Join us in exploring human consciousness:

The most compelling frontier of our time.

Friday Monthly Meetings—the Heart of IONS Tucson. Our local community group meets on the first Friday evening of the month at 6:30pm. Speakers focus on issues important to IONS: complementary healing modalities; research on the physical responses to music, meditation, homeopathy, and water; the exciting field of Consciousness Research; and much more.

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+++October’s First Friday Speaker+++



With Ralph Metzner, PhD

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $5

Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco; off River between Swan & Craycroft

Each state of consciousness that we experience, ranging from the familiar states of waking, sleeping, dreaming and meditating, to the expansive spiritual states of psychedelic explorers, meditators, mystics and mediums, has its own distinctly different mind-space and time-stream. We need to learn how to use expansive, positive states and intentionally focused states of concentration for spiritual growth, self-healing and creative expression. And we need to learn how to navigate, with therapeutic and meditative help, out of the contractive, unhealthy states of fear and rage, addictions and compulsions, into healthier, life-affirming states.

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a recognized pioneer in psychological, philosophical and cross-cultural studies of consciousness and its transformations. He collaborated with Leary and Alpert in classic studies of psychedelics at Harvard University in the 1960s, co-authored The Psychedelic Experience and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. He is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he was also the Academic Dean for ten years in the 1980s. His books include The Unfolding Self, The Well of Remembrance, Green Psychology, The Expansion of Consciousness, Alchemical Divination and Mind Space and Time Stream. He co-authored, with Ram Dass, a memoir of the 1960s, Birth of a Psychedelic Culture. He is the editor of two collections of essays on the pharmacology, anthropology and phenomenology of ayahuasca and of psilocybin mushrooms. He is also the president and co-founder of the Green Earth Foundation, dedicated to healing and harmonizing the relations between humanity and the Earth. Website:

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+++November’s First Friday Speakers+++


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With Devorah Coryell and David Sadker

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $5

Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco; off River between Swan & Craycroft

Live the question now, for the answer, if it were given to you, could not be lived.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

What are the parameters of creating a new vision of aging? How do we harvest life’s lessons so that we might journey into self-compassion and forgiveness? What is the path that will continue to give meaning to our lives, at every age, through our last breath? Living consciously at all ages has transformed our social and cultural landscapes, and IONS is part of that revolution. IONS’ new program called Conscious Aging, offers amazing insights into the aging (and sage-ing) process. Currently being implemented in 9 countries, Conscious Aging frees people of many misconceptions, offering new insights into the gifts of aging.

Devorah Morris Coryell is the author of Good Grief: Healing through the Shadow of Loss and many articles. She is a founding director of The Shiva Foundation and founded the original wellness education program at Canyon Ranch Resorts. She has been on the visiting faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine since 1997. Devorah field tested IONS’ Conscious Aging curriculum and is currently developing a curriculum with Dr. Andrew Weil on integrative practices in death and dying. Devorah lives in Tucson, where she is a consultant to individuals and health and wellness resorts helping to develop resources for living well and aging well.

David Sadker is a Courage & Renewal facilitator in Tucson, professor emeritus at The American University (Washington DC), and author of eight books and more than seventy-five articles. He has completed the IONS facilitator preparation program for “Conscious Aging.” David has appeared on The Today Show, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Dateline: NBC. He offers Courage & Renewal retreats to help people close the role and soul divide, and rediscover their hidden wholeness. For more information:, and

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