Sanctuary for Humanity

Resources of the Sanctuary



Institute for Noetic Sciences“The Institute of Noetic Sciences, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential.”

Mind and Life InstituteThe Mind & Life Institute, led by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, is a non-profit organization that “seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world’s contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry.”

Neti Neti Media —The mission of this website is to expand the potential of humanity by bridging modern science and ancient traditions through products created to inspire and empower people. Media and information on this site is available for purchase.

Science & Nonduality (SAND)“Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and fundamental oneness.” This website shows how “science combines with meditation, philosophy, art, music, dance, and entheogens to point the way to nondual experience, to aid in integrating nonduality into daily life, and to deepen the understanding of a fundamental nondual reality.” This site provides free access to newsletters and videos.

Common Bread Blog - Interfaith Dialog & Contemplative Space for the Evergreen Community


Association for Healing Arts and Artisans —this site provides a forum of support and a means of interconnection for Northern California (Placer County) healers. This site gives a voice to the healing community and educates the public about healing alternatives. The website was birthed by an ITP student.

Heart of HealingA place for exploring, learning, growing, and healing. The site authors, Mary and Richard Maddux provide articles and blog postings about healing and health and wellness. The advantages of this site are that each category and article allows for comments and questions and recommended readings are suggested.

The Reconnection --Reconnective Healing is a form of healing that is here on the planet for the very first time. It reconnects us to the fullness of the universe as it reconnects us to the fullness of our being and of who we are. It is considered to be able to reconnect us to the universe and to our very essence not just through a new set of healing frequencies, but through possibly an entirely new bandwidth. The reality of its existence has demonstrated itself clearly in practice as well as in science laboratories. This website provides everything you will need to learn more about this fascinating healing modality.

Pacific Healing Arts – This is primary website for Lee Holden’s health and wellness center located in Los Gatos, CA. His center/clinic offers healing in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine, and Massage, and the accompanying website has detailed information about each of these modalities.

Sound Energy Healing—Diane Mandle, sound healer and recording artist, is the only state certified Tibetan Bowl Healer/Instructor in California. She offers classes in sound healing and individualized sound healing sessions. This site also contains a store where her sound recordings can be purchased.

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Always on Purpose - Transpersonal coach, Amy Eliza Wong, works with individuals who are ready to commit themselves to living and loving their lives. She focuses on growth, empowerment, and transcending self-imposed limitations through coaching, writing, and group work.

Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Institute—Established in 1998, this organization was developed to assist psychotherapists interested in the utilizing nondual wisdom in their practice.

Soul Friends – A global community focused on human potential, social fulfillment and spiritual actualization. The site allows for three membership levels and provides for a variety of informational and interactive exchanges.

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Earth Charter Initiative“Declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.” 

Earthlight – Exploring and Celebrating Eco-Spirituality --“A seedbed and greenhouse of eco-spiritual writing, artwork and video brought to you by the EarthLight Community in Oakland, California featuring original work and links to the evolving world of earth-inclusive spirituality.

Eyes4EarthThis site provides learning about the benefits of reconnecting with nature through meaningful experiences and understanding how these insights may be used for sustainability action and education.

Holos Institute—A San Francisco based non-profit organization offering holistically oriented psychotherapy and educational programs. In addition to psychotherapy, Holos servs as a forum for topics such as ecopsychology, holistic, and integrative psychology through ongoing lectures, workshops, and experiential programs.

Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies—A richly expressive website that covers a vast array of earth based studies through academic articles and interactive layouts. Numerous resources are provided. Perusing through this site is a lovely and engaging experience.

James Endready & Earth Spirit FoundationJames Endready is a teacher, mentor, and shamanic guide. He provides many wilderness experiences and shamanic workshops. His Earth Spirit Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to teach, revive, and preserve earth-centered spirituality and sustainable culture.

John C. Davis – This is the informational site of Professor and Director of Transpersonal Psychology at Naropa University. Topics on this site include: Transpersonal Psychology, Ecopsychology, Environmental Psychology, Wilderness Rites of Passage, The Diamond Approach, and the School of Lost Borders.

Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Institute—Established in 1998, this organization was developed to assist psychotherapists interested in the utilizing nondual wisdom in their practice.

Therapeutic Landscapes Network —An amazing resource for gardens and landscapes that promote health and wellbeing.

Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers - Thirteen indigenous Grandmothers from Alaska, North, South, and Central America; Africa; and Asia came together in 2004 to form a global alliance for the good of all beings.

University of Vermont, Stephanie Kaza Publications – An excellent site containing Kaza’s publications on environmental studies and environmental humanities in pdf format for free download.

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Center for Courage & Renewal – “The Center works to foster personal and professional renewal through retreats and programs that offer the time and space to reflect on life and work.” By helping people reconnect with who they are and what they do, the Center helps them find a renewed passion, commitment, and integrity.

Center for Quantum Integral Medicine—Michael Wayne, L. Ac., Ph.D., is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist, with over 25 years experience in the field of Chinese medicine.  He has a Ph.D. in the field of Quantum-Integral Medicine, which is about the science of emerging properties, and how it relates to the innate healing system and human potential.” Dr. Wayne is committed to advancing the theory that humans have the capacity to heal themselves.

Exercises to Heal —An internet store in which to purchase Qigong DVDs by Lee Holden. The multitude of sample videos are beautiful and inspiring, and the informational pages on Qigong provide a well-written summary of health benefits of this Eastern healing modality. (See also Pacific Healing Arts)

Gaiam Life— A “green” web magazine offering articles on a variety of issues such as social and environmental responsibility, health and wellness, and personal development. This is a great resource for tai chi and qigong video clips.

Gentle Stress Relief for Peace, Health, & Happiness—An entire website devoted to educating the public in stress reduction techniques. The site contains many videos and articles available for free download.

HumanaNaturaA natural health advocacy website that promotes Natural Eating, Natural Exercise, Natural Living, and Natural Communities. As a vegetarian, I am not in alignment with the organization’s philosophy of natural foods; however, the site provides thoughtful information and an interesting collection of free articles.

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies—A trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1977, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York.

Soul FriendsA global community focused on human potential, social fulfillment and spiritual actualization. The site allows for three membership levels and provides for a variety of informational and interactive exchanges.

Qigong Institute—A not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Qigong through research and education. This is my favorite Qigong site as it provides free video instruction and the Qigong Energy Medicine database with over 6,000 abstracts of scientific studies in English.

The Global Qi Project ~ This amazing website was created by James MacRitchie to educate and involve the world in understanding and embracing Qigong because of the important implications Qigong has on a personal, social, and global level. At the very top of the page is a link to a free downloadable copy of the 186 page book Eight Extraordinary Meridians in pdf format. The site also includes free Qigong training lessons with free audio downloads. My personal thanks to James for this contribution to humanity.

Qigong Research and Practice Center ~ Kenneth Cohen’s website provides detailed explanations and eloquent readings about the practice of Qigong. Workshops, trainings, DVDs, CDs, and books are available for purchase on the site.

National Qigong Association ~ Promoting health through breath, movement, intention. A membership organization for qigong. Be a part of the Qi Flow and the Qi Excitement that is moving through our country.

Qigong Stress Management, Healing, Anti-aging, and Meditation ~ Jeff Primack's Qigong site is your solution for stress management, healing, classes, anti aging, meditation, exercise, breathing, natural healing, and stress reduction. The site also boasts information promoting food healing.

International Institute of Medical Qigong ~ This site discusses the therapeutic modality of Qigong in Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of health care addressing the root cause of symptoms or disease, and treats the client as a whole. The site is an excellent resource for those who may be interested in becoming certified as a medical qigong practitioner, therapist, or doctor.

Radiant Lotus Qigong ~ Daisy Lee Garripoli is a certified qigong instructor and clinical practitioner. Although she is also part of Wuji Productions, Radiant Lotus Qigong has been designed specifically for the needs of women’s health.

Traveling Earth Energies to Sacred Sites—This organization offers journeys to sacred sites and energy centers around the world. All journeys are fully escorted by Suzanne Campion-Tittoto, an experienced multi-lingual world traveler who incorporates her expertise in transpersonal and spiritual psychology, world wisdom philosophies and medieval European literature into each itinerary and travel experience. The site provides information on the various types of energies found on our planet.

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Chan Meditation Center—The Chan Meditation Center was founded in 1997 in Queens, New York. It is dedicated to bringing Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism to the Western World. This helpful website offers meditation instruction and the 8-form moving meditation video.

Dharma Seed—This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism in modern languages. The website makes the talks freely available for download or streaming as digital audio files (MP3s).

Green Mountain Monastery & Thomas Berry Sanctuary—Catholic monastery of the Passionist order founded on the teachings of Thomas Berry. These sisters dedicate their lives to the God Quest in community of love and service, mystical insight, and scholarship.

Insight Meditation Center—Website for the community based urban meditation center in Redwood City, California, which is dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhist teachings. This website offers an abundance of audio files and meditation timers.

Meditation Oasis – Mary Maddux, MS, HTP and Richard Maddux bring over 30 years of meditation practice and teaching to the creation of their guided meditations and music. This meditation website offers a meditation podcast, online course, and numerous free materials to assist in the learning and practice of various forms of meditation.

San Francisco Zen Center—Established in 1962, this is one of the largest Buddhist sanghas outside of Asia. The Center’s three entities—City Center, Green Gulch Farm, and Tassahara Zen Mountain Center—offer daily meditation, regular monastic retreats and practice periods, classes, lectures, and workshops.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center—A spiritual education center and training institution designed to help each individual find within himself or herself peace, compassion, and wisdom, through the practice of mindfulness and insight meditation (vipassana), and to support the individual in taking those qualities into the world. This website offers an abundance of audio files.

Springbank Retreat –This beautiful retreat center located in South Carolina features a wide array of ecospiritual retreats and programs led by an impressive list of qualified professionals.

Vipassana Santa Cruz – This website lists numerous free (donation) vipassana meditation sittings and day long events held at the meditation retreat in Santa Cruz. Another bonus: at the top of the home page is a free-use meditation timer.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society – This is an excellent resource to begin any exploration into Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Numerous research articles, informational articles, conferences, educational training, and public programs are available.

Awareness and Relaxation Training (A.R.T)—Founded by Bob Stahl, Ph.D. in 1991, A.R.T. is an independent Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction educational organization, modeled on Dr. Jon Kabat–Zinn’s work at the UMass. Stress Reduction Clinic. Dr. Bob Stahl established the first Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction programs in California, in medical and educational settings.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice CDs and Tapes—Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of MBSR, has provided this wonderful website, which is filled with both free and for purchase resources. There are many links to informational You-Tube videos and articles on the instruction of MBSR.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center – This is an amazing resource for individuals new to meditation and for those who prefer secularized meditation instruction. There are 12 free downloadable audio files and numerous research resources including a bibliography of mindfulness readings.

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Video Links


All Our Relations - Video Link

Meditation and Mindfulness

Eight-Form Moving Meditation - Link to Video

How to Practice Buddhist Walking Meditation (Howcast 2:49 minutes) - Link to Video

Jack Kornfield’s Body Meditation (9:02 minutes) Link to video

Lori Granger’s Guided Meditation: A Walk on the Beach (8:17 min) Link to Video

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Movements (9:03 min) - Link to Video

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Moving Meditation Instruction (5:44 min)Link to Video

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Qigong, Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century ~ by the Qigong Institute

Discovering Qigong ~ by the National Qigong Association

Daisy Lee Talks about the Gifts of Qigong ~ by National Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Kuan Yin Standing Qigong Part 1 - Sheng Zhen (9:51 min) -

Kuan Yin Standing Qigong Part 2 - Sheng Zhen (9:23 min) -

Return to Spring: Movements 1-5 (10:00)
Return to Spring: Movements 6-11 (9:47)
Return to Spring: Movements 12-14 (3:43) ~ Ahhh. Allow the tranquility of the music, narration, visualization, and flowing motions of these three videos to permeate your body, your mind, and your spirit. This set focuses on the healing connection of nature.

