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With Former President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Dr. Marilyn Schlitz
New Live Training Starts
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Access more radiant health, ease and wellbeing through powerful insights and transformative tools drawn from the best of ancient wisdom and modern science.


If you’ve been seeking optimal health through holistic healing, you’ve no doubt been deluged with bold claims about the power of all sorts of approaches that purportedly heal disease, lengthen your life and bestow true wellbeing.

It seems there’s always a new "magic bullet" offering promises but rarely generating real results.

So what actually does work?

The leading edge of science has some powerful answers...

Fascinating research on everything from qigong to intention to the importance of relationships paints an exciting new picture of healing in an integrated way — and reveals practices you can do that truly help.

First, real healing and radiant health require an integrated approach that goes beyond old-school reductionism, which only looks at your biology. Unfortunately, our healthcare system remains primarily disease-centered rather than addressing the wellbeing of the whole person.

When we adopt a more integrated view, the path to optimal health includes your body, mind, emotions, heart and soul AND your relationships, communities and culture.

The truth is you’re not an isolated individual; you strive to make meaning of your life through your connections with others, and are linked, often deeply, through your relationships — all of which impact your health.

One key to accessing better health is holding the highest intentions for yourself and your healing. Research shows that positive, focused intention works at the level of your consciousness, setting in motion powerful cascades in your nervous and endocrine systems which can help strengthen your immune system.

It’s also vital to engage transformative practices that build and strengthen positive emotions, high energy and a sense of being truly at peace. These proven practices promote health and wellbeing, allowing you to move from surviving to thriving.

As you’ve most likely discovered, there are countless factors that impact your health and endless studies of what works and what doesn’t, all of which makes it incredibly confusing to know which path leads to optimal health and healing.

Rather than sifting through the vast array of information from thousands of scientific studies and various methodologies on your own, what if you could take a 7-week virtual journey with a master guide who’s been at the forefront of this work for decades?

The Value of a Master Teacher


Marilyn Schlitz, PhD is one of the world’s leading authorities on consciousness and healing.

As an internationally recognized researcher, award-winning writer and inspirational teacher, she has decades of hands-on experience working with healers from diverse world traditions, conducting leading edge research in clinical, laboratory and field-based settings, and translating this work into user-friendly formats.

You may know Dr. Schlitz’s work through her more than 300 articles and seven books, including Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine; Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; and Death Makes Life Possible — or from her award-winning film, Death Makes Life Possible (co-produced with Deepak Chopra), which appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network and has received critical acclaim around the world.

Dr. Schlitz is uniquely qualified to serve as your trusted guide on the path to true, integral health.


In her 7-week program, Consciousness & Healing: A Full-spectrum Approach to Optimal Resilience, Health & Wellbeing, Dr. Schlitz will leverage her trailblazing research and invaluable hands-on experience as a medical anthropologist and consciousness researcher to help you separate the wheat from the chaff and create a life that is deeply fulfilling AND deeply healing.

This transformational program distills thousands of research studies into a concrete set of practices for accessing optimal wellbeing that are especially helpful if you’re facing a health challenge. Rather than offering a magic bullet, Dr. Schlitz provides you with a science-based integrated approach for warding off disease and declining health so you can once again feel vibrant and whole.

There are so many grandiose, over-hyped claims regarding health issues these days, but this program will help you achieve superior health through holistic, science-based tools and insights that draw from many sources, from ancient shamanism to cutting-edge research.

A Path to Whole-being Health


Over 7 weeks, Dr. Schlitz will guide you through 7 steps of consciousness and healing based on key tenets she’s developed, and introduce you to simple daily practices for living your fullest, best and healthiest self.

You’ll discover important insights from the world’s healing traditions as well as from modern science, including important studies from researchers who are creating a blueprint for peak health.

Dr. Schlitz invites you to discover how to bring consciousness to the forefront of your healing in ways that actually transform your entire being.

Bringing consciousness into your healing process helps you rediscover the inner essentials of healing — wholeness, peace, love, joy and wisdom. And as you engage in the 7 steps of consciousness and healing, you’ll explore the elements of your life that provide meaning and purpose. You’ll understand why your healing is dependent on all aspects of your life, revealing your interconnectedness with others, nature and your spiritual self. Engaging in this relationship-centered approach allows you to tap into your source of wholeness and renewal.


If you’re like most people, your life is complex and often challenging. It’s all too easy to feel stressed out by your busy days and the many demands on your time and attention. You may feel anxious, overwhelmed or just plain exhausted. Such constant, prolonged stress can lead to disease and illness. This important 7-week program enables you to navigate your complex life and remain healthy and in balance.

With Dr. Schlitz, you gain access to a fascinating body of research that explores how to harness the power of your intentions, your emotions, your heart-brain coherence, your expectations, and even transpersonal experiences for true healing and health.

