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Mystics and Scientists Conference 2024 – Love, Forgiveness and Compassion: Where Spirituality Meets Science

Speakers: Prof David Cadman, Ricky Derisz, Prof James R. Doty, Dr Natalie Dyer, Prof Paul Gilbert, Audrey Kitagawa, Satish Kumar, David Lorimer, Prof Jenny Mascaro, Dr Caroline Myss, Dr Judith Orloff, Prof Stephen Post, Yehuda Tagar, Prof Scherto Gill, Prof Everett Worthington


“All conscious people in the world today are aspiring towards the new life, they are in a state of expectation. They are expecting something good of life. That is the new which is on its way. Everyone senses it. It already permeates the air and penetrates the whole of life.”

“Love brings life, wisdom brings light and knowledge, while truth brings freedom. Love is fundamental to life, while light, knowledge and freedom are conditions for the manifestation of love.”

– Peter Deunov, 1940

Come and join us online for inspiration and illumination with our like-minded community at our 2024 annual Mystics and Scientists Conference – for over 45 years these meetings have been dedicated to forging a creative understanding of the complementary roles of rational scientific and intuitive mystical approaches to reality. Our topic this year is Love, Forgiveness and Compassion – Where Spirituality Meets Science.

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We have an amazing line-up of speakers to inspire you on your path towards fulfilment and understanding of these crucial conference themes so important in our divided times driven by vicious cycles of trauma, fear, revenge and leading to further polarisation. These destructive drivers are unsustainable, as are authoritarian responses, so this conference provides you with an opportunity to step back and reflect on how we can co-creatively reconfigure ourselves, our relationships and our centralised technocratic systems. As the Bulgarian sage Peter Deunov prophetically stated: “Today it is not just separate individuals but whole societies and nations that find themselves subjected to great pressure and tension, up against difficult situations that they are unable to resolve and balance. We are entering a period of liquidation… a new law and order are coming into the world…. It is only love that has the power to set the world to rights. In order to improve conditions on Earth, people must love. The future world is a world of love and understanding between people; it will be a world of brotherhood and freedom. The present world is destined to undergo a great transformation… the present sufferings are the birth pangs of the new human being.” (Prophet for our Times, The New Epoch)

The conference will begin on Friday afternoon with Stephen Post talking about unlimited love and his collaboration with Sir John Templeton. Judith Orloff will share her insights on the transformative power of empathy, then on Saturday morning we will convene a symposium on love with three speakers who have lived this out in their lives: Satish Kumar, Scherto Gill and David Cadman. After lunch, there will be an experiential session on empathy and forgiveness with Yehuda Tagar, followed by an inspiring keynote with Caroline Myss. The day will be rounded off by a three-way dialogue on the science of compassion with James R. Doty, Jennifer Mascaro and Marjorie Woollacott. On Sunday, Paul Gilbert will address the theme of evolution and compassion, and Audrey Kitigawa will offer a spiritual perspective from her lived experience of the Divine Feminine. Ricky Derisz will give us an experiential session on self-compassion, then Everett Worthington will share his insights on the power of forgiveness and reconciliation, and finally Natalie Dyer will round the conference off with a talk on embodying universal love.

As you can see from this brief description, this very special meeting is not be missed, so we are very much looking forward to your participation! And do spread the word among your friends!

Disclaimer: We welcome the diverse views expressed by individual speakers in our webinars and conferences, but these are not necessarily representative of any general Scientific and Medical Network views or positions – the Network is in no way liable for such views or opinions expressed by our speakers.


Here are just a few of the great comments we received at the end of our 2023 event on The Healing Power of Sound:

Thank you all for the care, support, kindness and for organizing this wonderful weekend. Love, Light and Wisdom. 

