Past Events

Mickey Singer: Mindfulness as a Way of Life

UF Mindfulness Day Keynote Address
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
4:30 - 6:00 pm
UF Library East Rm 100
(close to Plaza of Americas)

Dr. Robin Meyers

How Quantum Physics Has Altered Our Perception of God
Thursday, May 15 at 7pm
United Church of Gainesville
1624 NW 5th Ave.

Net of Being

Alex Grey & Allyson Grey
Talk and Booksigning

December 11 From 6-8pm.

Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2700

Healing with the Heart

Robert Browning
Director of HeartMath Healthcare

Sheva Carr
Director of HeartMastery

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital (South Tower)
The Shands Auxiliary Conference Center
1st Floor rooms 1204 & 1205

Healing Words and Music: An Evening with David Wilcox

Thursday, October 4, 2012  7:00 pm

HPNP Auditorium

Show Flyer

Musical Medicine: An Experiential Workshop

with special guest David Wilcox

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Unity of Gainesville
8801 NW 39th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32606

Show Flyer

Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen

James H. Austin, M.D.
Visiting Professor of Neurology
University of Florida College of Medicine

7PM, Monday, Feb 20, 2012
HPNP Auditorium

John Graham-Pole, MD, MRCP, ABHM, and Dorothy Lander, PhD

"End of life": before, during, after...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

Kathleen Singh

The Grace in Dying/The Grace in Living
Thursday, April 21st, 7:00pm
HPNP auditorium

Michael O'Neal

Spirituality and Spaceflight
Thursday, November 18th, 7:45pm
HPNP auditorium - not open until 7:15pm

Carol Ludwig

Spiritual Direction: Ancient Roots, Contemporary Resurgence
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Bron Taylor

"Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future"
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium


Alex Grey

Transfigurations: An Evening with Alex Grey
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Leonard L. Riskin

Tools of Awareness for Dealing with Conflict
Thursday, October 16th 2008, 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

John P. Milton

"Sacred Land: Healing Through Immersion in Nature"
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Philip M. Hellmich

"The Search for Common Ground: Applying Spiritual Principles to Transform Conflict"
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

David Shlim, M.D.

"Medicine and Compassion"
Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

"Befriending Fear and Pain: Mindfulness in the Treatment of
Chronic Pain and Related Disorders"
Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Michael Samuels, M.D.

"Demeter, Buddha and the Bears: The Ancient Roots of Contemporary Spiritual Healing"
Monday, October 15, 2007 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Seeking the Divine Feminine Through Art and Healing

Mary Rockwood Lane
"Letting Your Wisdom Emerge And Bringing In the Light"
Monday, March 26, 2007 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

John Graham-Pole

"What's known, what's real, what's good: Reflections on 40 Years of Science and Art in Medicine"
Monday, March 5, 2007 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Layne Redmond

"Rhythmic Wisdom, the Healing Power of Sacred Sound, Drumming and Trance"
Sunday, February 11, 2007 (2:00-5:00pm)
United Church of Gainesville - Fellowship Hall
1624 NW 5th Ave

"Invoking Our Muse"
Monday, February 12, 2007 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Thomas Moore

"Healing Body, Soul and Spirit"
Monday, January 22, 2007 at 7:30pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Matthew Fox

"Religion, Spirituality and Ecology: The 21st Century"
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

Kiran Kumar

"Spirituality and Well-being: Hindu Perspectives"
Monday, October 9th, 2006 at 7PM
HPNP Auditorium

Spirituality Through Art: A Seminar by Kristen Raizada

Sunday, June 4th 2006 at 3pm
Grace Presbyterian Church
3146 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609

Alex Grey

"Art as a Spiritual and Healing Path"
Thursday, April 20th, 2006 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Dr. Asna Husin

"Cultivating the Heart:  A Muslim Perspective"
Monday, April 17th, 2006 at 7pm
United Church of Gainesville - Fellowship Hall
1624 NW 5th Ave

Jorge Ferrer, PhD

"Transpersonal Psychology and the Future of Religion:  A Participatory Vision for the 21st Century"
Monday, April 10th, 2006 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Les Lancaster, PhD

