Thomas Hübl: Timeless Wisdom in Daily Life

Happening on December 11, 2014  
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thomas_w_mic_new_150x150Thomas Hübl is a contemporary spiritual teacher whose qualities of uncompromising clarity, open presence and generosity of spirit have profoundly inspired and changed the lives of countless people around the world. His work integrates the essence of the great ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary scientific knowledge and his own personal experience. Thomas has devoted his life to exploring consciousness and the mystical principles that lie behind all dimensions of our lives. He believes the cultivation and embodiment of mystical knowledge is not a luxury for a fortunate few but an integral movement towards evolutionary development and a necessity for our world. More information about Thomas at

 Co-Sponsored with East Bay Open Circle


Please join us for an evening program with German spiritual teacher, Thomas Hübl, on Thursday, December 11.

Thomas has spoken at several BAI events since his first visit to the Bay Area in 2010. He’s been one of our most popular speakers during that time.

What does it mean to awaken in the midst of our daily lives while attending to our work, our families, our passions, and our challenges? To accept and include the tensions and conflicts of life into our spiritual practice, rather than relating to them as obstacles? How can we cultivate a spiritually aligned life in the post-modern “marketplace” with all the aliveness and intensity of a monk in a sacred cave? How do we risk communicating with each other in a way that allows for the highest potential to manifest between us?

This is an invitation to engage in a way of being that invites profound compassion, transparency, fierce love, and tenderness with ourselves and each other — a way that allows us to intertwine stillness and movement as one balanced path rather than two separate approaches to life.

Please join us for an evening of conversation with Thomas Hübl exploring this essential spiritual practice for our time. Thomas’s down-to-earth approach to a living, holistic spirituality, combined with his unwavering clarity and relentless commitment to help others fully awaken, makes him a unique and engaging teacher. He brings an entirely new, multi-dimensional understanding of spiritual transformation that is practical AND embodied. The extraordinary quality of presence and transmission in his teachings creates a rare and exquisite experience for those who study with him.

A Toning Concert with Thomas Hübl

On December 14, Thomas will give a toning concert in Oakland. The event will be held in the planetarium at the Chabot Space and Science Center so there will be a spectacular visual display to accompany the toning. He’ll be accompanied on piano by Myrissa Lai, who has collaborated with Thomas in toning and healing for two years. The concert will also be available as a live audio stream that you can access from your computer. Click here for more information and to register.


Thomas Hübl: Timeless Wisdom in Daily Life

Thursday, December 11, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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Pre-Registration: $25 regular, $18 senior/student/hardship
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)

Day of Event: $30 regular, $25 senior/student/hardship
No one turned away for lack of funds

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details


Dustin DiPerna: “Streams of Wisdom” Book Launch

Posted on October 13, 2014 by  
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Dustin DiPerna

Dustin DiPerna is founder of Bright Alliance and Co-Founder of Synergy Forum. He is a spiritual teacher, group facilitator, and entrepreneur. He has spent the past decade working with Ken Wilber to synthesize Integral Theory and the world’s great wisdom traditions. He currently practices in spiritual lineages of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

The Coming Waves and Streams of Wisdom, earlier this year. He lives in California with his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Jaya.

Please join WEpractice co-founder and BAI Leader, Dustin DiPerna, for the first stop on his international book tour and for evening of advanced integral spiritual practice.

  • Have you ever wanted to know the difference between a temporary state experience and the ongoing recognition of spiritual awakening?
  • Did you know that there are very real differences between the process of spiritual awakening and one’s capacity for spiritual intelligence?
  • Have you ever wondered how individual awakening relates to collective experiences of an Awakened We-Space?

Come discover the answers to these questions for yourself in your own direct experience.

Whether you stand in a specific religious tradition, consider yourself “spiritual but not religious”, or are merely an observer of the current spiritual landscape, Dustin’s offerings live in person and in his new book Streams of Wisdom will equip you with an intelligent and intellectually rigorous orientation to spiritual transformation. With Integral Theory as a platform, Dustin brings crystal clear discrimination to understanding the spiritual dimensions that matter most.

Ken Wilber names Dustin as “one of his brightest students” and has described his work as taking the “first steps toward a vibrant, trans-lineage spirituality”.

Here is a brief video of Dustin talking about the book:

This evening is not to be missed for anyone interested in discovering the true depths of Reality and how that Reality can move into true and effective action in the world.

Join us for an evening of practice, dialogue, and inter-subjective awakening.

