Keynotes & Invited Presenters
Sue Morter, DC
Transcending Your Story: Connecting with the Essential Self through Quantum Science, Neuroscience & Energy Medicine
No CE Hours | Level: ALL
Everything is energy! Quantum science reveals that even our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are energy, held in different patterns. From these patterns, reality is formed, impacting our perceptions, vitality, even our health.
Current times are calling us to awaken to a greater version of ourselves - to identify as the Soulful Self rather than the personality and its familiar stories about who we are and what we are capable of. By training the mind to serve the magnificent intuitive presence that we truly are, we can learn to shift from living in our heads to living as the true, Essential Self. The mind alone is not enough.
Sue Morter, DC, is an international speaker, author, teacher, and doctor with over 30 years of experience. She blends ancient wisdom traditions with cutting-edge quantum science. Her best-selling book,The Energy Codes, guides readers in practices to help build robust neurocircuitry to raise cellular vibrational frequency, leading to unprecedented levels of self-expression, health, vitality. Sue's visionary models and techniques ignite an entirely new approach to accessing creative genius and living from true creatorship and personal freedom.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD
A New Science of Life - 40 Years Later:
A Conversation with Rupert Sheldrake
1.5 CE Hours* | Level: ALL
In this far-reaching keynote conversation with Robert Schwarz, Rupert Sheldrake will describe the concept of morphic resonance and its implications for energy psychology and other healing modalities. You will also learn about the changes in science since he first introduced this seminal concept in 1981, including the waning credibility of mechanistic materialism, which is important news for our field. You will discover fascinating paradigm changes that are on the horizon. Rupert will also explore the importance of consciousness studies, wider views of consciousness, and its role in healing.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 90 technical papers and nine books, including Science and Spiritual Practices. He was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a research fellow of the Royal Society, and a Frank Know Fellow at Harvard. From 2005-2010, he was director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and of Schumacher College in Devon, England. He lives in London.
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Trauma Body & the Brain: Synchronicity, Rhythmicity & Play in the Healing of Trauma
1.5 CE Hours** | Level: ALL
Openness, attunement and embodied self-awareness are essential keys to healing from trauma. Trauma is not a story of what has happened in the past. When overwhelming experiences continue to be lived out in heartbreak and gut-wrenching sensations, trauma survivors feel unsafe, on edge, ashamed and shut down. Healing and transformation occur when survivors learn to restore an embodied sense of safety and reclaim a loving relationship with themselves.
Effective therapies start from a basic sense of calm and safety. Through neuroscience and body-centered approaches, you will learn how to help your clients restore a sense of visceral safety, befriend themselves, and fully engage with the present.
Discover how the brain is shaped by experience in this program that explores
What neuroscience teaches about self-awareness and trauma.
The nature of human attachment and how it affects us throughout life.
New psychotherapeutic treatments that help integrate traumatic memories.
Body-centered approaches for building attunement, restoring agency and dealing with trauma.
Explore the capacity of EMDR, yoga, energy psychology, sensorimotor practices, theater work and neurofeedback to help your clients overcome a traumatic past and regain the capacity to be fully alive in the present.
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles. His #1 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain's wiring.
He is founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.
Deepak Chopra, MD
The Future of Wellbeing & Technology
1.5 CE Hours* | Level: ALL
We need a new story for the future of humanity and life on Planet Earth. Join Deepak Chopra, MD as he explores practical ways to achieve a more peaceful, just, sustainable healthier, and joyful world.
Dr Chopra will discuss a roadmap for "higher health" based on the latest findings in both mainstream and integrative medicine. He will explore some of the most baffling questions:
Are we in the midst of a major paradigm shift in science?
How does our understanding of consciousness as pure potentiality enhance our capacity for intuition, creativity, conscious choice making, healing, and the awakening of dormant potentials such as non-local communication and non-local sensory experience?
How does our understanding of consciousness enhance our capacity for total wellbeing (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, community, financial and ecological)?
Chopra will provide practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation and healing. You will gain a better understanding of wellbeing and learn practical tools to enhance your client's capacity for total wellbeing.
DEEPAK CHOPRA, MD, FACP, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a health company. Chopra is a clinical professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century." This year Dr. Chopra is the inaugural recipient of ACEP's Champion of Transformational Change Award.
Rollin McCraty, PhD
The Energetic Heart:
Personal, Social & Global Transformation
1.5 CE Hours** | Level: ALL
Physiological coherence plays a vital role in health, healing and transformation. And it can be measured at individual, social and global levels. Explore the research that shows from a scientific perspective, just how interconnected we truly are.