Thank you David and your lovely team for providing such an inspirational heart felt experience. Very special and unique. Love, light and peace to everyone 🕯🌹🌈🦋

This has been the most heartening/magical/brilliant weekend conference. Transformative? Definitely! Thank you, David for organising such a lovely programme, Jerome, Andrew and all the other tech team, Wishing love, peace and joy for everyone 🙏❤🌹


Thursday 11th April
Time BST Speaker(s) Topic
5.00 pm (Suggested start time) Film – Risking Light
7.00 – 8.30 pm Chair: David Lorimer

Panel Discussion: Dawn Mikkelson, Kilong Ung and Prof Everett Worthington

Friday 12th April
Time BST Speaker(s) Topic
Session 1
Chair: Dr Vasileios Basios
3.00 pm David Lorimer Introduction
3.20 pm Prof Stephen Post Unlimited Love as Experienced by Adults Directly and Through Synchronicity Based on a National Survey
4.45 pm Break
5.00 pm Judith Orloff MD The Genius of Empathy
6.20  pm Dialogue and Q & A

Please note: With your Conference ticket you will be invited to the SMN Member’s Friday Virual Bar, taking place at 7PM after the Conference has closed on Friday – the theme of the Virtual Bar discussion will be based on what has been discussed at the Conference on Friday.

Saturday 13th April
Time BST Speaker(s) Topic
Session 2
Chair: Dr Athena Potari
9.45 am Dr Athena Potari Plato’s Symposium
10.00 am Satish Kumar Radical Love (recorded)
10.25 am Prof David Cadman Love is of the Essence (recorded)
11.00 am BREAK
11.15 am Prof Scherto Gill Understanding and Healing Relational-Spiritual Harm: The Imperative of Love
12.00 pm Athena Potari

Prof Scherto Gill

Q & A
12.30 pm David Lorimer Presentation of SMN
12.45 pm LUNCH
Session 3
Chair: David Lorimer
1.45 pm Yehuda Tagar Introduction to Methodical Empathy – Foundation for True Forgiveness
3.00 pm Dr Caroline Myss A Time for Healing and Grace
4.30 pm BREAK
5.00 pm Prof James R. Doty

Prof Jenny Mascaro

Prof Marjorie Woollacott (chair)

Dialogue on the Science of Compassion
6.20 pm All Speakers Dialogue and Q & A
6.55 pm Chair Closing Remarks
Sunday 14th April
Time BST Speaker(s) Topic
Session 4
9.15 am Chairs: Prof David Peters / David Lorimer
9.30 am Prof Paul Gilbert Evolution and Contemplative Paths to Compassion and Enlightenment, followed by Q&A
10.50 am BREAK
11.20 am Audrey Kitagawa Holy Sophia: Divine Love, Compassion and Peace, followed by Q&A
1.00 pm Dialogue and Q & A
1.30 pm LUNCH
Session 5
Chair: Paul Kieniewicz
2.20 pm Ricky Derisz The Practice of Self-Compassion
3.10 pm Prof Everett Worthington The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
4.30 pm BREAK
4.45 pm Dr Natalie Dyer Embodying Universal Love
6.05 pm All Speakers Dialogue and Q & A
6.30 pm David Lorimer Closing Remarks

Please note: With your Conference ticket you will be invited to the SMN Member’s Sunday Meditation, taking place at 7PM after the Conference has closed on Sunday – the Sunday Meditation will last 30-40 minutes.

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Thursday 11 April:

Risking Light film posterRisking Light – Online Film Screening and Panel Discussion

A film on forgiveness and compassion by Dawn Mikkelson, followed by a live panel discussion.

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Friday 12 April:

Prof Stephen Post – Unlimited Love as Experienced by Adults Directly and Through Synchronicity Based on a National Survey

The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (so-named by Sir John Templeton in 2001) conducted a national survey of American adults asking them if they had experienced “Godly love” (a love that was unexpected, powerful, and inspired benevolent action) either (A) directly or (B) through others (e.g., in moments of synchronicity). This was published in the form of a book, The Heart of Benevolence co-authored by Matthew T. Lee, Margaret Paloma, and Stephen Post. A decade later, Post will return to the remarkable survey results of the experience of Unlimited Love with regard to various modulations ranging from compassionate care and creativity to forgiveness and “carefrontation,” a term co-coined with M. Scott Peck before his passing.

Post will also explain the Institute’s working definition of love ( as influenced in some part by the thought of Dr. Harry Stack Sullivan: if the security and well-being of another is as real or meaningful to you as your own, and sometimes even more so, you love that person. Post will also touch on the ten major modulations or expressions of this love ranging from compassionate care and forgiveness to creativity and loyalty in the form of his “wheel of love.”  Very briefly, Post will touch on the great Russian-American sociologist of love Pitirim Sorokin, whom he met as a boy before his death in 1969. Love is always love, but following Sorokin in his classic The Ways and Power of Love: Techniques of Moral Transformation with a Foreword by S.G. Post, human love tends to be unwise, unstable, myopic, and limited when separated from full consciousness. 

