Sofia University
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Palo Alto CA 94303

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Special thanks to Sofia University for hosting the 2014 Humanistic Conference.

Latest 2014 conference updates:

A Special Event with Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. on Thursday night, March 13, 2014, 8:30-9:45 PM, in the Auditorium of Sofia University.

As a special gift to honor Sofia’s collaboration with the Society of Humanistic Psychology as well as to the Sofia University Community, Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth, Interim President of Sofia University, is pleased to sponsor "An Evening Conversation with Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D." Dr. Grof will be presenting on "Revision and Re-visioning of Psychology."

Aaron Mishara, Ph.D., Psy.D., Core Faculty at Sofia University and Steven Schmitz, Ph.D., Co-President of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) will introduce the evening.

Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension.

Join us for this exciting review of Dr. Grof's observations from a half century of consciousness research. Stan will also be available for a book signing before his talk starting at 8:00 pm. All Division 32 conference participants and Sofia faculty, staff and students are invited to this free event.

Food Trucks at Sofia
We are happy to announce that we will be having an exciting array of popular, San Francisco food trucks providing international food options and service on site at Sofia during both lunch and dinner breaks. 
Their food is fresh, affordable and highly recommended! 

Dinner~ Thursday~ ZSausage

We begin our food truck extravaganza on Thursday Night prior to the poster session with artisan pork, beef, and chicken sausages and/or skewers with organic local and international side dishes. This kitchen and truck is run by Petra who was born and raised in Germany and is known throughout the Bay area for her fabulous, homemade sausages. 

Lunch~ Friday~BBQKalbi

On Friday, March 14th, BBQKalbi will be on site at Sofia offering fantastic Korean fusion food (Korean BBQ Tacos and Burritos) for lunch. Yumm!  Their webpage is

Dinner~ Friday~SAJJ Street Eats 

On Friday night, the 14th, the popular Mediterranean food truck in San Francisco, SAJJ Street Eats, will be serving at Sofia. They offer a wonderful variety of Fresh and Fabulous Falafel & Shawarma, tabbouleh, hummus, babaganoush,  etc... Fabulous!
Please see their menu at:

Lunch~ Saturday~Little Green Cyclo

On Saturday, March 15th,  Little Green Cyclo's gourmet food truck will be on hand for lunch! They will be serving fresh, organic, local Vietnamese street food. See their original menu at

Dinner~ Saturday~ CurryUpNow

On Saturday night, the 15th, the first Indian Food truck in the Bay Area, CurryUpNow
will set up service at Sofia. This Indian Street Food restaurant has four food trucks and is at every major event in the Bay Area. They serve locally grown vegetarian food as well as organic meats. We are lucky to have them on site. 
Check out their menu at: 

**** Please support our food trucks! We contracted with each to purchase a minimum amount. 
***** All prefer cash transactions if possible as service is faster. 


Second, I am thrilled to announce that we've brought down the registration fee considerably from the last conference. Early Bird registration will open 12/9 at the following rates: Students ($125) / Members ($175) / General ($225). Early Bird registration ends at midnight on 1/20.
Finally, please recall that at the last conference, we had a waiting list and were turning people away at the door. The way to get your foot in the door, so to speak, is to submit a presentation proposal. 

There is a lot more information to share, but I wanted to get a quick update out to you. If you have questions, message me here or email me at

Conference Theme:
Treating others and oneself with dignity is fundamental to being human and at the core of humanistic values. However, this comportment often eludes us, and when we treat others without dignity, we lose it in ourselves. What role does humanistic psychology have in fostering dignity and can this help our human fate in a world deeply troubled by social, economic, community and ecological problems? We invite participants to contribute to these themes in creative, passionate, playful, scientific and artistic ways, which affirms dignity in the wonder and richness of our human diversity. We encourage the application of humanistic values to our interdisciplinary neighbors including phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, neuroscience, as well as clinical, social, theoretical, experimental, spiritual and transpersonal psychology.

Conference Coordinators:

Aaron Mishara -

Carol Humphreys -

THE 2013 CONFERENCE WAS SOLD OUT. Don't miss the next one!  Add your name to the mailing list and be alerted when the details are posted!

Special thanks to Pacifica Graduate Institute for providing the venue.