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November 2022: Responding Effectively in Times of Crisis: Debugging the Source Code of Our Crises and Craziness



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Sat, November 12, 2022, 4-6pm PST
Responding Effectively in Times of Crisis: Debugging the Source Code of Our Crises and Craziness
Presented by Dr Roger Walsh



Given our social turmoil and imperiled planet, the gnawing question for each of us has become, “What can I do?”

This is an invaluable question, but is best viewed as a starting point for a deeper quest. This quest begins by asking still deeper questions to find the responses that are most strategic and call us most deeply.

It recognizes our current crises as expressions of underlying patterns that reveal strategic leverage points. It simultaneously addresses both outer social change and inner healing and maturation, and thereby transforms contribution into the growth practice of sacred service or, as it’s traditionally known, karma yoga.

This enables us to go out into the world to go deeper into ourselves, and to go deeper into ourselves to go more effectively out into the world. The result is an integrally informed reflection and integrally inspired responses.


Dr Roger Walsh came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar on his journey to earning multiple advanced degrees: MD, PhD, and DHL (Doctor of Humane Letters from Australia’s Queensland University). In the States, he became a professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy, and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr Walsh is the author of five books, including the well-known Essential Spirituality, and countless Integral and Transpersonal scholarly journal articles, which have received over 20 national and international awards. In his misspent youth, he held the world-high diving record and worked as a circus acrobat. Recently he graduated from the San Francisco Comedy College and then had an extremely brief and unsuccessful career as a standup comedian. Together with John Dupuy, he is cohost of the integral podcast, "Deep Transformation: Self-Society-Spirit," which is ranked among the top 5% of English language podcasts.


Dr Walsh in YouTube interview by Rebel Wisdom titled: “What Is Wisdom?”

Evolve Magazine Article: "What Does It Mean To Live a Good Life?"

Interviews with Roger Walsh and John Dupuy at deeptransformation.io


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October 22, 2022: A Theory of Everything in Three Easy Steps



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Sat, October 22, 2022, 10am-12pm PDT <— Note: Special Date and Time!
A Theory of Everything in Three Easy Steps
Presented by JP Jakonen



One of the most difficult things for people who are familiar with Integral theory is how to communicate it to others. JP will present his "3D-model" for sharing Integral theory with folks new to the concepts.

JP uses the analogy of a multi-story building with the floors representing the levels of development, each one offering a distinct view of reality. The four rooms on each floor are the four quadrants, and the other elements of Integral theory's AQAL model have their respective visual analogies, too.

You'll get to explore both the ideas and applications in this fun workshop-style presentation. It will be very beneficial for newcomers to Integral especially, but also for anyone who has experienced challenges communicating Integral theory to others.


JP Jakonen has been having life-changing conversations with leaders and coaches since 2009. He completed his PhD thesis on Ken Wilber in the philosophy department of the University of Turku, Finland. He's a commercially-published author of 6 books (with 4 translations), is an Integral coach through his consultancy, Integral Foresight Finland, and a podcast producer.


Read more here: Meetup Event: A Theory of Everything in Three Easy Steps with JP Jakonen







October 8 2022: Shadow Patterns: Hidden Dynamics of the Unconscious Mind



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Sat, October 8, 2022, 4-6pm PDT
Shadow Patterns: Hidden Dynamics of the Unconscious Mind
Presented by Kim Barta



While each of us has a “cosmic address,” so, too, does our shadow.

In this presentation, Kim Barta will guide us in an exploration of the developmental dynamics of your shadow and how to bring this into your daily practice.

You will learn the 3 classes of shadow, the 3 directions of shadow work, and how to apply the correct shadow work to each class of shadow. You will also get practice identifying each class of shadow in yourself and others.

A final important piece: all shadow practices can be powerful, but if used on the wrong class of shadow, they can be powerfully harmful. Kim will also address how common shadow practices can cause serious harm to you or your clients and how to prevent this.


Kim Barta is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop creator, writer, and psychotherapist. He has conducted shadow work for over three decades, during which time he developed his unique, comprehensive, meta-model for shadow work, The Evolution of Shadow Resolution.

Kim co-founded Stages International with Dr. Terri O’Fallon, and he is often invited to speak on podcasts as diverse as The Daily Evolver, Mystics Rising, and Maureen Metcalf’s Business Leadership.

