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Message from the Dean
Message from the CRP Director
CIHS Summer Conference
New Course In Summer
Cool Things CIHS Faculty are doing
Workshop with Dr. Gerken
Community Lecture Event
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Dear CIHS Community Members,

CIHS' June newsletter has several articles. First, there is an announcement from our Comparative Religion & Philosophy Program Director, Dr. Ji Hyang Padma about her community activities at CIHS and her outreach efforts.

Second, there are two articles/announcements from Dr. Sharon Mijares about the courses in the coming quarters and her activities as "Cool Things CIHS Faculty are doing" series. Dr. Mijares is teaching Ecopsychology in coming summer quarter on how to balance Nature-Human relationship to restore healthy and harmonic engagement. Also, Dr. Mijares wrote about her trip to India including Dharamsala in second article.
There are is an upcoming lecture event; Dr. Thornton Streeter's workshop on June 23. Please see the details of those workshop in article below or visit our website from here. Please also do not forget to mark your calendar of our annual conference on July 8 & 9, Forefront Consciousness & Healing Science Research: Reports from the Field.

Registration week for Summer Quarter classes is June 19 to 23. Summer quarter begins Monday, July 3.

I hope you enjoy our newsletter. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 
Hideki Baba, Ph.D.

Message from the Dean 

Dr. Hope Umansky 

Dear CIHS Community,

Happy almost summer! It is that time again - Summer registration is June 19-June 23. The Summer quarter begins June 3. We have a lot of exciting offerings. Ultimately, it is up to you to determine if you are meeting your program requirements from the courses in the catalog. However, we are happy to guide you so please contract your program director for specific guidance - that would be for psychology;
Thomas Brophy at and for Comparative Religion and Philosophy.

*Integrated Learning Modality, a hybrid course is represented as ILM. Many of these courses are open for remote learners as you can be Skyped into the class. Please speak to your Program Director if you have further questions about a particular class.
The official course schedule can be found here: 
Human Development and Archetypes - Tamara Goldsby, requirement all psychology students
Aging, Long Term Care and Grief -Sam Aganov Requirement licensure track psychology
Psy 719 Dx in Clinical Psychology  - Roger Cavnaugh . Highly recommended by the Board of Psychology for licensure track students.
BIS 422/PSY756 Meditation, Guided Imagery, & Alternative Treatments to Complement Psychotherapy -Michelle Dexter. Open to all programs as an elective.
Introduction to Mixed Methods Qualitative and Quantitative Research - Ron Strader, MA requirement all programs.
Paradigms of Health and Disease - Mali Burgess, requirement for Integral Health (or Integral Perspectives on Health). This course is entirely online.
Psy 749 Clinical Aspects of Energy Psychology -- Michelle Dexter. Required for all Integral Psychology students and can be an elective for those in other programs.
Academic Writing for the Human Sciences  (online; required for new students unless waived by their Program Director)-Ji Hyang Padma -
ALL MA and PhD Student Entry Requirement: Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences, 4 units. Dr. Ji Hyang Padma. *ILM. This first course upon embarking on a CIHS education is designed to provide an introduction to critical interpretation of scholarly research and academic writing, though the lens of human science history and systems. We will review the perspectives of human science including such pioneers as William James, Roberto Assagioli, Carl Jung, William Braud, Charles Tart, Candace Pert, Stanley Krippner, Ken Wilber, Roy Bhaskar and Dr. Motoyama. Through this course students will develop fluency in APA writing style, writing composition, and engagement with scholarly references. This course is a gateway course for all those starting their MA or PhD this upcoming quarter, unless your Program Director has waived it. Current CIHS are urged to take this course as it was directly created to help you with your MA thesis and/or PhD Dissertation. It will also be really interesting!
Even if you are in the MA thesis or Dissertation process and find it challenging, we promise you that taking this course now will make your path easier and more manageable. It is designed specifically to train you in these skills. So, if you are a current student, you are urged to take it. If you are finding the process of completing your dissertation challenging, you are urged to take it as well. It will help you. We promise.
Toward a Superconsciousness -Rick Jelusich. Online and counts toward spiritual education requirement.
Electrophysiology & Biofeedback *Certification Option Available, Gaetan Chevalier and Thomas Brophy; lab class on campus.
TOS: Forefront Consciousness & Healing Research Reports from the Field
, July 8 and July 9,--Thomas Brophy-2 units for our annual summer conference. There will be full attendance and a paper due at the end for academic credit. 
Topic of Special Interest: ECOPSYCHOLOGY - Sharon Mijares. Online. Elective all programs. Please see more about this class below in Dr. Mijares' write up about it.
Please let your program directors know if you have specific questions. If these courses sounded interesting to you and you are thinking about embarking on this unusual graduate education, please email or 
We look forward to helping you find your academic home that honors the integration of science and spirituality.

