Conference Hosts


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Conference Hosts

The Integral Theory Conference is being organized and hosted by the faculty of the Department of Integral Theory of John F. Kennedy University in partnership with Integral Institute.


John F. Kennedy University

John F. Kennedy University

John F. Kennedy University, located in Pleasant Hill, California, features undergraduate-completion, doctorate, and graduate degrees, teaching credential, certificate, and continuing education programs in five schools: Education and Liberal Arts, Professional Psychology, Holistic Studies, Management, and Law. Over the last decade, JFK University has established itself as the world's premier university for the study and exploration of Integral Theory. It offers numerous programs (online and on campus) which draw on and incorporate integral theory (see below).

The Integral Theory Conference is being hosted by the Department of Integral Theory in the School of Holistic Studies, the Integral Research Center, and the Department of Continuing Education.


Department of Integral Theory

Established in 2006 the Department of Integral Theory is the premiere department on the planet that is devoted to the study and application of Integral Theory. With over 100 students and nearly 20 faculty it represents the largest academic community exploring Integral Theory.

The Integral Theory Certificate Program is a 48-week online program offering one of the world’s first accredited certificates based on the Integral Model developed by Ken Wilber. It is the most robust training in Integral Theory available today. The courses, taught by leading Integral scholar-practitioners, deliver a practical and theoretical foundation in all important aspects of the Integral Model. It also serves as the first year of the Masters of Integral Theory program. Students have the option to transfer into the second year of the MA after completing the Certificate.

The Integral Theory MA Program is a 68 quarter-unit program designed to inspire and educate the next generation of integrally informed global-leaders. The program explores the complexity of reality using the Integral (AQAL) model as its guiding framework. With an experiential and academically rigorous approach to teaching, students learn about the myriad relationships within and between body, mind, and spirit in self, culture, and nature.

The School of Holistic Studies also houses additional programs devoted to the study of Integral Theory: the campus-based Integral Psychology MA Program, the campus based Holistic Health Education MA Program and the new Integral Psychotherapy MFT specialization within Counseling Psychology.


Integral Research Center

Created in 2006 with the establishment of the Department of Integral Theory the Integral Research Center is committed to supporting the global community of integral scholar-practitioners. It does this through a variety of activities including original research, awarding grants, a discussion forum, offering courses, supporting integral fieldwork, providing resources, publishing, and supporting this conference. To visit the center to learn more click here.


Department of Continuing and Extended Education

John F. Kennedy University - Continuing and Extended EducationJFK University's Continuing & Extended Education (CE) is an institution-wide department that provides highly engaging learning opportunities that support the educational and professional goals of our surrounding communities. Utilizing an expanding range of traditional and innovative delivery methods, CE offers continuing education, professional development, and personal enrichment courses and programs to our region's lifelong learners.




Integral Institute

Integral Institute

Integral Institute, a non-profit organization, functions as the world's premier "think-and-practice tank" for Integral research and applications. Its mission is to integrate the most research from the most number of disciplines—including the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), art, ethics, religion, psychology, politics, business, social theory, and spirituality.

Integral Institute envisions a world in which the knowledge and capacities of our collective humanity are increasingly brought to bear upon our most difficult problems—and our highest possibilities. Integral Institute's core assumption is that by helping individuals, companies, organizations, governments, NGOs, and communities become Integrally informed, they will be better able to effectively chart their courses, making wiser decisions today and in the future; develop successful, breakthrough strategies to solve their most critical problems; more strategically mobilize their resources to implement desired solutions—and thus contribute to dramatically improving the quality of life on this planet.



Conference Organizers and Founders

Sean Esbjorn-Hargens

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is founding chair of the Department of Integral Theory at John F. Kennedy University. He is the founder and Executive Editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (JITP). He is currently the most published author applying the Integral model to a variety of topics and fields. Sean serves as an integral coach and consultant through his business Rhizome Designs (

Mark Forman

Mark Forman, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Integral Studies Department at John F. Kennedy University and adjunct faculty at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Mark is a psychotherapist and has worked with a variety of clinical populations, most recently at San Jose St. University's Student Counseling Center. He has recently completed a text on Integral Psychotherapy entitled, A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy: Complexity, Integration, and Spirituality in Practice. 