Kim has operated a mind-body healing center on the Flathead Indian Reservation with his wife for 30 years. He provides courses on Shadow, Shadow and States, Stages of Consciousness, Relationship, Grief, Healthy Power, Parenting and more. Kim's auto-scored Shadow Assessment Tool is available for free at kimbarta.org.


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September 2022: Integral Pluralism and Multicultural Sense-making with Sushant Shrestha



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Sat, September 10, 2022, 4-6pm PDT
Integral Pluralism and Multicultural Sensemaking
Presented by Sushant Shrestha



Integral Metatheory and Spiral Dynamics reveal unique insights about cultures and world civilizations.

But what might the cultural perspectives reveal about these theories?

We tend to look at the world and ourselves through lenses of various sorts: from the culture or family we were born into, to ideals we take on in our youth and political points of view that may change throughout a lifetime, to the lens of our education, and so on.

Integral Theory is a rich, complex and often liberating lens for viewing, understanding and relating with the world. In this lively session led by Sushant, we will have a rich opportunity to turn the tables and look at the theory itself from the perspectives of different cultures!


Sushant Shrestha is a Founding Partner at Conscious Full-Spectrum Finance Institute, bringing whole system transformation to social finance. He is a Founder and Managing Partner at Humanitas Smart Planet Systems, a venture capital firm investing in climate tech and social tech. He engages in different countries as a venture catalyst and an advisor to startups and growth companies.

Currently Sushant is an adjunct faculty at National University, California, and teaches leadership and sustainable change courses. Previously, he served as a Finance Director for startups in three countries and worked as a Research Consultant for the National Park Services. He has worked in Peru, Nepal, and India. His educational training and degrees are in Finance, Management, and Integral Psychology, with a professional background in management consulting, business systems analysis, sustainable finance, and organizational analysis.


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August 2022: The Subversive and Healing Power of Humor with Comedian Alicia Dattner



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Sat, August 13, 2022, 4-6pm PDT
The Subversive and Healing Power of Humor



In this presentation, comedian, author and teacher Alicia Dattner will discuss the subversive and healing power of humor, facilitate experiential exercises, and answer your most pressing questions on your personal humor matters.


Alicia Dattner has been rocking clubs like The Improv and Gotham Comedy Club, and has played in San Francisco, New York, London, Hollywood, Honolulu, Bali and Bombay. Over the years, she has been been mentored by talented and noteworthy comedians including W. Kamau Bell (CNN, FX), Eugene Mirman (Flight of the Conchords), and Bill Santiago (Comedy Central). Alicia has performed with Maria Bamford, Ali Wong, Moshe Kasher, Arj Barker, Ann Randolph, and many more. https://aliciadattner.com.

Alicia also leads comedy, solo performance and somatic writing workshops live and online, as well as directs self-revelatory solo shows. Find info about her workshops here: https://soloshowdown.com.


Read more here: Meetup Event: The Subversive and Healing Power of Humor with Comedian Alicia Dattner







July 2022: The Universe As A We-Space with Professor Allan Combs



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Sat, July 9, 2022, 4-6pm PDT
The Universe As A We-Space
Presented by Professor Allan Combs



"That the universe is a communion of subjects rather than a collection of objects is the central commitment of the Ecozoic."
- Thomas Berry (The Universe Story, Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry)

Professor Combs will examine the idea of the universe as a We-space, including the future of personal and collective consciousness from this perspective. His presentation will include exercises in exploring our own shared, as well as unconscious, We-space realities. We are excited to bring this award-winning teacher to SDI for what is sure to be a fascinating conversation.


Professor Allan Combs, PhD, is a consciousness researcher, neuropsychologist, and systems theorist at The California Institute of Integral Studies where he is the Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies. He is the author of over 200 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain, and is the founder and past president of the international Society for Consciousness Studies, as well as the recent recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award for advances in consciousness studies.


Read more here: Meetup Event: The Universe As A We-Space with Professor Allan Combs







June 2022: Integral European Conference 2022: Review and Highlights



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Sat, June 14, 2022, 4-6pm PDT
Integral European Conference 2022: Review and Highlights



The Integral European Conference is an exciting annual gathering bringing together an international roster of presenters and a global audience. It presents cutting edge ideas in the integral space.

This Meetup will feature a collection of presentations on insights and takeaways by our members who attended. The conference review has become a popular and thought-provoking annual event, so please be sure to join us!


