An effective therapist in today’s world is prepared to address psychological as well as spiritual concerns. But how do you choose from the many powerful tools that psychology and spirituality make available?
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Welcome to The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Summit
In recent years we’ve seen extraordinary breakthroughs from the combination of Western psychotherapy and spiritual practice. From the “mindfulness revolution” to the prescription of yoga for PTSD and other challenges, this emerging synthesis of the scientific and the spiritual is transforming our approach to health and healing.
And we’ve only scratched the surface.
With The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Summit, you are invited to explore the profound implications of this uniquely exciting time in history.
Beginning on October 30, 2017, Sounds True publisher Tami Simon will speak with 30 of today’s leading experts on the intersection of psychotherapy and spirituality to hear their insights into the journey toward becoming a mature, balanced, spiritually open, and psychologically healthy human being.
A New Paradigm for Transformation and Healing
An effective therapist in today’s world is prepared to address psychological as well as spiritual concerns. But how do you choose from the many powerful tools that psychology and spirituality make available? And how do you avoid the limitations and blind spots of any given approach?
The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Summit brings you 10 days of conversation at the forefront of human development and evolution, intended to help you reconcile the apparent contradictions and paradoxes among various paths and add to your personal toolbox both time-tested and newly innovated techniques for personal transformation and healing.
The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Summit opens doorways to
The lastest research-based tools to accelerate personal growth
Integrating treachings from mulitple disciplines for powerful results
The emerging theories on human development
- New Understanding
Practical insights into the nature of the human psyche
Revolutionary approaches to addiction recover, trauma healing, and more
Spiritual realization and unfoldment
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30 Sessions of Practical Conversations and Breakthrough Insights
Are you a therapist with more and more clients presenting situations outside the scope of your traditional training or expertise?
Are you a spiritual teacher or practitioner who has witnessed the suffering and confusion that can stem from unresolved psychological issues or a lack of Shadow work?
Are you an “ordinary” individual looking for ways to foster your own journey through a deeper understanding and integration of your experience?
Join us at The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Summit for 30 sessions of transformative discussion and illuminating insights.
Learn more about our presenters and their gifts to you.
1. Jack Kornfield
Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT
Buddhist Psychology: The Essence
Modern psychotherapy and traditional Buddhist practice share the same root goal: liberation from the suffering that afflicts so much of humanity on a day-to-day basis. However, Buddhist psychology offers a different perspective than the tradition of Freud and Jung—one that begins from a person’s innate worth and nobility rather than pigeonholing them through a stigmatizing diagnosis. Join Jack Kornfield to explore:
- How the tenets of Buddhist psychology provide a powerful complement to Western psychotherapy
- Teaching stories about transcending our histories, becoming curious about our thoughts, and holding ourselves in loving awareness
- How the experience of suffering can give rise to empathy and compassion
- The foundations of inner practices such as mindfulness, forgiveness, self-compassion, and lovingkindness
- Psychotherapy 2.0 transcript (PDF)
Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and A Lamp in the Darkness.
2. Diane Poole Heller
Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT
A Spiritual and Psychological Approach to Healing the Wounds That Shatter: The Hidden Gift in Trauma
Trauma often sets off a “firecracker in the soul,” leading to ego fragmentation and disconnection from self, others, God or Source, grounding, and one’s own body awareness. Diane will discuss the gradual ego erosion of our defensive or distorted identity that comes as a benefit from chosen spiritual practices, in contrast to the unexpected, choice-less fast track that trauma survivors experience. Trauma often throws us into spiritual states quickly, and we may risk spiritual bypass without embodiment. We will look at what is needed for healing disconnection while providing access to and integration of the depths of our human journey that truly supports transformation of the Soul. Join Diane to explore:
- Trauma for the impatient soul—fast access to spiritual dimensions of experience
- Fragmentation—highly charged pieces that need time and attention to access and discharge
- Trauma stops time—moving frozen memory through time
- Tracking in the body—excavating implicit memory toward explicit so the brain can shift
- Reintroducing threats, managing arousal, and completing threat sequence to extinguish the symptom
- Gateway to Spiritual Access, Integration, and Transformation: Spiritual Dimensions (PDF)
- Gateway to Spiritual Access, Integration, and Transformation (audio)
Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. She taught and lectured for over two decades in the United States and in many countries around the world, and developed her own signature series on Adult Attachment called DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience)—more recently known also as SATe (Somatic Attachment Training experience). Dr. Heller began her work with Peter Levine, founder of SETI (Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute) in 1989. As senior faculty for SETI, she also teaches Somatic Experiencing®, based on Peter Levine’s groundbreaking work, in the US and abroad. Her book on auto accident trauma resolution, Crash Course is used worldwide as a resource for healing general trauma. As a dynamic speaker and teacher, Diane has been featured at prestigious international events and is the author of numerous articles in the field. As president of DARe/SATe and of Trauma Solutions, a psychotherapy training organization, Dr. Heller supports the helping community through an array of specialized topics. She maintains a limited private practice in Louisville, Colorado.
