“As above, So Below” is this year’s theme, derived from the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg‘s (1688–1772; Swedish theologian, scientist, philosopher and mystic) doctrine of the correspondence between different planes of existence, a strongly elaborated version of the classical macrocosm–microcosm analogy. 

Our presenters this year bring their experiences and teachings with the intention of expanding our understanding of how an expansive view of the universe and the micro unseen worlds can transform our awareness of self amid time, space, matter and energy.  

Some of the key questions that will be addressed: 

  • How is our perception of self, others, the environment, and the universe influenced by our current concept of time and space, as well as by our cultural, historical, scientific and religious frameworks?  
  • How are we transformed by encounters that are beyond our current understanding of human embodiment, intellectual framework and scientific explanation? 
  • What are the current limitations of knowledge and technology which impede the conceptualization of what might be considered intelligent life outside our solar system? 

With each presenter and panel, we will consider diverse perspectives on truth and reality, experiencing transdisciplinary views with different approaches to accessing states of consciousness, and as always, leaving us with more questions than answers. 

The Forum will provide immersive experiences, live music, and, most importantly, time for connection and meaningful dialogue with the presenters and attendees. 

2022 information

TO be held at the biopharmaceutival technology center on the Promega corporation campus in fitchbuurg, WI,  the basic Registration fee is $275. For an additonal $90, there is an option to join a presEnter’s table for dinner on Thursday evening. scholarships are available.


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hotel information:

Blocks of rooms are being until August 28, 2022 at the following hotels; Hawthorne Suites ($99/night; Block Code: 092722BTC); Home2 Suites by Hilton Madison Central Alliant Energy Center (W, Th nights: $189; F night: $279); Sheraton Madison Hotel ($116/ night; direct reservation link). Be sure to cite this event and these rates when making your reservation.

keynote speaker

Abraham (Avi) Loeb, Ph.D., Frank B. Baird Professor of Science, Harvard University, Boston, MA

confirmed presenters

John Dunne, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Contemplative Humanities; Chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures; Core Faculty, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Sutton King, MPH, Menominee/Oneida; Co-Founder & President, Urban Indigenous Collective, New York, NY

Elizabeth Krasnoff, Ph.D., Healer, Composer, Producer, Shamanic Practitioner, Researcher, Transformational Speaker; Sound Medicine, San Francisco, CA and New York, NY

Jeffrey J. Kripal, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Humanities; J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University, Houston, TX

Paulo Roberto Silva de Souza, Shaman; Director of Céu do Mar, Rio de Janeiro; President of Guananshe Co. in South Bahia; Manager, Jungle Clinic projects in Rio, Bahia and Amazonia at Mutum, Yawanawa village, Brazil

Margaret Wertheim, Artist, Writer and Curator, celebrating science as conceptual enchantment, interrogating science as social practice, Los Angeles, CA


William Linton, President & CEO, Promega Corporation; President, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute; Co-Founder & Executive Director, Usona Institute, Madison, WI

Penny Patterson, Vice President, Communications, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI

Steve Paulson, Executive Producer, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio and PRX, Madison WI


Byron Metcalf, Musician and Director, HoloShamanic Strategies, LLC, Prescott Valley, AZ

Mark Seelig, Clinical Psychotherapist and Musician, Kelseyville, CA; Lead Therapist Trainer, Usona Institute, Madison, WI


Bruce & darby Fetzer – silver
craig & karen Christianson – bronze
background information

Coordinated by Promega Corporation and the BTC Institute, the International Forum on Consciousness offers a lively two days of information-sharing and discussion regarding important – and often challenging – topics. Launched in 2010, the Forum has focused on exploring dimensions of consciousness.

This has involved looking into various realms, pushing the envelope at times, while remaining centered on engaging our audience and our speakers. We have been guided through a range of topics, including creativity, near death, entheogens, intelligence in nature, business evolution, the effects of sensory inputs and ways of detecting and measuring consciousness. Consciousness of Connection – Awakening from Despair to Awe continues this journey.

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The Forum ended up being a monumental event in my life. By meeting more people and gaining information, I now have a much better grasp on what I want to study and how I would like to apply myself in society to change it for the better. ”

- 2019 feedback from an undergraduate student