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May 2022: We-Space and The Highly Sensitive Person with Dr Tom Habib



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Sat, May 14, 2022, 4-6pm PDT
We-Space and The Highly Sensitive Person
Presented by Tom Habib, PhD



Dr Tom Habib’s "Unique Attributes Study" delving into the attributes of the highly sensitive person (HSP) was first presented at the 2020 Integral European Conference. His research has shown that Integralists tend to have higher HSP and well-being scores than the general population.

There is still much more understanding needed for highly sensitive people to fully integrate this gift. Tom will address this and more, as well as invite you to participate in engaging breakout sessions on this topic.


Read more here: Meetup Event: We-Space And The Highly Sensitive Person with Dr Tom Habib, PhD







April 23, 2022: Collective Presencing with Ria Baeck: We-Space Practice



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Sat, March 26, 2022, 11am PDT

RESCHEDULED to Sat April 23, 2022 at 10AM PDT/ 1PM EDT/ 7PM CEST



Collective Presencing with Ria Baeck: We-Space Practice
Presented by Ria Baeck

Coming out of a long history of deep circle practice and dialogue, Collective Presencing invites us to ask, “What becomes possible when we are truly present together?”

Gathering around a shared inquiry, sensing into what wants to be spoken to—and from—“the middle,” we practice relating as one organism, rather than speaking directly to each other as individuals. Learning to trust ourselves-in-process, we grow our capacity for different ways of knowing, as we think and feel our way together.

New ideas spring from the shared field in unexpected ways. From an experience of shared sense-making & meaning-making emerges a visceral sense of ourselves as being intimately connected, dissolving our stories of separateness and isolation. As Otto Scharmer in Theory U calls it, "sensing into the emergent future."

We are honored to have Ria Baeck presenting. She is one of the developers of Collective Presencing and the author of the book Collective Presencing. This special session of SDI will be presented at a time that is intended to work for both American and European members.


Ria Baeck likes to explore the terrain where her inner senses tell her there is potential to be uncovered. Always scanning what’s new in work, collaboration, and co-creation, the question “What is the next bit of potential that is ready to take form?” is always alive in her. In that way, she is a track-finder for many to follow.

Ria’s 30 or so years of professional experience and her capacity to create safe learning spaces have made her a master of support for real participatory and innovative approaches. She is known for her embodied presence and inner repose as well as her highly developed sensing skills, crucial in designing emergent processes. She has co-initiated many gatherings, learning groups, and action research projects.

Ria has a Masters in Clinical Psychology (Leuven, Belgium), and is professionally trained in Art of Hosting, Systemic Constellations, Emotional Bodywork, and more.


Read more here: Meetup Event: Collective Presencing with Ria Baeck: We-Space Practice






April 9, 2022: Who Are You? An Integral Understanding of Gender with Sally Adnams Jones, PhD



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Sat, April 9, 2022, 4-6pm PDT
Who Are You? An Integral Understanding of Gender
Presented by Sally Adnams Jones, PhD



In this session, we will examine the topic of gender from reproduction/survival to political identity, life stages determined by hormones to an integral embodiment of archetypical Taoism. Ultimately gender is only a partial and temporary answer to the much bigger, perennial question of "Who am I?".

Sally Adnams Jones will outline the tetra-arising of gender and the stadial progression of gender performance over a lifetime.


Sally Adnams Jones, PhD is a therapist, author, and artist who is passionate about human transformation, particularly through creativity. "I counsel, research, write and teach transformation through creative acts. The arts can be used very successfully to wake up, grow up, clean up, and show up. They enrich our emotional and social intelligence. I work with others to facilitate their transformation and empowerment through finding their voice."


Read more here: Meetup Event: Who Are You? An Integral Understanding of Gender with Dr Sally Adnams Jones






March 2022: Paradoxes, Polarities and Interdependence of Individual and Collective Development with Abigail Lyman



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Sat, March 12, 2022, 4-6pm PST
Paradoxes, Polarities and Interdependence of Individual and Collective Development
Presented by Abigail Lyman, PhD



In this session, we will work with the polarity of I/We development, exploring and experiencing tensions, blind spots, interdependent development, and non-separation.

Abigail will draw on a framework that maps the principles and practices that Pacific Integral engages to support individual and collective development within the Generating Transformative Change (GTC) program.

The I/We model supports the development of capacities for “subtle community,” which is founded in contextual and systemic understanding, personal self-awareness, interpersonal differentiation and skills, and access to trans-personal states and stages of consciousness.