"Transpersonal Psychology: Towards a Science of the Sacred"
Monday, March 27th, 2006 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

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Louis Ritz, PhD

"Neurotheology: This is your Brain on Meditation!"
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Jim Gordon, MD

"Self-Care is the Heart of All Health Care"
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne

"Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR): Implications for Spirituality and Health"
Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium

Video of this event (WMV)

Two Programs with Sylvia Boorstein

"Open Heart Meditation: Practice and Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein"
Sunday, October 9, 2005 (2:00-6:00pm)
United Church of Gainesville - Fellowship Hall
1624 NW 5th Ave

"The Art and Science of Changing Your Self: Demystifying Spiritual Practice"
Monday, October 10, 2005 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Harold Koenig

"Religion, Spirit and Healing"
Monday, April 18, 2005 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Joan Borysenko

"The Wisdom of the Heart:  Social Connectedness and Healing"
Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Allan Combs

"The Evolution of Spirit and Consciousness"
Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 7:00pm
HPNP Auditorium

Bo Lozoff

"An evening with Bo Lozoff: It's a meaningful life - It just takes practice"
Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 7:00PM
HPNP Auditorium

Claude Anshin Thomas

"At Hell's Gate: Ending War Living Peace"
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 7:00pm
UCG (United Church of Gainesville) Fellowship Hall

In Recovery from the Election: Healing the Wounds, Win or Lose

Presented by :
The UF Center for Spirituality and Health
P'nai Or Gainesville
The United Church of Gainesville--Social Justice/Peacemakers Committee
Shaya Isenberg and Larry Reimer

Jean Watson

Distinguished Professor and former Dean of Nursing at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, presented a talk entitled: "When Things of the Spirit Come First: Toward A Caring Science"

Arthur Green

Rabbi, author and one of the world's preeminent authorities on Jewish spirituality and Jewish thought, was recently appointed as Dean of the new trans-denominational rabbinical school at Hebrew College. He spoke about “Judaism in an Environmental Age: A Kabbalah for the Future".

James O'Dea

President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), discussed  "The Heart of the Matter: Science AND Spirituality-A Compelling Conversation about New Understandings and Possibilities”.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Internationally known scientist, writer, and meditation teacher, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, discussed “Coming to Our Senses: Living Life As If It Really Mattered".

Susan and Stewart Powers

Nationally recognized portrait photographers from Gainesville, presented a holiday program entitled “Life Stories Beyond the Image”.

Stephen Cook

Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX), presented “Psychosocial Issues and Cardiac Health.”

Heather Spring

Center member, nurse and investigator, presented "Encountering God in Illness".

John Seed

Australian and Deep Ecology Activist, discussed “Protecting the Rainforests: Case Studies from Papua, New Guinea and Ecuador” and led a workshop on “Wild Earth, Wild Mind, Wild Heart: Experiencing Deep Ecology”.

Alastair McIntosh

Scottish writer, social activist, broadcaster and campaigning academic, presented “Reclaiming Native Land Rights in Scotland: Reversing the Highland Clearances while Restoring the Land and Celtic Identity” and “Celtic Indigenous Insights on Cultural, Personal and Earth HealingYear”

Robert Ivker

Family physician at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, and author, presented an overview of holistic medicine.

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Rabbi, author and founder of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, discussed "The Contemplative World as a Source for Healing”.

Jeff Levin

An epidemiologist and former medical school professor, is a pioneering scientist and author whose research helped create the field of religion, spirituality, and health. His public talk was entitled “Epidemiologic Reflections on Spirituality".

Marilyn Schlitz

Vice President for Science and Education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Complementary Medicine Research Institute at the California Pacific Medical Center, presented “Intentional Healing: Exploring the Extended Reaches of Consciousness”.

Ram Dass

Beloved spiritual teacher, author and co-founder of the Hanuman and Seva Foundations, spoke to more than 2000 of us about “Still Here”, his story of illness and spirit.

Father Thomas Keating

An internationally renowned Trappist Monk, spiritual leader and author known for promoting contemplative prayer and religious tolerance, discussed “The Experience of Centering Prayer”.

