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May 19th, Clairvision Open House, Berkeley, CA

In Berkeley CA, posted on May 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

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To the degree that you are in touch with your body, you can FEEL the impact of, for example, cell phones on your head. But even pretty darn aware people–just to manage the demands of daily life–feel they have to push aside the subtle ques that “something is not quite right here…”

As a student of the Clairvision School of Meditation, I have learned that the school doesn’t demonize technology. At the same time, students learn how to very clearly feel the impacts of it, and take steps to both mitigate damage, and even enhance one’s use of it beyond “normal” levels. I’ll be giving a talk to this effect as one of several presentation on Saturday, May 19th in Berkeley.

I had the pleasure of attending the Wisdom 2.0 conference in Silicon Valley this past February. During the “Unconference” portion held at the Google campus, I hosted a discussion titled, “The Impact of Technology on Subtle Bodies: The Four-Fold Model.” It was great to see how quickly participants could relate to the Four-Fold Model (a Clairvision “map” that includes elements/terms from a variety of traditions), and how the wisdom of the energy body is immediately available to everyone. The impacts come to light with just a very short exercise that we will do on May 19th, and that you can do on your own later.

We will also discuss a few ideas addressing “subtle body building” that, as another student pointed out, enables you to “match” the technological devices, rather than feeling zapped and sapped by them at the end of the day…or even by the end of the morning.

“But that’s not all!” 🙂 I am one of several people giving talks about various aspects of living a healthy life in a healthy environment. The day is all about bringing subtle, yet powerful factors into conscious consideration: factors that have a huge impact over the course of a lifetime. See the list below, come for part of the day or the whole day, and I look forward to making the acquaintance of others who also care about a healthy body, and a healthy mental, energetic, and physical environment. There will also be a food energetics demo and tasting, a rejuvenating “night practice,” and a short film.

Open Day schedule

  • 10.00 – 10.30: Introduction: the Clairvision School and style of spiritual work – with Karen O’Connell (Center Manager)
  • 10.30 – 11.15: Spirituality for a modern world – Dynamic Awareness in Practice – with Michelle Yan
  • 11.30- 12.15: Creativity – How meditation opens doors to perception and inspiration – with Yohanna Jessup
  • 12.15 – 1.15: Bringing food to Life! – The Alchemical belly – with Emily Michals, Salome Torres & Alison Montgomery (Demonstration & tasting!)
  • 1.15 – 1.50: Night Practice Technique – Recover your vitality quickly during the day and learn to transition peacefully to sleep at night. – A 35 minutes lying down practice with Annie Upthagrove.
  • 2.00 – 2.45: How to create an energetically healthy meditation space – 10 tips with Tracey Stanton
  • 2.45 – 3.30: The Impact of technology on Subtle bodies – How to lessen the fallout – with Felicia Chavez
  • 3.45 – 4.30 – ISIS – A powerful technique for self-discovery and emotional freedom – with Annie Upthagrove
  • 4.30pm: Film: “INCARNATION” Directed by Liz Foley, 2005. Animation Short (9 minutes)
Extended Synopsis of “Incarnation” Short Film
“Incarnation” is the journey of a birth, as seen from the point of view of a soul.
It is a lyrical, poetic story, which takes us through various worlds, each of which carry specific qualities and characteristics which fashion the soul along it’s downward flight towards a human life in the physical, earthly realm. A vortex-like structure takes us from one world to another, as we ride through a matrix of spaces, images and structures. These encounters begin as quite abstract experiences and as we near the physical world become more dimensional and recognizable. Finally, the threshold between the non-physical and physical world is crossed, and we arrive as we always have, as a newborn baby.
*Astrological chart readings will be available during the morning with Karen O’Connell and Kat Lui.
We look forward to seeing you there!! For information, email or call Tracey 415.498.0708

Awakening the Third Eye, May 15-16th, Berkeley

In Berkeley CA, posted on March 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

The Clairvision Awakening the Third Eye weekend workshop is a full on intro to their very specific training in subtle body perception, and oh so much more. I personally attended two of these weekends in my first year learning the work. It’s the first step in what can–if you find you resonate with this work and the school–lead to many years of extensive metaphysical training.

I would say in particular that if you’re interested in getting a solid meditation practice going, this is a great way to start. Diving straight into “stillness” and “no mind” can be, well, mind boggling.  The Clairvision techniques give your mind something to rest on even while you’re having a full blown meditation experience.

