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I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.      -- C. G. Jung

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Dr. Michael Conforti*

Dr. Michael Conforti
is a Jungian analyst and the founder and Director of The Assisi Institute. He has been a faculty member at the C. G. Jung Institute - Boston, the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England.

A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C. G. Jung Institute -- Zurich and Jungian organizations in Venezuela, Denmark, Italy and Canada. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche. His articles have appeared in Psychological Perspectives, San Francisco Jung Library Journal, Roundtable Press, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and Spring.

Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in Vermont, where he also serves as a state-appointed advisor to the Board of Psychoanalysts. He provides his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry. He has served as script consultant on the recently released film, Pride and Glory. He has also been asked to consult on the application of field theory to the understanding and resolution of international border disputes. He was selected by The Club of Budapest and the University of Potsdam to be part of a 20 member international team of physicists, biologists, and dynamical systems theorists to examine the role and influence of informational fields. He is a recipient of the Vision Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Conforti is a Senior Fellow of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. Currently, he is working on a new book, Hidden Presence: Archetypes, Spells, Possessions and the Complex.   

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Loralee Scott-Conforti

Loralee Scott-Conforti is Executive Director of The Assisi Institute and Artistic Director of Accendo Dance Company. She brings over two decades of leadership experience in non-profits focused around creative transformation and program development in leadership, education, organizations and the arts. Her body of original artistic work spans two decades and encompasses a multi-disciplinary approach to dance, education and theater. Her award-winning choreography has been showcased in a wide variety of venues from professional showings to art museums, to outdoor festivals.

Her most recent body of work is focused on the global issue of human trafficking and tells the true story of a human trafficking victim as reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Nicholas Kristoff in "Half The Sky." This original production, "SoulCry!" is touring colleges and universities and has resulted in the passage of anti
-trafficking legislation. Loralee's work around this issue is featured as part of a compilation of research included in "Grief, Trauma and The Expressive Arts" authored by Robert Neimeyer and Barbara Thompson and published by Routledge. Loralee has an undergraduate degree in theology and is completing her MFA in Inter-disciplinary Arts at Goddard College with a focus on the creative as a catalyst for psycho/social transformation.    

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Robert WaggonerRobert Waggoner

Robert Waggoner is author of the acclaimed book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, and a past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). For the last ten years, he has been co-editor of the online magazine, The Lucid Dreaming Experience, the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. Robert conducts on-line workshops with GlideWing Productions and routinely speaks at colleges and conferences worldwide on the lucid dream experience. He served as the season finale speaker at the Jung Society of Utah in 2012.

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Tayria Ward, Ph.D.Tayria Ward, PhD

Tayria Ward, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2003. Having been a minister and then a professor, she moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 2004 to open a retreat center in a wilderness location dedicated to recovering the indigenous mind. There she conducted retreats, vision quests, sweat lodges and private work. She has recently moved to Asheville where she is now writing a book and working privately with clients in dream analysis and depth psychological inquiry. 

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Rev. Sherry Cothran, M.Div

Sherry Cothran is a pastor/preacher, singer/songwriter, performer and blogger, an artist that merges the fields of religion, spirituality and culture.  Performing and making new music both as a solo artist and with The Evinrudes, the late 90’s popular rock band, she has shared the stage with many popular bands of the era like Goo Goo Dolls, Spin Doctors, Bare Naked Ladies and many others. She has acted in a film, written songs for t.v, movie and radio and these days, she is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who also pastors West Nashville United Methodist Church, an urban church in Nashville. Sherry brings a fresh perspective to the practice of creative and thoughtful religion in the 21st century.


 “Sunland,” a compilation of songs written and produced by Sherry, is her 6th CD. “With the intellectual skill of a first rate biblical scholar, and with the artistic and poetic insights of an outstanding songwriter, her music is poetic, smart, devotional, and grounded deeply in her own faith and practice.” -Dr. John S. McClure, Vanderbilt Divinity, Professor of Homiletics, author.   

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Patty de LlosaPatty de Llosa

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Patty became a reporter for Time Magazine. She married a Peruvian and raised three children in Lima before returning to New York as managing editor of American Fabrics & Fashions, then associate editor of Leisure Magazine, then deputy chief of reporters at Fortune. She retired in order to take the three-year teacher-training program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. Now a contributing editor of Parabola Magazine, she gives workshops and teaches Tai Chi and the Alexander Technique in New York City. Her first book is The Practice of Presence: Five Paths for Daily Life, (Morning Light Press, 2006).

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Linda Yael SchillerLinda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW

Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW is a psychotherapist, dream worker, student of kabbalah, and energy practitioner in Watertown, MA. After 20 years as a professor at Boston University School of School of Social Work, she now devotes her practice to supervision, clinical work, writing, and workshop presentations around the country. Linda is a frequent presenter at the International Association for the Study of Dreams, as well as numerous other venues in the fields dreamwork, trauma treatment, energy psychology, integration of mind, body and spirit, and group work. She has created several methods of dreamwork including the GAIA* method (Guided Active Imagination Approach), “Title and Retitle” (an accelerated healing dream method) and “The Orchard of Dreams”, based on kabbalistic practice.

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Howard CarterHoward Carter, Ph.D, LMBT

Howard Carter is adjunct professor of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill. His latest book is Clowns and Jokers Can Heal Us: Comedy and Medicine (Univ. of California Press, 2011). He is a licensed massage therapist, specializing in cancer patients. He is also a student of Qi Gong, and a certified Qi Gong therapist.

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Steve ParkerSteve Parker, Ph.D.

Steve Parker, Ph.D. is a stone mason and cardiac psychologist. He is author of Heart Attack and Soul, a story of spiritual transformation after a severe heart attack. His artwork has been featured at solo exhibits in New York, Minnesota, and California. He is the producer of the film of At Home with Patricia, a documentary on the life and work of Patricia Garfield, one of the founders of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. He runs a large community website on Facebook discussing the work of Carl Jung, and a website devoted to the work of Carl Jung, (see links page). He and his wife, Kornelia Grabinska -- also a presenter at the conference -- live in a birch forest over-looking Fairbanks, Alaska.



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Kornelia GrabinskaKornelia Grabinska, Ph.D.

Kornelia Grabinska, Ph.D. is a Jungian psychologist from Fairbanks, Alaska. She has run workshops on Jungian topics for twenty-five years, including presentations on the Archetype of the Wilderness, Myths of the North, and Innuit Folk Tales. She is a diploma candidate at the Jung Institute in Switzerland. She and conference presenter Steve Parker have been living next to the wilderness in Alaska for more than thirty years.

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Akal Dev Sharonne

Akal Dev Sharrone has been leading Dances since 1989. Having been introduced to the Dances by Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute, she brought the Dances to North Carolina following her first summer at Omega. Since then, she has led Dances in the Triangle area of NC, in Charlotte, at the Abode of the Message, at the Omega Institute, and at several college campuses. She initiated a monthly Dance circle in Boone, NC, in 1998, where she currently lives.

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Mark Smith

Mark Smith has had more than thirty years experience with the music and healing qualities of chants and songs from many traditional and contemporary sources. He leads chanting at churches, retreats, and social action gatherings.




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"I cannot define for you what God is. I can only say that my work has proved empirically that the pattern of God exists in every [hu]man, and that this pattern has at its disposal the greatest of all his energies for transformation and transfiguration of his natural being. Not only the meaning of his life but his renewal and his institutions depend on his conscious relationship with this pattern in his collective unconscious." 
   - C. G. Jung in a Letter to Laurens Van der Post shortly before Jung's death. 


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