Yosaif August

The creator of Bedscapes™ , a healing environment for patients, presented "Creating Sacred Space for Patient Healing”.

Arthur Waskow

Founder and director of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, professor, author and rabbi, discussed “9/11: How Shall We Really Heal?”

Harris Friedman

Transpersonal psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the Saybrook Graduate School, and colleague Doug MacDonald, presented an analysis of the challenges inherent in research on the topic of spirituality and health.

Coleman Barks

Professor of English at the University of Georgia, author and musician, presented “Rumi’s Poetry and Music”.

Robert Carter

Professor Emeritus of Trent University in Canada and recently professor at Kansai Gadai University in Japan, spoke about "Encounter with Enlightenment:  What Can We Learn from Buddhist Ethics?".

Paul H. Ray

Author and Founding Board Member of Green Economic Movement Strategies, and Sherry Ruth Anderson, author and psychologist, discussed “The Emergence of the Cultural Creatives”.

Gina Rose Halpern

Reverend and founding director of the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith ministries in El Cerrito, CA, presented a talk entitled "Art and the Spirit".

Shaya Isenberg

A member of the Center and Chair of the UF’s Department of Religion, presented "Freedom, Spirituality, and Terror" in response to 9/11.

Lou Ritz

A member of the Center and a UF neuroscientist, presented “Meditation and the Seven Common Features of Spiritual Traditions”.

Tui Wilschinsky

Who has been leading the Dances of Universal Peace for 25 years, led a session on Dances of Universal Peace and a workshop entitled “Illuminating the Path of the Heart”.

Margaret (Peggy) Burkhardt

Family Nurse Practitioner at West Virginia University, led a community workshop on  “Spiritual Care for the Caregiver”.

Thomas R. Cole

Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, discussed "Anatomy and Humanity: Conversations between Donors and Dissectors”.

Shefa Gold

Rabbi, musician and a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, presented a lecture on “Sacred Song and Healing”.

Linda Thorton

Associate Professor Emeritus of UF’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, discussed "Leisure and the Re-creation of Your Spirit".

Gina Rose Halpern

Reverend and founding director of the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith ministries in El Cerrito, CA, presented a talk entitled "Art and the Spirit".

Elizabeth Lesser

Author of  “The New American Spirituality: A Seeker’s Guide” and co-founder of the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck , NY, discussed her book.

Center Workshop: Spirituality and Work

Mark Young

Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Central, gave a lecture entitled “Healing the Mind, Healing the Soul: Intersection of Psychotherapy and Spirituality”.

Christina Puchalski

Physician at George Washington University College of Medicine and Director of Education for the National Institute of Healthcare Research, presented a lecture entitled "Spirituality and End-of-Life Care: A Time for Listening and Caring”.

Huston Smith

World-renowned scholar of comparative religions and acclaimed author of “The World's Religions”, presented a talk entitled "The Human Spirit in the Third Millennium: Light at the End of the Tunnel”.

John Fox

Certified Poetry Therapist, led a workshop on writing from spirit.

Saki Santorelli

Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and author, shared the Clinic’s experience with mindfulness as a therapeutic modality.

Robert Hall

Psychiatrist, poet, co-founder of the Lomi School for training in mind/body awareness, and teacher of vipassana meditation at the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, CA shared his approach to health.

Hedy Schleifer

Orlando psychotherapist and breast cancer survivor and activist, described her journey through illness. Her husband, Yumi Schleifer, participated as well.

Elisabeth Targ

Psychiatrist at the California Pacific Medical Center. She gave two talks entitled, “Spirituality in Medicine and Psychiatry” and “Research in Pray and Distant Healing”.

Jacob Needleman

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at San Francisco State University. He gave a talk entitled, “Healing and the Eternal Questions of Life” and a workshop entitled, “Health Meaning and the Soul”.

David Hackett, Sandra Arey

Center members who gave a presentation entitled, “What Do We Mean by Healing?”

Sandra Bertman

Dr. Bertman is the Director of Medical Humanities at the University of Massachusetts. Her talk was entitled, “Last Rights/Last Rites: Meaning-making and decision-making at the end of life”.

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