The above pictures give an idea of the building in which the forum was held.
The day prior to the conference, Penny Patterson (Communications Officer at Promega) took me to lunch along with Stan and Christina Grof which was a huge honour for me. To spend such quality time with people I had looked up to and whose work has been a great influence on my own work and my way of understanding consciousness was a true gift.
Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology and received an Honorary Award for major contributions to and development of the field of Transpersonal Psychology from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology in 1993. Dr. Grof is also the founder of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and its past and current president.
Check out Stan’s website: www.stanislavgrof.com
Stan and Christina Grof and myself during the conference
After lunch we visited Promega – the venue for the conference. It was an amazing setting with a great auditorium. I’ve added some pictures to give an idea of what it was like the day before the conference commenced.
This is Karin Borgh and Penny Patterson who worked very hard with the organisation and all of the behind the scenes aspects of the forum. Many thanks to them both (as well as many others) for looking after us all so well.
This is Amy Prevost setting up my presentation on the computer. Karin and Christina are checking out the auditorium – and me feeling very nervous at the thought of speaking in front of all those people the next day!!!
Keep following the blog for a description of the presentations. This was a very fascinating and very powerful conference and the proceedings have the potential to benefit all who engage with it. I encourage everyone to watch the videos that will soon be available to view on line free of charge thanks to the organisers.