Ben Afleck and Sam Harris Spar over Radical Islam

Did you hear about the flap between Ben Aleck and Sam Harris about Islam on Bill’ Maher’s talk show last week? Sparks flew! Tempers flared! Drama ensued and political pundits have lined up with one side or the other. But little light was shed on the topic. For a very interesting integral perspective on the issue, we invite you to read Dustin’s blog post, Bridging the Chasm: Sam Harris, Ben Affleck, and a Needed Dose of Integral Theory.

Dustin DiPerna: New Book Launch and Advanced Spiritual Development (Wednesday Evening Program)

Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship*

At the Door: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

* No one turned away for lack of funds

Bence Ganti: Integral Flow Experience

Posted on September 16, 2014 by  
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bence-ganti_150x150Bence Ganti MA, an integrally oriented psychologist, is an internationally known teacher of Integral Theory and creator of Integral Flow Therapy. He’s been the main voice and disseminator of Ken Wilber’s teachings in Hungary since 1997, which led him to establish the Integral Academy in Budapest in 2006, the first and foremost integral school in Europe. Bence is board member of Integral Europe and International Coordinator for the Integral Institute. He taught in the Integral Theory program at JFK University and is a regular speaker at integral conferences around the world. Bence divides his time between between Europe and the US, mainly the Bay Area. As an integral psychologist he offers personal mentoring for those who wish to have his guidance for an integral life journey. Please visit:

In October we have the privilege of hosting Bence Ganti for an evening introduction to his Integral Flow Therapy process. Integral Flow is an in-depth experience that accelerates your personal growth and transformation. It invites you to experience the full potentials of higher we-space to master your relationships and boost your skills as a transformational leader.

Bence is something of a rising star in the integral community. He was the main organizer of the first Integral Europe conference in May, which drew over 500 people, and has for some years been leading the Integral Academy in Hungary, his homeland.

Bence also lives part time in the Bay Area. Some of you may remember that he gave a brief intro to his work at our iEmerge event in March 2013. So we are excited to have him back for a deeper dive into his innovative work.

Integral Flow is a playful, joyous, deep and heart-opening style of therapeutic group work. Through non-verbal contact, bodywork and encounter exercises, Bence puts people into a deeper state of consciousness where subtle encounter experiences and the flow state appear both in individuals and the group. Combined with sharing our experience verbally, this has a quick healing effect on the lack of contact and connection that many of us carry simply by living in today’s highly individualized world.

Bence has a complex map for this evolutionary group work that is based on the Wilber-Combs lattice. He maintains that if we open people and loosen up their ego fixations then they potentially open “up and down” on the levels at the same time. Both higher states occur and earlier unresolved issues also surface and get a chance to be uplifted.

The original meaning of the flow experience is a highly satisfactory peak experience when we have an intense and focused concentration on the present with heightened awareness, and we drop the control of thinking mind, temporarily getting out of time into the eternal presence being one with the moment.

Bence’s approach extends the original flow concepts into its relational and spiritual dimensions. Based on his experience working with many groups, Bence suggests that there is a transpersonal field beneath the flow experience that actualizes itself through us when we are in flow, especially when we are connected during our flow experiences. This is a form of the “new-we” and a higher stage of being together.

In this evening workshop, Bence will give an overview of Integral Flow Therapy and lead participants in exercises that will demonstrate its power and potential to transform.

Here is some praise from Bence’s work from integral luminaries:

“Bence Ganti’s Integral Flow Therapy is a genuinely Integral therapy that is wise, effective, and truly integral. Pulling all the pieces together, he has created a marvelous and most useful therapy!”

-Ken Wilber

“As a participant of Bence’s flow workshop, I can only say that his masterful and souveign guidance in the flow practice combined with a compassionate heart helped me to release tears for myself, and for all suffering human beings. His instructions to the partner were clear, his reminders gentle and to the point. A wonderful healing practice that I can recommend full-heartedly to anyone who wishes to explore their own inner workings with the help of a silent partner.”

-Susanne Cook Greuter

“Bence Ganti’s Integral Flow Therapy is an pioneering therapeutical approach that fully utilizes the integral map as well as many of the most efficient therapeutical practices and techniques that are available to us.”

-Dennis Wittrock, CEO Integrales Forum (Germany)

Bence Ganti: Integral Flow Therapy

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7-9:30pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship*

At the Door: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

* No one turned away for lack of funds

Annette Kaiser: The Power of Love: Two Events

Posted on August 13, 2014 by  
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Annette Kaiser was born in Zürich in 1948. She is married and the mother of two adult children. After completing her studies in economics and sociology, she worked for many years in the field of development cooperation. Her special field were the women`s cause and intercultural dialog. Later she trained development-experts. In 1982 she met Mrs. Irina Tweedie and became a student of her for 17 years. In the late 1980`s Annette Kaiser opened her Tai Ji DO-School, training teachers since 20 years. In 1991 Mrs. Tweedie allowed her to give the first Sufi seminars. Since 1998, she is authorized by Mrs. Tweedie to continue the Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya Sufi lineage, guiding human beings on the path of love. In the year 2000 she developed the “Integral DO-path” teaching and inspiring people in a non-dual cosmo-centric understanding.