This course is appropriate for the general public AND for health and healing professionals who wish to discover a more comprehensive, integrative and satisfying approach for helping others achieve their full potential.

What You’ll Discover in These 7 Weeks

Course sessions are on Wednesdays at Noon Pacific.

In this 7-week transformational intensive, Dr. Schlitz will introduce the 7 steps of consciousness and healing, each building integrally upon the next. Each week you’ll also engage in transformative practices, and take advantage of opportunities for personal reflection, inspirational lectures and community dialogues.

This course will help you develop and deepen your holistic understanding of the resources, principles and tools you’ll need to promote your own health, resilience and wellbeing with intention, clarity, renewed purpose and deep meaning.

Module 1: What is Integral Healing? (August 3)


Scientists, healers and contemplative teachers are finally beginning to work together to explore the ways in which people are conditioned by the biological, social and physical world in which they live, and, in so doing, recognize a broader picture of our collective human potential. In this first session, you’ll discover the integral model of healing as a whole-systems approach to health and wellness. You’ll explore the distinction between healing and curing, recognizing healing as dependent upon a nested set of relationships that form connections between body, mind, others, society, ecology and spirituality.

This integral perspective requires a deep examination of our core assumptions about reality and our place in it and includes objective, subjective and intersubjective experiences and ways of knowing.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Receive an overview of a whole-systems, relationship-centered approach to promoting optimal health
  • Explore what science and spirituality are converging to develop an integral perspective
  • Consider the ways in which healing is transformation and transformation can be healing
  • Examine your deepest assumptions about yourself and how you can cultivate your own wellbeing in the context of purpose, meaning and connections

Module 2: Connecting Mind & Body (August 10)


This week, you’ll examine conscious awareness and how your mind and body are intimately interconnected. You’ll see how your emotions, feelings and attitudes impact your sense of wellness and guide what you see and feel. Likewise, bodily sensations impact your ability to embrace resilience as you listen for the inner wisdom that defines embodiment.

You’ll see how a placebo works and consider the ways in which your expectations can shape your lived experience. How pain is experienced, for example, is fundamentally connected to what is anticipated.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Delve into the nature of mind/body connections to promote optimal health
  • Discover how expectancy and intention can enhance resiliency and self-regulation in the face of stress and anxiety to promote a sense of balance and wellbeing
  • Consider recent developments in the fields of mind-body medicine and positive psychology to understand how our beliefs and worldviews impact our wellbeing
  • Explore the emerging field of epigenetics and learn about the latest science to connect mind and body
  • Discover practices that harness intentions, attention, habits, growth mindset and openness to the mystery of life

Module 3: Healing Relationships
The Power of Intimacy (August 17)


What does it mean to be part of a greater whole? How does your worldview, or model of reality, impact what you understand about who you are and how you relate to others? And how can you become more aware of all the ways you are part of an interrelated, global community? As you explore these questions, you’ll be invited to consider the health benefits of belonging and social support.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Explore the role of personal relationships in your health and healing
  • Look at what science tells us about marriage, friendship and love
  • Consider recent developments in the field of positive psychology, where mindfulness and compassion offer powerful tools for health and wellbeing
  • Heighten your awareness of society and culture’s impact on what and how you feel as well as your health

Module 4: How to Be Healthy in a
Sick Society
(August 24)


The great medical deconstructionist, Ivan Illich, talked about how difficult it is to be healthy in a sick society. In this session, you’ll reflect on the myriad challenges we face due to our western worldview. You’ll examine the impact of pace of life and multi-tasking, as well as the challenges of violence, substance abuse and bullying.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Examine the ways in which society impacts your health and wellbeing
  • Look at how social consciousness can be understood within five levels of awareness (pre-awareness, self-reflexive social consciousness, engaged social consciousness, collaborative social consciousness and resonant consciousness) that impact our engagement with self and others
  • Identify communication tools that can help you find meaning and purpose and provide you with resilience amidst our changing times

Module 5: The Cultural Dimensions
of Healing
(August 31)


Finding optimal health and wellness involves many different approaches to health maintenance and treatment. This week, you’ll discover diverse cultural approaches to health and healing, including an understanding of the body, how healing happens, who does the healing, and what it really means to heal.

You’ll also discover how there are ways in which different worldviews or healing traditions complement one another and ways in which they conflict and lead to confusion for people who are on a healing path.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Examine diverse cultural approaches to healing
  • Look at how different cultures and healing systems view the sources and solutions for illness and dis-ease
  • Consider the latest science on complementary and alternative medicine, including the emerging fields of sound healing, biofields and subtle energies research

Module 6: Healing Powers of Nature (September 7)


Our current worldview defines our relationship to the natural world as one of separation. Yet, recognizing our deep embeddedness in nature can help us to heal ourselves and our connections to the Earth.

