Nevada City, CA — 2019 Monthly Drop-in Group
20th European Transpersonal Conference - Paris, 2019
Transpersonal Research Colloquium - Paris, 2019
Intersect: Science and Spirituality 2019 - Telluride, CO, Aug. 11-14, 2019
50th Anniversary Transpersonal Conference
Association for Transpersonal Psychology 2019
After half a century of theory-building, research, and practice, transpersonal psychology is poised for a reflective pause in which the advances and challenges of the field can be contemplated in light of our present context. Important efforts have been made in this regard to invigorate and redefine the field from contemporary vantage points (e.g., Friedman & Hartelius, 2013; Kaklauskas, Clements, Hacoy & Hoffman, 2016). While nurturing a renewed vision of transpersonal psychology as a discipline committed to cultivating the frontiers of human potential, intimately entwined with the greater web of life, systematic reviews and theoretical critiques have illuminated persistent challenges and opportunities for growth. This presentation will juxtapose a synthesis of prominent critiques arising within contemporary transpersonal psychology with an exploration of Cooperative Inquiry (CI; Heron 1996)—a participatory approach to human research and learning—as one avenue to address them. Specifically, repeated calls have been made for more diversity, inclusivity, social engagement, and research from general as well as participatory, feminist, and multicultural perspectives. With a constructive spirit, this presentation will balance each critique with concrete examples of contemporary CIs that have addressed related concerns and offer suggestions for future applications. Strengths of CI, such as its intrinsically collaborative and transformative dimensions, will be discussed along with its limitations in the context of transpersonal validity standards. Through a creative combination of contemporary discourse in transpersonal psychology and a review of relevant CIs in practice, this presentation aims to inspire both innovative thinking and practical responses to some of the most enduring challenges facing the field today.
Holistic Integration Workshop: Bringing Our Conference Visions to Life
In this experiential workshop, we will root the budding seeds of insight and inspiration that we have germinated throughout this conference to ensure their growth beyond our gathering. The heart of the workshop will be a guided holistic meditation inspired by Embodied Spiritual Inquiry—a transpersonal approach to learning and research (Ferrer & Sohmer, 2017; Sohmer, 2018). This practice will evoke multiple ways of knowing as we integrate conference highlights and cultivate tangible ways of bringing our renewed visions of transpersonal psychology to life. Reflection on inquiry prompts, creative expression, and sharing will also be facilitated. Through meditation and reflection in community, we will deepen our experience of the conference from conceptual to embodied and practical levels. Participants will have an opportunity to clarify action steps to apply salient insights into personal and professional life. This workshop aims to leave participants nourished individually and in greater connection with each other.
Transpersonal Research Colloquium - Prague, 2017
A Case Study of Embodied Spritual Inquiry: Exploring the Nature of Human Boundaries Within and Between
This presentation will illustrate the methodology of Embodied Spiritual Inquiry (ESI)—a radical participatory approach to transpersonal research and learning (Ferrer & Sohmer, forthcoming)—through a case study exploring the nature of human boundaries within and between co-inquirers (Sohmer, Baumann, & Ferrer, forthcoming). ESI uses Albareda and Romero’s interactive embodied meditations (IEMs; Ferrer, 2003) to access multiple ways of knowing (e.g., somatic, vital, emotional, mental, contemplative) and mindfully inquire into collaboratively decided questions about human experience. With IEMs as a primary research tool—supported by a variety of contemplative, creative expressive, and dialogical activities—it will be argued that ESI is particularly well suited to address psychospiritual, intersubjective, and transpersonal topics.
International Transpersonal Conference - Prague, 2017
Toward Wholeness in Applied Transpersonal Psychology: An Exploration of Cooperative Inquiry
As transpersonal psychology evolves optimal approaches for research and therapeutic practice in alignment with its holistic values, participatory methods of inquiry present a unique opportunity. Cooperative Inquiry (Heron, 1996; Heron & Reason, 2006) is an experiential and participatory approach to learning, research, and psychospiritual growth that shows particular promise in this regard. Through cycles of action and reflection, Cooperative Inquiry (CI) empowers a small group of co-researchers to use multiple ways of knowing to explore topics of mutual interest. Reclaiming the full spectrum of human experience as a valid basis of inquiry while emphasizing the healing and transformative potentials of collaborative research, CI contributes a practical way to enact the vision of wholeness in transpersonal psychology today. This research explores the CI approach, its capacity to advance transpersonal psychology, contemporary transpersonal applications of CI, and future horizons. The healing and transformative dimensions of CI are emphasized, drawing on concrete examples. Harvesting the existing fruits of CIs that explore transpersonal topics, and illuminating the potentials of CI and related participatory methods in transpersonal psychology, this research aims to inspire a “participatory turn” in the applied practice of the field’s next generation.