We are delighted to host two events with Swiss spiritual teacher Annette Kaiser. Long established in Europe, Annette is only recently becoming more well known in the US. Both events are on the Power of Love, her core teaching.

The Friday evening program will be a introduction to her work with some sharing and meditation. Annette will also be releasing her first book in English in the US, 99 Questions to a Spiritual Teacher, which will be available at the event.

The Saturday half-day will go deeper into the work with more practice sessions.

In Annette’s core teaching, love is essential for all that is. Everything that exists is, at it’s core, pure dynamic love. The dance of pure dynamic love in a human being can be fully recognized in the depths of absolute stillness – available now, and right now! Rooted in nothingness and embracing all form, pure love is intrinsically inclusive, one with all that is, and inexhaustible.

When the loving dynamic force of Reality arises as perfect presence, it has the power to move mountains. We, as a human species, are starting to discover the power that love has to set free actions of true cooperation and co-creation for the good of the whole. A new culture for humanity is emerging. A culture that respects diversity and celebrates oneness in love. Come discover the threads of a universal spirituality and a universal culture of love.

Being present from moment to moment, is fundamental to the new civilization now emerging on Earth. Together during these workshops we will:

  • Examine presence at it`s deepest root: pure conscious light, empty and inherently loving all that is
  • Learn how being present is, in-itself, a monumental shift in humanity’s evolving process of consciousness
  • Discover how the embrace of both the formless and form allows us to recognize and embody oneness without two
  • Learn what it means to engage life from the perspective of conscious becoming
  • Uncover radical implications for our individual lives, our collective strives, our planet (mother earth), and even our place and perspective in the Cosmos

Annette Kaiser: The Power of Love (Friday Evening Program)

Friday, September 26, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

Add to Your Calendar08-26-2014 19:00:0008-26-2014 21:30:006Annette Kaiser: The Power of Love (Friday Evening Program)Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, BerkeleyBay Area Integralbayareaintegral@gmail.comMM/DD/YYYY

Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship*

At the Door: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

* No one turned away for lack of funds

Annette Kaiser: The Power of Love (Saturday Half-Day Program)

Saturday, September 27, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

Add to Your Calendar08-27-2014 10:00:0008-26-2014 15:00:006Annette Kaiser: The Power of Love (Saturday Daylong Program)Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, BerkeleyBay Area Integralbayareaintegral@gmail.comMM/DD/YYYY

Pre-Registration: $45 regular, $25 senior/student/hardship

At the Door: $55 regular, $35 senior/student/hardship*

Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details

* No one turned away for lack of funds

BAI’s Annual Summer Soirée

Posted on August 6, 2014 by  
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You’re Invited!

summer_party_250x175It’s time for our 4th Annual Summer Soirée, one of the social highlights of the integral community in the Bay Area. We hope you will join us!

If you’ve been to our parties before, you know they’re lots of fun. If you haven’t… well, you’re in for a treat. They’re a great way for our community to connect, catch up on recent events and have stimulating conversation with some very smart people, while enjoying good music and dance, and—as always—a great spread of food and drink.

We always set the price of our parties low (especially considering the food and drink we provide!) so it’s affordable to all. This year we’re offering a deeper discount for advance ticket purchase (40% off the at-the-door price) and a special price for couples (50% off for the second person).

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!

BAI’s 4th Annual Summer Soirée

Friday, August 15, 7:00 to 10:0pm
830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Add to Calendar08-15-2014 19:00:0008-15-2014 22:00:006BAI’s 4th Annual Summer SoiréeRudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, BerkeleyBay Area Integralbayareaintegral@gmail.comMM/DD/YYYY

Advance Purchase Tickets:

  • Single: $12
  • Couple: $18 (50% off for the second person!)

At the Door: $20

NEW! Comp Tickets for Volunteers: We are offering a limited number of free tickets for those who are willing to help us with the party, which requires more volunteer help than our regular events. See the bottom of this page for details.


Comp Tickets for Volunteers: We are offering free admission—plus our undying gratitude and hugs from the team—for several generous souls who are willing to help us with set up and breakdown for the party. Set-up tasks include setting up tables and chairs, hanging decorations, setting up the food and drinks, music and sound set-up, etc. Breakdown tasks include putting away tables and chairs, packing decorations, kitchen clean-up, etc. There may be some light tasks during the party but you’ll definitely be able to enjoy the whole party. You must be willing to help with both set-up and breakdown. You’ll need to arrive at 6:00pm to help set up and be willing to stay until breakdown and clean-up is complete, around 10:45. If you’re interested, please email Valerie Beltran at Thanks!