3. Ken Wilber
Monday, October 30, 2017, 8:00 PM EDT
Three Selves on the Journey to Growing Up and Waking Up
Eastern contemplative traditions and conventional psychology each recognize two selves. The Eastern traditions acknowledge a finite ego, and an Infinite or Real Self. Western psychology, on the other hand, takes the ego and further distinguishes between an authentic and accurate healthy ego and an inaccurate, dysfunctional persona. Ideally, we would recognize all three selves on the journey to Growing Up and Waking Up. While spiritual traditions help us Awaken to our infinite and Selfless nature, conventional psychology guides us in processing and integrating our repressed Shadow contents to become whole and healthy people. In truth, working with all three selves is absolutely essential for a healthy and fruitful path to human maturation and flourishing. In this session, Ken covers:
- Why in Western psychology we grow up but don’t wake up
- Why in Eastern spirituality we wake up but often fail to grow up
- How by working with all three selves we can Grow Up to become whole and healthy human beings while Waking Up to our infinite and transpersonal nature
Ken Wilber is one of the most influential and widely read American philosophers of our time. He is the originator of Integral Theory, a comprehensive philosophy that incorporates cultural studies, anthropology, systems theory, developmental psychology, biology, and spirituality. Ken’s writing has been translated into more than 20 languages. He is the author of many books, including The Spectrum of Consciousness; The Eye of Spirit; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; A Brief History of Everything; Boomeritis; and The Marriage of Sense and Soul. Ken Wilber lives in Denver, Colorado.
4. Lama Palden Drolma
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT
Actualizing True Nature: Union of Awareness-Emptiness and Our Human Condition
In order to integrate our experiences of our lives and pure being, or reality as it is, we need to be fully open to our ourselves and our world—to our humanness. We need to understand our human self and be in contact with it so that our conditioned patterns don’t block realization. Modalities such as psychotherapy or Diamond Heart work can help with this. The human psyche will not open to pure being if it is too scared, confused, or aggressive. The process of therapy or inquiry can bring substantial healing and insight in order to liberate confused patterns. Spiritual practice cuts through confusion, give us glimpses into the reality of what is, of who we truly are—the unity of wisdom and love, spontaneous awakened presence. This helps us actualize full awakening. The union of spiritual and psychological methods speeds our understanding, unfoldment, and full actualization. Lama Palden explores:
- The benefits of combining spiritual and psychological work
- Today’s unprecedented wealth of methods and support for awakening
- How our humanness is an integral aspect of our awakening
- The Unity of Samsara and Nirvana article (PDF)
- Opening to What Is (audio meditation)
Lama Palden Drolma was one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in 1986 by her primary teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, following her completion of the traditional Tibetan three-year, three-month retreat. Lama Palden has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism and of comparative mysticism for over 40 years. She is the founding teacher of Sukhasiddhi Foundation in Marin County, a Tibetan Buddhist center in the Shangpa and Kagyu lineages. Lama Palden has a deep interest in helping to make the teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism accessible and practical for Westerners in order to help students actualize our innate wisdom, love, and joy.
As a teacher, Lama Palden is committed to each student’s unique unfolding and blossoming. In 1993, Palden completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. After licensing as a psychotherapist, she engaged in facilitating clients’ psychospiritual integration and development through bringing together understandings and methods from Buddhism and psychology, as well as from the Diamond Heart work that she engaged with and trained in for many years. Lama Palden has had the deeply satisfying experience of watching students grow and awaken, sharing their gifts with the world.
5. Robert Augustus Masters
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT
The Heart of Psychospiritual Work
In Robert Augustus Masters’s work, the psychological, spiritual, emotional, and somatic coexist. He doesn’t conduct psychotherapy and then bring in spirituality, but rather allows both to operate as one intuitive unfolding. Here, Masters explores the process, touching on turning toward pain, Shadow work, spiritual bypassing, and emotional healing. Robert explains:
- Psychospiritual work: psychotherapy and spirituality working as one
- Turning toward our pain: an essential evolutionary step
- How Shadow work connects psychotherapy and spirituality
- Emotional literacy and deepening: the relevance of emotional work
- Cutting through spiritual bypassing
- Full-Spectrum Healing: Bringing Together All That You Are (excerpt from To Be a Man)
- Making Wise Use of Reactivity (audio)
Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, is an integral psychotherapist, relationship expert, and psychospiritual guide and trainer. His books include Transformation through Intimacy, Spiritual Bypassing, Emotional Intimacy, and To Be a Man.His work blends the psychological, emotional, and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing full-blooded embodiment, emotional literacy, Shadow work, and the development of relational maturity. At essence his work is about becoming more intimate with all that we are—high and low, dark and light—in service of healing, awakening, and integration.
