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Pre-Conference Workshops

Mind in Nature: Gregory Bateson and the Ecology of Experience

Friday, July 7 (4:00 pm) through Sunday, July 9 (3:00 pm)
Held at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center, 35755 Hauser Bridge Road, Cazadero, CA

Cost for lodging, meals, and materials: $275 regular, $190 for students, retired, and developing countries. There will be an additional charge of $20 for roundtrip transportation from Sonoma State University to the workshop site.

A residential program to explore in a contemplative, experiential way themes introduced by Gregory Bateson in his classic Mind and Nature. The main focus is consciousness as a system embedded/embodied in its world.

This program will be held at Ratna Ling Retreat Center, a beautiful setting with high-end accommodations. Led by Jack Petranker (Center for Creative Inquiry/Nyingma Institute) and Allan Combs (Saybrook Graduate School/General Evolution Research Group).

See also the Journal of Conscious Evolution.

For schedule details for the Pre-Conference Workshops, visit the Sonoma 2006 Program page.

Post-Conference Workshop

Language, Cybernetics and 'Knowing'

Friday, July 14 (1:30 – 4:30 pm)
Held at the Cooperage, Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA

A workshop exploring some limits on the degree of certainty a human may competently claim. No fee applies. We will offer a handout containing a bibliography listing.

The grammar shared among a substantial majority of the world’s population tempts its users to assume a deity-like ‘knowledge of how things REALLY ARE.’ We address some of the disastrous implications of such assuming, and some steps available to each of us to reverse this trend.

We have planned the workshop to include critical examination of three papers, which also form parts of the program of a SIG at this conference. An introductory paper provides a setting, and aims to furnish opportunity for extended discussion of relationships among the topics addressed:

  • Science, Cybernetics and 'Knowing', by Weld S. Carter, Jr.: Keynote for workshop (presented earlier at the SIG on Systems Philosophy and Ethics)
  • Re-Constructing “Culture”, by Martha Bartter (presented earlier at the SIG on Systems Philosophy and Ethics)
  • A Lethal Fundamental Error: How To Recognize, Reject & Replace It, by C. Andrew Hilgartner, MD (presented earlier at the SIG on Systems Philosophy and Ethics

Food Connections: Applying a Systems Approach to Develop Healthy Pathways from Seed to Table and Beyond

Friday, July 14 (7:00 pm) through Saturday, July 15 (4:00 pm) Held at the Cooperage, Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA

Registration fee: $50 by May 15, $65 by June 15, $80 thereafter. $10 discount for students, retired individuals and participants from developing countries. Food tasting on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday included. Accommodations are not.

This workshop focuses on applying systems thinking to address problems in the food system. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with others working for healthy food systems, more effectively fit their work into big picture change, participate in a workshop on systems thinking applications in the food system and partake in breakout discussions and sessions on more specific interest topics.

For more information and registration information, visit or contact Ruth Lefkowitz at

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