currently Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and convenor of the International Board of the International Transpersonal Association. Les' research interests focus on the cognitive neuroscience of consciousness and the psychology of mysticism, focusing on Kabbalistic Psychology. He has some forty years' experience of working with kabbalistic practices. In addition to various journal articles, Les' books include Approaches to Consciousness: the Marriage of Science and Mysticism, and The Essence of Kabbalah.




 Marcie Boucouvalas, Ph.D.

Marcie Boucouvalas, Ph.D. editor of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology (JTP) (since 2002), and previously field editor (since 1982) is Professor at Virginia Tech/National Capital Region. She also serves on the editorial boards of AEQ and Adult Learning and as a manuscript reviewer for a host of journals, including the Journal of Transformative Education. Her research interests focus on international dimensions of individual and societal transformation and consciousness studies, particularly transpersonal development.  Her foundational study targeted four levels of transpersonal development:  individual, relationships and groups, communities and society, and planetary/cosmic, followed by continuing inquiry into the multi-disciplinary nature of the movement.





Harald Walach, Ph.D.

Professor Harald Walach is Director of the Institute of Transcultural Health Sciences at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, where he also coordinates a postgraduate training program for doctors in complementary medicine and cultural studies. Dr. Walach holds a double Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and History and Theory of Science. He has authored more than 100 peer reviewed papers, several books and numerous book chapters. From 2005 until 2009 he has worked with the University of Northampton, UK, where he had built up and directed the MSc Program of Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies.




Anne Baring, MA

Anne Baring (MA Oxon) was born in London 1931 and educated in England, France and America. She is a Jungian analyst and the author and co-author of 7 books including, with Jules Cashford (1992), The Myth of the Goddess; Evolution of an Image; with Andrew Harvey, The Mystic Vision (1995) and The Divine Feminine (1996); and with Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Soul Power: an Agenda for a Conscious Humanity (2009). Her most recent book, published in May 2013, is The Dream of the Cosmos: a Quest for the Soul. The ground of all her work is a deep interest in history as well as the spiritual, mythological, shamanic and artistic traditions of different cultures. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the Cosmos that is the source or ground of all that we call ‘life’. She lives in the UK near Winchester with her husband, artist Robin Baring and they have a daughter and a grandson who is now 18. Her website is devoted to the affirmation of a new vision of reality and the issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

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