Hope Umansky PhD


Message from the CRP Director

Dr. Ji Hyang Padma 

Dear CIHS Community,

I have just completed the first year here at CIHS, as the Director of the Comparative Religion & Philosophy Program-and begin the new cycle with a sense of celebration.
Over the first year, we embarked on new community education programs, including the monthly healing circle, and toning ceremonies with Gentle Thunder, which have provided many sparkling moments, in which community members have experienced deep connection with each other, have seen their lives in a new light, and have learned to integrate theories of consciousness with energy medicine practices. We have hosted a United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle that has widened the public discourse on water protection and religious freedom. I am proud of the deep work that has gone on in our Religion, Spirituality & Global Society course this spring.
Now, I return to Omega Institute, a holistic learning center in New York, my fourteenth season as meditation teacher in residence, and staff teacher. This season my central offering is Bridging the Color Line, a series of Restorative Justice Circles for Omega staff. As you may know, I have been working in the field of interreligious dialogue for over twenty years.   Within America, this "great experiment", as George Washington referred to it, we are currently challenged to stay true to our democratic ideal, The travel ban, which personally impacted those within our community, is but one example of the divisive forces at play.

At this time, it is essential that our communities act as beacons of light and circles of connection. To mend society, we begin here-warm hand to warm hand.
Within the Omega Restorative Justice Circles, we will embark on deep learning together- defining terms such as bias, institutional racism,and microaggression. And we will spend time honoring each person's lived experience. Out of these meaningful conversations, effective action can emerge that mends our society. Like a stone thrown into the water, the echo from these conversations will ripple out, multidimensionally, across the world. Upon returning, I will bring these restorative justice dialogue skills into the CRP program, as a key element of our experiential learning. In this way, CIHS students will be well prepared to work in the field of interfaith studies and activism, and to be reflective and responsive agents in the world, in every way.
I am thankful to share this journey with all of you.
Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D.


Forefront Consciousness and Healing Science Research: Reports from the Field


The California Institute for Human Science's annual Summer Symposium 2017 will be
Forefront Consciousness and Healing Science Research: Reports from the Field,
July 8 and July 9,
on our beautiful Encinitas Campus. CIHS welcomes your participation in our community of scholars. There is exciting work being done at the forefront of consciousness and healing research. This includes studies that explore subtle energy healing and intentionality, research into altered states of consciousness, in-depth research into ancient and contemporary healing practices, models of the subtle body, chi energy measuring devices research, and reflections on the ways these insights and praxis may serve to create a more healthful, peaceful, and just society

This conference seeks to investigate the relationship between the practice of subtle healing methods and their research.
 How might the practice of these methods be guided by what has been discovered through scientific research? How might subtle energy healing practices inform new ways of doing research?

For more information, please visit the site.

$560 including for 2 units academic credit. [$450 for grandfathered students.]
$430 Audit and general public.
$30 for 2 days lunch - must be paid at the time of registration no later than July 1st