Sorokin went on to clarify techniques in world religions to allow us to become conscious of the One Mind that connects with all in love, and underlies all that is as Ultimate Reality. Post will also touch briefly on a relationship of nearly two decades with Sir John Templeton, who from his deathbed via his son Jack Templeton MD asked Post to write on his behalf the book he would not have time to write, by the title Is Ultimate Reality Unlimited Love? 


Judith Orloff, MD – The Genius of Empathy

Empathy is so much more than feeling deeply―it holds a transformative power to heal ourselves, strengthen our relationships, and amplify our purpose.

Join Judith Orloff, MD, author of the new book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships and the World as she takes you beyond the typical definition of empathy to teach you how to empathize without over-giving or burning out. Drawing on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and energy medicine, Dr. Orloff will show you how to access your sensitivities, soothe your nervous system, and stop absorbing the emotions of others. You’ll also learn the art of empathic listening, how to stop overthinking, and the importance of setting healthy boundaries and loving detachment (especially with toxic relationships) to prevent overwhelm.

Empathy is a form of emotional intelligence that you can learn and develop. It’s a healing act, whether you’re on the giving or receiving end. Empathy doesn’t limit discernment. It allows you to be more caring with yourself and others. It is an alive healing energy that is medicine for your mind, body, and soul and will illuminate every aspect of your life.

Saturday April 13: Symposium on Love, chaired by Dr Athena Potari

Prof David Cadman – In Order to Love (recorded)

For the past 12 or so years, David has been exploring the matter of Love – not romantic love or love as a narrow virtue, but Love as being ‘of the essence’, that which Teilhard de Chardin referred to as ‘the energising force of the universe.’ David’s work – set out in three books, Love and the Divine FeminineThe Recovery of Love and, most recently, In Order to Love – has explored the loss of the ‘narrative of Love’ in Western culture and its insistent re-emergence both in science and literature. In an unfolding universe intentionally moving towards higher and higher levels of consciousness – that which David calls Great Love – the question that arises is this: how can we ‘learn to love’ not just for ourselves, nor only for our communities and the Earth, but so that we attune ourselves to the purpose our Universe?


Prof Scherto Gill – Understanding and Healing Relational-Spiritual Harm: The Imperative of Love

Scherto draws insights from Satish Kumar and David Cadman’s reflections on their personal journeys. She then takes these to the UNESCO work in global communities to address the profound relational-spiritual harm of systemic dehumanisation. She suggests that to characterise multi-dimensional damage of dehumanisation, it requires a thorough understanding of the nature of being human. Indeed, as well-conceived in the African, indigenous and other spiritual traditions, being human has a sacred core. It is this sacred nature of our being that constitutes our dignity and that is the basis of our primary non-derivative value. Our sacred core defines the equal non-instrumental value of all persons. Hence, when people are alienated from this sacred aspect of our being owing to dehumanising conditions, we are subject to relational and spiritual harm. Such harm is a form of severance that evades our capacity to love. 


Satish Kumar – Radical Love (recorded)

Radical Love draws on and distils the author’s lifetime of experience as a lover, parent, activist, and educator into simple lessons on transforming our time of ecological crisis, conflict, and scarcity into one in which we experience harmony with nature, safety, and abundance. It is an exploration of the transformative power of love in all its forms, from romantic love to love for one’s family and community to love for the planet and all beings. Satish’s approach is founded on simplicity (including the Jain principle of aparigraha), generosity, and continuous learning. Like an unfolding metta meditation, the book expands our notions of love to its most sublime universal state and makes a great gift to share with those we love.


Yehuda Tagar – Introduction to Methodical Empathy: Foundation for True Forgiveness

Empathy identifies the latest real paradigm change of the 20th-21st centuries’ evolution of consciousness: this new growing human capacity was introduced internationally only in 1951, just as the acute need for it had arisen. 

Our unstoppable process of individuation accumulated, alongside our scientific and technological progress – leading to a progressive loss of the old instinctive and traditional forms of social cohesion, replaced either by regression into group-consciousness, populist authoritarianism – or something new. Empathy became the name for the new principle of community based on the freedom of individuals. 