Roger Jahnke’s Sitting Qigong (4:39 min) -

Tai Chi Nation's Guide to Qigong Part One (22:40 min) -

Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong - Part 1 (6:45)
Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong - Part 2 (6:26)
Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong – Part 3 (3:16) ~ These three videos have no sound or music—which may be perfect for the workplace. All are seated qigong movements to maintain energy flow for those who have less mobility due to physical restrictions or occupational restrictions. Find a few movements that energize you, and use them frequently throughout the day.

The Qigong Institute’s Sample Movements -

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Web Articles

Adler, J. (2002). Environment may play part in healing elderly. Chicago Tribune. November 17.

Andes, K. (no date). Develop qi sensitivity and restore balance to the “three jiaos” with a powerful exercise from master Hua Tou. Qigong Institute, July 2011. PDF

Anodea, J. (2005). The next rite of passage for humanity.  Healing the Heart Of The World. Elite Books. Santa Rosa, CA. PDF

Beath, A. (2006). Navigating the future: A guide for conscious activism. Shift, 12, pp. 11-15. Downloaded on July 31, 2011 from; Link to PDF

DeMares, R., & Kyrcka, K. (1998). Wild-animal-triggered peak experiences: Transpersonal aspects. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 30, pp. 161-177. Downloaded on July 31, 2011 from; Link to PDF

Dossey, L. (2002). How healing happens: Exploring the nonlocal gap. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 8(2), 12-16, 103-110. Downloaded on July 11, 2011 from; Link

Emoto, M. (2005). Water as god’s messenger.  Healing the Heart Of The World. Elite Books. Santa Rosa, CA.

Gill, S. (1989). The trees stood deep rooted. In D.M. Dooling and P. Jordan-Smith (Eds) I become part of it: Sacred dimensions in Native American life (pp. 21-31). New York: Parabola Books. Downloaded on July 31, 2011 from here. Link to PDF

Grauds, Connie. (2005). The indigenous heart.  Healing the Heart Of The World.. Elite Books. Santa Rosa, CA. PDF

Kaza, Stephanie. (1998). Field of bright spirit: Intimate relations with the natural world. ReVision, 21(2):16-19. PDF

Kaza, Stephanie. (1993). Conversations with trees: Toward an ecologically engaged spirituality. ReVision 15(3): 128-136. PDF

Kornfield, J. (1992-2004). Even the best meditators have old wounds to heal.

Leonard, G. (2005). And everything was different.  Healing the Heart Of The World.. Elite Books. Santa Rosa, CA. PDF

Louchakova, O., Warner, A. (2001). Via Kundalini: Psychosomatic excursions in transpersonal psychology. Link to PDF

Marcus, K. (2008). The healing power of trees. Link

Myers, L.J. (1993). Oneness: A black model of psychological functioning. In Understanding an Afrocentric world view: Introduction to Optimal Psychology (pp. 17-29). Dubuque, IO: Kendall Hunt. Link to PDF

Myss, C. (2005). Invisible acts of power. Healing the Heart Of The World. Elite Books. Santa Rosa, CA. PDF

Ornish, D. (2005). Love as though your very survival depended on it.  Healing the Heart Of The World. Elite Books. Santa Rosa, CA. PDF

Stadtmueller, M.T. (Nov./Dec. 2001) Lost rites. The Utne Reader (108), 39-42.

Targ, R. (2001). The scientific and spiritual implications of psychic abilities. Alternative Therapies, May/June vol. 7, no. 3. PDF

Taylor, B. (2001). Earth and Nature-based spirituality (Part1): From deep ecology to radical environmentalism. Religion (31), 175-193. PDF

Unknown. (2007). Eight principles of ecospirituality.Common Bread Blog - Interfaith Dialog & Contemplative Space for the Evergreen Community.

Wayne, M. (2001). Quantum integral medicine: Healing self, transforming self, transforming society: Link here

Wylie, M. S, (2004) The limits of talk: Bessel van der Kolk wants to transform the treatment of trauma. Psychotherapy Networker, Retrieved on February 23, 2009 Link Here to PDF



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