Joanna Macy – Courage Under Fire

Posted on March 20, 2013 by  
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
7:00pm – 9:30pm
830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

  • Pre-Registration $20 ($13 Students/Hardship)
  • At the Door $25 ($15 Students/Hardship)

An evening with Joanna Macy and the Work That Reconnects

“Enter the breathing that is more than your own.” R.M. Rilke
“If we surrendered to Earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.” R.M. Rilke

When we rediscover our mutual belonging in the living body of Earth, vision and strength arise for the healing of our world. A spirituality of radical interconnectedness helps us then to meet the risks and dangers of confronting the military industrial complex and its organized forms of greed, hatred, and delusion.

The Work That Reconnects, through teachings and practices drawn from deep ecology, systems theory, and the Buddha Dharma, awakens us to the power of the Universe working through us. In this evening workshop Joanna will take us around the Spiral of the Work. The four stations of the Spiral are: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. Come on time, wear loose clothing, and be prepared to fall in love again with life.

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.

Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 198); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke’s Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 1998); Joanna’s memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000); World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 2007), A Year With Rilke (with Anita Barrows, Harper One, 2009); and Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World (with Norbert Gahbler, Parallax Press, 2010).

Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.

Joanna travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren.

Helen Palmer – Type, Structure, and Spiritual States

Posted on March 13, 2013 by  
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Watch the Video Recording — Only $10!

If you missed Helen Palmer’s presentation on May 29, we are making a recording of the event available for viewing (but not downloading) until June 15. Click here for access.

This conversation is focused on a vastly underused faculty of perception commonly called the Inner Observer. It is actually a spiritual faculty with the potential of accelerating our direct participation in higher states of consciousness, also known as fruits of the spirit.

It seems only natural to observe the patterns of our mind and to hear the self-reports of people who see the world differently. Yet that simple turn of attention that self-reflection requires marks a giant leap in the evolution of consciousness.

The first turn lets us witness our personality structure. We can observe our thoughts as we are thinking and tell them to someone else. We can witness our emotions as they arise and describe them to others. Self-reflection is the bedrock of evolving consciousness. Self-reflection led you to your Enneagram type.

In the vocabulary of spiritual practice we can learn to recognize the patterns passing through our mind – thoughts, emotion, sensations –”objects of attention” that are structured according to type. Yet the “pure knowing” that notes those patterns as they arise makes prayer and meditation possible.
In the language of neuroscience self-reflection joins two different levels of consciousness. The conditioned level of patterns embedded in the neuropathways of our brain, and a reflective state of mind that activates when pre-frontal dominance recedes.
From an evolutionary standpoint we can voluntarily observe the automatic responses that drive our type in a predictable direction. We can learn to recognize and relax embedded cognitive “neuromarkers” such as doubt, flattery, deception and judgment – before they become utterly convincing. These capacities of mind demonstrate our voluntary role in the evolutionary arc of consciousness. For who but ourselves can relax the passions that drive us instead of letting them run?

Helen Palmer is an international bestselling author and a teacher of psychology and intuition. The subject of a PBS documentary Breaking Out of the Box
her books on the Enneagram topic are in 28 translations and form the basis of her work with Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition. U.S. and foreign schedules are posted at and

Thomas Hübl – Contemporary Mysticism in an Evolving World

Posted on March 12, 2013 by  
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley (map)
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Co-sponsored with

Once again we have the great pleasure of co-sponsoring German spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl with our good friends from East Bay Open Circle.

In this presentation, Thomas addresses a topic that has been emerging more clearly in his recent work: Contemporary Mysticism in an Evolving World.

  • What is contemporary mysticism and how is it different from traditional mysticism?
  • What does a mystical path look like that embraces the deepest truths of traditional mysticism as well as an evolutionary perspective?
  • What are the implications for us as individuals? For the world?

Thomas will approach these and other questions through talks, small group exercises, and open Q&A with individuals.

If you’ve not experienced Thomas in any of his four previous appearances with us, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about and what any of this has to do with the integral perspective.

Thomas Hübl is an extraordinary spiritual teacher of great presence and insight. His ability to “read” individuals and engage them at the deepest level is profound, and he has an incredible gift for creating a strong energetic field of depth, intimacy and engagement. He speaks plainly yet with great clarity and insight. The word “transmission” is often thrown around lightly in spiritual circles, but Thomas is that rare teacher who truly transmits deep truths about spirituality and awakening that can be felt in the core of one’s being.