6. Trudy Goodman
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 8:00 PM EDT
Why Meditation and Psychotherapy Need Each Other
Long-term meditators who have been in therapy know how psychotherapy can support the process of spiritual development, yet they tend to attribute their positive growth entirely to meditative practice. Therapy clients often long for a spiritual dimension to address life’s deepest questions and losses, but shy away from anything that smacks of religion. How do these two paths fit together? What does psychotherapy informed by spiritual work and meditative awareness look like? How can meditation teaching be informed by the insights of Western psychology? Meditation, psychotherapy, and daily mindfulness practice can create a powerful synergy. Through practices that are both psychological and spiritual, we can access the rich and intimate world of our being. Through the willingness to learn, to know our life just as it is, we can enter the vastness and mystery of love at the heart of the universe. This session invites you to learn more about:
- The creative synergy of psychotherapeutic work and meditation practice
- The drawbacks of practicing one discipline without the other
- How meditation practice and psychotherapy inform one another
- Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Working with Children (PDF)
- Zen, Vipassana, and Psychotherapy (podcast)
Trudy Goodman, PhD, is the founding teacher of InsightLA, a nonprofit organization for mindfulness education and meditation training since 2002. InsightLA is the first center in the world to offer trainings in both contemporary mindfulness teachings and Buddhist meditation. Trudy is one of the first MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) trainers, under the tutelage of its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Trudy is also guiding teacher and cofounder of the world’s first Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Trudy had the privilege of studying developmental psychology with Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan. For 25 years, Trudy pioneered mindfulness-based psychotherapy with children, teenagers, couples, and individuals. Much of Trudy’s life has been dedicated to practicing Buddhist meditation with revered Asian and Western teachers in the Zen, Theravada, and Vajrayana traditions. She is currently the senior Vipassana teacher in Los Angeles from the Theravada lineage.
7. Ron Siegel
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT
Psychotherapy Without a Self: Mindfulness as a Path to Wisdom and Compassion
What if our therapeutic goals of self-improvement turn out to be symptoms of delusion? And what if the mindfulness craze changes who we think we are and what we’re trying to do in therapy? This presentation will examine how mindfulness can be harnessed in psychotherapy to reexamine our sense of self, leading toward greater wisdom and compassion for all involved. Ron will cover:
- Ways to move beyond our evolutionarily hardwired concerns with personal comfort and self-esteem
- Ways that mindfulness practice can help us break free from the current narcissism epidemic
- How wisdom and compassion can be cultivated for both the professional and the client
- The Fiction of the Self: The Paradox of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice (PDF)
- Who Am I?: The Perils of Self (video)
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coauthor of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice; and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being, produced by The Great Courses. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy, and maintains a private clinical practice.
8. Mariana Caplan
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT
Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy
Has yoga improved your health and expanded your awareness—but emotional and relationship issues continue to challenge you? Or, have you found psychotherapy helpful, yet yearn for vaster spiritual discovery? In this presentation, we will explore these two domains of transformation and how they complement each other—particularly in light of the advancements in somatics, trauma research and healing, and neuroscience—laying the groundwork for a new merging of these two disciplines. When we bring together yoga and psychology, possibilities for growth are awakened within one’s body, deep psyche, and spirit. Together, they form a seamless weave of insights and practices that are applicable in the yoga studio, therapy room, and amid the rush of daily life. Session highlights include:
- Why the integration of yoga and psychology is at the zeitgeist of contemporary spirituality
- How psychological work and yoga practice mutually support each other
- The new possibilities for healing and transformation stemming from developments in somatics, neuroscience, and trauma research
- Participating in the synthesizing of the great traditions of yoga and psychology
- 10 Spirituality Transmitted Diseases (PDF)
- The Union of Psychology and Spirituality (PDF)
Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of eight books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including the forthcoming Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy (Sounds True, 2018); the award-winning Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path (Sounds True, 2010); and the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment. She is founder of The Yoga & Psyche Method™ and The Yoga & Psyche Conference™. She has been teaching workshops and trainings at major retreat centers, online, and in yoga studios and universities throughout the world since 1997. For over a decade, Dr. Caplan was an adjunct professor and developed large public programs at The California Institute of Integral Studies. She also taught at Naropa University, John F. Kennedy University, and Sophia University. Her articles have been featured in magazines and journals including Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, ReVision, and The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Her new ideas are published regularly on her HuffPost blog. She is a regular guest on radio and TV programs on subjects of spirituality, psychology, yoga, and wellness.
