Upcoming Events at the Academy

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Join us for Friday evening lectures and the occasional weekend workshop.

Lectures are $20 cash at the door unless noted and go from 7-9pm. Free attendance for children 18 and under.

Please RSVP for each event you plan to attend so we know how much seating to set up for the evening. Some of the one- or two-day events listed you can sign-up and pay for below.

2020 Events

Lucid Dreaming As a Path to Personal Growth, Healing and Spiritual Wisdom

Robert Waggoner 
Friday Feb 28  7pm

Fee: $20 cash at the door

Robert WaggonerOn the surface, lucid dreaming seems deceptively simple – a paradoxical state in which you know you are dreaming, while you are dreaming. There, you can fly through space, create fire breathing dragons, and cast spells like Harry Potter, all in the safety of your subconscious mind. Historically though, experienced lucid dreamers have used lucid dreaming as an expressway to greater self-realization, spiritual wisdom and access to creativity’s source. The Indian Buddhist yogi, Naropa, suggested that the main technique of dream yoga, lucid dreaming, provided serious students one of the six pathways to enlightenment.

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Scientifically validated for thirty years, recent neuroscientists have deemed lucid dreaming a “hybrid state of consciousness” since the dreaming brain and portions of the waking/conscious brain show simultaneous activation. In other words, when you are lucid dreaming, your conscious mind and your subconscious mind appear joined in a shared creative collaboration or a unique, hybrid state of consciousness.

Now lucid dreamers have begun to explore lucid dreaming’s potential to investigate consciousness, the dream state, and the psyche. Already, numerous accounts exist of lucid dreamers using this special state for emotional healing and even physical healing. Moreover, some lucid dreamers feel that they have encountered another layer of the Self and a reservoir of unconscious information; two concepts which Carl Jung theorized, but did not have the tool to validate. Could lucid dreaming serve as a revolutionary tool to provide science with a new understanding of consciousness and the self?

Robert Waggoner is the author of the acclaimed book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, and co-author of the award-winning book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple. A past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), Robert also co-edits the online magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience, the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. Robert conducts online workshops with GlideWing Productions and routinely speaks at colleges and conferences worldwide on the lucid dream experience. Robert has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams.

Website:
lucidadvice.com/  

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Workshop: A Practical Guide to Lucid Dreaming and the Art of Living Lucidly

Robert Waggoner 
Sat Feb 29  10am to 5pm

Fee: $150 (includes his book Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple).

Robert Waggoner

Scientifically validated for forty years, recent neuroscientists have deemed lucid dreaming a “hybrid state of consciousness” since the dreaming brain and portions of the waking/conscious brain show simultaneous activation. In other words, when you are lucid dreaming, your conscious mind and your subconscious mind join in a shared creative collaboration, which naturally creates a unique, hybrid state of consciousness.

On the surface, lucid dreaming seems simple, curious and fun — a paradoxical state in which you know you are dreaming, while you are dreaming. There, you can fly through space, create fire breathing dragons or magical unicorns, and cast spells like Harry Potter, all in the safety of your subconscious mind. Lucid dreaming’s potential for creative play and joyous pleasures seems infinite.

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However, throughout history, experienced lucid dreamers have used lucid dreaming as an expressway into greater spiritual development. Aware in the dream you can engage your larger awareness and the inter-connected knowing that Carl Jung theorized as the collective unconscious. Aware in the dream, you can resolve persistent issues and resolve ailments and suffering. Aware in the dream, you can perform spiritual practices, and discover why the Indian Buddhist yogi, Naropa, suggested that the main technique of dream yoga, lucid dreaming, offers serious students one of the six pathways to enlightenment.


Robert Waggoner wrote the acclaimed book, Lucid Dreaming — Gateway to the Inner Self (now in its tenth printing), and co-authored Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple with Caroline McCready. Both books are available in Audible, Kindle and CD/Mp3. His books have been translated into French, German, Chinese, Korean, Czech, Finnish and other languages.

A past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), Waggoner serves as co-editor of the online magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience, (ISSN 2167-616X); the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. A lucid dreamer since 1975, he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams.

Robert speaks on the science and practice of lucid dreaming internationally, conducts online workshops with GlideWing.com and travels around the world teaching people about the depth and beauty of lucid dreaming.

