The 37th Annual SSF-IIIHS International Conference

July 6 to 15, 2012

Hotel Delta Centre-Ville
777 University Street
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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International Conference 1

C1 = Conference 1   •   CW = College Week   •   C2 = Conference 2   •   Sx = Session x


Friday, July 6

Conference 1
Session 1
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fr. John Rossner, PhD
Marilyn Rossner, PhD

PRELUDE: 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Music with Francine Jarry, singer/songwriter who creates very special music based on spiritual & universal principles

Francine Jarry with guitar

M. & J. Rossner

M & J Rossner, Elaine Valdov, and Grandmother Sara Smith


Opening Ceremonies (¾ hr)

• Processional entrance accompanied by bagpipes

• Conference Welcome: Prof. Marilyn Rossner, PhD, EdD, Pres., SSF

• Conference Introduction: Prof. John Rossner, PhD, DSc, DLitt, Pres., IIIHS

• Conference Dedication: Grandmother Sara Smith, Mohawk Elder

• Greeting from our United Nations NGO Representative: Elaine Valdov, PhD, UN DPI/NGO Exec. Comm. Past Chair and Co-Chair

Vianna Stibal


Vianna Stibal: “ThetaHealing” (Lecture: 1¼ hrs)
Vianna Stibal pioneered and refined the healing method now known as ThetaHealing®, after curing herself from cancer in 1995. Her natural charisma and compassion for those in need of help have added intuitive and teacher to her long list of attributes.

Stephen Sinatra


Stephen T. Sinatra, MD: “Wireless Radiation: The New Cardiovascular Risk Factor” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Cardiologist and bioenergetic psychotherapist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra explains why reduced Heart Rate Variability is a serious cardiac risk factor, and why wireless radiation may be at the top of the list of causative factors.

POSTLUDE: 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • Music with Francine Jarry, singer/songwriter, celebrating “The Role of Saints & Sages in the Evolution of Consciousness”

Francine Jarry

Saturday, July 7

Conference 1
Session 2
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Madan Bali, PhD

PRELUDE: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. • Meditation led by Sri Madan Bali, PhD, Vedanta master teacher and scholar, and founder of Yoga Bliss

Madan Bali, PhD
Joyce Hawkes


Joyce Whiteley Hawkes, PhD: “The Resonance of Body and Consciousness: From the Microscope to the Metaphysical” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Dr. Hawkes, biophysicist and author of Cell-Level Healing, invites you to discover a new appreciation for who you are. She’ll show you how to engage your innate and abundant resources to create, maintain, and support robust health and vitality. Practice the spectacular link to the harmony of the universe to expand your consciousness along with your physical wellness.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona


Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD: “North American Aboriginal Concepts of Saints, Sages, and Intercessors” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Dr. Mehl-Madrona has been exploring the Native American side of his Scottish-Cherokee heritage. He demonstrates the historically different views of saints and sages between the North American Indian and the peoples of Asia and the Middle East, and discusses the direct communicative relationships of aboriginals with spirits of many kinds.

Barbara Mainguy


Barbara Mainguy, MFA, MA: “Saints & Sages in Indigenous Sacred Drama” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Creative arts therapist Barbara Mainguy presents a discourse on seeking healing transcendence through dramatized encounters with the spiritual intercessor.

OPTION: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. • First VIP Speakers Luncheon (extra registration)


Saturday, July 7

Conference 1
Session 3
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Elaine Valdov, PhD

PRELUDE: 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Music with Jacques Gravel, bass trombonist with a flair for the experimental and a penchant for acoustic sounds

Jacques Gravel
Cairo Rocha


Cairo P. Rocha, PhD, OMD: “The Doctrine of the Signatures: Mother Nature’s Key to Health & Wellness” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Dr. Rocha, Brazilian-born researcher, acupuncturist, and doctor of Oriental Medicine, continues his exploration of “The Doctrine of the Signatures,” first introduced here in 2010.

Olga Mandodari


Olga Mandodari: “Healing Architecture: Indian Vaastu Shastra and Sthapatya Veda” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Russian-born Vaastu Shastra consultant Olga Mandodari explains that by understanding how “Healing Architecture” creates a balance between your home, the living energies of humans, and nature, you can make changes that will positively affect your health, prosperity, and spiritual bliss. She continues her discourse in a follow-up workshop (see CW-S7d).

Melvin Morse


Melvin Morse, MD: “The Ecosystem of Consciousness: From the Child’s Near Death Experience to Understanding Intuition” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Dr. Morse presents a comprehensive scientific theory of consciousness that, at long last, reunites spirit and science, and gives evidence that intuition can be scientifically studied. We can reliably separate our anxieties, fears, and fantasies from the non-local all knowledge domain of true intuitive insight (aka God). In turn, we can learn to listen to our own inner mystic and hear the “faint ding” that children describe as part of the personal transformation that follows a near death experience.

Sara Smith


Grandmother Sara Smith: “The Rabbit” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Legend has it that the rabbit has huge ears because he’s been made to listen. We must emulate our brother, the rabbit, and develop the spiritual ears to hear not only what is being said, but also that which has no voice. We no longer know the stories of the wind, or understand the language of the stones. We have been deaf to nature’s gasping pleas, and must be made to listen.


