Conferences, Events and Seminars
The Institute of Mindfulness & Transpersonal Psychology aims to bridge the gaps between psychology, spirituality, human evolution, consciousness & science. The institute with its partners have collaborated in designing, developing and delivering a wide range of ground breaking conferences and workshops, with renowned experts, specialists, practitioners and academics.
The Flame, Centre for Mindfulness, holistic health and wellbeing centre (UK) in collaboration with the Institute has delivered 6 international ground breaking events, bringing together case studies, academic experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychoanalytical, consciousness studies, wisdom traditions and human psychology.
- Professor Les Lancaster – Liverpool Joh Moores – – Consciousness studies & transpersonal psychology
- Dr Miguel Frias – Coventry University – Psychology and human development
- Dr Amy Bilderbeck - Oxford University neuroscientist
- Dav Panesar _ Gurmat psycho-spiritual therapist & Transpersonal Psychologist
- Professor Arvind Mandair – Michigan Universit
- Dr Jessica Bockler - Applied Theatre practitioner and Transpersonal Psychologist
- Edwardo Pitchon – Link therapy – Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
- Professor Richard King – Kent University
Mindfulness & Mind-body science 2013
Mindfulness & Self compassion 2014
Mindfulness & Neuroscience 2015
Mindfulness & Personal Transformation 2016
Mindfulness & Spiritual Intelligence 2017
Mindfulness & Extraordinary Experiences 2018
Mind/Consciousness: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
Friday April 27th 2018
Organizer: Arvind Mandair (University of Michigan)
Since the mid 1990’s, “consciousness,” “states of consciousness,” and “the mind” have come into focus as an object of inquiry across several, largely disconnected institutional settings, religious communities, and academic disciplines.
These “states of mind” attracting recent interest have been conceived of in many different ways: non-normative (pathological), hallucinatory, religious, spiritual, or mystic—while still others have focused on better understanding a baseline, normative state of consciousness.
The purpose of this workshop bring together scholars and practitioners whose work engages a variety of disciplines (neuroscience/psychology/psychiatry, consciousness studies, religious studies, philosophy, psychoanalysis) to begin to forge a common language and shared set of goals. In doing so, we hope it might be possible to organize what we see as a disparately formed but intuitively linked group of interests and desires, from which we can stage a productive conversation
and future collaboration among existing lines of inquiry.
We are seeking to bring together recent investments in “mind/consciousness” from the perspectives of the translation of and theorization on Asian religious traditions (specifically in this workshop the Sikh and broader South Asian tradition) in the colonial and post-colonial world; the use and place of contemplative, meditative, psychedelic and other-wise non-traditional “spiritual” practices, often based within the translation of those same traditions, in psychology and psychiatry; the investigation, empirical and experiential, into the potentials of defining and altering consciousness in the fields of neuroscience and its interlocutors; and a growing interest in synoptic or continuum based ways of thinking about the intersection of spiritual healing, mental and physical health, social justice and a more rigorous affirmation of the multiplicity of thought on the global stage.
Overcoming Psychic Debilitation: Models of Wellbeing in the Heritage Traditions
University of Warwick
27th April 2019
A cross-disciplinary platform for health professionals & practitioners to collaborate and innovate transformative health solutions.
An interdisciplinary forum for scholars, health professionals and practitioners in the field of psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis consciousness studies, neuroscience, philosophy, religion, spirituality, epigenetics & music
People across the world are currently experiencing unprecedented rates of mental illness and incapacitation attributable in no small way to neoliberal regimes of bio-politics which penetrate into the deepest layers of the self/mind.
Once trapped within a system that demands constant self-optimization according to the standards of the majoritarian order, peoples’ lives have become increasingly debilitated through depression and related psychic illnesses, and dependent on a model of mental health that primarily serves the agendas of drug companies and conventional medicine.
This is the second in a series of scholarly workshops which aim to explore alternative models of treatment and wellbeing arising from what we call ‘heritage knowledge systems’.
Heritage systems of knowledge and healing refer to traditions of long durée, misleadingly classified as religious or spiritual traditions, which inherit and transmit images of thought able to challenge the world views that give rise to the “bio-politics of debilitation” which maims young and old alike.
Accordingly, the workshop has two main objectives. On the one hand participants will examine limitations of current models of mental health and the kind of interventions being offered.
On the other hand, scholars and practitioners are invited to present and explore ‘heritage’ knowledge systems drawn from gurmat, Buddhist, Judaic, Hindu and other traditions capable of providing interventions designed for cultivating ultimate wellness and re-capacitating bodies and minds subject to debilitation.
Workshop participants will explore the psychological and spiritual health needs arising within ‘heritage’ communities. By looking at experiential needs and development of spiritual techniques, the workshop will try to address the “mental” needs of those most vulnerable to contemporary neoliberal regimes.
Professor Richard King Title: "From Buddhist meditation to modern happiness and well-being: mindfulness in ancient and modern contexts."
Why has mindfulness meditation become so popular in the early 21st century? This talk will explore the roots of mindfulness meditation in Buddhist thought and practice and consider what issues arise from its transformation into a modern therapeutic technique to facilitate happiness and well-being.
Professor Arvind Pal Mandair Title: Transforming minds- psycho spiritual learning in the undergraduate humanities.
Eduardo Pitchon Title: The necessity and role of a psycho-spiritual continuum in therapy
The aim of my discussion in this talk will be to explore what role if any the spiritual dimension has in the therapeutic process , how the therapist deals with these issues in a clinical setting and the effect that the transference and counter transference has in shaping the understanding of both patient and therapist. I will also be discussing briefly the ethical aspects of working with this topic
Dr Deepa Apté, Title: Yoga and Ayurveda interventions for mental and physical health and wellbeing
In Yoga and Ayurveda there is a big relation between the mind and body. The whole mind body unit plays a huge rule in the well being of life itself. During the talk we will explore the Yogic/Ayurvedic perspective of mind body connection and how this can be used to understand and manage today’s imbalances and bring about changes in the mental wellbeing of individuals and the society.
Dav Panesar Title: The therapeutic and transpersonal impact of experiential mool mantra meditation
This talk will introduce the Gurmat model of mind & consciousness in relation to human health and development. the talk will explore the process of self-transformation and its transpersonal qualities through the contemplative practices & teachings within Gurmat, in relation of mental, physical and transpersonal health. This session will include an experiential element, the “Mool Mantra” meditation