Website:
lucidadvice.com/  

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The Holotope: Discover where Science, Art and the Sacred Meet

Kirby Seid
Friday, March 6  7pm

Fee: $20 cash at the door

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Achieving transcendent states through sensory feedback — the alchemy of light, sound, and form; fractals, Sacred Geometry and the 8 dimensions; Biofeedback and The Body-Mind. Join us for a magical journey an Integrative Holotope Experience Meditation. The Holotope is a stunning computer generated geometric artwork of an 8-dimensional object and fractal patterns. This balance of symmetry, color, and projected light generates a complex visual field that allows the viewer to perceive multiple dimensions directly and simultaneously. Sound and music are integrated into the experience which can allow people to commune with higher dimensions of self through resonance alignment.

Bring an idea of what you’d like to discover, or what you’d like to manifest in your life.

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Join us on a magical journey into the moment of creation. The Holotope is a stunning computer generated geometric artwork of an 8-dimensional object and fractal Patterns. Each dimension is layered in brilliantly reflective colors. This balance of symmetry, color, and projected light compositions generates a complex visual field that allows the viewer to perceive multiple dimensions directly and simultaneously. Sound and music are integrated into the experience which can allow people to commune with higher dimensions of self through resonance alignment.

Kirby Seid MIM, is committed to understanding and teaching the emerging importance that “crystal/mineral consciousness” is presenting to the evolution of our own human consciousness. His extensive research and work with crystals and stones calls forth the manner into which they have long been integrated into every niche of our history, culture and technology. Kirby has been a student of metaphysics, shamanistic practices, psychology, and music for many years. Holding a BA in Humanistic Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, he began his education by exploring the human psyche. These studies led him to pursue more extensive research in anthropology, sociology, neurobiology, and spirituality with professionals from differing fields and perspectives.

Website: seidcrystals.com   

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Film: Return of the Lotus-Born Master: Decrypting the Dakini Code

Laurence Brahm
Saturday, March 7  4pm

Cash donation of any amount at the door

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Join us for a benefit showing of a film by one of the Academy’s Advisory Board members Laurence Brahm which is the sequel to his documentary “Searching for the Lotus-Born Master” which was shown at the Academy two years ago. Both Francesca McCartney, PhD and Beth McDougall, MD, MIM are featured in this film. Laurence will be at the screening and there will be an audience discussion after the film. Make a cash donation of any amount. All donations benefit the organization Himalayan Consensus.

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Filmmaker Laurence Brahm is also a global activist, international lawyer, political-economist, author, and chief economist of the New Earth Institute. He is the architect of two fresh economic paradigms, the Himalayan Consensus, and the African Consensus. These evolved from decades in the field advising on investments, economic-financial reform, and development while pioneering one of the earliest social enterprises located in the Himalayas. A firm believer in multi-stakeholder approaches to economic and political solutions, he has practiced a lifestyle of crossover disciplines as expressions of economic and transformational ideas, adopting various platforms such as architecture design, heritage protection, filmmaking, and writing.

Website: laurencebrahm.info   

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Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World

Sky Nelson-Isaacs MS
Friday, April 3  7pm

Fee: $20 cash at the door

Sky Nelson-Isaacs MC photoBased on his book, Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World, physics educator Sky Nelson-Isaacs will help you discover synchronistic experiences in your life and how they can help you drop into that ideal state known as flow. The scientific theory that Nelson-Isaacs proposes for synchronicity is neutral, allowing us to be creators in life in whatever direction we choose. It is a call to do the inner work to bring ourselves into alignment with our lives. In this follow-on presentation, Sky will cover new material on timelessness, spacelessness, and a holistic framework for understanding the cosmos. Book signing at the event.

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Nelson-Isaacs defines the current state of theoretical physics and quantum mechanics using illustrations and metaphors and explains the idea of Meaningful History Selection. Meaningful History Selection can help us explain why and how synchronicity happens and help us fit it into a rational worldview. By turns encouraging and empowering, Nelson-Isaacs tells us how our choices create meaning. If we understand how the responsivity of the cosmos works, then we can develop an informed relationship to meaning-making and purposefulness in our lives. From this we can align ourselves more effectively within our personal, professional, and community relationships and live more in flow. Book signing at end of event.

Sky is a theoretical physicist, speaker, author, and musician. He has a masters degree in physics from San Francisco State University, with a thesis in String Theory, and a BS in physics from UC Berkeley. Nelson-Isaacs has dedicated his life to finding his own sense of purpose, beginning as a student of the yogic master Sri Swami Satchidananda when he was less than five years old. His writing on topics like flow comes from integrating this experience into his life. He brings together the connection between synchronicity, physics, and real life using research and original ideas. An educator with nine years of classroom experience, Nelson-Isaacs is also a multi-instrumentalist and professional performer of award-winning original musical compositions.