Saturday, July 7

Conference 1
Session 4
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fadel Behman, PhD

PRELUDE: 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Music with El KadySami, world music composers-singers-musicians, and Gold Artist award-winners

El Kady Sami
P.M.H. Atwater


P.M.H. Atwater, LHD, PhD (Hon.): “Threshold Experiences: What Transforms Consciousness” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Saints and sages of old, modern-day masters and mystics, everyday people — all suddenly transformed; they all owe their ability to access other worlds and higher truths to a “threshold experience.” This discovery, by near-death-studies pioneer Dr. P.M.H. Atwater, establishes that near-death, mystical, and spiritual experiences are really threshold experiences. She reveals that “high stress” is what initiates the razor’s edge between the brain and that which lies beyond what the brain can access, and then details how this works.

Michael Tellinger


Michael Tellinger: “The Lost Civilisation of Southern Africa” (1 hr)
Scholars have told us that the first civilisation on Earth emerged in a land called Sumer some 6000 years ago. New archaeological and scientific discoveries made by explorer and author Michael Tellinger, and a team of leading scientists, show that the Sumerians and even the Egyptians inherited all their knowledge from an earlier civilisation that lived at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago.

OPTION: 10:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. • Trance Prophecy and Personal Messages with Marilyn Zwaig Rossner, EdD, PhD (extra-registration)

Marilyn Rossner

Sunday, July 8

Conference 1
Session 5
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fr. John Rossner, PhD

PRELUDE: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. • Celebration of the Creation Liturgy with Sr. Leona Hartman, OTr and Concelebrants



Abdul Haqq & Raymond Moody



Mathole Motshekga & John Rossner



Swaroopananda & Sara Smith


PANEL DISCUSSION & QUESTIONS: “The Role of Saints & Sages in a Transformed Humanity” (2 hrs)

Brief addresses and discussions with spiritual leaders and scholars including Fr. John Rossner, Founder-President of the IIIHS, Emeritus Prof. of Religion (History of Religion & Culture), Concordia University, Anglican priest, and author; Shaykh Abdul Haqq, distinguished Naqshbandi-Sufi leader and scholar; Swami Swaroopananda, Yoga-Vedanta Acharaya and scholar in Judaica, Kabbalistic wisdom, and comparative mysticism; Dr. Mathole Motshekga, lawyer & expert in African culture & mysticism; Dr. Raymond Moody, celebrated psychiatrist and NDE expert; and Grandmother Sara Smith, Mohawk Elder and leader in the aboriginal peoples movement towards the establishment of World Peace

OPTION: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. • The 37th Annual SSF-IIIHS International Conference Luncheon (extra-registration)


Sunday, July 8

Conference 1
Session 6
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Cairo P. Rocha, PhD

PRELUDE: 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Music with Sr. Leona Hartman, OTr, organist, pianist and composer

Leona Hartman
Nora Gedgaudas


Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT: “Primal Body, Primal Mind: The Key To Your Future Health Lies in Your Evolutionary Past” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Nora is an expert in Neurofeedback and is nationally board certified in Holistic Nutrition© by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and is also certified via the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Nutritional Therapist (CNT). She is the author of Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Long Life.

Mathole Motshekga


Mathole Motshekga, PhD: “African Indigenous Knowledge Systems” (Lecture:1 hr)
The human being has a fragment of the mind of the Mastermind or Universal Intellect that is called God. What is called God is unknown and unknowable. Thus African sages taught that anyone who wishes to know God must know himself or herself because ye are the Gods. This is one facet of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems that are embedded in the intangible and tangible cultural heritage of the African people.

Ibrahim Karim


Ibrahim Karim, PhD, DrSc: “The Role of Sacred Power Spots in the Evolution of Society” (Overview: 1 hr)
Dr. Karim is a graduate of the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. He is the founder of the qualitative science of BioGeometry and the new Architecture and industrial design movement that uses the subtle energy effect of geometrical shapes to induce harmony into our modern technological or natural environments. (Follow-up workshop: CW-S3a)

Raymond Moody


Raymond Moody, MD, PhD: “New Frontiers of the Afterlife” (Lecture: 1 hr)
Dr. Moody, famed author of Life After Life, discusses the future of afterlife research. He presents two entirely new methods for rational investigation of life after death, and shows that we can actually reshape the mind to transform the study of humankind’s biggest question. Unique exercises will actually expand participants’ minds to achieve startling new insights into life after death.


Sunday, July 8

Conference 1
Session 7
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Rev. Marilyn Rossner

PRELUDE: 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Music with Sr. Leona Hartman, OTr, organist, pianist and composer

Marilyn Rossner

M. Rossner

John Rossner

J. Rossner

SSF Annual Festival Interfaith Service and Awards (2 hrs)

• Procession of Representatives of World Religions

• Invocation / Call to Worship / Meditation: Dr. Marilyn Rossner, EdD, PhD, Pres., SSF

• Conference Summary: Fr. John Rossner, OTr, PhD, Pres., IIIHS

• Commissioning & Ordination of SSF Interfaith Ministers: Dr. Marilyn Rossner, EdD, PhD, with Dr. Fadel Behman, and Rev. Michael Hiltz

Int’l Conference 1 ends. International College Week begins Monday, July 9, at 10:00 a.m.