Relationship within the Undivided
September 8 – 11, 2011
San Francisco, California
About the Conference
Nonduality derives from the Sanskrit word Advaita, which means “not-two,” referring to the fundamental consciousness that underlies the apparent distinction between perceiver and perceived. From the nondual perspective, the split between self and other is a purely mental construct. This understanding, rooted in the direct experience of countless sages through millenia, is at the heart of Hindu Vedanta, Judaism, Islam, and many schools of Buddhism, Taoism, and mystical Christianity. Nonduality points to “That” which is before and beyond the projections of a separative, self-reflexive mind. As nondual awareness emerges in the West in both therapists and clients, the practical and theoretical implications for psychotherapy are far-reaching.
This annual cutting edge conference hosts leading therapists and teachers who are exploring the confluence of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. How does psychotherapy change when therapists and clients awaken to and embody their true nature as open, lucid awareness that is essentially not separate from the whole of life? This year’s conference focuses on relationship as experienced within and as the Whole, and how awakening affects all relationships – therapeutic and non-therapeutic, alike.
History of the Conference
The first Conference on Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy was held in 1998 at the Mt. Madonna Center in Watsonville, California, and was hosted by The Center For Timeless Wisdom, a non-profit organization established by Peter Fenner, Ph.D. Subsequent conferences have been held annually since 2000 in the San Francisco Bay Area including ones hosted by the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, and California Institute of Integral Studies.
Who can Attend?
Anyone is welcome to attend. While the conference presentations are geared towards the theory and practice of psychotherapy and are available to be taken for continuing education units, they are accessible to the interested public. Many graduate students and psychology interns attend along with licensed psychotherapists. Clergy, bodyworkers, and students of nondual teachings will also find the presentations of special interest.
The 2011 Presenters include
Rupert Spira, Dorothy Hunt, LCSW, Judith Blackstone, PhD, Marlies Cocheret (MA, psychology) Risa Kaparo, PhD, Lynn Marie Lumiere, MFT, Kaisa Puhakka, PhD, Paul and Evelyn Moschetta.
CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Full weekend: $250 regular, $150 student/member/CIIS community price
Single day (Sat or Sun): $150 reg, $75 student/member/CIIScommunity price
Friday Evening talk: $18, $15 for members/students/CIIS community price
12 CEUs available (MFT, LCSW, RN) – must attend full conference