Website: synchronicityinstitute.com  

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Crystal Skulls Portals and the New World

Michele Jesse
Friday, May 22  7pm

Fee: $20 cash at the door

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The crystal skull Sha Na Ra was discovered in an archeological dig in Mexico - thereby providing credibility to its status as a truly ancient crystal skull. It was located through a method called “psychic archeology”, meaning that the location of the find was pinpointed by intuitive guidance. Michele’s father, a professor of parapsychology, Nick Nocerino was in Central Mexico on a dig when he used psychometry to pinpoint buried artifacts and whereupon located a buried terracotta basket holding this crystal skull.

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Michele is a naturally gifted intuitive healer who has inherited powerful and profound psychic gifts through several generations of her lineage. She is a gifted intuitive, energy worker and a certified MIM (Masters in Intuition Medicine), graduate. Michele is dedicated to using her gifts to assist people to experience healing on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels so they can enjoy a life of peace, love, prosperity, and fulfillment. Making Sha Na Ra accessible to the public only furthers and supports her purpose in serving the wellbeing of others.

Website: shanaracrystalskull.com/   

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Messages from Those Who have Passed

Felix Lee Lerma
Friday, June 19  7pm

Fee: $20 cash at the door

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Felix Lee Lerma is a compassionate and genuine Psychic Medium who has the ability to communicate with those who have passed. He is dedicated to providing evidence that we never truly die. During this event, if Spirit has a message for you Felix will find you! 

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Felix believes that everyone is born psychic. Since the early age of 12, studying metaphysics helped him to develop and understand the importance of using his gift to help others. He is dedicated to helping others to develop their own gifts, discover their spiritual path and understand their life issues. The spirit world is where we all came from and is where we will all return again. He believes that we are all here to fulfill a spiritual contract that we made before we came. Felix has read for thousands of people from all walks of life.

Website: felixleelerma.com   

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Workshop: Messages from the Other Side

Felix Lee Lerma
Sat, June 20   10am–5pm

Fee: $150

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Join Felix Lee Lerma in this workshop gathering and celebration of love, compassion, life, and the afterlife. He will speak briefly about his full-time work as a medium and share timely inspirational messages with the audience. He will then move into the group to give messages from those on the other side. Are you curious to understand what mediumship is really about? Are you looking for inspiration and spiritual guidance? Join us and meet Felix to witness the power and healing of spirit communication.  

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Felix Lee Lerma is a compassionate and genuine Psychic Medium. He is psychic and has the ability to communicate with those who have passed. Felix believes that everyone is born psychic. Since the early age of 12, studying metaphysics helped him to develop and understand the importance of using his gift to help others. Felix is dedicated to helping others to develop their own gifts, discover their spiritual path, understand their life issues, and providing evidence that we never truly die. The spirit world is where we all came from and is where we will all return again. He believes that we are all here to fulfill a spiritual contract that we made before we came.

Website: felixleelerma.com   

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Workshop: The Art of Crystal Healing

Kirby Seid, BA, MIM
July 25  10am–5pm

Fee: $150 (Includes a handmade pouch that holds four crystals which you choose during the workshop).

Kirby Seid, BA MIMOur earth is alive and evolving in parallel with our own human species and personal evolution. She holds the very blueprint of Life within our planet. Crystals are recording transmission and transformational tools. They are memory chips from which we can awaken and harness latent abilities. Co-creating with the crystal/mineral kingdom clarifies, amplifies, and elegantly quickens the evolutionary spark of our human potential.

The primary focus will be conscious connection and co-creation with the crystal kingdom, and to further enhance the tools being practiced in your AIM repertoire.

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We will be discussing and exploring the synergy of crystals through:

  • Mechanics and metaphysics of crystal and colored light
  • Five attributes of crystal consciousness
  • Ancient crystal skull consciousness
  • Crystal meditation with the Light Labyrinth™ technology

You are encouraged to bring a few personal crystals/minerals or power objects to this workshop. Crystals will also be available for purchase during the event.


Kirby Seid, BA, MIM has traveled the world for crystals, fossils, and minerals.
He designs visionary tools for healing practices, spiritual teachers, and shamans. Kirby has a degree in psychology and teaches Crystal and Light Labyrinth™ workshops at institutes and conferences around the world. For more info: ancient-tech.com 

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The Power of Intuition and Empathy to Heal

Judith Orloff, MD
Sept 11  7pm

Fee: $20 cash at the door

Judith Orloff MDIntuition is an incredible source of wisdom that everyone can tap into. The magic comes in awakening it and trusting its guidance in our lives. Yet too many of us walk around out of touch with our inner voice. What stops us from listening? How can we listen more?