Associate Conference Organizers

Nick Hedlund

Nick Hedlund, MA is adjunct professor of Integral Theory at John F. Kennedy University, associate researcher at the Integral Research Center, and associate director of the Integral Ecology Center.  He is guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (JITP) on Integral Research and is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Nick is the founder of Integral Synergy Consulting through which he serves
as a psychospiritual coach and integral consultant.

Jordan Luftig

Jordan Luftig, MA is Adjunct Professor in the Integral Theory and Integral Psychology programs at John F. Kennedy University, where he teaches courses in phenomenology, philosophy, politics,  Enneagram, and coaching. Jordan serves as an Integral Coach through Integral Life and in private practice.   

Sean Satier

Sean M. Avila Saiter, MA, PhD(c.) is the Program Coordinator for the Integral Theory program at John F. Kennedy University. Sean is currently completing a dissertation on Husserl, Intersubjectivity, and the phenomenon of the “spirit-in-between” as part of earning his PhD at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychologyin Palo Alto, CA. He is co-founder of The Journal of Conscious Evolution with Allan Combs. Sean’s research interests lie in the areas of phenomenology, hermeneutics, interpretive social theory, second-person issues in research, intersubjectivity, and participatory spirituality.

Anne Marie Taylor

Anne Marie Taylor started her professional career at The Wall Street Journal in San Francisco after earning a master’s degree in Journalism at Columbia. Six children and many writing projects later, she transitioned into special events and fundraising for private educational institutions. She now works as the Vice President of Advancement for JFKU, overseeing alumni activities, grant funding, and donor relations. 

David Zeitler

David Zeitler, MA is an assistant professor in the Integral Studies Department at John F. Kennedy University and Adjunct Faculty for NaropaUniversity. David is currently completing a book on Integral Life Practice for Psychotherapists, and is junior author for the official handbook on Integral Psychotherapy with Elliott Ingersoll, PhD. David’s clinical experience comes from a two year stint as a psychotherapist in two 24-bed, locked psychiatric wards. David is an associate editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (JITP).


Volunteer Coordination Team:

Olivier Compagne

Olivier Compagne, MA is a recent Integral Psychology graduate from John F. Kennedy University. Olivier has studied Social Sciences in France, his home country, and came to the USAto deepen his understanding of Integral Theory. He is passionate about the complex ways in which personal psychology and culture interact. Olivier is a certified mediator in the state of California. He also loves integrating beauty and effectiveness together through information and product design.

Liz Stevenson

Liz Stevenson, BA is an adjunct professor in the Graphics Lab at Sacramento City College. Her independent integral studies and particular interest in consciously embodied awakening led her to study with Robert Augustus Masters and Diane Bardwell Masters; she graduated from their Masters Integral Psychotherapy Program in 2009. Liz was a volunteer at the inaugural ITC, where her mad technical skillz came in handy. She is fluent in MacOS, Linux and the OS-which-shall-not-be-named.

Carissa Wieler

Carissa Wieler, MNRM is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University's Master of Integral Psychology Degree. She is also an Associate Director for the Integral Ecology Center. Carissa is a published and award winning writer, with a chapter in the forthcoming Integral Education (2010) edited by Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Jonathan Reams and Olen Gunnlaugson. She has worked previously for two international sustainability think tanks and is an affiliate of the Ginger Group Collaborative. At the inaugural 2008 Integral Theory Conference, Carissa coordinated a team of 33 volunteers and co-developed ground level systems for the conference.



We will be offering a limited number of volunteer positions in return for a significantly reduced conference fee. Volunteer positions will involve donating time either before or after the conference and working at least one day of the conference itself. 

Vounteer positions will be awarded based on need, student status, as well as the timing of contact with us (i.e., earlier requests will be given more consideration). If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information, please contact us through the "contact us" button on the left side of this page.