keynotes

One aspect of the conference’s title focuses on the creative bridges that others build—from their place of enquiry towards our transpersonal vision. Too much inwardness can become counterproductive. We know what the leaders in transpersonal theory and practice think … we hear it often at our conferences and gatherings. Let’s get a new perspective.

And so … amongst our keynote speakers we have leading thinkers in other disciplines who value the role that spirituality and mysticism continue to play in their lives both personally and professionally. We want to hear their perspectives! This is a way to build bridges that really are creative … and we believe that it is a route towards truly strengthening our vision and galvanising our identity as pioneers in a reinvigorated transpersonal psychology for the coming generation.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Bache

Chris M. Bache, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 33 years. He is also adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and on the Advisory Board of Grof Legacy Training. Chris’ passion has been the study of the philosophical implications of non-ordinary states of consciousness, especially psychedelic states. An award-winning teacher and international speaker, Chris has written four books: Lifecycles – a study of reincarnation in light of contemporary consciousness research; Dark Night, Early Dawn – a pioneering work in psychedelic philosophy and collective consciousness; The Living Classroom – an exploration of collective fields of consciousness in teaching; and LSD and the Mind of the Universe – the story of his 20-year journey with LSD. Chris lives in Weaverville, NC, with his wife.

CHERYL HUNT

Dr Cheryl Hunt is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK, where she was Director of the Professional Doctorates Programme in the School of Education, and responsible for the HEA-Accredited University-wide Certificate in Academic Practice. She is a founding member, Director (Research and Scholarship) and Trustee of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality (INSS) and the founding editor, former Editor-in-Chief, and current Executive Editor of the Journal for the Study of Spirituality. She has worked, researched, and published widely in the fields of adult and community education, professional practice, and spirituality studies. Her latest book is entitled Critical Reflection, Spirituality and Professional Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021): https://www.springer. com/gb/book/9783030665906

GREVEL LINDOP

Grevel Lindop is a poet, critic, biographer, and travel writer. Formerly Professor of Romantic and Early Victorian Studies at the University of Manchester, he has also taught Buddhist meditation in the Samatha tradition for over forty years. For many years he worked with the late Kathleen Raine contributing to, and later editing, the journal Temenos and its successor, Temenos Academy Review. He is currently Academic Chair of the Temenos Academy (www.temenosacademy.org). He was General Editor of The Works of Thomas De Quincey (21 vols., 2000-2003); other editions include Selected Poems of Thomas Chatterton and The White Goddess by Robert Graves. Biographies include The Opium-Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey (1981) and Charles Williams: The Third Inkling (2015). Writing about place includes A Literary Guide to the Lake District (1994) and Travels on the Dance Floor (2008). He has published seven collections of poems, mainly with Carcanet Press, and has written and presented a number of programmes about poetry for BBC Radio 4. He is currently writing W.B. Yeats: The Spiritual Life for Oxford University Press.

ATHENA POTARI​

Dr. Athena Potari is Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University. She received her PhD from the University of Oxford, specializing in Political Philosophy, and her MA in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is recipient of the Academy of Athens Award of Philosophy (2020), author of A Call for a Renaissance of the Spirit in the Humanities published by the Galileo Commission, and Member of the Galileo Commission Committee. In 2019, she founded Athenoa, a School of Hellenic Philosophy based in Athens, Greece where Hellenism is approached as a living wisdom tradition whose very essence consists in the inextricable combination of science, reason and spirituality. Her work aims to revive the deeper spiritual and experiential dimensions of Hellenic Philosophy, combining discursive rigour and embodied spiritual and meditative practices with the aim of awakening to our true Self. 

CHRIS ROE​

Chris Roe holds a Chair in Psychology at the University of Northampton, UK. He is the International Affiliate for England of the Parapsychology Foundation and is a Vice-President of the Society for Psychical Research. Chris served as the Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher (2015-2021), Chair of the British Psychological Society Transpersonal Psychology Section (2015-2018), President of the Parapsychological Association (2015-2017), and as President of the SPR (2018-2021). He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Parapsychology and is on the editorial board for the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research and the Transpersonal Psychology Review. His research interests are around understanding the nature of anomalous experiences and includes research on the phenomenology of paranormal experience, particularly as it affects wellbeing, as well as experimental approaches to test claims for extrasensory perception and psychokinesis, particularly where they involve psychological factors. Recent research has been concerned with the relationship between altered states of consciousness and psychic experience, and end-of-life experiences, including terminal lucidity spontaneous after-death communications, and mediumship. He has published over 140 journal papers and book chapters and given over 250 talks and conference presentations. He received the Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2014, and Outstanding Mentor Award in 2022. He received the University of Northampton’s Diamond Research Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision in 2020.

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor PhD is the author of many books on psychology and spirituality, and is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. He is a past chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. His new book is The Adventure: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Awakening, and his other books include Extraordinary Awakenings, The Leap, The Calm Center, and Spiritual Science. His books have been published in 20 languages, and his articles and essays have been published in many  academic journals, magazines and newspapers. He regularly appears in the media in the UK, and regularly presents Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4. Eckhart Tolle has referred to Steve’s work as “an important contribution to the shift in consciousness that is taking place on our planet at present.” Steve lives in Manchester, England.

Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author, consultant, and public speaker. 

Cassi is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine’s Centers for Integrative Health at the University of California, San Diego, where she serves as the director of the Center for Mindfulness. Cassi is also Director of Research at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego. The Clarke Center advances understanding of the phenomenon of imagination and its practical applications. We research, enhance, and enact the gift of human imagination by bringing together the inventive power of science and technology with the critical analysis of the humanities and the expressive insight of the arts. We work to develop more effective ways of using imagination to cultivate public engagement with the big questions of our time, to improve education and learning, and to enhance the application of imagination in meeting humanity’s challenges.

Cassi is also co-founder and Clinical Psychology Director at the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UCSD, where a flagship study focuses on psilocybin for phantom limb pain in patients with amputations. She is also a Senior Advisor of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), where she served as CEO/President from 2013-2016 and President from 2016-2019.

Marjorie Woollacott

Prof. Marjorie Woollacott, Ph.D., was professor and chair of the Dept. of Human Physiology and is a member of the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. She is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences, on the Science Committee of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Co-Director of the Galileo Commission and Research Director for the International Association of Near-Death Studies. Woollacott has received over 7.2 million dollars in research funding for her research in rehabilitation medicine, meditation, spiritual awakening and end-of-life experiences, has published over 200 scientific articles and written or edited nine books, including Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind (receiving 8 book awards) and Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe Their Experiences