Abigail Lyman, PhD is faculty for Fielding Graduate University’s PhD in Human and Organizational Development. She is a coach with Pacific Integral and faculty for the Emergent Leadership and Generating Transformative Change programs in North America, Europe, South Pacific, and Ethiopia. Abigail is also a scorer and coach/developmental debriefer with Stages International and a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

She has twenty years of experience in transformative learning, cross-cultural competence, adult development, coaching, and leadership development. Her scholarship and practice sit at the intersection of human development, interpersonal capacity development, and systems development and change.


Read more here: Meetup Event: Paradoxes, Polarities and Interdependence of Individual and Collective Development with Abigail Lyman






February 2022: The Creative Power of the Culture Wars with Jeff Salzman



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Sat, Feb 12, 2022, 4-6pm PST
The Creative Power of the Culture Wars
Presented by Jeff Salzman



Are you:
- Depressed by the news?
- Fearful about the state of the world?
- Furious with your political opponents?

Me too!

But what if this miserable condition is a stage on the path of human development? Evolution has created all the goodness, truth and beauty in the world, often by means of their badness, lies and ugliness. As a result, every species, including humanity, both fights and friends its way forward.

This process of emergence is accelerating, and a next human is being born in real time, one newly equipped to take on the unsolved problems left by the exhausted previous stages. Our opportunity—and call—is to consciously participate in this unfolding.

In this session, we will take a tour of current events as seen through the lens of cultural and consciousness evolution. The program will be interactive, and we will address the gnarliest issues of the day regarding war and peace, economics, culture and spirituality. I’m looking forward to a great time and hope you join us!
- Jeff


Jeff Salzman is the creator of the Daily Evolver podcast, now in its tenth year, where he applies Integral Theory and Spiral Dynamics to the news of the world. In the early 2000's, Jeff worked with Ken Wilber to create a series of seminars on Integral Theory applied to various disciplines including psychology, spirituality and business. In 2007 he co-founded Boulder Integral, a bricks-and-mortar center for integral study and practice. He has a master's degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Naropa University.


Read more and find a recording of this presentation (in the Comments section) here: Meetup Event: The Creative Power of the Culture Wars with Jeff Salzman






January 2022: Illness, Disability, and Aging as Path for Growth with Lynn Fuentes



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Sat, Jan 8, 2022, 4-6pm PST
Illness, Disability, and Aging as Path for Growth
Presented by Lynn Fuentes, JD, PhD



When things go wrong with us, as when we get a chronic illness, become disabled, or simply deal with the aging process, the first thoughts we have about it are rarely positive ones. Most likely we fret about how we will handle the challenges emotionally, what we won’t be able to do physically, what it will mean for our relationships, and so on. However, as we have seen through the transparent lens that Terry Patten has so bravely provided us, chronic conditions can also provide us with a new opportunity for growing up and waking up.

In this workshop, we’ll look at how the integral models offer us ways to navigate these particularly disorienting human dilemmas and help us shift our perspective from tragedy to transcendence.


Lynn Fuentes, PhD, CEO of Transformation Teaching, has been a lawyer, a mediator, an educational course designer, and a university professor and administrator. An experienced classroom and online instructor with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at Prescott College and DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree. She has been a long-term caregiver for severely ill family members and a volunteer in many capacities, including serving for many years as a board member of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative.

Lynn has been a student of integral philosophy since 1993 and regularly teaches on stage development and the application of integral theory to chronic illness. She is a certified scorer and debriefer for Stages International. Currently, her primary focus is "The Koan of Illness" program that she offers online.


Read more and find a recording of this presentation (in the Comments section) here: Meetup Event: Illness, Disability, and Aging as Path for Growth with Lynn Fuentes






December 2021: Uncover Clues to Your Purpose to Create Your Next Expression with Holly Woods, PhD



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Sat, Dec 11, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
Uncover Clues to Your Purpose to Create Your Next Expression
Presented by Holly Woods, PhD



San Diego Integral is happy to have Holly Woods, PhD, Integralist and Purpose Coach join us for our December meeting!

In this workshop, you’ll get to explore how your purpose has shown up across the stages of human development so you can see how your Golden Thread has been pulling you along for a lifetime. This work is rooted in the science and practice of the "purpose activation and expression” work of Holly Woods' PhD, and it uses the Stages of Consciousness model of Terri O’Fallon of Stages International. Through these lenses, you’ll gain a means of uncovering clues to your purpose, identify any developmental tasks to be fulfilled and/or shadow to be explored, and gain insight about your next great expression.