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Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist, intuitive healer, and author of the bestsellers Intuitive Healing, Emotional Freedom and Second Sight shows how to reclaim this intelligence. She passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access deeper insight, empathy, and greater wellness. Orloff offers practical methods to tap into medical intuition and use it to improve the quality of your decisions, health, and life. You’ll be shown how to awaken intuition, read body language and emotions, determine if you are an “empath” and how to avoid absorbing other people’s stress. You will be taught how to tell the difference between intuition and fear, recognize what blocks intuition, and use your intuition to surrender obsessive relationships & unavailable people. Book signing after the event.

In this event Judith will dialogue on:

  • Surrendering to your intuition, the moment, and your full power
  • Recognizing what blocks intuition
  • The art of reading body language and emotions
  • Surrendering obsessive relationships and unavailable people
  • Surrendering to success and stop pushing so hard you sabotage yourself
  • Identifying draining people and surrender unhealthy habits for coping with them
  • Avoiding absorbing other people’s stress
  • Surrendering drama and negative thinking
  • Surrendering to the wisdom of your body and sexuality
  • Surrendering your fear of financial insecurity, aging, and death
  • Surrendering to spirituality, awe, ecstasy, and love

Judith Orloff, MD is the author of the national bestseller The Power of Surrender and offers the CD audio program “Becoming An Intuitive Healer.” She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths (highly sensitive people). An Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, she passionately believes that the future of medicine involves integrating all this wisdom to achieve emotional freedom and total wellness. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today.

Website: www.drjudithorloff.com

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Workshop: Self-Care for Empaths and Empathic Healers

Judith Orloff, MD
Sept 12  10am–5pm

Fee: $150 (includes her book The Empath’s Survival Guide).

Judith Orloff MDJoin Judith Orloff MD for a special self-care retreat empaths, empathic healers, all sensitive people, and everyone with an open, caring heart who is prone to overwhelm and burnout. You will have the opportunity to connect with other empaths, take a break from your daily demands and focus on your precious sensitive-self. Dr. Orloff will lead you through balancing meditations to replenish yourself and show you self-protection techniques to keep you centered and strong in the world. Dr. Orloff will demonstrate how to work with her new book Thriving as an Empath and its companion workbook The Empath’s Empowerment Journal.

You’ll also have a chance to ask her specific questions about your experience as an empath and dialogue with other sensitive souls. Dr. Orloff’s book The Empath’s Survival Guide is included.

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Participants will learn how to:

  • Embrace their own unique magic
  • Stop absorbing other people’s stress
  • Deal with clients who are empaths
  • Deal with overwhelm
  • Balance their personal and social needs
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Practice self-soothing techniques and self-compassion
  • Prevent sensory overload which can lead to addictions, overeating, anxiety, and exhaustion
  • Get energized by the elements, seasons, moon phases, and solstices.

Empaths can’t keep up a busy, non-stop schedule forever without suffering exhaustion or overload. This weekend will be a sacred time of replenishment and sharing that will restore your mind, body, and soul. Being an empowered empath is key to your well-being. More than ever the world needs the gifts you have to offer.


Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her new book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality.

She also specializes in treating highly sensitive, empathic people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a popular TEDx talk. Her other books are Emotional Freedom and Guide to Intuitive Healing.

Explore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule: www.drjudithorloff.com 

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An End to Upside Down Thinking

Mark Gober
Friday, November 6  7pm

Fee: $20 cash at the door

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Mark Gober’s worldview was turned upside down in late 2016 when he was exposed to world-changing science. After researching extensively, he wrote the book An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth That the Brain Produces Consciousness, and the Implications for Everyday Life to introduce the general public to these cutting-edge ideas — all in an effort to encourage a much-needed global shift in scientific and existential thinking. Join Mark for a discussion about the book’s key findings from a wide range of disciplines, such as savants, psychedelics, quantum physics, remote viewing, telepathy, precognition, psychic animals, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, communications with the deceased, children with past life memories, and more.

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Mark is a senior member of Sherpa Technology Group in Silicon Valley, a firm that advises technology companies on mergers & acquisitions and strategy. He previously worked as an investment banking analyst in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. Book signing at the event.

Website: markgober.com/  

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Open House & Orientation

Wednesday, June 24 2020
Wednesday, Aug 5 2020

7 to 8:30 pm

Meet faculty and students, experience a guided meditation, and learn detailed information about the Academy curriculum and courses. Our Open House & Orientation is where all your questions are answered.

The next course, Intuition Medicine: Healing I, begins Tuesday, September 8 2020 and attendance at one of these Orientation dates is mandatory for new students. Join us for the Academy Open House & Orientation, and bring your friends!

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*These take place four times each year: July, August, October, and November.