NEWSLETTER # 4 February 2019

Sacred Science Circle #5
July 2019

The Sacred Science Circle gathers a sacred circle of individuals and groups that honor the “fires” of transformation implicit in all scientific, scholarly, and artistic endeavors. Our mission is to further that profound route to knowing, wisdom and enrichment of being that the confluence of science and the Sacred can bring to us and to our modern world. In pursuing sacred science, the Sacred Science Circle and our partner institution, the Alef Trust, aspire to transform both ourselves and the world.

The Sacred Science Circle e-Archive includes research resources on Art-based Research, Confucian Hermeneutics, Inclusive Psychology, Intuitive Inquiry, Sacred Wisdoms & Transpersonal Psychology.

In service to the Sacred,
Rosemarie Anderson & Les Lancaster, Sacred Science Circle, Co-Directors





  • The Psycho-spiritual Dimensions in the Transition to Motherhood by Noelia Molina
  • Report on the International Symposium on Research in Transpersonal Psychology—Natal, Brazil
  • Why Transpersonal Psychology is in Demand by Johnny Stork
  • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Transpersonal Psychology in The Humanistic Psychologist, Volume 47, Issue 2, June 2019


Upcoming 2019 Conferences and Research Events

  • British Psychological Society Transpersonal Psychology Section Conference, Scarborough, UK, August 30-September 1, 2019
  • Transpersonal Research Methods with Rosemarie Anderson, Dublin, Ireland, September 18, 2019
  • European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) Conference, Paris, France, September 25-29, 2019
  • Transpersonal Research Colloquium, Paris, France, September 30 – October 1, 2019
  • European Transpersonal Psychology Association (ETPA) Conference, Galati, Romania, October 5-6, 2019




The Psycho-Spiritual Dimensions in the Transition to Motherhood

by Noelia Molina

Motherhood, Spirituality, and Culture, recently published by Routledge (2019), explores the uncharted spiritual maternal territory that mothers have often not been able to voice. This new book explores this transition to motherhood as told by the mothers themselves.

Author Noelia Molina, PhD provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the spirituality of motherhood weaving together transpersonal psychology, humanistic psychology, spiritual intelligence, and the spiritual maternal literature. Many important themes are discussed from a psycho-spiritual paradigm: desires, expectations and illusions for mothering, birth and spiritual embodied experiences, instinctual knowing, identity and spiritual crisis, connections, changes and transformations undergone through motherhood. As reported, the 11 mothers in this study, become conscious of the letting go as part of transcending the egoic self, and accepting the changes that are happening on a daily basis in the transition. Acceptance, kindness, forgiveness, patience, compassion and openness are found to be major mediators in the maternal transition.

The importance of this study relies on the practical insights that are useful—even essential—to mothers and to their spiritual and therapeutic caregivers. Since spiritual care is now considered a significant aspect of holistic healing practices in nursing and health science, this book highlights the necessity of spiritual care training for people who care for mothers and encourages support, education, and care for both the mothers and the caregivers as paramount in going forward in their spiritual and mental wellbeing, their families, and society at large.

Noelia Molina, PhD is a psychotherapist, lecturer, workshop leader, and researcher. She teaches in the MA in Applied Spirituality in Dublin, Ireland and serves on the leadership team of the programme and on the advisory board of SpIRE in Dublin.



Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of Transpersonal Psychology

in The Humanistic Psychologist, Volume 47, Issue 2, June 2019
Welcoming the Next Generation of Transpersonal Researchers and Scholars
Rosemarie Anderson, Special Issue Editor

This special issue includes articles by Hennie Geldenhuys (South Africa) on Transpersonal and Humanistic Research Ethics, Gabriel Mihalache (USA/Romania) on Heuristic Inquiry as a Transpersonal Research Method, Deborah Kelly (UK) on Asklepian Healing Practice & Therapeutic Space for the Dying, and Sheri Kling (USA) on Whitehead’s Metaphysics as a Philosophic Basis for Transpersonal Psychology. Book reviews include Miles Vich (USA), reviewing The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Tutu, D., & Abrams, D. (Random House, 2016), Regina Hess (Germany), reviewing C. G. Jung on Nature, Technology and Modern Life edited by Meredith Sabini (North Atlantic Books, 2008), Ryan Westrum & Jay Dufrechou (USA), reviewing Indigenous Healing Psychology by Richard Katz, (Inner Traditions, 2017), and John Buchanan (USA), reviewing Participation and the Mystery by Jorge N. Ferrer (SUNY Press, 2017).

E-copies of the guest editor’s Introduction, articles, and book reviews are available at Search under the authors’ names to download and enjoy.





Alef Trust graduate, Johnny Stork, has written an essay on this crucial topic. He explores current trends which suggest that the perspectives and values that an education in transpersonal psychology emphasizes are increasingly in demand. The time could not be better, more auspicious, than right now to pursue an education or career in transpersonal psychology.

Cultural, academic, scientific and even political shifts are taking place around the world in relation to spirituality, happiness & well-being, holistic or integrative medicine, environmental issues, consciousness research, and the merging of science and spirituality. Johnny argues that the one area that unifies all these developments is precisely the domain of transpersonal psychology.