Key takeaways will be:


Holly Woods, PhD works as a catalytic purpose activator, coach, consultant and guide to visionaries and change makers who are compelled to take inspired, purpose-led action, and who want to get clear about their next steps so they can live meaningful and balanced lives while having major impact in the world.

Holly’s #1 best-selling book, The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose in the Stages of Your Life (2020) applies to anyone who is interested in finding their purpose and living a more meaningful and focused life. It demonstrates that we each have a unique, one-of-a-kind, nuanced expression and contribution to make that would help solve the world's VUCA challenges if we each came to know and live into it.

Holly brings 35 years of consulting and coaching in human and organizational development and two decades of experience building and scaling business and products, along with a PhD in Human and Organizational Development. She’s an Integral Master Coach®, Purpose Guide®, Professional Mediator and Facilitator, Master Energy Practitioner, and a Stages of Consciousness developmental practitioner.

Contact Holly: 415-858-4308 or Holly@EmergenceInstitute.net
Emergence Institute: https://www.emergenceinstitute.net/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollywoods/
Holly’s book, The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose in the Stages of Your LIfe (2020, New Degree Press), can be found here.
Download Holly's "Pivot on Purpose" Course: https://emergence-institute.mykajabi.com/free-audio-course


Read more and find a recording of this presentation (in the Comments section) here: Meetup Event: Uncover Clues to Your Purpose to Create Your Next Expression with Holly Woods






November 2021: Exploring Individual and Collective Well-Hoping Amid Crises, Loss and Limitation with Lisa Buckley



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Sat, Nov 13, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
Exploring Individual and Collective Well-Hoping Amid Crises, Loss and Limitation
Presented by Lisa Buckley, MA, MSW, PhD (Can)



We live in a world of multi-systemic crises that that threaten existence across the globe. Many feel overwhelmed when facing the current and anticipated loss and limitations that appear beyond personal and collective solutions. Educators, activists, therapists, and healthcare professionals are focusing on the power and function of hope to support individuals and collectives during these unprecedented times.

Hope is a way of orienting to loss or limitation that separates one from something deeply valued. Hope is not only an internally experienced phenomenon; it is a relational phenomenon. Most hope scholars and practitioners have concluded that hope can be learned, and that people can be supported in learning how to hope well.

In this conversation, we will explore the interdependencies of individual and collective well-hoping. How can we support one another by understanding and applying the power of well-hoping in these times? As evolutionary unfolding, these conversations and deliberations are propitious.

In our we-space, we will consider:

The first part will examine how individuals across developmental stages perceive and experience hope differently. The distinctions are viewed as hoping resources available to individuals and collectives. Lisa Buckley will briefly summarize results from her doctoral research that shows individuals have differing perceptions of agency and unique relationships to uncertainty when facing loss and limitation.

The second half will be devoted to examining collective well-hoping. Breakout groups will discuss the questions posed above. This session offers an informal participatory research event where individual voices gather to explore the intersectionality of individual (UL) and collective (LL) well-hoping in these chaotic times.

Lisa Buckley has worked in the organizational development field as a consultant to 400 businesses and as a director of organizational development for a national healthcare company. Her expertise includes leadership and team development, business and market development, operational startups, strategic planning, and operational redesigns. She guides individuals, groups, and organizations through significant transitions toward reaching their goals while discovering greater meaning, peace, and empowerment.

Lisa recently completed doctoral research on "Making Meaning of Loss and Limitation through Hope: A Developmental Stage Perspective." This research examined how adults across six developmental stages perceived and experienced hope when facing loss and limitation.


Read more and find a recording of this presentation (in the Comments section) here: Meetup Event: Exploring Individual and Collective Well-Hoping Amid Crises, Loss and Limitation






October 2021: An Exploration of We-Space Intentions and Practices with Jerry Golech



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Sat, Oct 9, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
An Exploration of We-Space Intentions and Practices
Facilitated by Jerry Golech



The territory that we “integralists” can explore is endless, but one thing that we can specifically do when we are together is to explore our interactions with each other in real time, in the present moment. As we (our species) face multiple crises and existential challenges, these relationships may indeed be the key to discovering the collective intelligence that will allow us to overcome such obstacles. The kind of deeply conscious collective intelligence that can develop with practice is what we are calling “We-Space.”