Discover what science reveals about the benefits of being in coherence within yourself, with others and with the Earth's frequencies.
Explore what baselines are and how new optimal ones can be established.
Learn how being in coherence yourself can positively benefit others.
Explore how the activity of the heart modulates the function of your brain.
Discover the impact of the Earth's magnetic activity on our health and well-being.
Rollin McCraty, PhD, director of research at the HeartMath Institute, is a professor at Florida Atlantic University. A psychophysiologist, one of his primary areas of focus is the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, health and the global interconnectivity between people and Earth's energetic systems. McCraty's critical research on heart rate variability and heart-rhythm coherence has gained international attention in the scientific community and is helping to change long-held perceptions about the heart's role in health, behavior, performance and quality of life.
He has appeared in television segments on most major U.S. networks, and has been featured in many documentary films. His studies, research and extensive professional articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology.
Compelling Invited Presenters
Richard Miller, PhD
The Intersection of Neuroscience,
Meditation & Consciousness
1 CE Hour | Level: ALL
This experiential presentation examines the role of interoceptive awareness, four neural networks involved in processing information, and how to activate resilience, self-regulation and insight. You will learn how help clients proactively respond to challenging emotions and cognitions. You will learn simple exercises that you can use with your clients and yourself.
Richard Miller, PhD, clinical psychologist, is founder of iRest Institute and co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy. Author of The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, he conducts research on the iRest Meditation protocol he has developed and leads trainings internationally, emphasizing enlightened living in daily life.
Radical Regeneration: A Spiritual Map for Navigating Worldwide Challenges
No CE | Level: ALL
Andrew Harvey will present the central vision of the new book (written with Carolyn Baker), Radical Regeneration. Drawing on his own mystical experiences and on the work of great evolutionary mystics such as Bede Griffiths and Sri Aurobindo, he will show that we are now in a destined global dark night whose deepest meaning and purpose is to birth a new, embodied, divine humanity. He will go into great detail about the dark night process to help you understand how to align with its devastating clarities and laws so as to allow divine grace to support you in the next level of your evolution.
You will learn how a new order can be born out of chaos, and a fine and rugged hope can be engendered out of confusion and despair. Andrew will also offer transformative practices and radical inspiration from the great masters of transfiguration, Rumi and Kabir.
Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, teacher, and the author of more than 40 books, including the critically acclaimed The Hope; Son of Man, and Savage Grace with Carolyn Baker. Born in south India in 1952, Harvey has devoted much of his life to studying the world's mystical traditions, including intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufi mysticism.
Gail Parker, PhD, E-RYT 500
We Are One, But Not the Same
1 CE Hour* | Level: ALL
Ethnic and race-based stress and trauma have been neglected areas of inquiry in most trauma informed therapeutic modalities. However, ignoring ethnic and race-based stress and trauma as actualities runs the risk of re-traumatizing people and interferes with their ability to derive maximum benefit from therapeutic interventions.
When therapists lack critical awareness of race and racism, and have not adequately dealt with their own racial hang-ups (which Gail Parker regards as a symptom of their own unhealed racial wounds) and when they are uncomfortable and unprepared to deal with issues of race as they come up, they become part of the problem. To be effective therapists, we must examine how living in a racialized world affects each of us.
Now is a time to reduce the harmful effects of ethnic and race-based traumatic stress so that we can be prepared to create a future that, regardless of one's skin color, facial features, hair texture, and unique cultural racial and ethnic identity, embraces the fact that while we are not the same, we are all members of the same race, the human race. What affects one of us affects us all.
Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a psychologist and a certified yoga therapist. She is a nationally and internationally renowned media personality, educator, author, and thought leader.
Dr. Parker is the current president of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) and the author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma (2020).
She appears as a psychologist expert on local and nationally syndicated talk shows, including numerous appearances on "The Oprah Show". She was featured as a health and wellness expert on the benefits of yoga and meditation, in a nationally syndicated PBS health talk show series called "Feel Grand".
Deb Dana, LCSW
Coming into Connection:
A Polyvagal-Guided Approach
1 CE Hour | Level: ALL
Below the level of awareness, the nervous systems of therapists and clients are always communicating; shaping stories of protection and connection. Polyvagal theory guides us in learning the language of the nervous system and offers a roadmap to tune in to those conversations. Come explore the power of autonomic listening.
Deb Dana, LCSW, developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on the use of polyvagal theory in clinical practice. She wrote The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy and Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, and co-edited, with Stephen Porges, Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory.