Some SAND18 Stories

Dolce Hayes Mansion

Dolce Hayes Mansion

Divine Feminine panel

Divine Feminine panel

The Science and Nonduality 2018 conference in San Jose, CA was once again a fascinating and unique experience. I had time to catch up with many friends, meet others I’ve only known on-line, and make new ones. I was less recognized this year, probably because I shaved the beard.

Gender was a major theme during the event. I caught up with Francis Bennett, a spiritual teacher who is transitioning from male to female. I also saw Zhen Dao, a remarkable gender-fluid person forging a unique gender identity. Both were on the Divine Feminine panel discussion and touched on modern issues, including some I discussed in the Unbalanced Masculine. Zhen, a martial artist, shared the story of surrendering to the feminine when confronted by potential male violence. This despite their martial abilities.

APST Panel

APST Panel

Another theme was The Association of Professional Spiritual Teachers. This is a new organization for ethical standards and support for modern spiritual teachers. I attended the recording of the founders introducing it plus their panel discussion at SAND. The panel included Rick Archer, Jac O’Keeffe, Craig Holliday, and Caverly Morgan. All have had BATGAP interviews. I’ll be writing more on the topic shortly.

3 Davids

Terry, David Ellzey, David Thomas, and this David

Vaidhi and Anoo Nathan were generous hosts for Rick Archer and my second BATGAP interview, the APST founders discussion, and interviews with Sean Webb and Thomas Hubl. I hope to have pictures from those events soon. Rick is interviewing my SAND roommate Ishtar Ishaya while they’re in Sedona. My other expected roommate David Thomas brought his brother Terry and ended up staying with friends. He too is a BATGAPer.

Kimberly Rick moi

Kimberley Braun, Rick Archer, David B

As last year, meetings in the halls were sometimes profound. Like watching Jac O’Keeffe break through someones mind constructs. Comedienne Sarah Taylor was a warm presence and Kimberly Braun a happiness dynamo. Conversations at meals could be excellent too, like breakfast with Sufi Kabir Helminski.

Also typically, some of the best talks were in the smallest rooms. We helped each other record our talks. Deep thanks to Kristin Kirk for recording mine (coming soon).

Sarah Ishtar

Sarah Taylor and Ishtar Ishaya

Rick was interviewed for a podcast on Radiant Love Now in our bedroom just before leaving the conference. That led to a second one with myself. More on that later too.


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3 Responses to Some SAND18 Stories

  1. Joseph Weaver says:

    Awesome stuff 🙂 SAND is such a cool conference, all these teachers coming together under one roof. The energy there must be remarkable.

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Joseph
      It is remarkable but mixed. The energy of nearby Silicon Valley is very intense. At the conference, a lot of confused seekers, saturated by the divergent approaches. Most people have to take regular breaks.

      But at the same time, it’s a wonderful chance to connect with people I’d not otherwise have met. And make a few choice discoveries.

      The place is also expensive – $50US for a buffet meal? Thus I go when it makes financial sense. This year, a generous donor comped my room. But this happened late in the game so I was late submitting my talk proposal, leaving me with a short speaking time. But other stuff is spinning off the conference too.

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