9. Peter Fenner
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:00 PM EDT
The Ultimate Medicine: Nondual Psychotherapy
Nondual therapy blends the intimacy of therapy with the power and vitality of Asia’s nondual wisdom traditions. Nondual therapy is based on the healing power of pure awareness. In Buddhism, nondual awareness is called the “ultimate medicine” because when we rest in this timeless state of pristine awareness, conditioned experiences can no longer detract from our fundamental state of total completion and integrity. Our age, physical and emotional condition, and material circumstances no longer limit us. Nondual healing functions at the “result level” by directly introducing people to the transpersonal dimension of awareness itself. This presentation lays out the essential dimensions of a form of therapy that’s suited to individuals and groups. This form of therapy works in the here and now to dismantle limiting beliefs and constructions about who we are and what is happening in the present moment. Peter explores:
- Creating an environment that’s intimate and warm, yet clear and penetrating at the same time
- Revealing the nature of awareness itself through nondual dialogue and the natural release of dualistic thought
- Working from the result, or acausal, level, gently inviting people to the ground of effortless being
- Nondual inquiry—“seeing through” the dualistic constructions that seem to obscure the presencing of nondual awareness
- Presencing Unconditioned Awareness (PDF)
- Nonduality and Therapy: Awakening the Unconditioned Mind (PDF)
Peter Fenner is a leader in the Western adaptation of Buddhist wisdom. He is a pioneer in the new field of nondual psychotherapy. He was a celibate monk in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions for nine years. He has a PhD in the philosophical psychology of Mahayana Buddhism and has held teaching positions at universities in Australia and the US. He is founder of the Center for Timeless Wisdom and the creator of the well-known Radiant Mind and Natural Awakening courses. His books and audio programs include Natural Awakening: An Advanced Guide for Sharing Nondual Awareness; Radiant Mind: Awakening Unconditional Awareness; Radiant Mind: Teaching and Practices to Awakening Unconditioned Awareness (seven-CD set); The Edge of Certainty: Paradoxes on the Buddhist Path; and The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy (ed. with John Prendergast and Sheila Krystal). He has taught workshops at Naropa University, the California Institute for Integral Studies, Omega Institute, ZIST, Terre de Ciel, and other centers, and given invited presentations at JFK University, Saybrook College, Stanford Medical School, Columbia University, and at locations internationally.
10. DaRa Williams
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT
Fearless Compassion and the Healing of Intergenerational Trauma
There are some traumas that are so devastating that their effects echo across generations. In Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy, healers will find tools to search for the origin points of intergenerational trauma and address the myriad ways they cause suffering in the present. This is especially important for marginalized communities where persistent oppression causes unique stressors. Here DaRa addresses:
- Strategies for addressing trauma from societal oppression, poverty, and colonialism
- Healing trauma not only in individuals but in greater communities
- The therapy session as a form of ceremony
- A guided visualization for distancing from a difficult person or situation
DaRa Williams is a therapist, wellness coach, and teacher who has been practicing Vipassana meditation for more than 20 years. A graduate of the Spirit Rock Meditation Society teacher training program, DaRa is also on the Board of Directors for the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan.
11. Richard Miller
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT
The Ultimate Cure: The Skillful Use of Opposites in Healing Core Wounds Amidst Spiritual Awakening
Our suffering can’t be resolved by our thinking mind. Nondual therapy is designed to provide access to our innate Wholeness, enabling us to access intuitive wisdom and heal no matter the circumstances. This presentation explores this neuroscientific intervention of working with opposites in order to lead to the ultimate cure—profound health and wholeness. Richard will emphasize:
- How healing proceeds from the ground of unchanging Wholeness
- Recognizing opposites that conceal and reveal health, healing, and Wholeness
- Identifying continuums of opposites for healing and well-being
- The neuroscience involved in working with opposites
- Recognizing core wounds—and how to use them for healing
- Your Wholeness of Being (audio meditation)
- Nondual Psychology and the Skillful Use of Opposites (PDF)
Richard C. Miller, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, scholar, and spiritual teacher who has devoted his life to integrating Western psychology with the teachings of yoga, tantra, Advaita, Taoism, and Buddhism. Richard is the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, cofounder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and founding editor of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is the author of several books, including iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health.