Discussant: Prof Max Velmans
The Mystics and Scientists conferences have been held every year since 1978, and are dedicated to forging a creative understanding of the complementary roles of scientific and mystical approaches to reality. The conferences always provide a highly engaging and creative opportunity to come together with like-minded people in a spirit of exploration and dialogue. Our theme this year revisits the broad relationship of science and spirit from both Eastern and Western perspectives. Our speakers bring together world views from biology, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, music, art and spirituality, and they will address the theme from their various angles of expertise.
This conference will balance keynote presentations and discussions in facilitated small groups so that we can also access the ‘wisdom in the room’ with participants sharing their own insights. There will also be optional meditation and movement each morning. We very much look forward to your participation in what promises to be a memorable weekend.
What people say about our events:
A wonderful, stimulating, thought provoking and warm-hearted weekend.
Non-stop delightful discovery and endless conversation.
I value the people and connections as much as the subject and speakers.
My second event. It gets better and better. I feel isolated in London. Here I get a sense of ‘group’. Fabulous talks.
SPEAKERS and PROGRAMME
Friday 6th April
Opening wine reception, followed by dinner, welcomes from the President, Dr. Peter Fenwick and the SMN Chair Dr. Paul Filmore. Programme Director David Lorimer will talk on Radhakrishnan on East and West. Dr Joan Walton will then introduce the conference and map the field. We will devote more time than in the past to facilitated small group discussions between participants.
Saturday 7th April
- Dr. Bhakti Niskama Shanta: Missing Persons: Has Science Taken the Wrong Turn? – Synopsis
- Dr. Bhaktivijnana Muni: Towards a more Harmonious Concept through the Synthesis of Vedanta and Science – Synopsis
- Catherine Thom: From Music to Clay – A Spiritual Journey through the Meeting of East and West in Ceramics – Synopsis
- Prof Keith Ward, FBA: The Philosophy of Idealism in India and the West – Synopsis
Evening: Showing of award-winning film The Bridge.
Sunday 8th April
- Prof Ursula King: Beyond Mysticism West and East: Towards a Global Spirituality – Synopsis
Detailed joining instructions will be sent with the booking confirmation.
Cancellations: A fee of £25 will be retained, or £75 after 15th March; after 31st March, no refund.
WE CANNOT GUARANTEE BOOKINGS MADE AFTER 31 MARCH.