Methodical Empathy is a new method of initiatory adult education, evolution of consciousness and therapy that emerged out of Psychophonetics, a modality of Psycho-development, Radical Phenomenology and Participatory Medicine based on Continental Philosophical Idealism – involving the Deep Intelligence of perceptive Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition.  

Deep Empathy enables the deep intentions and the high ideals of Compassion and Forgiveness to become a real step in personal initiation and social healing. 


Dr Caroline Myss – A Time for Healing and Grace

I learned long ago in my work that deep, genuine healing requires more than the skill and assistance of the medical community. We are participants in every level of our healing. And while traditional medicine is indeed effective for our physical needs, getting to the root causes is a matter of personal choice, beginning with the decision to examine our inner conflicts, attitudes, beliefs and struggles that result in deep-rooted stress patterns, often affecting the health of our relationships, our view of life, our creativity, our life-energy as well as our health. This type of healing is an undertaking that requires courage and grace because you know at the onset that such an inner journey will result in a profound personal transformation. 

Grace may seem an unusual component to the healing process, but grace is the fuel of the soul. It is a mystical substance that provides us with a quality of strength and endurance that our intellects, so comfortable with rational thinking, cannot achieve. As I will discuss in this presentation, grace flows into our lives in subtle ways that go unnoticed – but how would our lives change if we did become aware that we could ask for such sacred assistance?  We are now living in a time of extraordinary transformation in which our understanding of the nature of the Divine is expanding beyond the long-held view of an anthropomorphic being who lives off-planet somewhere. We are on the cusp of entering the age of a bio-spiritual-ecological theology in which we are able to comprehend the nature of God as Light, Love and Law, beyond human form. 

This emerging revelation is empowering us to understand that we are agents of co-creation, infused with the same substance as the Divine.  Our learning laboratory is our bodies, a type of micro-earth, in which we have realized that we must align to a template of wholism, striving to integrate all the elements of who we are. I will address these points at length in my presentation, as I believe that all of our lives are on a path governed by the mystical truths, such as, All Life Breathes Together and All is One. This is an age of transformation, from the way we comprehend health and healing to how we must strive to understand the chaotic changes unfolding in our world.


The Science of Compassion: A dialogue with Prof James R. Doty and Prof Jennifer Mascaro, moderated by Prof Marjorie Woollacott

Sunday April 14

Prof Paul Gilbert OBE – Evolution and Contemplative Paths to Compassion and Enlightenment 

This talk will explore the two very different pathways to developing compassion. One focuses on the evolutionary mechanisms underpinning compassion that link to attachment behaviour and physiological systems such as oxytocin and the vagus nerve. The other has a very different pathway which is to create conditions for the mind to experience nonduality and interconnectivity, which is the basis of the Buddha’s enlightenment state. Confusing these two processes and aims can cause difficulties in people’s understanding and the different focus and process of secular and contemplative training


Audrey Kitigawa – Holy Sophia: Divine Love, Compassion and Peace

The Divine spirit exists in every manifestation of life, and all of its myriad forms must be honoured in the pursuit of knowledge. Scientific and technological research and exploration, like all avenues of human inquiry, are driven by the search for wisdom, understanding, and innovations that can create a better world for all and – when properly executed – honour and enhance the sacredness of life. The values of Divine love, compassion, and peace are critically important in the search for knowledge. These are foundational principles of the world’s faith traditions that provide moral and ethical guidelines for all human endeavours to ensure that the sacred nature of life is honoured and respected.


Ricky Derisz – The Quantum Timeline of Self-Compassion

Psychology, spirituality, and science are edging closer to a paradigm-shifting approach to time as non-linear, or at the very least, influenced by dimensions outside of time. This experiential session will share self-compassion exercises that include your past self, present self, and future self. Could the imaginal realm connect all versions of self, across space and time? And what’s possible if the entirety of your life — from memory to future projection — is saturated with compassion, kindness, and love?


Prof Everett Worthington – The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

For centuries, forgiveness seemed “owned” by religions. All major religions advocated it but gave little guidance about how to forgive. That changed in 1998. Science got involved. It could not stipulate that people should forgive, but it described the psychology of forgiving and how people could do it more quickly and thoroughly if they wanted to forgive. Reconciliation, which is restoring trust in a relationship, followed a different, more secular, path. People can restore operational trust whether they forgive or not. So, reconciliation figured into mediation in the workplace, in domestic disputes, and in international affairs. Forgiveness particularly, but reconciliation to some extent, often straddled connections between science and spirituality. I examine the science of forgiveness and reconciliation and the way they can promote peace and harmony in individuals, couples, and communities.