Thomas is also unique in the way that he blends the deep truths of the great wisdom traditions with an explicitly evolutionary and developmental perspective of the relative world. Yet he doesn’t use technical language to convey this. But to say that he is integrally informed doesn’t capture how deeply this perspective is integrated into his teaching. Which is why he has attracted so much attention in the integral community.

We keep inviting Thomas back because people tell us how deeply they’ve been affected by his presentations. And attendance at each event keeps growing (more than 200 turned out for our November presentation). Thomas has also been speaking elsewhere in the US since we first brought him here two years ago, and it’s no exaggeration to say that he has become wildly popular.

So that’s what the fuss is all about.

If you haven’t yet experienced Thomas’ work, this event in April is a great opportunity. And the topic, Contemporary Mysticism in an Evolving World, is one that is of great relevance and importance to the integral community.

We expect that this event will sell out so please buy your tickets in advance.

Watch This Event Via Live Video!

If you live outside the Bay Area or if you can’t attend in person, you can watch on your computer. No special equipment is needed, just a recent version of the most popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

Thomas Hübl is a contemporary, non-dual spiritual teacher. He leads workshops, trainings and events worldwide. Thomas founded the Academy of Inner Science in 2008. This is a research institute for the mysticism of the 3rd Millennium in which a synthesis of innovation, the evolution of humankind as well as the Timeless Wisdom can be found. The aim of the Academy is to connect the wisdom of the inner world with the wisdom of the outer world. /

iEmerge — Journey Through the Circle

Posted on February 25, 2013 by  
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iEmerge speakers

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

From group therapy circles, to play group circles, to the meaning of circles throughout time, join us as we explore the sacred intention and potential of the circle. Bay Area Integral is thrilled to announce our next iEmerge event (our take on the hip, intelligent TED talks).

Bence Ganti:
Integral Flow Therapy – a sacred group process for harmonization and healing

Bence GantiThrough non-verbal contact, bodywork and encounter exercises, Bence puts people into a deeper state where subtle encounter experiences and the flow state appear both in individuals and the group. This has a quick community building potential that heals the lack most experience in today’s highly individualized world even in integral and spiritual circles. For Bence, flow isn’t an airy-fairy term and doesn’t mean aimless drifting. On the contrary: flow is a state of higher perception, awareness, being and connectedness, that requires two factors to set in: authenticity and subtle human connection. It is:

  1. A combined first-second-third tier state (green-yellow-turquoise)
  2. When you are in your authentic self
  3. You feel being guided from your core
  4. You are intimately connected with people and phenomena around you
  5. Your personal self sense is transcended
  6. This all happens at the same time

Carrying transmissons of different lineages and establishing a unique style of group process Bence skillfully combines psychotherapeutic and spiritual processes. What makes his practice so beautiful is that it is based on deep connection with people, experiencing a graceful, subtle intimacy. Bence guides people into these states through playful nonverbal exercises. The result is a group flow experience where people are connected in beauty beyond words. Sacred moments, purity, witnessing, compassion and healing occurs. People sense the field that lies behind visible phenomena. It is a game changer, opening a whole new chapter in what is usually called “psychotherapy” a term proven to be narrow in such an integral experience. Here a wider modality of harmonization and healing is (re?)established.

Bence Ganti (MA) an integrally oriented psychologist is an internationally known teacher of integral theory and creator of Integral Flow Therapy. Being a main voice and disseminator of Ken Wilber’s teachings in Hungary since 1997 led him to establish Integral Academy in Budapest in 2006 the first and foremost integral school in Europe. Bence has been invited to teach to Russia, Germany, Bulgaria and the US. He is board member of Integral Europe and International Coordinator for Integral Institute. Bence taught in the Integral Theory program at JFK University and appears on Integral Theory Conferences. Bence now spends his time split between Europe and the USA being a half-time resident of the Bay Area. As an integral psychologist he offers personal mentoring for those who whish to have his guidance for an integral life journey. Please visit:

Gwen Gordon
Waking Up Laughing! Playfulness as a path and a destination

Peter ErlenweinWhat is the sound of one hand laughing? Is the glass half empty or half full? And whose lipstick is that on the rim, anyway? The same evolutionary roots that have given rise to a spiritual impulse also make us humans uniquely playful. Using frameworks from Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, Complexity Science, and Positive psychology, we’ll explore how our playfulness is critically linked to our well-being, our evolution, and our awakening. Discover the evolutionary power of playfulness and how we can wake up laughing together. Let’s meet at the corner of Freedom and Fullness where we’ll see the whole cosmos as a playground and every being as a delightful playmate.

