Spirituality and Wellbeing
2nd Conference
25-26 February 2017
Holiday Inn, York, UK


Speakers include:
Prof Catherine Loewenthal, author of Religion, Culture and Mental Health 


25th February (Saturday)

8.30-            Registration

9.20-9.30     Introduction


9.30-10.10   ‘What's spiritual about integrative/holistic medicine?’ Prof Charles Emmons

10.10-10.50 ‘‘It doesn’t stop at the church door...’: Experiencing healing and community in Spiritualism and beyond’ Dr Sara MacKian

10.50-11.30  ‘Exploring the variety, impact, and presence of 'Hope' within anomalous bereavement experiences: An analysis of fifty cases’ Callum Cooper


11.30-11.45       Coffee Break


11.45-12.20   ‘Changes resulting from paranormal/spiritual experiences and its effect on people’s wellbeing: An exploratory examination’ Alejandro Parra & Juan Manuel Corbetta

12.20-13.00  ‘Cultural perspective on anomalous experiences and mental wellbeing’ Dr Natalie Tobert


13.00-14.00       Lunch


14.00-14.40       ‘Secular mindfulness and the possibility of naturalistic spirituality’ Dr Graeme Nixon

14.40-15.20        ‘Creating a mindfulness sangha’ John Darwin & Mike Pupius


15.20-15.35        Coffee Break


15.35-16.10        ‘Enhancing inner strength and wellbeing: A value-based approach to healthcare’ Nirmala Ragbir-Day

16.10-16.40        ‘Spiritual dimensions of advanced nurse practitioner consultations through the lens of availability and vulnerability: A hermeneutic enquiry’ Dr Melanie Rodgers

16.40-16.50        Comfort Break

16.50-17.20        ‘The Inner Smile Self-Care Technique — Its Physiology and Psychology’ – Experiential Workshop with Martine Moorby


Dinner @ 19.00


26th February (Sunday)


9.30-10.00          ‘Mindfulness and Creativity’ – Experiential workshop with Dr Lauri Bower

10-10.40             ‘Ordinary Theology in the R.E. Classroom: How Finding out What Pupils Believe can Lead to Better R.E. Teaching‘ Jack Hunter

10.40-11.20        ‘Connectedness in the College Classroom: Spirituality to Enhance Wellbeing’ Dr Michele McGrady


11.20-11.35       Coffee Break


11.35-12.15        ‘“Help For Heroes”: Warrior recovery and the Liturgy’ Dr Karen O’Donnell

12.15-13.00        ‘Ritual, spiritual experience and wellbeing’ Prof Kate Lowenthal




14.00-14.40        ‘Reflections on a Red Tent’ Dr Madeleine Castro

14.40-15.20        ‘Spiritual Communities’ Jane Negrych & Brother Richard Hendricks


15.20-15.35     Coffee Break


15.35-16.15        ‘Awakening to, and working with the higher self for health, healing and wellbeing’ Dr David Furlong

16.15-16.30        Final comments and closing

16.30 End


The second Spirituality and Wellbeing conference is now open for registration,This year, we will be exploring how spiritual practice, experience and involvement in spiritual communities can influence wellbeing. Amongst the subjects to be discussed include spirituality in education; integrating spirituality into healthcare; secularity and mindfulness; building and maintaining spiritual communities; cross cultural approaches to mental health; and the psychological impact of ritual. Amongst the talks, we will also be offering some short experiential workshops.
*May be subject to change

For more information email compassion_well@hotmail.co.uk



Accommodation is available at the hotel, and they are currently offering rooms for £119 for Friday night, and £129 for Saturday night. You may be able to get these rooms for a cheaper rate using sites like laterooms.com and booking.com. Alternatively, Visit York have an excellent website with details about other York based accommodation (as well as lots of useful tourist information). We are always on hand to help with finding accommodation, etc., so please feel free to email compassion_well@hotmail.co.uk for further advice.


To register, please select one of the options below. Concessions are available to students, OAP, those receiving benefits or those on a low income wage. 
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