Dr Natalie Dyer – Embodying Universal Love

Universal love is a conscious state of unity with others and the whole, which results from contact with the transpersonal/transcendental Self. Universal love is a common theme emerging from spiritual and mystical experiences, psychedelic use, meditation, and energy medicine. Far from just a feel-good concept, universal love has scientific grounding and experientially transformative value. When embodied, universal love is associated with altruism, empathy, forgiveness, spiritual experiences, compassion, positive mood, and life meaning and satisfaction. It is an antidote to narcissism, negative mood, anger, and aggression. Universal love is also a key component of the transformative power of near-death, psychedelic, and spiritual experiences. Is universal love fundamental to the nature of reality, a force that connects our individual consciousnesses into One? If so, how could this understanding about our nature transform society? 



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  • David Lorimer
    David Lorimer
    Writer, Lecturer, Poet, Editor

    David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a visionary polymath – writer, lecturer, poet and editor who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network  and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. David is also the Editor of Paradigm Explorer, and Chair of the Galileo Commission, which seeks the expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view.

    Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Survival? Death as Transition (1984,2017) Resonant Mind (originally Whole in One) (1990/2017), The Spirit of Science (1998), Thinking Beyond the Brain (2001), The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov): Prophet for our Times (1991, 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince (2003) – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French. His most recent books are A Quest for Wisdom and his collection of poems, Better Light a Candle.

  • Satish Kumar
    Satish Kumar
    Environmentalist, Author, Speaker

    Satish Kumar was the Editor-in-Chief of Resurgence Magazine (now with the Ecologist) for 43 years and was the Founder of Schumacher College in Dartington. At nine years of age, Satish renounced the world and joined the brotherhood of Jain monks. At the age of eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a peaceful world into reality.  He undertook an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, walking without any money, to deliver packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the four nuclear powers. Satish is the author of five books. His autobiography, ‘No Destination’, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies. He is a recipient of the Goi Peace Award. 

  • Natalie L. Dyer
    Natalie L. Dyer
    Research scientist

    Dr. Natalie Dyer, PhD is a Research Scientist with Connor Whole Health at University Hospitals, University of California Irvine, and President of the Center for Reiki Research. She completed her bachelor of science degree at the University of Toronto, doctorate in neuroscience at Queen’s University and postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. She has published many scientific papers and book chapters on postmaterialist science, psychedelics, and the therapeutic effects of integrative medicine practices, including Reiki, yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness. Natalie is co-editor of the books Expanding Science: Visions of a Postmaterialist Paradigm and the forthcoming book Infinite Perception: The Power of Psychedelics for Global Transformation. She is also an energy medicine practitioner specializing in Reiki and North American, European, and Tibetan shamanic practices. She lives in the woods on the east coast of Canada with her husband, artist Louis Dyer, and their daughter.

  • Paul Gilbert
    Paul Gilbert
    Professor of Clinical Psychology

    Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and honorary visiting Prof at the University of Queensland. Until his retirement from the NHS in 2016 he was Clinical Psychologist for over 40 years and a consultant for 30. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology with a special focus on mood, shame and self-criticism in various mental health difficulties. Given that many of these mental health difficulties are linked to difficulties in being compassionate towards others, being recipients of compassionate care, especially in childhood, and being compassionate and supportive to oneself, cultivating compassion and its psychophysiological mediators became a target development. A recent meta-analysis from studies from over 17 countries have shown compassion-focused therapy to be highly effective.

    Paul was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993, president of the BABCP 2002-2004, and was a member of the first British Government’s NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 23 books and over 330 papers and book chapters. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity with the mission statement To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion.

  • Judith Orloff
    Judith Orloff

    Judith Orloff, MD is a psychiatrist, an empath, and author of the new book The Genius of Empathy, which offers powerful skills to tap into empathy as a daily healing practice in your life and relationships. She also wrote the bestseller The Empath’s Survival Guide. Dr. Orloff is a New York Times bestselling author and a UCLA clinical faculty member. She synthesizes the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating highly sensitive people in her private practice. She has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times.