Gwen Gordon began a life of play designing and building Muppets for Sesame Street. Since leaving the “street” she has been a Creative Director drawing from an eclectic background that includes the MIT Media Lab, Xerox PARC, IDEO. Since receiving a Masters degree in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS and immersing herself in all things integral, she has been an independent scholar contributing to the field of PLAY (yes, it’s really a field). Gwen has designed educational programs for groups ranging from life coaches to TSA security officers and for popular films including What the Bleep Do We Know?!, The Story of Stuff, and THRIVE. She won a local Emmy Award as creative director for the PBS pilot, Kids, Cash, and Common Sense and is currently directing/producing the documentary SERIOUSLY! A movie about PLAY! For more information go to

Bruce Alderman
Magic Circles, Generative (En)closures, and Kosmic Foam – A Trans-lineage Vision of Spiritual Enactment

Bruce Alderman For millennia humans have associated the circle with spiritual power and sanctified space: from medicine wheels to mandalas, and from sorcerers’ circles to sacred domes. It has been used to evoke feelings of intimacy, belonging, and protection, as well as boundless space, wholeness, and womb-like generativity. In this brief but information-packed presentation, Bruce will explore how several more recent philosophical perspectives — from Uexküll’s biosemiotic bubbles, to Sloterdijk’s spherology, to sociobiological and object-oriented notions of autopoietic closure — can be linked to ancient circle symbolism to generate an integral translineage model of spiritual enactment and a participatory, pluralist topology of sacred spaces. At this time of cultural and spiritual diversification, we are called now more than ever to find skillful new ways of conceptualizing and navigating this complexity, and of honoring the richness and particularity of the many modes of spiritual enactment we now have available to us. Drawing on his own work in this area as well as several of the core philosophical concepts he will introduce, particularly Sloterdijk’s metaphor of foam, Bruce will discuss how Integral post-metaphysics and trans-lineage spirituality can be enriched and supported by the vision of participatory enactment and sacred topology that he will invoke here.

Bruce Alderman, M.A., is adjunct faculty in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU). He received his master’s degree in Integral Psychology, with an emphasis on Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, from JFKU in 2005. He teaches Paradigms of Consciousness; Fundamentals of Transpersonal Psychology; Fundamentals of Psychology; Integral Spirituality; Living Systems Theory; Integral Life Practice; and Ethics and Compassion, and has served as a thesis and final integrative project advisor. Prior to working at JFKU, he worked and studied abroad for several years, including teaching courses on creative writing and inquiry at the Rajghat Besant School, a Krishnamurti school in Varanasi, India. His current areas of interest include Integral Theory and practice, transpersonal psychology, integral postmetaphysical spirituality, the time-space-knowledge vision, transformative arts, dream yoga, and interfaith dialogue. When he is not teaching or spending time with his family, he moderates an online discussion forum dedicated to Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality.

Integral Heart Foundation

Posted on February 6, 2013 by  
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
7:00pm – 9:30pm
830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

There is no charge for this event.

We are pleased to welcome Mick Quinn and Debora Prieto, co-founders of the Integral Heart Foundation for an evening event that will include a photo presentation of their work in Guatemala and a Q&A with the audience.

MILLIONS of children in Guatemala are hungry and thirsty. They also lack adequate shelter, light and warmth. However, despite these conditions there are those who demonstrate tremendous evidence of potential and depth. By sharing your
kindness and love YOU can help make a difference to the lives of these children and teenagers in Guatemala.

The first step is to join the INTEGRAL HEART FOUNDATION founders Deb and Mick for their perspective on poverty and potential, but most importantly the SOLUTION in education and how you can help make a difference to many.

Watch a 7-minute made-for-TV documentary on their humanitarian work in Guatemala

Topics Learn about our four programs: Sponsorship, Integral Education, Kindergartens and Solar Power
Format Talk and photo presentation by co-founders about their work, with Q & A afterwards
Purpose To raise funds for our work in Guatemala
Duration 1.5 – 2 hours

Mick Quinn & Debora Prieto

IHF is working to change the culture of poverty from the inside out through heart-to-heart
sponsorship, solar energy, kindergartens and critical-thinking classes. Our four main programs are creating a multi-generational movement whose leaders are empowered to preserve cultural diversity and to embrace responsibility in a global context. The impact of our work is seen in the villages around La Antigua Guatemala.

Mick Quinn and Debora Prieto are the co-founders of The Integral Heart Foundation, a non-profit whose mission it is to empower the potential of the youth of Guatemala through Sponsorship and Education.

