CONCEPT

A TRULY INTEGRAL CONFERENCE

The Integral European Conferences are the main gatherings in Europe for the global integral community.

We unpack the full potential of the integral approach, fleshing out the shared vision with new findings, applications, research and experiential processes to accelerate change in the world. Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory is the shared reference point and other apporaches of integral consciousness are also welcome.

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1. Biggest European Social Mixer for Integralists

The conference is the biggest European Integral Social Mixer of the year. We want to give the stage to as many people as possible so that everyone gets a chance to show up and be heard. We also design it to be a deeply human event where people talk, dialogue, listen and really meet each other. Creating plenty of space for that participants enjoy connecting, share smiles and hugs, dance, laugh… and enjoy the mild spring breeze and gaze into the stars together at the open sky evening party…  so that new contacts, communication channels and friendships can form. Having real human bonds is the key to real-world integral initiatives and successful cooperations.


2. Centauric format

The centaur is a symbol representing the seamless integration of body and mind.

Our collective-exterior (or “lower-right quadrant”) is the realm of the systemic-structure of the conference that defines and creates the field. We use and experiment with formats that allow a lot of heart and mind exchange, ranging from scientific discussion through short spotlight-presentations to deeper transformative processes, evening socializing as well as cultural and community rituals. We say goodbye to solely intellectual conferences and are eager to experiment with creating a truly integral format that has a lot of fun and we-space buzz.

Six tracks

This concept is also reflected in our six tracks:

  1. Academic, scholarly track (papers, posters)
  2. General presentation track (emphasis on application and practice)
  3. Experiential workshop track (healing, connection and transformation)
  4. Artistic track (paintings, music, spiritual songs, etc.)
  5. Teal (Integral) organizations track 
  6. Poster track

Emphasis on Community / We-space

We place a special emphasis on caring for a rich we-space. One of the biggest values of this conference is the face-to-face time (not Facebook time) that people will be able to have.

We want people to talk, listen, dialogue, meet, greet, hug, smile, dance, laugh and enjoy the mild spring breeze and gaze into the stars together at the open sky evening party. We create plenty of space for that, so that new contacts, communication channels and friendships can form.

Without a real human bond it is difficult to create large-scale (or even small-scale) real-world projects and initiatives 

organized around common integral purposes or values (which often are facing ignorance or even resistance in the cultural mainstream).

Therefore, the evenings are dedicated to deeper whole-community events, like it was in 2014 the pre-conference Boat-Party on the Danube right upon arrival, a tribal traditional-style Gulyás-Party, a grand European constellation ritual, a  post-conference VIP party and our “Integral Tourope” add-on for a 3-day enchanting sightseeing tour around Budapest and in the countryside with all friends from the integral crowd. Join us in this adventure!

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Emphasis on Community / We-space

When we say “integral” we are referring to Integral Theory, or AQAL, as pioneered by the contemporary American philosopher Ken Wilber. AQAL is an acronym that stands for a holisitic approach embracing

  • all Quadrants (dimensions of reality)
  • all Levels (of Development)
  • all Lines (of Development)
  • all States (of Consciousness, but also other states)
  • all Types (such as personality types, but also other types)

There are many other integral theories by other authors worth exploring. We at IEC find Ken Wilber’s model to be the most refined and encompassing theory available. As such it is a good minimum standard to cover the most essential ingredients and provide a shared language.

Introductory article

“An Overview of Integral Theory – An All-Inclusive Framework for the 21st Century” written by Sean Esbjörn Hargens, MetaIntegral Foundation

We would love to offer this introductory article as a central resource translated into as many European languages, as possible. If you can help by offering a high quality translation (or have already done a translation), please contact us. Merci! Gracias! Danke schön!

Introductory article

Are we missing some great resources in another language? Let us know and send us a link. Thanks!

American integral content portal with videos, audios, interviews, texts:

http://www.integrallife.com/