To read the full essay, see Why Transpersonal Psychology is in Demand




Second International Symposium on Research

in Transpersonal Psychology—Brazil

Celebrating 40 Years of Transpersonal Psychology in Brazil:

Academic Production, Clinical Interventions & Collective Resilience

The Second International Symposium on Transpersonal Psychology Research was convened in Natal, Brazil at the Federal University of the State of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) from May 30 through June 1, 2019. Organized by the Brazilian Association of Research in Transpersonal Psychology under the leadership of Drs. Marlos Bezerra  and Aurino Ferreira, the symposium launched a “critical-transformative turn” for transpersonal research and clinical practice by exploring inclusive and systemic ways of thinking through the challenges of globalization at local and global levels.

This biennial symposium gathered individuals interested in Transpersonal Psychology in Brazil, connecting researchers, teachers, therapists, social activists, students for three days of activities, including pre-event workshops, thematic seminars, mini-courses, transpersonal experiential practice, research presentations, and cultural events.






Transpersonal Psychology Section
Annual conference 2019


Transpersonal Psychology and Creativity

August 30, 2019 – September 1, 2019, Scarborough UK

At our 2019 conference we will explore and celebrate the connection between creativity and spirituality. We will investigate why the connection is so strong, and why so much music and poetry (and other types of creativity) is associated with spirituality. There will be workshops to explore and experience different aspects of creativity, including poetry and music.

Both members and non-members of the Transpersonal Section are welcome.

Details and registration information:





Masterclass on Transpersonal Research Methods & Intuitive Inquiry

with Rosemarie Anderson

September 18, 2019


Sponsored by the MA Program in Applied Spirituality, Spirituality Institute

The Arrupe Room, Milltown Park Campus

Dublin6, Ireland


Masterclass is limited to 40 participants.

Book through EVENTBRITE at

Enter “Transpersonal Research” under Events to purchase a ticket.






SEPTEMBER 25-29, 2019


For the first time in the history of humanity, humans represent the most serious danger to our own survival and planet earth. Our world is in imbalance at many levels: global warming, exploitation of natural resources, social injustice, and the loss of biodiversity surround us as threats. This crisis questions people living in rich countries about our ability to lose and let go of our comforts, goods, and habits. It questions our positioning as human beings in relation to life, nature, others and thus our whole way of living out our “humanness.”

Though change occurs slowly, a wave of awareness is passing through modern society, begging the following questions:

  • Is being human an individual or collective experience?
  • How do we relate to nature, which we have largely exploited and enslaved? Can we conceive of ourselves as independent of our nourishing “mother”?
  • What about the concept of “transhumanism”? What does the term mean and why?
  • Is it not rather a question of finding our roots, our reason and our heart?
  • What does this turbulent phase teach us about the earth and about ourselves? How can we navigate through it?
  • And how can we accompany individuals and communities in this passage?


EUROTAS, Le CesHum (Centre d’ Enseignement en Sciences Humaines, France), Approches Transpersonnelles (Belgium), and aligned sponsoring organizations  invite you to the annual conference of EUROTAS (European Transpersonal Association) from 25 to 29 September 2019 outside of Paris for a joint exploration of these themes. The conference will include lectures, round table discussions, experiential workshops, and cultural events led by professionals from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. During these five days, you will be able to discover, question, meet, experiment, witness, and imagine the future.

Visit the website for registration and more information:

Video information is available in English at

and in French at





–TRC 2019 Paris–


Fourth Transpersonal Research Colloquium

September 30 & October 1, 2019


Engaging the Transformative Dimensions of Consciousness in Research


The Fourth Transpersonal Research Colloquium (TRC) 2019 will be held on September 30 and October 1 in Paris, immediately following the 19h Annual EUROTAS Conference (as above). The Call for Proposals for TRC 2019 Paris is now closed.

The theme for TRC 2019 is Transpersonal Research Methods: Engaging the Transformative Dimensions of Consciousness in Research. A spectrum of transformative approaches to research is now developing in many fields, reflecting a renewed spirit of collaboration within mainstream science and an emerging recognition that consciousness, research, and concrete applications are interrelated in the study of complex topics. TRC 2019 Paris is dedicated to furthering this development. The presentation format will be collaborative with plenary and parallel sessions. Ample time will be provided for discussions and networking with other participants and for initiating new research projects.

Additional information is available on the Transpersonal Research Network webpage at or by contacting the organizers at the email below.

The TRC is co-sponsored by the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Research, Integral Transpersonal Institute (ITI, Italy), Sacred Science Circle, and the British Psychological Society Transpersonal Psychology Section.



Warm regards,
TRC Organizers & Facilitators

Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D. (USA)
Giovanna Calabrese, M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D. (Italy)
Regina U. Hess, Ph.D. (Germany)
Les Lancaster, Ph.D. (UK)
Pier Luigi Lattuada, M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D. (Italy)





European Transpersonal Psychology Association (ETPA) Conference

October 5 & 6, 2019


The annual conference of the European Transpersonal Psychology Association (ETPA) will be held at Danubius University in Galati (Romania) on October 5 & 6, 2019. The topic is Transpersonal Psychology, an avant-garde science. For more information visit the ETPA website:

If you want to participate with a lecture or workshop, please send a request by email to the Organizing Committee, indicating the title of the lecture and/or workshop, an abstract of 200 words and a short CV of 200 words. The entrance fee for the conference is waived for those who are accepted to give a lecture or a workshop.

Participation fee (before July 15th; after July 15th + 20 Euros):
50 Euros – basic fee
20 Euros – student fee
The ticket includes: Participation in the sessions, one workshop, two coffee breaks, and the information packet.

All sessions (lectures and workshops) will be translated into English.