Mick is also the author of The Uncommon Path, a book about the future of human potential, published by O-Books UK/USA that
reached #1 in several Amazon categories upon release 2009. Mick previously founded several multi-million dollar NYC-based technology companies. Longer biography available here.

Debora Prieto was born in Spain in 1972. She studied philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is also an educator of mentally handicapped children and most recently was ordained as a Zen Monk in the Soto school of Zen. She along with her husband is the co-founder of the Integral Heart Foundation where she, amongst other tools, uses the Big Mind process:

Mick, Debora, and their three dogs, Bella, Anjo and Panchito live in Antigua Guatemala.

For more information visit:
For photos, join us on Facebook: Mick and Debora
For videos, see us on youtube

A Taste of Circling

Posted on January 10, 2013 by  
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
7:00pm – 9:30pm
830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

  • Pre-Registration $15 ($10 Students/Hardship)
  • At the Door $20 ($15 Students/Hardship)

A Taste of Circling: An Integral Approach to Deeper Relating
Cindy Dinh and Authentic World

In this evening, Bay Area Integral and Authentic World team up to share with you the unique and powerful art form they have come to call “Circling.”

What’s Circling?

Simply put, it’s the best work we’ve found for creating extraordinary and profound intimacy in relationships — an organic, in-the-moment interpersonal process that’s equal parts art form, meditation, and encounter group.
The purpose of Circling is twofold:

1. Circling uncovers our “relational blind spots” — the places where we push away the depth of connection and intimacy that’s possible.

2. The experience of “Being Seen” for who we authentically are is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have as human beings, and Circling teaches us exactly that: how to see and celebrate each person for the unique flavor they bring to the world.

As an integral practice, Circling evolves consciousness through relationship with others. Our mission is to build integral community around the world.

This practice fosters agency through transcending the “I” that one may have believed the self to be, to discover an expanded sense of self, while fully experiencing and including every previous layer that this new being is grounded in and arising from.

Circling will also foster the capacity for communion and connection through sharpening the ability to deeply see and connect with others.

Though it works exquisitely in intimate relationships, it can be applied in all areas of life because it’s so organic, non-analytical, effective, and fun…

BAI Holiday Party

Posted on November 20, 2012 by  
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

It’s Party Time!

We love Integral Theory but we’d be the first to admit it sometimes gets kind of wonky. So in the spirit of our motto – “pioneering the playground where integral culture evolves” – we’re putting on an event that’s all playground:

The Third Annual BAI Holiday Blast!

Here’s the holiday party you don’t have to steel yourself for, where the conversation is always interesting, and where you won’t be the biggest geek on the dancefloor!

Join us in bringing our WE space out of the lecture hall and into communion of the heart and body.  We regularly bring you opportunities to participate in the Grand Conversation, now we invite you to dip into the Cosmic Party. Because to not have a little fun is like a big insult to a universe that throws up cacophonous beauty at every turn, and tosses miracles about like confetti.

There will be music.

There will be delicious food, both super healthy and divinely decadent.

There will be dancing.

And yes, there will be a chance for us to gather as a community to consciously remember and appreciate all the significances of this much-anticipated 2012 holiday season.

So please join us!  And bring a friend or two or more.

Thomas Hübl – How to Live an Awake, Integral Life

Posted on October 4, 2012 by  
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Northbrae Church ← Note venue!
941 The Alameda, Berkeley (map)

Co-sponsored with

NEWS FLASH: We are excited to announce that will be offering this event as a live video broadcast* as well as  an in-person event. If you’re not able to attend in person or live outside the Bay Area, you can watch it live on your computer. Plus you’ll have access to the recording for viewing or downloading for two weeks after the event.

Leading an awake, integral existence in the midst of daily 21st-Century life is profoundly challenging. How do we continually deepen in relation to timeless wisdom and express our insight in the form of an alive, awake life in all our relationships, with our intimate partner, with our children and with our colleagues at work? How does awakeness turn into our daily practice and thus into our reality?

We are all familiar with moments when we really say “Yes”, when life suddenly begins to flow and we are pure vibrancy. Living in this presence we can engage the moment more deeply, in all its dynamics and transform our interaction with the world.

Topics will include:

  • Accessing the field of collective consciousness
  • Transparent and authentic communication
  • Enhanced abilities to perceive others’ interior interior states
  • Increased levels of synchronization, transcendence and embodiment

Thomas Hübl is a contemporary spiritual teacher of uncompromising clarity whose work reveals the enlightened potential of a new form of humanity which he calls a ‘we-culture’, accessible to us all. Drawing from mystical experiences of all spiritual traditions, his international workshops, trainings and talks guide people to a deeper level of self-awareness and personal responsibility – radical transcendence of an ego-centered world view opens the doorway to a profound life of authentic expression, service and alignment with the Absolute. Thomas lives in Germany and Israel.