New Course in Summer Quarter

with Dr. Sharon Mijares 

Shamanic and indigenous traditions have always emphasized the need for walking in harmony with Nature. Native peoples have never lost this relationship. They warn us that we threaten our lives and the lives of generations to come through neglect of the natural world. Consider all the attention at Standing Rock in the last year. It is very important as the indigeous were risking their well beings for the sake of all. Many caring people: young, old, famous (movie and rock stars) traveled to join them in their fight to protect land and water. What is our relationship to Nature? It is perhaps one of the most important issues facing us at this time.
Our felt attention to Nature changes the world we live in. It is time to seriously examine the Human-Nature estrangement in order to come into greater balance and harmony, restoring Human-Nature engagement. Overall, humanity has neglected its relationship with Nature and this has an impact on its soul. Animals are more aware of the shifts and changes in Nature than humans, but this sensitivity can be regained simply through engaging and connecting.This course focuses on historical contributions to estrangement as well as ways of healing through engagement with Nature as well as examining the fact that many mental as well as physical illnesses are associated with the loss of connection with the natural world. Knowledge is power!  
Earth has been given many names, for example, Gaia, Pachamama, Madre Tierra, the Earth Mother. In many mythologies, the Earth is considered to be Mother. Feminists believe that the subjugation of women and the earth began simulataneously with the advent of patriarchal ideologies favoring the male and growing commercial interests. Reconnecting with Nature and the rising feminine spirit are related to the shift to a New Age.
The Earth is a living entity. Scientific and philosophical theories such as Biophilia and the Gaia Principle will be explored. Indigenous and shamanic knowledge of healing plants and herbs will also be included.  Nature heals.  In this course we will examine all healing and caring ways to reconnect. We will also discuss the many ways that encourage healing. 

Cool things CIHS faculty are doing
Dr. Sharon Mijares 
Dr. Sharon Mijares traveled to India, invited as a participant at the Women's Economic Forum, from May 8th-13th in Delhi.  I was given an award/recognition as a "leader of the decade in community and social change" It was an incredible conference, honoring what women (and also many men) were doing around the globe.  This organization is growing rapidly, and is very impressive. Their method of advertising is "woman to woman, heart to heart" so there is a link that has been formed before the women start arriving.  I am still in awe of the lovely founder, Dr. Harbeen Arora, and her All Ladies League. Truly the feminine is emerging in an incredible way fromt he heart of India.
Next, I traveled to Dharamsala, and was picked up by Tenzin Dhradon Sharling, friend and co-author. She had arranged for me to have an audience with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama on May 15th. The next day, I presented for staff at the Tibetan center on the 16th. Then I went to the Tibetan Children's peace school that night and stayed in the Guest house. This is where 1,500 children of the Himalaya region live and go to this Tibetan school.  The guest house, and surroundings were lovely. In the morning I had a great picture taken with many women of various regions, and then visited children's dorms and classrooms.  I have a great video of the youngest pre-school age children singing for me.  I never imagined that life would bring me to have this intimate connecting with Tibetan people living in what they call "exile Tibet." I have made physical and heartful connections with these Tibetan people, and I look forward to continuing them.

Cool things CIHS faculty are doing
Dr. Thomas Brophy 

Thomas Brophy with Stuart Hameroff at The Science of Consciousness conference 2017, June 9 LaJolla California.  Dr. Hameroff is the founder and still Chair of the annual TSC conferences.  Held in locations around the world, TSC is now the largest interdisciplinary scientific conference on consciousness.  Dr. Brophy's presentation Wednesday evening "Considerations on the Notion of Causal Closure of the Physical Universe" discussed possible ontologies of the free will aspect of consciousness in light of the not physically causal nature of modern quantum physics.  Related to the still unresolved quantum measurement problem, it was in the "Consciousness and Quantum Measurement" section at the Hyatt Regency LaJolla.  Also in attendance at part of the TSC included CIHS students Mike Scott, Julie Dargis and Jaya Pancholi.  Abstracts and information can be found here: 


The Consciousness of the Body        or
Love is the Resonance with the Flow of Life™
Integrate Your Past * Be in the Present *
Shape Your Future

Siegmar Gerken PhD, ECP, HP (Psychotherapy)

Date: June 9
Time: 4:30pm to 9:30pm
Place: CIHS Room 104
Fee: $25

(Please bring a Yoga mat or a blanket to lie or sit on.)

CIHS is very honored to be able to offer the opportunity for the CIHS community to experience Dr. Siegmar Gerken's workshop/lecture. It will be Friday, June 9, in Room 104 (the building next door to the school.) It will run from 430 pm through 930 pm.

