EUROTAS NEWSLETTER No. 64
10 November 2011
Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé, Lyudmila Scortesca, Jure Biechonski, Dietrich Franke, Ingrida Indane, Steven Schmitz, Liv Evensen
Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier
Summary of Contents
Dear EUROTAS members, dear friends
The 13th EUROTAS Conference atVarna inBulgaria
It was a wonderfully organized event, full of inspiration, highly qualified presentations and workshops – scientific rigor and spiritual depth – all in the magical surroundings on the shores of theBlack Sea. Thank you once more Marian Gospodinov, Elena Evtimova and your team for the organization of this event. Your open-heartedness, your knowledge, and good intuition made it a big success.
The European Transpersonal Association became bigger and stronger as at the General Assembly (the delegates meeting) three new important members were accepted:
Synthesis - the Greek Transpersonal Association represented by its President, Lindy McMullin.
TheReidmanCollege/ School for Holistic Psychotherapy of Israel, represented by Neta Shaked and Tal.
TheInstituteofTranspersonal Psychology,Palo Alto,California, represented by its President, Neil King.
We welcome our new friends and look forward to fruitful collaboration with them. The EUROTAS board co-opted Liv Evenson from Norwayand you will find her address with that of all the other board-members and emails on our website www.eurotas.org
One of the highlights of the conference was the celebration of Stan Grof's'80th anniversary. Our thanks to Vladimir Maykov who organized a real time interview with Stan on Skype. I felt deeply touched as I spoke with Stan, and I think many participants felt the same – seeing this special person who has devoted his life to the developing of Transpersonal Psychology and to research on “Modified States of Consciousness”. He embodies the spirit of Transpersonal Psychology for many of us.
Each successful conference sets new standards – may the EUROTAS community grow further collecting more experience how to integrate scientific clarity with the integrity of the world’s heart.
Ingo B. Jahrsetz, President EUROTAS
Freiburg/Germany, Oct. 20, 2011
The Varna Conference was a very special occasion as our President has said above. Many of us would like to know how our wonderful hosts reflected on the occasion and in the next Newsletter Marion and his team will let us know. In the meantime we can only reflect of the wonderful welcome, the excellent facilities, the lectures and seminars and all by the side of the lovelyBlack Sea. More next time
As a result of the Varna Delegates’ meeting and in view of the exciting future and the exceptional energy of EUROTAS members at theVarnaconference, the Board after careful consideration and reflection has decided that further consultation is required about proposed changes to the Constitution and Byelaws. After taking more soundings and advice, amendments will to be proposed to the next Delegates Council and published in advance to all concerned. In the meantime following tradition and practice, any transitional arrangements deemed necessary for immediate action will be taken by the Board and retrospective approval sought at the next Delegates meeting. The existing Constitution and Byelaws which are on the EUROTAS website therefore remain in place until the next Delegates Meeting.
This decision was taken as a result of it being pointed out regretfully that the decisions taken at theVarnameeting amending the Constitution were not valid as the rules for amending the existing Constitution had not been followed.
The board will revise its proposals for amending the constitution and present them to the members at the next general assembly (delegates meeting).
The EUROTAS board proposed the appointment of honorary members and of life-time-members.
They can be appointed by the general assembly in honor of their special contribution to EUROTAS and to the transpersonal movement in general. Honorary membership will be specially recognized and honorary members invited as our guests to EUROTAS events.
The General Assembly welcomed with gratitude as honorary members
Dr. Stanislav Grof
Rumold Moll (posthumously)
Full life-time members
Full-life-time membership is a way to sponsor EUROTAS in its manifold activities. You can become a life-time-member of EUROTAS by donating € 1000 or more. We welcome and will honour such donations.
At the general assembly in Varna Ank van Gulik contributed € 3000. - for the organization of the conference from the East West Association. She will have the status of a life-long EUROTAS member. Thanks a lot, dear Ank!
Professional and other kinds of membership
These are still being discussed by the board members.
14 th EUROPEAN TRANSPERSONAL CONFERENCE
IN LATVIA, SEPTEMBER 20-23, 2012
SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Venue: Baltic Beach Hotel, Jurmala (20km from Riga, on the Baltic sea coast), Latvia
Let's come together to explore what is beyond the horizon there!
The mission of the conference is to focus on the interaction of creativity and spirituality in the field of psychology and psychotherapy, as well as on the role of these phenomena in the growth, transformation, healing, everyday life of an individual and in the development of human society as a whole.
