61st Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association

  • Earthrise Retreat Center Earthrise Retreat Center
  • 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, California 94952, United States
  • Aug 2 - 4, 2018 (3 days)
  • PA Members: $175, Non-members: $275, PA Student Members: $75 Guests not attending the convention: $100 Single Day Registration Fee (August 3rd or 4th): $100

About us

Description: 

The Parapsychological Association will be holding its 61st annual convention on August 2-5, 2018 at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California. Leading scientists and other academics from around the world will gather to present the latest parapsychological research into psi and related phenomena, such as extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, psychic healing, altered states of consciousness, mediumship and possible survival of bodily death. Organized by Dean Radin and Everton Maraldi, the event will be open to the public and academics alike.

Prior to the PA convention the IONS Research Department will host a two-day intensive workshop on the state-of-the-art in psi research.The preconference workshop will be led by IONS scientists and other leaders in the field. Morning sessions will consist of dynamic lectures, discussion, and Q&A. In the afternoons, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in laboratory psi experiments. Evening sessions may include further discussion, Q&A, and viewing of relevant documentary films.

PA conventions offer an opportunity for audiences interested in that wide range of human functioning popularly known as the ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ to hear the latest and most advanced scientific thinking about topics in parapsychology.

“This is an awesome facility – the energetics are balanced and so supportive of the work we embraced. The food is exquisite and personnel supportive and very service oriented. Thank you Mahalo.” – Rick McDonald

Venue Highlights

EarthRise at IONS is located just 30 miles north of San Francisco. It is easily accessible from the East Bay and North Bay, as well as from San Francisco, making it one of Northern California’s premier retreat sites.

Connection with the land is fostered through hiking trails on our 194 acres of rolling hills, a beautiful natural oak glade used for outdoor meeting space and group ceremony, a small permaculture garden and multiple sitting areas for quiet contemplation. A beautiful meditative labyrinth made of river stones lies high on the hill overlooking the valley below.

There is abundant archaeological evidence that the powerful Miwok tribe lived in the area for generations in peace and ecological harmony on the land that is now home to the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The sacred, spiritual energy of their long stewardship can be felt as you gaze out over rolling hills and soaring vistas, or while strolling along paths winding through glens and valleys. It is palpable as you pause to listen to the mating songs of wild turkeys; observe foraging deer; or meditate in one of several fragrant, natural cathedrals canopied by live oaks, buckeye, and bay trees on this ancient coast.

More recently, the campus was part of the Spanish land grants that transformed once-wild California into vineyards and picturesque cattle and sheep.

Since 2000, this sacred land has been the home of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a worthy heir to the legacy of the land. In recent years, EarthRise has hosted thousands of mind-body explorers who come to study with internationally acclaimed educators, scientists, philosophers, health practitioners, life and business coaches, artists, and spiritual masters.

Amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic

Menu/Cuisine

Using a bounty of sumptuous, mostly organic, locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables and sustainably raised fish and fowl, our kitchen team creates imaginative, eclectic menus that nourish the body, soothe the soul, and warm the heart. Lunches are vegetarian and dinners include fish or chicken as well as a vegetarian option.
Our meals are served buffet style. We are not a restaurant and therefore we do not take individual orders.
Complimentary tea and coffee are available in the community building from 7AM – 7PM daily. Coffee and tea supplies are also available in the guest kitchen in Chalet #2 and can be made by guests at anytime.

Accommodations

We accommodate 100+ overnight guests in eight different lodging buildings located closely together on campus. Our sleeping rooms are modest and simple. Single and shared occupancy rooms are available. Most rooms have 2 twin beds and some rooms have one full or queen bed to accommodate couples. The bathrooms in each building are located in the hallway and are shared with other guests. Bedding, linens and towels are provided. A guest kitchen is located in the lodging area for coffee/tea and includes a full size refrigerator for guest use.

Directions

Direct travel time from the San Francisco and Oakland airports to IONS is approximately one hour from Oakland and slightly over an hour from SFO, depending on traffic.

Door to Door Shuttles
The most direct way to reach our campus 24 hours/day

Western Eagle Shuttle
Advanced reservations required
Phone: +1.415.342.6444
Mention “EarthRise @ IONS” to receive $5 off when booking
SuperShuttle
Advanced reservations required
Online Reservations Available
Phone: 1-800-258-3826
Airport Shuttles
Neither of these shuttles will take you directly to IONS. You will need to take a taxi service from the drop-off location if you choose this ground transportation option.

Airport Express – closest terminal is Petaluma Fairgrounds, 6 miles
(707) 837-8700
Marin Airporter – closest terminal is Hamilton Parkway Terminal in Novato, 11 miles
(415) 461-4222

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