* In order to view the broadcast you must have a broadband internet connection (Cable or DSL) and a recent version of one of the popular browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox.

Linda Berens – Finding Your Leadership CORE

Posted on September 27, 2012 by  
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
9:30am – 12:30pm
Checuti Community Room
450 Poplar Ave, Millbrae (map)

Pre-register here

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What is your constant CORE™, What does your CORE have to do with leadership and self-leadership?

The CORE methodology is a multidimensional typology system that integrates the works of Carl Jung, David Keirsey, John Beebe, and Linda Berens in ways that will release hidden and untapped potential in everyone. It is scalable and memorable.

How can finding your leadership CORE help you become more masterful in your work and in your life?

Cognition — What information and evaluation processes do you tend to privilege and how do you tend to Mink about nearly everything?

Outlook — Where are you and where would you like to go? What are the themes and developmental paths of your life?

Roots — What are your core psychological needs, values and talents? What needs are so essential to your existence that you will go to great lengths to get them met?

Expression — How do you tend to express yourself? How are you driven to interact with others? What is your natural energy and movement pattern?

Using a combination of lecture and small-group discussion, you will:

  • Identify the essential qualities at the core of each model.
  • Relate these essential qualities to your own leadership and self-leadership.

Linda V. Berens, Ph.D., is recognized internationally for her applications of and theoretical contributions to the field of psychological type. She has been training change and growth professionals as well as helping individuals, teams, and leaders recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses. and work together better since 1975. She is the author or co-author of multiple books and training materials including her newest book, Interaction Essentials: 3 Keys to Effective Relationships in the Workplace and Beyond. She recently founded Integral Typeworks, LLC to put powerful, profound typologies to work and foster a more complete and integrated look at individual differences, which she is calling the CORE Method. Linda has preferences for INTP.

Think Big, Act Boldly: An Evening with the Leadership of MetaIntegral

Posted on September 20, 2012 by  
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
7:00pm – 9:30pm
830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

  • Pre-Registration $20 ($13 Students/Hardship)
  • At the Door $25 ($15 Students/Hardship)

MetaIntegral launched in June 2012 as an alliance of three integral organizations – training academy, consulting firm, and philanthropic think tank. A lot of integral action is already flowing through MetaIntegral (Mi), and that’s by design. Mi is a global platform for integral thought and action, a social entrepreneurial ecosystem designed to achieve “integral impact” on an international scale. How?

  • By raising $100M for an Integral Planet Endowment that funds integral projects throughout the world.
  • By building a “dream team” of integral consultants that facilitate deep change within leaders and large-scale change among organizations tackling global issues.
  • By training future generations of global change agents through our Embodied Practitioner Certification program. And so much more.

MetaIntegral presents a huge opportunity for integral-hearted people to stand together and take action. MetaIntegral also raises many questions:

  • What is the relationship between Mi and II (Integral Institute)?
  • Is it possible, or even desirable, to make this “meta” move that integrates the integral movement?
  • How is MetaIntegral informed by later stages of development both in its own design and its initiatives?
  • What makes Mi likely to succeed when past “big-container” organizational attempts have not lived up to expectations?
  • Has the time come for Integral Business to be more than just an idea?

Please join Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Barrett Brown, Jordan Luftig and other leaders of MetaIntegral for a presentation and conversation on these topics!

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD., is the founding CEO of MetaIntegral. He is one of the world’s leading experts on Integral Theory and its application. Building on the vision of American Philosopher Ken Wilber, he has played a significant role in creating the field of Integral Theory. Sean is a leading “scholar-practitioner” in integral studies and has published many articles on applying the integral model to a wide range of topics, including education, ecology, sustainable development, the science and religion debate, and consciousness studies.

Barrett Brown, PhD., is the President of MetaIntegral Academy. Since 1995, Barrett has worked in nine countries as a consultant and entrepreneur in the areas of leadership, organization development, communications, and sustainability. He has helped launch a dozen organizations, led executive teams through strategic alignment, developed multi-year leadership development programs, delivered leadership initiatives for Fortune 500 executives, and briefed high-level officials at the United Nations Development Programme headquarters and the US State Department. He specializes in the intersection between organization development, leadership development, and global sustainability.

Jordan Luftig is Communications Director of MetaIntegral. He is a leading educator in the field of Integral Theory, co-lead organizer of the Integral Theory Conference, and a certified Integral Coach. In recent years Jordan has focused on communication strategies that demonstrate the value of meta-theory to contemporary issues and bring the integral movement to life for mainstream audiences. He received his master’s degree in Integral Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.

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