Thursday, March 3, 2016

Integral European Conference

At this second Integral European Conference, 600 Integral practitioners from around the
world will focus on Reinventing Europe, and ask: What does it take to reinvent Europe from an embodied Integral perspective?
I attended the inaugural IEC in Hungary two years ago, and it was the best Integral (or otherwise) event I have ever experienced. And I have been to a bunch of them.
IEC really captures the Integral spirit in a way I have never experienced before, with brilliant individual presenters, incredible group processes, and celebratory dancing and singing around a huge bonfire that was one of the most mystical, beautiful, tribal things I've ever seen.
And, of course the people who show up for these events are simply extraordinary. I cemented old relationships and made new friends who continue to bless and change my life in very positive ways. 
After the conference in 2014, those of us who chose to went on a bus tour of Hungary, guided by Bence Ganti, the leader of the Hungarian Integral movement. Talk about the Magical Mystery Tour. We went to a spa, an ancient monastery hidden in the woods, and attended a kirtan concert in a beautiful baroque chapel, where the acoustics and energy were absolutely amazing. At the world-class spa, there was a whole lake of warm healing waters you could swim around in--without lifeguards or the restrictions you would find in the U.S. -- plus world-class steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools. Fantastic. And hanging out with a busload of Integral people was hilarious, fun, deeply warm, and very enlightening. And they're doing this again.
So I highly recommend, if you can, to do both the conference and the bus tour afterwards. It was one of the best things I've ever done.
For those of you who have not visited Hungary, it is a beautiful country and Budapest is a beautiful city. This year's conference will take place on the shore of Lake Balaton, where participants will share the latest insights from all areas of Integral theory and practice, including politics, business, education, medicine, psychology, and more.