In your own practice, do you have glimpses of this “collective intelligence” and your relationship to it? Or does this idea seem strange or unreal to you? Or perhaps mysterious? Perhaps it is cognitively acknowledged but never experienced? Do you sense the need for “something” beyond the individual mind to address our multiple existential crises?

This meeting will begin with a short presentation of several of the theoretical frameworks that map the territory of We-Space, and it will discuss practices that can lead us to this experience.

We will then move into an exploration of our relationships to We-Space, including the intentions we hold in relation to exploring this territory. These explorations will be undertaken by utilizing the We-Space practices that are described.

Some questions to ponder:

If you are interested in Integral (and… well, this is a meeting of San Diego Integral), you should find this presentation interesting and engaging. If you’re new to the group, or to Integral Theory in general, be assured that you are welcome. This is complex territory, and no one can possibly understand and embrace all of it. But we recognize that your experience, your practice, your curiosity, and your participation will make us more complete. We welcome the pleasure of getting to know you.

Jerry Golech has been exploring the integral world for more than 25 years, studying Ken Wilber and many others; attending dozens of courses, seminars, and retreats; enjoying connection with the Integral Community; and studying under teachers such as Diane Musho Hamilton, Decker Cunov, Robert Kegan, Terri O’Fallon, Kim Barta, Terry Patton, Otto Scharmer and Geoff Fitch, to name a few. He was honored to complete Pacific Integral’s “Generating Transformative Change” (GTC) program in 2017-18 and will be participating in another round of GTC as a participant/mentor in October of 2021.

Jerry has been active in San Diego Integral for more than 15 years and is currently a member of the Leadership Team. Jerry recently retired as an Instructor in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA.


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September 2021: An Integrally Personal Exploration of Conflict with Michael McElhenie and Larry Kiehl, Part 2



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Sat, Sept 11, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
An Integrally Personal Exploration of Conflict: Part 2
Presented by Michael McElhenie and Larry Kiehl



As long as there is diversity and difference, there’s going to be conflict. The real question for us as Integralists who see “both sides" is: are we willing to get better at engaging in conflict for the benefit of all? Will Integralists model the way?

Get ready for a fully-participative, developmental experience. Michael & Larry will provide a facilitated conversation and exploration, a flow of sorts, into what conflict is for each of us personally and interpersonally.

Notions about the structures, processes, and contents of conflict are important, but even more so is engaging in our personal experience of conflict. Therefore this will not be a standard lecture-style presentation about conflict focusing on theory.

Instead this session will help us look at ourselves to better understand what we think of as conflict, how it shows up in our awareness, what we make of it, and how we derail ourselves in dealing with it.

This session will lean more into societal orientation about conflict (LL and LR). The conversation will be set up with warm-up processes including personal inquiry into our individual understandings, beliefs, assumptions, etc., regarding conflict, the mental and emotional stuff we bring to conflict that is often sub-optimal. We’ll then move into interactive segments for engaging with each other.


About the Presenters


Dr. Michael McElhenie has deep expertise in successfully guiding big changes around the globe. With a foundation in neuroscience, emotional intelligence (EQ), and crucial communication, Michael helps leaders navigate the dynamics of executive team and board relationships, and he is often called upon to help leaders scale, merge, integrate, and evolve their organizations.

Michael and his team led the United Nation Development Program’s most successful global intervention, called “Leadership for Results” (LfR), aimed at developing multi-sector, emotionally intelligent leadership while creating solutions to critical challenges such as HIV/AIDS. LfR is a powerful capacity-building intervention and is considered the first large-scale, direct application of integral theory. Independent research indicates that millions of lives were saved and millions more were vastly improved through thousands of LfR action-learning projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Currently, Michael advises global leaders in times of crisis, conflict, and change. He works with them to develop empowering, innovative cultures and the emotionally intelligent leadership required to remain agile and navigate our VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. Michael continues to evolve EQ concepts and practices, and his book Responsive Intelligence is on track to be published in May of 2022.


Larry Kiehl has been a developmentalist professionally since 1978. He spent the first five years of his career focusing on “communication development” with clients. Then, after nine months of multiple-hours-a-day meditations (no working or socializing), he opened into the capacity for what he calls "deep-take consulting" and spent a decade on this with business clients. He eventually evolved into Executive Coaching and "depth-mediations."