In this session, you’ll explore evidence that connecting to nature can reduce stress and anxiety — it’s been shown to lower PTSD in veterans as well as at-risk youth. You’ll also learn how simply taking time to reflect on nature can help nurses reduce work pressures and become more effective caregivers. One recent study even shows that merely living around nature can help us live longer.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Examine the healing powers of nature in diverse cultures and healing systems
  • Explore ways in which science is establishing the therapeutic potentials of spending time in nature
  • Discover how connection to the natural environment helps us refocus our attention, reduce stress and enhance our healing response
  • Discover how you can connect with nature through art and mental imagery, and how this can make us happier, kinder, more creative — and also support our physiological wellbeing

Module 7: The Spirit of Healing
(September 14)


There’s no question that for a great many people, prayer has tremendous personal value and is a much-needed source of courage and strength. Unfortunately, the spiritual dimensions of healing are largely ignored in conventional medical or surgical treatments.

In this final session, you’ll discover scientific research on spirituality and health. You’ll examine ways in which scientists have attempted to bring an evidence-base approach to issues of prayer and contemplation. As you acknowledge your own spiritual hunger, you’ll consider the roles of aging and dying and what happens next. And, you’ll discover that a s you seek to grow and heal, even in the face of illness or disease, your sense of life’s preciousness expands.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Explore the spiritual dimensions of healing, including love, altruism, compassion and forgiveness
  • Look at the scientific evidence for spiritual healing
  • Discover how our connection to something larger than ourselves speaks to what can truly restore us to wholeness
  • Discover some very practical ways you can use prayer and contemplative practices to help reduce stress and anxiety

The Consciousness & Healing Bonus Collection

In addition to Marilyn’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course — and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

Death Makes Life Possible
Special Online Screening of Feature Film


Death Makes Life Possible features some of the leading scientists, anthropologists, philosophers, spiritual teachers and thinkers of our time — including Deepak Chopra, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake and others. The film looks at how popular culture deals with the ever-present fear many have about our own mortality. Interviews with mental health experts, cultural leaders, and scientists explore the meaning of death and how we can learn to live without fear. The interviews and evidence presented are interwoven with personal stories of people facing their own death as well as those who report encounters beyond death. (With this bonus, you will receive a promo code to view the film for 72 hours which must be redeemed by the end of your course.)

Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life
First 5 Chapters of Audiobook from Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten and Tina Amorok


Living Deeply transcends any one approach by focusing on common elements of transformation across a variety of traditions, while affirming and supporting the diversity of approaches across religious, spiritual, scientific, academic and cultural backgrounds. Research over the last decade at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) has systematically surveyed hundreds of people’s stories of their own transformations, as well as conducted over 50 in-depth interviews with teachers and masters of the world’s spiritual, religious, and transformative traditions. Weaving together cutting-edge science with wisdom from teachers of the world’s transformative traditions, this book explores how people experience deep shifts in their consciousness, and how those shifts can lead to healing and wholeness.


Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, associate scientist at the Mind Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco, CA and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Her research on mindfulness-based approaches to dealing with addictions, mood disorders and for stress reduction during pregnancy and early motherhood have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California and several private foundations. She is the author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year. In addition, she is coauthor, along with Dr.Marilyn Schlitz and Tina Amorok, of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.


Tina Amorok, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and research psychologist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences where she co-edited the anthology, Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine. With a background in integral health, clinical psychology and change management, Amorok designs and delivers programs on social wellness and transformation. Her current research, The Eco-Trauma and Eco-Recovery of Being, examines how to heal and transform our relationship with the natural world.

Death Makes Life Possible: Part 1, Death
& Eternity

Audio Dialogue with Dr. Marilyn Schlitz and Ken Wilber


What happens after death? Is there some part of us that endures? How can we begin to work through the countless fears, anxieties, and neuroses that spring from knowing that our time in this world will one day come to an end? Listen as Dr. Marilyn Schlitz and Ken Wilber explore these and other questions in this incredibly rich discussion. This bonus audio includes the first 42 minutes of a longer presentation.

Ken Wilber is the world’s leading “Integral” philosopher, the author of over 25 books, including Integral Spirituality, A Brief History of Everything, Sex, Ecology & Spirituality, No Boundary, andGrace and Grit. His books have been translated into over 30 languages. He’s also the founder of the Integral Institute, The Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, Integral Life, and the Integral Spiritual Center. Revered internationally as “the Einstein of consciousness,” he’s a dedicated spiritual practitioner, who’s actually put in thousands of hours on his meditation cushion, so his synthesis of knowledge is always lit with the inner light of gnosis, uniting the eye of flesh, the eye of mind, and the eye of spirit. An international integral community and movement, inspired by his work, now engages the creativity and scholarship of hundreds of people around the world.