Participants and lectures. We are expecting to have about 300 participants. About 70 lecturers, workshop leaders and performers – the leading specialists in transpersonal psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, and arts – are being invited from more than 20 European countries,USA, and Australia.
Among the presenters: Ingo Jahrsetz (Germany); Mara Vidnere, Aivis Dombrovskis, Guna Svence, Arija Karpova, Arturs Dombrovskis. Mirdza Liepina, Aija Dudkina, Izabella Reute (Latvia); Jure Biechonski (Estonia); Marius Daugelavicus (Lithuania); Vladimir Maykov, Gennady Brevde,Sergej Strekalov (Russia); Vitor Rodrigues (Portugal); Bernadette Blin (France); Pier-Luigi Lattuada, Prem Sambhavo (Italy); Sergej Fausto Sommer (Switzerland); Liv Evensen (Norway); Vineta Lagzdina (Australia); Neal King, Steven Schmitz, Stuart Sovatsky, Christel and David Lukoff, Connie Miller, Dana Klisanin, Melisca Klisanin (USA); and many others.
(Coordinator of the Conference 2012 - Inese Berzina)
(The head manager of the Conference - Ingrida Indane)
Information and booking will be available from January 2012
Registration of presenters (call for papers) will be available till May 31, 2012
Our President, Ingo writes;
Daisynet is a social network providing an internet platform for information and many teaching activities within EUROTAS. Online lectures and webinars can reach students over the entire world in real time. EUROTAS2011 in Varna was a premiere for Daisy.net – many conference-presentations were broadcast in real time. People who didn’t have the opportunity to attend the conference in person can participate online. Several lectures also had been recorded.
This highly qualified network has been founded and brought to fruition by Lyudmila Scortesca and her husband. It carries a high potential for our future.
Lyudmila and her husband write:
Daisynet welcomes the transpersonal community around the world, which is increasing every year. We believe that every member of this community can make a unique contribution to the development of human consciousness and, therefore, in raising intelligent generation.
Creating a common space for interaction and collaboration between people with similar thinking and goals enhances the potential for implementing new and innovative ideas and projects for the benefit of society and for the next step in the development of our civilization.
The Daisy Social Network (DSN) unites people around the world to actively share information, knowledge, ideas, and experiences. Daisy is a social network with a difference. It is for online connections and beneficial collaborations that use Online Video and Video-Internet Television.
Sitting at home in front of your computer, you can lead webinars for students from other countries or participate in these online video events and always have access to the global Internet audience. Then the participants can take an active part in the discussion by sharing their ideas and asking questions.
We, at the Daisy Social Network invite you to join us to become our partner.
The project Daisy is part of EUROTAS and takes its first steps now.
The process of grounding and growing within EUROTAS becomes visible by the appearance of two professional journals of transpersonal psychology.
The first one is the “Integral Transpersonal Journal” edited by Pier Luigi Lattuada and Giovanna Calabrese.
This journal is seen as a discussion basis for new transpersonal ideas and concepts. It reviews scientific approaches and creates a new scientific paradigm that is able to understand the particular transpersonal model that is an integration of science, art, and spirituality.
Contributions of EUROTAS members are welcomed.
The “Integral Transpersonal Journal” appears twice a year. For paying EUROTAS members it is included in their membership fees. An online edition will appear shortly on the EUROTAS website.
The “Journal of Transpersonal Research” is an online periodical edited by Roman Gonzalvo inSpain. It collects articles for researching transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy. The journal strikes for its creativity and scientific rigor at the same time. So it fills a long empty-standing gap within the transpersonal field.
The Journal appears once a year, contributions should be sent to the EUROTAS office or directly to Roman Gonzalvo.
Joint Conference from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology - "Spirituality: Promises and Pitfalls"
February 17 - 19, 2012,Menlo Park,California,USA
The third biennial ATP-ITP Spirituality & Psychology Conference will bring together clinicians, therapists, spiritual guides, faith-based and healing practitioners, academics, and researchers to explore the promises and pitfalls of the spiritual path. Spiritual freedom and awakening are the goal, but spiritual bypassing and abusive power relationships are also well known perils on the spiritual path.
Join keynote speakers Roger Walsh, Shauna Shapiro, Robert Frager, and Jeanne Achterberg along with a host of luminaries including Brant Cortright, Jim Fadiman, Arthur Hastings, Olga Louchakova, and David Lukoff, to examine the nature of spiritual illusion while we seek the wisdom and health benefits available in spirituality.