I would suggest registering now: they are going to have a booth at the New Living Expo and spaces may fill up.

For more information about the school, or to find out about other courses outside of the Bay Area, visit


Awakening the Third Eye
with instructor Annie Upthagrove

May 15 – 16 2010
Berkeley, CA $200

The ‘Awakening the Third Eye’ workshop presents a systematic process to begin developing the third eye, the command center of the body of energy. The techniques are straightforward, and the results are immediate and tangible. A structured meditation and systematic techniques are taught to awaken subtle perception. This style of work is designed for seekers living in the world who want direct perception of non-physical worlds, not theoretical speculations, and want to apply this in their daily lives.
The school is not linked to any church or organization, and is open to people from all horizons.

For more information or to register, email

Inscendence: The Key to the Great Turning at the Sophia Center in Oakland, California, February 19 -20

In Berkeley CA, posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Animas Valley Institute

A friend of my recently turned me on to Bill Plotkin.  I’ve checked out some of his stuff on-line and he most definitely understands the shift we are all experiencing on the planet.  His vision is pure and his wisdom grounded in the ancient traditions from worlds gone by.

I’m planing on attending the Evening talk on Friday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m.   See you there?

The day long portion on the 20th begins at 9:30 am and runs through 2:30pm with a lunch break from noon to 1 pm.


Thomas Berry has emphasized that, to transform contemporary culture, “what is needed is not transcendence but ‘inscendence,’” the pan-human, psychospiritual descent to the underworld, leading to revelatory vision and an awakening to the numinous powers ever present in the phenomenal, more-than-human world in which we live. We’ll explore a nature-based map of human development, an eight-stage approach to growing whole that prepares the child and adolescent to one day embark upon the initiatory adventure of inscendence, the encounter with soul that ripens people into genuine adults and elders — visionary artisans of cultural change, trailblazers of what Joanna Macy calls the Great Turning of the twenty-first century.

By all means, check this one out!


Awakening the Third Eye, Workshop – February 20-21st, Berkeley

In Berkeley CA, posted on January 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm

ï»żï»żAs a student of this particular school of transformation since July 2005, I have experienced the awakening power of building vision and “deconstruction.” Truly, I’ve gained more metaphysical insight than I ever imagined was possible.

An experience you might try once and move on…a bit more informed about the workings of subtle bodies.  Or, you may pick up the thread and delve into a full on, modern mystery school…


P.S. Details available via email:


Weekend Meditation Workshop
with Clairvision Instructor, Annie Upthagrove
Feb 20 & 21, 2010

This 2-day workshop is an introduction to the work of ClairvisionÂź, a school of meditation, and the techniques
of Samuel Sagan, MD, PHD, its founder. The ‘Awakening the Third Eye’ workshops present a systematic
process to begin developing the third eye, the command center of the body of energy.
The techniques are straightforward, and the results are immediate and tangible. A structured meditation
and systematic techniques are taught to awaken subtle perception. This style of work is designed for seekers
who want direct perception of non-physical worlds, not theoretical speculations, and want to apply this work in
their daily lives.

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium – January 26, 2010

In Berkeley CA, posted on January 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I’ve been meaning to check this out.   Unfortunately I’ll be tied up tomorrow and can’t make it.  If anyone has been or attends tomorrow, please let me know how you enjoyed it.  I’ve heard great things about the work they are doing.



Common Circle Education - Permaculture Education

The team at Common Circle Education is absolutely thrilled
to invite you to an extraordinary evening gathering,
“Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium”

“The Symposium is designed to accelerate the Great Turning
to a just and sustainable world. It awakens us and reconnects
us with our place in the web of life. ” ~Joanna Macy

Answering a call from the Achuar Nation of the Ecuadorian
Rainforest to assist in protecting their pristine lands, the
people of the Pachamama Alliance created an empowering,
engaging program to create a New American Dream:

“To Create an Environmentally Sustainable, Socially Just,
and Spiritually Fulfilling Human Presence on the Earth.”

This life-changing multimedia presentation features leaders
including Paul Hawken, Julia Butterfly Hill, Van Jones, Thich
Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

In partnership with the Pachamama Alliance, Common Circle
Education is thrilled to present this powerful event that is
taking the world by storm, creating a New American Dream
for a sustainable world.

When: Tuesday, January 26th, 6-10pm
Doors open @ 5:30; please arrive on-time.
Where: Common Circle Education, 2130 Center Street, Berkeley
Cost: FREE