  • David Cadman
    David Cadman

    Prof David Cadman is an elderly Quaker writer living in Suffolk, England. Having formerly held a number of professorial chairs and fellowships, he is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy and a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is also the Harmony Advisor to The King’s Foundation. Under the name of William Blyghton, he is the author of The Suffolk Trilogy – The House by the Marsh, Abraham Soar and Noah: an Old Fool; and with Lorna Howarth he is co-author of the novel The Language of Love. His non-fiction work, written in his own name, includes Love and the Divine Feminine (2020), The Recovery of Love (2022) and In Order to Love (2023).

  • Yehuda L.K. Tagar
    Yehuda L.K. Tagar
    Counsellor, psychotherapist, consultant

    Yehuda L.K. Tagar is an Australian, South African, Central European counsellor, psychotherapist, organisational consultant and trainer now based in Slovakia. He is the founder of Psychophonetics, Methodical Empathy and Humanizing the Workplace, director of Psychophonetics Institute International, Psychosophy Academy of Central Europe and Skola Empatie – Slovakia. He is leading the international professional training of Psychophonetics and Methodical Empathy based counsellors, psychotherapists and consultants in Slovakia, China and, from 2025 in the UK.

  • Caroline Myss
    Caroline Myss
    Bestselling author

    Caroline Myss, PhD is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Caroline established her own educational institute in 2003, CMED (Caroline Myss Education), which offers a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development and draws students from all over the world. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show on the Hay House network, Caroline maintains an extensive international workshop and lecture schedule.

    After completing her Master’s degree, Caroline co-founded Stillpoint Publishing and headed the editorial department, producing an average of ten books a year in the field of human consciousness and holistic health. Simultaneously Caroline refined her skills as a medical intuitive, with the assistance of C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon, with whom she wrote The Creation of Health. In 1996, Caroline released Anatomy of the Spirit, a New York Times bestseller that has been published in 28 languages and has sold over 1.5 million copies. This was followed by Why People Don’t Heal and How they Can, Sacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, Defy Gravity, Entering the Castle, and Intimate Conversations with the Divine.

    In addition to her written work, Caroline has produced more than eighty audio/visual products on subjects that include healing, spirituality, personal development, and the study of archetypes.

  • James R. Doty
    James R. Doty
    Adjunct Professor

    James R. Doty, MD is an adjunct professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.

    Through CCARE, Dr. Doty has overseen the development of a variety of techniques, apps, and programs to address issues of mental health, stress, anxiety and burnout. He is also the founder and CEO of Happi (, a healthcare company focused on creating a digital platform that uses artificial intelligence combined with a human avatar to treat mental health issues. He is also the Senior Editor of the “Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science”.

    His book, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart”, a NY Times bestseller which has now been translated into 40 languages and editions. It also served as the basis for the third album, Love Yourself: Tear by the famous K-pop group, BTS. His latest book is Mind Magic: The Neuroscience of Manifestation and How It Changes Everything.

    Dr. Doty is on the board of a number of non-profits and is the former chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation and the former vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion. He is also an advisor to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation. Dr. Doty’s work has been cited in numerous media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, ABC and many others. He speaks around the world on the neuroscience and health benefits of compassion.

  • Jennifer Mascaro
    Jennifer Mascaro
    Associate Professor

    Jennifer Mascaro, PhD is Associate Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Lead Scientist in Spiritual Health, and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Winship Cancer Institute. Dr. Mascaro’s research program examines interventions that enhance social connectivity, and in so doing, impact health. Much of this research uses multi-method assessment to examine the effects of mindfulness and compassion meditation practices on well-being and health among hospitalized patients and the providers who care for them, as well as to identify and evaluate novel points of entry for integrative approaches to well-being in hospital medicine.

  • Audrey E. Kitagawa
    Audrey E. Kitagawa
    President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation

    Audrey E. Kitagawa, JD is the President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, and the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.

    She is the Chair of the Anti-Racism Initiative, and Gender Equality Working Group, and a member of the Advisory Council of the G20 Interfaith Forum. She is a United Nations Representative for the United Religions Initiative, a board member of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, and a member of the Advisory Council of Global Security Institute.