Recent neuroscientific findings, the wisdom of spiritual teachers, and up-to-date applications for psychotherapy, personal growth and social transformation are all included in this conference. Through experiential workshops, presentations, music, ritual, yoga, meditation, drumming and social networking you will have the opportunity to explore and experience in three tracks:
- Spirituality and Culture: The relationship between culture and spirituality as integral parts of human development, world view, and well-being
- Spirituality and Research: Transpersonally-oriented research, including neuroscience, and the cultivation of spiritual emergence and development
- Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy: The interface of spirituality and clinical practice including the role of spirituality as a resource for clients.
Registration opened in October, 2011. Register early for best pricing!
For registration: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=973319
The Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology & Research was founded by Lindy McMullin and a group of doctors, psychologists, educationalists and individuals interested in promoting Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy in January 2011. In this changing world, there is a need to reach beyond our everyday life, drawing on the wisdom of the ancient world, of perennial philosophy and complementarity.
Synthesis is the non-profit, non-religious Transpersonal Association of Greece, comprised of individuals from various professional fields that embrace the Transpersonal Perspective and who seek to further promote and integrate this enlightened perspective across various disciplines and the larger social context as a whole. This will include providing Transpersonal Literature, Seminars, Workshops and an International conference. Synthesis also provides a setting where like- minded individuals can come and discuss, debate and exchange new and illuminating ideas from the world of Transpersonal Psychology with a focus on research.
We meet once a month for seminars and workshops, embracing the Transpersonal vision in its worldly context, focusing on research, especially in the field of education. Our aims are to bring to light the benefits of Mindfulness Training in schools, to run programs for accreditation in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and to introduce spiritual crisis as part of an informative seminar to the police force and the field of nursing. Our association has members from different countries as well as Greece, in an effort to bring global unity through international conferences and hosting guest speakers through different workshops. Our website has a growing Bibliography and a number of scientific articles, encouraging people to become acquainted with a new paradigm and world view. Greecewill be hosting the 16th EUROTAS conference and we believe that this is an important step in bringing the spiritual richness ofGreece's past back into its present day struggle to find balance in the global crisis.
It was grand to receive an update regarding EUROTAS and to hear of current developments. I was particularly interested to hear about the recent conference – I do hope it went well inVarnaand that your presentation was well received. When’s your book coming out? I know myself and several colleagues would be very interested in it.
I’m not sure how much Peter has kept you informed of developments at CTP. We’ve had to undergo some fairly rigorous re-writing of policy and procedures as part of our re-accreditation with UKCP. That’s all completed now fortunately and we have a loyal membership of therapists, most of whom trained under Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers. However, membership is not growing, partly because we have not run a training programme for some time now and recent developments have meant that therapists can now register directly with UKCP rather than through a member organisation such as CTP.
Currently, we’re focusing on developing our CPD programme for our members and other therapists interested in the Transpersonal. We also continuing to develop links and joint work with Transpersonal Perspectives, our sister organisation which offers workshops etc for people from all walks of life.
We’re keen to maintain our links with EUROTAS and on behalf of the CTP I’d like to offer my thanks to yourself and Beata for all that you’ve done over the years in keeping that link strong. I have very fond memories of theRegentsCollegeconference myself and hope to attend another conference when time and finances permit.
In the meantime, would it be possible for you to continue to represent CTP? We’re undergoing an internal restructuring at the moment as a result of Peter and a number of other council members stepping down but I anticipate by the spring next year, we will be a position to focus our attention on external links and partnerships much more.
With warmest wishes and kind regards
Chair, Centre for Transpersonal Psychology
17 West View Road,
The Association has joined EUROTAS and has been welcomed as Ingo has mentioned above. Lindy McMullin is the President and writes about her work with the American Community School in Athens:
‘Mindfulness is a lifetime’s journey along a path that ultimately leads nowhere, only to who you are.’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn 1990).
I recently returned from the EUROTAS 13th International Conference that was held in Bulgaria and am pleased that the Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology & Research was accepted as a member of EUROTAS. Greece will host the 16th EUROTAS Conference in 2014.
The American Community Schoolin Athens has been brought in touch with Mindfulness Training and Mandala Work. This is part of the syllabus being taught in the Middle School Drama classes, something that I believe is only part of a greater whole. Students have worked on the Mandala, a word in Sanskrit that means circle. looking at their characteristics whilst focusing on their own individual potential. Part of our training to become actors and actresses incorporates writing in a journal after every lesson and writing a reflection on progress made during the more experiential parts of our lesson. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the reflections with you.