The cost for this workshop is highly discounted from Dr. Gerken's usual rate. He is charging $25 a person, and space is very limited to 20 people. Please email with the subject line RSVP if you would like to hold a spot for yourself. I look forward to seeing you there. 

This flow is represented in our Pulsation of Being - from the cellular to the interstellar system. On the physiological level it is moved by the rhythm of the heart which again is influenced by our physical, emotional and mental attitudes which shape our attitudes and personalities.

To experience these energies and understand how you participated in structuring your experiences in life, Siegmar will guide you from intrauterin pre-natal and post-natal conditions, through early developmental movements to intra-personal and inter-personal perceptions, connecting you with a Unity of Being, that enables you to direct your life from your personal and social level into larger dimensions of your transpersonal existence with the Will of Your Heart™.

(Please bring a Yoga mat or a blanket to lie or sit on.)
Siegmar Gerken, PH.D., ECP, HP (Psychotherapy)  
studied psychology, education and anthropology. He has pioneered body-oriented and mindfulness-centered therapy and Humanistic and Somatic Psychology since 1971. He is on the faculty of JFK University Somatic Psychology, at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, Behavioral Therapy Training Institute Hamburg and teaches at universities and private institutes worldwide on the interconnectedness of psychosomatic processes as they manifest on the levels of body, emotions, mind, will and consciousness. His research in energy field documentation with Prof. F. Popp on psycho-emotional states opened new horizons to scientists and practitioners. He is co-founder of the Scientific Committee of the EABP. Dr. Gerken is a lecturer, therapist, trainer and supervisor.


Community Lecture Event
Journey into the Chakra
Live and Explore the Science of the Human Biofield: An Interactive Interdimensional Voyage
With Dr. Thornton Streeter
June 23, 2017
5:30pm ~ 8:30 pm
Dr Thornton Streeter and Kimberly Schipke will share 25 years of studying the Chakras and present his latest insights. We also present the Biofield Viewer that allows us to reveal the Chakras live in real time.

Celebrate with us, the Centre for Biofield Sciences, after 18 years of full time research at the UNESCO World Peace Centre, within MIT, Pune.

[CIHS does not necessarily endorse the use or sale of any devices presented at this independent event.]

Support CIHS Accreditation
and Other Endeavors!

Dear CIHS Community,

Everyone associated with CIHS community plays an integral role in the adventure of higher learning and research that is CIHS. It is in this spirit that we write to you in this season of giving. CIHS is more committed than ever to providing a future generation of therapists, healers, researchers, scientists, educators, writers, and thought-leaders with an unparalleled education that integrates science and spirit along with academic rigor. Since Dr. Motoyama's passing in September 2015, our dedication to his mission has only strengthened.

CIHS has embarked on a critically important new venture: the accreditation process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the most renown accrediting body in the world, and CIHS is now independently governed.
WASC accreditation will re-categorize CIHS from a vocational school to a recognized forefront institute of higher education, which is more accurate to what CIHS is, and greatly enhances the perceived value of CIHS degrees. CIHS has successfully passed Phase I, Eligibility, and we are diligently working on Phase II. As you can imagine, the tasks of institutional improvements, educational initiatives, administrative restructuring, experiential improvements for students and professors, and other projects initiated from this process are massive. CIHS has a great opportunity to improve its educational experience, process, and product -- the graduate who goes out into the world to lead and improve our global humanity within Dr. Motoyama's vision of psychospiritual growth. It is in this spirit that we ask you to consider CIHS, a 501c3 non-profit organization, in your annual giving plan.
Your support will serve to strengthen Dr. Motoyama's and CIHS' legacy, and enhance the reflection of your association with CIHS. Your gift, at whatever level you are able, will be an enormous boost to this initiation of CIHS' newly invigorated endowment building effort. Please feel free to reach out to us with your questions or recommendations.
Gifts can be sent to CIHS, 701 Garden View Court, Encinitas, CA 92024, or you can kindly go to our website donation page. An in kind donation letter will be provided to you for your taxes. Our website donation page is here:
Hope Umansky  
CEO, Dean of Acacemic Affairs 
Thomas Brophy
Executive Dean