Call for Abstracts

Centro d'Ompio

Centro d’Ompio, the colloquium venue, supports a permaculture project to engage nature as the original transpersonal teacher.

The Transpersonal Research Colloquium (TRC) 2015 follows the EUROTAS Transpersonal Festival in Milan on June 22-23, 2015 at Centro d’Ompio, Italy. Cosponsored by the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Research, Integral Transpersonal Institute, and Transpersonal Consultancy, researchers worldwide will engage in dialogue and trainings related to current and emerging research projects on transpersonal, spiritual, and related topics. While the final program will be co-constructed depending on accepted proposals, the program will include topics such as transpersonal approaches to research, epistemological considerations, studying therapeutic interventions, combining qualitative and quantitative methods effectively, a transpersonal approach to evidence-based practice, and embodied and art-based approaches to research. Time will be provided for networking with other participants and discussions of ongoing research projects, potential collaborations, and impromptu research topics.

Facilitators for the colloquium are Drs. Pier Luigi Lattuada of the Integral Transpersonal Institute, Rosemarie Anderson of Transpersonal Consultancy and Professor Emerita at Sofia University, and Giovanna Calabrese and Regina U. Hess representing the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Research. The fee for the two-day colloquium is 80 Euros for EUROTAS members and 100 Euros for non-members.

Participation in the colloquium will be limited to 40 professional researchers with PhDs, MDs, or doctoral candidates actively engaged in research. To apply for participation, kindly send us the following:

  • an abstract of your current research project (200 words in English)
  • short bio including research background (100-200 words as needed in English)
  • a head-shot photo
  • following acceptance, email us a document (article or PowerPoint presentation) that describes the research project in detail

Deadline for submission of application: February 1, 2015. Submit your application materials to edtr@eurotas.org. You will receive a response to your application in early March 2015.

For information visit EUROTAS Transpersonal Festival, June 18-21, 2015.

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Transpersonal Psychology Conference Inspires Attendees

Eurotas 2014

Sofia community members: (l to r) Paula Casella, Rosemarie Anderson, David Lipschitz, Jacqui Linder, Paul Freinkel, Diane Greig, and Marleen de Villiers

by Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Sofia University

The EUROTAS 2014 Crete Conference was the finest and most successful conference I have attended in years. The diversity and inclusiveness of the programming, the quality of the keynotes, the welcoming and warm-hearted EUROTAS community, the conference hotel beside the Mediterranean Sea, and the beautiful land and people of Crete added up to a rich and lively conference.

The conference theme was Metamorphosis: Disintegration, Integration, Conscious Living. From the Sofia University community, Core Faculty David Lukoff kicked off the conference with a keynote entitled Spiritual Emergencies and Spiritual Practices. Later in the week, I keynoted on the topic of Research in a Sacred World. Other keynote topics included spiritual crisis and discipleship, the challenge of awakening the feminine in our time, towards a viable theory of consciousness, the commodification of the sacred, and the need for collaboration and reaching out to aligned communities worldwide. Also from the Sofia University community, current students and alum, including Aimee La Bree Hohn, David Lipschitz, Paul Freinkel, John Hinton, TJ Weisbecker, Steven Schmitz, Regina Hess, Dee Purcell, and Milica Zegarac facilitated workshops on a variety of topics, such as hallucinogens, ceremony and ritual, shamanic practices, extraordinary experiences and life meaning, and mainstreaming transpersonal research methodologies. Video recordings of all keynotes and many of the panels and workshops are already available on the conference website.

For me personally, the conference was auspicious—replete with relationships renewed by personal contact, new transpersonal colleagues, opportunities for extending the vision of transpersonal research methods, and no doubt more travel. I also enjoyed many meals with four of my post-doctoral scholars to strengthen our community and further our individual research projects. The photo you see above, shows a group of post-doctoral scholars and former dissertation students, now Sofia University alum, before invoking prayers for the end of Yom Kippur on the beach at sunset. From left to right are Paula Casella, Rosemarie Anderson, David Lipschitz, Jacqui Linder, Paul Freinkel, Diane Greig, and Marleen de Villiers.

On the upcoming conference front, I also attend several meetings of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) Board to plan future collaborations and conferences. The next international transpersonal conference is hosted and organized by Alubrat, the Portuguese Transpersonal Association, in Salvador, Brazil, September 4 -7, 2015. Mark your calendars.