In the last 15 years, Larry's focus has been navigating in and from the Turquoise perspective, and most recently in what he's come to identify as “unitive-diversity,” what Wilber might call the Indigo stage. Part of this endeavor has been to identify the ways and means of “we-space” dynamics, being more authentically present and connected. As he describes it: "Getting beyond the 'collective I’s' dynamics—very pertinent to understanding and engaging the stuff known as conflict, whether interpersonal or intrapersonal." Read more about his work on his website: www.EvolutionalConsciousness.com


Join us for this unique exploration, especially valuable in this intense time when new and old conflicts are occurring around us daily on every scale.


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August 2021: An Integrally Personal Exploration of Conflict with Michael McElhenie and Larry Kiehl, Part 1



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Sat, Aug 14, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
An Integrally Personal Exploration of Conflict: Part 1
Presented by Michael McElhenie and Larry Kiehl



As long as there is diversity and difference, there’s going to be conflict. The real question for us as Integralists who see “both sides" is: are we willing to get better at engaging in conflict for the benefit of all? Will Integralists model the way?

Get ready for a fully-participative, developmental experience. Michael & Larry will provide a facilitated conversation and exploration, a flow of sorts, into what conflict is for each of us personally and interpersonally.

Notions about the structures, processes, and contents of conflict are important, but even more so is engaging in our personal experience of conflict. Therefore this will not be a standard lecture-style presentation about conflict focusing on theory.

Instead this session will help us look at ourselves to better understand what we think of as conflict, how it shows up in our awareness, what we make of it, and how we derail ourselves in dealing with it.

The first of the two sessions will involve looking at ourselves personally (UL and UR quadrants) and our relationship to conflict. The second session will lean more into societal orientation about conflict (LL and LR).

Each of these conversations will be set up with warm-up thought processes including personal inquiry into our individual understandings, beliefs, assumptions, etc., regarding conflict, the mental and emotional stuff we bring to conflict that is often sub-optimal. We’ll then move into interactive segments for engaging with each other.


Read more here: Meetup Event: An Integrally Personal Exploration of Conflict: Part 1 With Michael McElhenie and Larry Kiehl






July 24, 2021: The Evolution Of Response: A Developmental Approach Towards Greater Awareness, Connection, And Creativity In Conflict With Miles Kessler



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Sat, July 24, 2021, 11am–1pm PDT
The Evolution Of Response: A Developmental Approach Towards Greater Awareness, Connection, And Creativity In Conflict
Presented by Miles Kessler



Miles Kessler's "Evolution of Response" is a system of vertical learning in the midst of one of the most common human experiences: conflict. The EOR method aligns the principles of the martial art of Aikido together with the Integral framework of vertical development. It is both a map, and the territory, for understanding your potential capacities and competencies in human interactions.

This session will be an experiential practice session working with the “fulcrum practices” for leveraging growth at each stage of development as laid out in the evolution of response.

Miles Kessler is an American teacher of Aikido (6th dan), meditation, and Integral Practice. He is a dual-lineage holder in both the Iwama tradition of Aikido and the Burmese Mahasi tradition of Meditation.


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July 10, 2021: The Aftermath of Modernity: How Did We Get Here Anyway? With Karen Voorhees



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Sat, July 10, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
The Aftermath of Modernity: How Did We Get Here Anyway?
Presented by Karen Voorhees



In only a few short centuries, a handful of small nation-states sailed forth across the oceans and colonized much of the rest of the world. Western Europe had gone very suddenly from barbarian backwater to global superpower and the “modern” era had begun. Some of the results face us today as our most intractable problems.

This presentation will be an Integral overview of Europe’s emergence into modernity. It’s more than just fascinating history—the better we understand how it happened, the better our odds of finding sustainable solutions to the problems of today.

Karen Voorhees is a regular contributor to San Diego Integral. She has long history of study in the fields of Integral theory, European and world history, and their intricate intersections.

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June 2021: Highlights & Recap of IEC 2021 (Integral European Conference) with San Diego Integral Members



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Sat, June 12, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
Highlights & Recap of IEC 2021 with SDI Members
Presented by Members of San Diego Integral



Several members of our group attend the IEC event whenever we can. Last year we had a wonderful recap of the 2020 online IEC. The conference is rich with content and experiential practices. It's interesting to see what landed and excited various members of our group.

