PROGRAMMES and EVENTS
Alef Trust hosts public programmes and events to support its mission to promote holistic frameworks for human growth.
Corona and Beyond: Transitioning to a new paradigm
When: Tues 9th June 19:30-21:30 BST (GMT + 1)
Where: Online Zoom conference
How to attend:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Chair: Jessica Bockler, PhD
Jessica Bockler, PhD is a Founding Director of the Alef Trust and Director of Creative Alternatives, an arts and health service based in the UK. Jessica is an applied theatre practitioner and transpersonal psychologist with a deep interest in creativity and play, ritual arts, integral transformative practice, social change and sacred activism. She has extensive experience of creative programme leadership and multi-modal arts facilitation in community, education and health contexts, and she specialises in transpersonal and somatic approaches to creative practice, combining expressive arts work with practices enhancing mindfulness and body awareness.
Jevon Dängeli, MSc
Jevon Dängeli, MSc established the Open Awareness for Change Project in February 2020. The project involves providing groups with a practical system whereby they can harness their collective consciousness and combined creativity with the aim to address health or safety concerns, social problems, or environmental issues in their community or globally. In addition to his coaching and training work, Jevon is co-founder of the Live Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to create opportunities for positive change by providing free education and empowering resources to those who contribute their time and energy to humanitarian aid or environmental sustainability.
Kendra Diaz-Ford, PhD
Kendra Diaz-Ford, PhD is a transpersonal research psychologist, spiritual guide, and yoga teacher. Kendra earned her PhD in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) with specializations in Education and Research, Spiritual Guidance and Women’s Spirituality. She’s taught as adjunct faculty at both Sofia University and the California Institute of Integral Studies and co-authored the book chapter “Feminist and Cultural Contributions in Transpersonal Psychology.” As a spiritual guide, Kendra weaves together the ancient wisdom of yoga and meditation with the science of psychology and leadership studies to support clients in alchemizing their biggest challenges into their greatest gifts.
Les Lancaster, PhD
Les Lancaster, PhD is a Founding Director of the Alef Trust, and specialises in consciousness research and kabbalistic psychology. He is Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies; and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University. Les has previously been Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and President of the International Transpersonal Association.
Lila Moore, PhD
Lila Moore, PhD is a lecturer, theorist, film-maker and mixed reality artist specialising in the field of Technoetic Arts. She holds a practice-based PhD from Middlesex University in the interdisciplinary context of Screen Dance, experimental film, modern art, performance and expressive therapies. She teaches The Shamanic Spirit in 21st Century Art, Culture &Technology at Alef Trust, and courses on the intersection of cinema, media and the arts, cultural theories, contemporary spirituality and mysticism at the Department of Mysticism and Spirituality at Zefat Academic College.
Steven Schmitz, PhD
Steven Schmitz, PhD teaches Shamanistic Psychology as part of the Spiritual Psychology module at Alef Trust. He has a private practice in transpersonal counselling, shamanic counselling, and dream work. He is an international professor, lecturer, and seminar leader on topics of transpersonal psychology, shamanism, and healing. He was initiated into shamanic practice in 1974, and was fortunate to participate in a three-year Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy training by Dr. Bugental.
Steve Taylor, PhD
Steve Taylor, PhD is the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. He teaches Contemporary Spirituality at Alef Trust, and is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. His books have been published in 20 languages, and Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ His acclaimed book ‘Spiritual Science: Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World’ was published in September 2018.
Join us for this online event in which Alef Trust faculty share visions for a world transformed through the Covid-19 emergency
As the first phase of the Corona pandemic seems to be coming to a close, with ‘lockdown’ being eased in many countries, many are asking, What’s next? How we answer this question largely depends on how we understand the meaning of Corona. If it is simply a virus, then we proceed with caution back to our old ways. From a transpersonal perspective, however, we understand that the whole complex of responses brought about by the virus indicates directions in which we must travel. Many features of the Covid-19 pandemic and of the worldwide response to it, can only be fully understood as harbingers of a global re-balancing of values. At this time of transition, the collective psyche is urging us towards a more soulful future, in which our cultures regain a sustainable relationship to the natural world of which we are but a small part. The values and paradigms that served us in past ages are no longer fit for purpose; We are being urged to find the key for living in a truly global era.
In this free webinar, Faculty from the Alef Trust will present their insights into the current situation informed by transpersonal perspectives and practices. Short individual presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, including contributions and questions from attendees.
You may also be interested in reading The third narrative: Corona and the collective psyche, a recent essay by Les Lancaster which suggests that the values and paradigms that served us in the past are no longer fit for purpose: We are being urged to find the key for living in a truly global era.