What People are Saying About Marilyn Schlitz


Marilyn Schlitz is a superb teacher and scientist who has dedicated her life to compassionately enlightening people and stretching the bounds of limited scientific thinking to encompass the spiritual and intuitive.
— Judith Orloff, MD


Marilyn is a gifted polymath and an exemplar of the postmodern approach to consciousness. As an anthropologist, she brings wisdom and respect for the world’s cultural traditions. As a soulful scientist, she has made it her mission to engage the great mystery of transformation. Her pioneering research on the science of consciousness provides a solid base for the mercurial study of who we really are. As a healer, she speaks directly to a fundamental source of suffering and seeks to guide us toward a new cure. And as a spiritual practitioner and gifted teacher, Marilyn leads us by example, sharing glimpses of her own transformation through her role as cultural scribe.
— Deepak Chopra, MD


Marilyn Schlitz’s work shows us that the limits of human growth are not fixed and opens new windows on our capacities for self-transcendence. As both an anthropologist and consciousness researcher, she leads us through a panoramic vista of worldviews on healing and transformation. She invites us to examine our deepest assumptions about human existence.
— Michael Murphy


Far beyond a self-help teacher, Marilyn represents a master who’s through research offers her students a compass, map, log and vessel for a deeper exploration into a most important journey: your life, now, as well as your death, sooner or later, on a not-too-distant shore.
— J. Paul De Vierville, PhD


Marilyn Schlitz’s work represents a milestone in our understanding of consciousness and healing. It invites the participation of the whole person, encouraging each of us to tune into our inner voice to discover our own experience of healing.
— Gerald Jampolsky, MD

Join the Global Community


Consciousness & Healing not only offers some of the most advanced online teachings currently available, it also offers a thriving global community of support.

Join your fellow students and practitioners from across the world in the live interactive conference calls or in our online community to support and learn from each other while you learn to open your mind and expand your paradigm of reality.

This international community is at the leading edge of a global movement of people who are committed to manifesting a better world for all beings. This emerging planetary movement is rooted in an open heart and stands for the principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony and reverence for all of life.

Here’s What You’ll Receive


Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions with Marilyn Schlitz

Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with pioneering social anthropologist and researcher, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session guides you to learn the specific skills and abilities to awaken the healing potential of your consciousness. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at noon Pacific.


Seven Audio Recordings of
Class Sessions

After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.


Seven PDF Transcripts of
Class Sessions

In addition to the high-quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.


Seven 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions

With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons. If you’re unable to attend the calls live, the Online Community group allows you to connect with each other to find alternative times to interact.


Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson

After each lesson, you’ll have the option to do related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.


Online Community

Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can ask additional questions, interact with your fellow students and get access to additional resources to take your exploration to an even deeper level.

The Consciousness & Healing Bonus Collection

  • Death Makes Life Possible
    Special Online Screening of Feature Film
  • Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life
    First 5 Chapters of Audiobook from Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten and Tina Amorok
  • Death Makes Life Possible: Part 1, Death & Eternity
    Audio Dialogue with Dr. Marilyn Schlitz and Ken Wilber

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join The Consciousness & Healing Virtual Training

We feel honored that Dr. Marilyn Schlitz has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive, LIVE online training. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with a pioneering social anthropologist whose powerful insights and work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.

Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll be able to benefit from Dr. Schlitz’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — at your own pace!

If you are serious about charting a new path to true health, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.

If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

About Marilyn Schlitz


Marilyn Schlitz, PhD is a social anthropologist, researcher, award-winning writer and charismatic public speaker. She serves as president emeritus and a senior fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Additionally, she is a senior scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing, and a board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Schlitz has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders.

Dr. Schlitz is the author of Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine, Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life and Death Makes Life Possible. She also wrote and produced a feature film, Death Makes Life Possible, with Deepak Chopra, which has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is currently creating enrichment programs for lifelong learning and health professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.

Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers. You can also use Skype to connect to MaestroConference at no charge, and we offer a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.

I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA

Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.

Q: Can you tell me about the Private Course Group?
A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects and growth throughout the Course.

Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! We offer a satisfaction guarantee so that you can sample the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is August 17, 2016. To request a refund, please click on this refund request form and submit your request. Your refund will be processed within five business days and we'll send you an email confirming your refund. However, we'd love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there is something we can assist you with, please email us at and we'll be happy to help! (No refund requests accepted after the above date or with scholarship awards.)

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A: Please visit our Customer Support Center, where you should be able to find the answer to your question or the solution to a problem. And if you can’t, you can submit an online request form and we’ll get right back to you.