    She is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor which celebrates diversity, and the importance of immigrants to the economic and social success of the United States for her work in multiculturalism, Asian women’s history and empowerment, and spiritual leadership.

    She is the recipient of the Medal “Pride of Eurasia” and a Diploma from the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University for her outstanding contribution to the development of spiritual culture and education in Eurasia.

  • Ricky Derisz
    Ricky Derisz
    Writer, speaker, podcast host

    Ricky Derisz is a writer, speaker, podcast host, and the creator of MindThatEgo. Inspired by his battle with mental illness and subsequent awakening, Ricky synthesizes an expansive network including depth psychology, spirituality, philosophy, and science, to support a cohesive model of reality that allows for a life-enriching relationship with the cosmos, one of enchantment, mystery, and mysticism.

  • Everett L. Worthington
    Everett L. Worthington
    Commonwealth Professor Emeritus

    Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus working from the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he holds an affiliate appointment. He also holds a Faculty Affiliate appointment at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University (Human Flourishing Program). He continues to be active in research and speaking around the world. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 45 books and over 500 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, humility and positive psychology, marriage, and family topics, and religion and spirituality. He also has developed the REACH Forgiveness model, supported by over 30 published randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and has recently been tested in global grant-funded RCTs in 5 countries (six sites; N = 4,598), although the results have not been published yet. He has developed numerous other positive psychological interventions.

  • Scherto Gill
    Scherto Gill
    Director of Global Humanity for Peace Institute

    Prof Scherto R. Gill is Founding Director of Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David, where she coordinates the UNESCO Collective Healing Initiative. She teaches on MA in Peace Studies, and MA in Intercultural Understanding, and is interested in mentoring doctoral researchers who are keen to embark on interdisciplinary inquiries into positive peace, harmony, deep dialogue, and holistic well-being. Scherto is the author and co-author of many books, including Lest We Lose Love, an exploration of Love in Western philosophy.  She is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), and a laureate of the 2022 Luxembourg Peace Award. 

  • Stephen G. Post
    Stephen G. Post
    Opinion leader, public speaker

    An opinion leader and public speaker, Stephen G. Post, PhD has served on the Board of the John Templeton Foundation (2008-2014), which focuses on virtue, spirituality and public life, and is a lifelong Member. Post is a leader in research on the benefits of compassionate care in relation to improved patient outcomes and caregiver well-being. He is a recipient of the 2019 National Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award for co-developing the Professional Identity Formation curriculum of the Renaissance School of Medicine of Stony Brook University, where he is professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, Division Head of Medicine in Society, and Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics.

    An elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, of the New York Academy of Medicine, and of the Royal Society of Medicine London, Post is the author of more than 400 articles in journals such as Science, The American Journal of Psychiatry, New England Journal of Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, The Journal of Religion, Journal of the American Medical Association, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Hypatia (The Journal of Feminist Philosophy), and Nature. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the five-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Macmillan Reference, 3rd edition), the definitive reference work for the field of bioethics and medical humanities.

    With his mentor the philanthropist Sir John Templeton (d. 2008) Post founded The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love: Spirituality, Compassion & Service in 2001 (, so named by Sir John himself. The Institute has supported 80 major research projects at various universities, as well as many global conferences. The 2004 Works of Love Conference attracted 800 scientists, spiritual thinkers, and love practitioners from more than 40 nations. Post is the best-selling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House Broadway). He has been quoted in more than 4,000 newspapers and magazines, and featured on numerous television shows including The Daily Show. He was described generously by Penn’s Martin E.P. Seligman in Flourish as one of “the stars of positive psychology.”

  • Dawn Mikkelson
    Dawn Mikkelson
    Film producer

    Multi-Regional Emmy Award-winning producer and 2010 McKnight Filmmaking Fellow, Dawn Mikkelson’s work has broadcast internationally, with festival screenings including: Cinequest, Galway Film Fleadh, Frameline Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, imagineNATIVE, and the American Indian Film Festival. Mikkelson has completed five award-winning independent feature documentaries, The Red Tail, Green Green Water, THIS obedience, and Treading Water: a documentary, which illuminate larger societal issues while creating understanding through the intimate stories of individuals. Her fifth feature documentary Risking Light premiered in competition at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival (listed in Top 10 by San Francisco Chronicle), playing festivals around the world and is currently being broadcast across the united States through American Public Television and Canada through the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).