KEYNOTE: Radical Therapies: The Confluence of Breakthrough Science and Timeless Practice
WITH JOE LOIZZO
For centuries, modern science and medicine have been straying further and further away from the healing wisdom and arts held in common by most humans throughout history. Now suddenly, two decades of breakthroughs have brought a dramatic shift in our modern views of human nature, illness, and health, sparking a revolution that is re-aligning our newest therapies with the world's timeless methods.
As a contemplative psychiatrist, Joe Loizzo has experienced this revolution firsthand, seeing medicine and psychotherapy transformed by their confluence with the timeless contemplative methods preserved in the East. His talk recounts this sea change, mapping the new science that tracks much of what ails us to an age-old source--stress emotions and habits--and charting the rising tide of evidence that mindfulness, compassion, and embodied methods like breath-control can help us turn the primal force of our nature to drive optimal health.
Dr. Loizzo explains how radical therapies bring together new science with timeless contemplative skills to shift mind, brain, and body from stress to wellbeing. His talk frames the recent watershed of mindfulness-based therapies as the first of three waves in this confluence, and then introduces its second and third waves: the compassion-based and embodied contemplative therapies of today and tomorrow that hold even greater promise for the future of health and wellbeing worldwide.
Buddhist Psychotherapy: Reuniting the Twin Streams of Science and Spirituality in a Degenerate Age
WITH MILES NEALE
The stage is set for a paradigm shift, do you feel it? Western culture has been dominated by the ideologies of materialism, reductionism, and objectivism rooted in the dangerous world-view of nihilism for three centuries and while we have seen great technological breakthroughs we are also now on the cusp of ecological demise. The mindfulness revolution has opened a window for us to consider its deeper roots in Buddhism and with it a whole new paradigm that includes spirituality, consciousness, interdependence, and altruism. What do Buddhism and psychology each stand to learn from a mutually respectful dialogue and can Buddhist psychotherapy integrate the best of both worlds to offer us a scientific spirituality that can restore sanity in our degenerate age.
Intimacy in End of Life Care
WITH SENSEI KOSHIN PALEY ELLISON
How do you function in relationship? How do you move from fear to fearlessness? How are you with your own process of aging, illness and dying? In this talk, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Co-Founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, will explore these questions and six ways of reflecting on intimacy at end of life.
The Physical Journey from "Muscle Contraction" to "Chi Activation" to "Higher Vibrational Frequencies"
WITH DAVID BERCELI
This lecture will be progressive in nature. We will begin by discussing the natural pulsation of the human organism and how this organic pulsation is interrupted by stressful or traumatic events. I will then explain Neurogenic tremors, which is a natural relaxation mechanism genetically encoded into human body to reduce muscular contractions created by stressful or dramatic events. This mechanism has been overlooked by traditional medical science and yet it fits perfectly in the realm of vibrational frequency, as understood in the field of physics. We will then progress forward in our discussion explaining how the release of deep muscular contraction creates a change at the cellular level allowing Chi or energetic release and movement to occur.
It appears that by continuously activating the series of innate mechanisms connected to our Neurogenic Tremor process, a reorganizational behavior emerges in the individual’s brain (Intrinsic Connectivity Network & neuroplasticity), spine (Central Pattern Generators), nervous & myofascial systems (vagus nerve), as well as their life as a whole. Collectively these changes in the human organism cause the individual to achieve a higher level of human adaptability. As we grow in the comfort and security of our inner self, it is our nature to extend this experience into relationships with others humans, animals, plants, universe, etc. Extension of ‘self’ occurs automatically – we do not have to try. Research suggests that just as evolution produced in humans the flight/fight/freeze tendencies, it may have also produced a psycho-neuro- biologically based tendency feel connected to all things. The stronger we feel the connection, the easier it is for us to evolve as a species.
Contemplative Neuroscience – Past and Present Perspectives for the Future Science of Mind
WITH DAVID VAGO
Modern Day Chinese Medicine - Ancient Wisdom, Modern Times
WITH ANGELA WARBURTON
In this rich talk, you will learn the foundations and key principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. You'll learn how to interpret and understand the many subtle (or not so subtle) signs your body is giving out and the ways you can help bring balance back to your body, mind and spirit. Based on the principle of balance, this medicine evolved over thousands of years by observing people, their ailments and their environments, and uses nature and lifestyle to help prevent sickness, maintain health and heal illness. Simple to understand but with incredible depth and complexity, this talk is a great introduction into the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Yoga in Orthopedics: Research Data on the Powerful Influence of Yoga Practice on a Variety of Conditions
WITH LOREN FISHMAN
Psychedelics & Plant Medicines in Oncology Care
WITH SAMEET KUMAR
Psycheology: Psychedelics and the Study of the Soul