Students are encouraged to share their experiences of both mindfulness and their experiences of guided visualizations. We sit in a circle for this sharing and each person holds the ‘talking stick’ which embodies respect and integrity, whilst students explore the deeper recesses of their being within a group context. Ever mindful of the aspects of Quantitative Reasoning, one of the class projects is to make a Venn diagram, to illustrate the similarities and differences they have found between the animal they chose to research, their idol and their description of self. In order to follow through to the end of the semester, students will be given the same assignment after they have completed their course in Drama, to see how much they have gained through the course and how their initial criteria may have deepened, through their practice.
I would very much like to hope that at the 16th EUROTAS conference, we will be able to have a team of students talk about their experiences with Mindfulness and that this will serve the world at large, especially by introducing a more global awareness into a shift in the consciousness within the education system world-wide. Up to now, it has been said that ‘our schools do not emphasize being’. From now and onwards, this is an important aspect of change within our society and I am honored to be part of this change within the ACS Athens community.
Lindy McMullin MSc
Edited by: Luk Bouckaert, Laszlo Zsolnai
LUK BOUCKAERT is Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is director of the SPES (Spirituality in Economics and Society) Academy and President of the European SPES Forum inLeuven.
LASZLO ZSOLNAI is Professor and Director of the Business Ethics Centre at the CorvinusUniversity of Budapest,Hungary. He is chairman of the Business Ethics Faculty Group of CEMS - the global alliance of academic and corporate institutions; and a fellow associate at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge,UK.
A summary of the most important issues, approaches and models in the field of spirituality in business, economics and society. The Handbook of Business and Spirituality presents a comprehensive pluralistic view covering all the major religious and spiritual traditions.
It is a response to three developments that challenge the business-as-usual mindset. Firstly, in response to a growing interest in spirituality applied to models of transformational leadership, in theories of social capital and in practices of values-driven management, it explores the emerging field of business spirituality - its main concepts, models and practices.
Secondly, there is a growing awareness that the world is unsustainable without a strong commitment to frugality and self-restriction, and that material resources such as clean air and water, as well as non-material resources such as trust, compassion and peace, are fragile. Managing our vital resources will not succeed without good management of our spiritual resources. Therefore, this handbook aims to elucidate some of the conditions for a transformation towards a post-capitalist, values-driven global economy.
And thirdly, although the interest in spiritually-driven entrepreneurship and governance is increasing, spirituality remains a vague and confusing concept that needs intellectual clarification. Hence, it seeks to clarify the concept of spirituality in the field of business and economics.
Heuristic in style and content it explores new ideas on the frontier of the discipline which will appeal to scholars and practitioners looking for up-to-date and insightful knowledge. This handbook is structured in five parts:
- the nature of spirituality;
- spiritually inspired economics;
- socioeconomic problems in spiritual perspective;
- business spirituality; and good practices and working models.
Chapter 5. “Transpersonal Psychology” is written by John Drew and will be available on the EUROTAS website
Claire McDonald of the Wrekin Trust writes;
Would you like to be a Local Connector or Presenter under the guidance and assistance of the Wrekin Forum? As a Local Connector you will be part of a Wrekin supported UKnationwide network of volunteers hosting groups which explore spiritual enquiry and are part of the evolving consciousness of the planet.
As a Presenter, you may offer your expertise and skills in spiritual areas to those within this collection of groups as they gather together. "
Please contact me
Phone: +44 7771 701031 (M)
All is Well and All is Well and All Manner of Thing is Well...
This special visit will again be led by Bernadette BLIN, Francis LERY, Magda SOLE, Jaume MESTRES and Jean-Marie JOBELIN
From 21 July to 5 August 2012
For further information - contact us. Phone: +33 1 30 37 17 31
There is a secret cave of the heart. ….. where the entire game is undone and you are exactly where you were prior to the beginning of the whole show. With a sudden shock of the utterly obvious you recognise your own Original Face, the face you had prior to the Big Bang, the face of utter Emptiness that smiles at all creation and sings as the entire Kosmos – and it is all undone in that primal glance and all that is left is the smile and the reflection of the moon on a quiet pond, late on a crystal clear night.
Ken Wilber: A Brief History of Everything.
Please start thinking about the sea as winter approaches and the Baltic Sea at Latviain particular where our 14th EUROTAS Conference will take place in September 2012