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May 2021: The Highly Sensitive Person & We Space with Tom Habib, PhD



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Sat, May 8, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
The Highly Sensitive Person & We Space
Presented by Tom Habib, PhD



The research results of the Unique Attributes Study will be presented in the context of developing We-Space first presented at IEC 2020. Resonance and coherence will be deepened via breakout exercises that focus upon what was found in this research. The HSP subcategories, such as neuronal sensitivity and propensity to overwhelm, will be mapped out. This is a highly participatory workshop for folks with sufficient interior awareness and the ability to show up in moments of transparency.

A link will be provided for you to take the HSP questionnaire prior to the presentation if you did not participate in the study.

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April 2021: The Monster's Journey: From Trauma to Connection with Mark Forman, PhD



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Sat, April 10, 2021, 4-6pm PDT
The Monster's Journey: From Trauma to Connection
Presented by Dr. Mark Forman, Integral Psychologist



"The Monster’s Journey" describes a new way to think about and therapeutically approach childhood, developmental trauma. This conceptualization is grounded strongly in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) research literature. With this grounding, the presentation will offer a psychological alternative to Joseph Campbell’s well-known "hero’s journey" called the "monster’s journey."

Drawing inspiration from modern story forms, the monster’s journey describes the unique developmental challenges faced by survivors of early life trauma, a journey where their innocence is lost prematurely and thus a new, trusting connection to the normal world must be generated and maintained.

This presentation is in support of the recently published and well-reviewed book, The Monster’s Journey: From Trauma to Connection (2020) by Mark Forman, PhD.


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March 2021: Easter Through An Integral Lens



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Sat, March 13, 2021, 4-6pm PST
Easter Through An Integral Lens
Presented by Sandy Brim, Larry Kiehl, and Christine Baser-Habib



Holy week is a culmination in the Christian calendar, when the teachings of Jesus and his lived experience open to the mystery of spirit and transformation.

In this presentation we will explore three aspects of Christianity and the Easter message through an integral lens: Jesus as the Divine in flesh, the teachings of Jesus and his death, and resurrection and the emergence of eternal spirit.

This gathering will include integrally-informed didactics, sharing of personal experience, and experiential practice. Whether you are of another faith, a non-practicing Christian, agnostic or atheist, this topic promises to be thought-provoking for all.


Bibliography

The presenters have provided the following bibliography for this event. Please enjoy these resources for further study and exploration.


Click here to download presentation notes

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January-February 2021: Special Guest: Terry Patten



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Sat, February 13, 2021, 4-6pm PST
Experiential We-Space Practices with Terry Patten Based On His Social Experiment


Terry Patten will join us again to guide a second SDI session that will emphasize experiential We-Space practices informed by the recent social experiments he has initiated.

Do not miss this opportunity to participate in this event led by a pioneer in the Integral Movement.

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Sat, January 16, 2021, 4-6pm PST
Terry Patten on "Making Integral More Integral"

(Note: this event occurs on the 3rd Saturday)


We are very excited to have one of the foremost leaders and contributors to the Integral movement joining us this month for our online Meetup!

As a philosopher-activist, he has long been a leading voice for facing, examining, and healing our global crisis through the marriage of higher consciousness and activism.

As creator and host of the webcast “Beyond Awakening,” he has explored the biggest questions of our time in over a hundred public conversations with some of the world’s most prominent and dynamic thought leaders.

This session will begin with a short but high-level review of Terry’s work to make integral more integral. This will flow into a more wide-ranging conversations about the implications of these ideas, both in breakout groups and in the main area.

Terry Patten is a philosopher, author, activist, social entrepreneur, consultant, coach, and the author of the groundbreaking book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries.

In addition, he co-wrote Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber, et al. He has also authored three previous books and over two dozen book chapters, magazine articles and academic papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

As a philosopher-activist, he has long been a leading voice for healing our global crises through the marriage of higher consciousness and activism. As creator and host of the webcast “Beyond Awakening,” he has explored the biggest questions of our time in over a hundred public conversations with the world’s most prominent and dynamic thought leaders.

As a teacher and coach, he has introduced thousands of people to Integral practice in person and over the web. Online courses include Integral Spiritual Practice, Living the Integral Heart, An Integral Soul Journey, and Awakening Your Revolutionary Heart.

As a community organizer, he founded and leads Bay Area Integral, which gathers and supports an integral community in the San Francisco Bay area.


(Note: This Meetup will occur on the 3rd Saturday, not the usual 2nd Saturday.)

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