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Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1 to 3 pm

Ice House Theatre – Mercer & Independence Streets
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411


(Suggested donation: $35)

Evolutionary Tension: Why one step backwards is the fastest way forward

There is no doubt we are living in a time of significant change. It seems that politics and many other social domains have taken a backward step in recent times. A rise in nationalism is fueling public fear, prompting comparisons to the German Nazi Party pre World War II. Brexit and other factors are pressuring the European Union, while the Middle East seems engulfed in continuous warfare. President Trump’s intentionally disruptive leadership style and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon’s faith in the Fourth Turning generational theory are anything but reassuring.

Tension is the fuel of change. As tension builds within any society, so does the likelihood of change. But let’s face it, we all enjoy stability and we tend to hang on to it as long as we can. When it comes to the crunch though, nature has equipped us for rapid adaptation. Humans are arguably the most adaptive species on and off the planet.

Steve McDonald returns to Berkeley Springs Transition Talks in May to shed some light on this ‘backward’ global situation and where it’s taking us. The process of transformational change is both paradoxical and highly complex, yet if you know where to look and more importantly how to look, there are patterns to be found.

While some elements of society are clearly becoming more dysfunctional, simultaneously a new world is rising. Fast.

Join us for this exploration of current events and future probabilities!

Steve McDonald is an extraordinary Australian thinker and researcher who arguably knows as much about the structure of the global planetary transition that we are experiencing as anyone on the planet. He draws coherent pictures from the deep insights of Clair W. Graves and paints clear, explanatory images of not only how humanity has evolved to this point, but what is inevitably on our horizon . . . and how this epic transition will continue to play out.

He is currently writing a book about the global paradigm shift that’s taking us beyond the scientific-industrial era. Steve served with the Australian Army for 15 years, including war service as an infantry company commander in Somalia, 1993. He is also a qualified military helicopter pilot and on leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter in the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland. Building upon his extensive experience in unpredictable environments, after retiring from flying Steve specialized as a change management consultant. He consequently studied the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves and became one of the first Australians qualified to teach Dr Graves’ theory under the banner of Spiral Dynamics Integral. A long-term struggle with posttraumatic stress has driven Steve’s deep interest in human nature and consciousness. He is a founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, an Australian non-profit association. He is also a founder of AADII, a non-profit company created to support worldwide transformational change.


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Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 2 to 4 pm

Ice House Theatre – Mercer & Independence Streets
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411


(Suggested donation: $35)

Emissaries from the Future

Is it possible to enter into two-way communication with people in the distant future? In this highly experiential workshop, we explore this possibility through a technique that straddles the blurry boundary between improvisational role-playing and telepathic channeling. Each participant will get a chance to ask questions of a being from the future, as well as to actually connect such a being and channel the answers. Charles will use a powerful guided meditation to forge a link with people 200 years from now. You need not actually believe in this premise for this "technology" of communicating across time to work. It is equally effective if you don't believe in any of that channeling crap, and instead see the process as a role-playing game. However you interpret it, the experience of speaking from the future is uncanny, and a tremendous sense of clarity opens up, a kind of direct, authentic knowledge that despite the gravity of the present crisis, a more beautiful world is indeed possible.

Of the many possible futures, this process connects us with the most beautiful one that you can realistically imagine, by invoking experiences that showed us directly what is possible for life and earth. As framing, Charles discusses the superposition of timelines, multiple pasts and futures, and the social dynamics and psychodynamics of transition, laying out a metaphysical basis for the time-bridging technology we will employ.

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.

His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and four sons.


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Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 12 to 3 pm

Ice House Theatre – Mercer & Independence Streets
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411


(Suggested donation: $35)

Transformation - Lecture by Mary Rodwell

Mary will explore how Ufology has needed to expand its mandate to accept the evidence of multidimensionality as part of close encounters. Mary will also discuss the Foundation for the Research into Extra-terrestrial Encounters (FREE) survey results.

Cases of ET Encounters and how the multi-dimensional nature of contact has links with experiencers, their recall of past lives, NDEs, OBEs and shamanic experiences.

Mary will also cover accounts of children who consciously recall their past lives and their reason for coming to Earth; their links to other planets and their understanding of objects they have seen on space craft and on other planets in a past incarnation.

Mary will discuss her second book, The New Human – Awakening to our Cosmic Heritage due for release this year.


Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organised a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organisation aimed at researching close encounters.

She is the author of, Awakening – How extra-terrestrial contact can transform your life. Mary is working on her second book, The New Human, due for release this year.


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Mark your calendar for these Transition Talks events, details and registration info coming soon:

Rosemary Ellen Guiley: September 9, 2017, 2-4pm
Frank Demarco: October 14, 2017, 2-4pm
Gregg Braden: January 20, 2018




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