I just returned from the Third Integral European Conference, Allies of Evolution, held in the Azur Hotel, Siofok, Hungary. The Conference lasted ten days including an optional three-day ‘magical mystery tour’ of Hungary.
Bringing the global integral community together
These European Conferences are the main gatherings that bring the global integral community together. Their shared reference point is Ken Wilbur’s Integral Theory. The conferences combines theory, application, research, academic papers and experiential content and all the sessions are recorded.
As the meet-up place for members of the global integral community, a high proportion of delegates already knew each other, creating an atmosphere of collegial community where conversations with trusted colleagues based on a mutual understanding of the basic concepts of Integral Consciousness could be resumed and continued.
What took me to Siofok
As a first-time participant, the question I was most often asked was, Why are you here? Followed by, How long have you been a member of the integral community?
I found myself explaining that although I was not officially part of the integral community, I had, for most of my life, been following parallel processes that presupposed the evolution of human consciousness and was curious as to what direction evolution was taking and what input, if any, we as human beings could have into the process.
A diverse range of new experiences
One of the aspects of the conference that I particularly appreciated was the focus on giving delegates new experiences.
Hungary is now more than a name on the map with an association to gypsy music and revolutions: and I have put names and faces to many delightful members of the integral community.
My take away from the conference
What's my biggest take-away from this adventure?
For me it was a combination of ingredients:
The icing on the cake, as it were, was an unexpected family visit to Hungary and the opportunity to reconnect with my brother and his wife from Scotland.
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PS. What's the photo? It's the view of sunset over Lake Balaton from the balcony of my hotel in Siofok, Hungary.
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