2017 FMW Conference


Great Space Center, Lone Pine, California

August 10–13, 2017

Ron Leonard, PhD—Truth. “It is impossible to teach someone concerning that which he believes he already knows”—Plato. Taking this to heart, I have attempted to regain “Beginner’s Mind” so as to approach the issue of truth anew. Delving into the Ancient Greek notion of alethia and the approaches of analytic philosophy and phenomenology lays the groundwork for understanding truth and reality. We shall explore what truth means and how to determine it in diverse domains—from mathematics and scientific propositions to art and religion. We shall thus rescue truth from a growing public confusion concerning “truthiness” in a “post-truth” world. We then must ask: What does Franklin mean by Transcendent Truth, and how can we attain it? My keynote presentation clarifies this notion, carefully distinguishing it from ordinary truth. Finally, through guided meditation, I shall endeavor to lead us toward its Realization.

Doroethy Leonard, M.Ed., MC—Sherifa (Sarah) had insight, understanding and abundant extraverted energy. Her path was quite different from Franklin’s and began years before they met. Many of their students had a deep connection with her too, most calling her Mother. Franklin and Sherifa were quite complimentary as spiritual companions and teachers. My connection with Sherifa was as her granddaughter. She taught me a lot. As I became a teenager, without rebelling, I realized that I needed to sift what worked for me, and leave what didn’t. I will share both.

Mike Ellis, BA, MS—Inversion Workshop. Inspired by his study of Franklin’s First Fundamental Realization, Mike will facilitate an exploration of “the process of inversion, a turning of the focus of consciousness from the object to the subject,” by leading a group meditation focused upon the process of inversion, which Mike hopes will prove to be enhanced by being in the Great Space Center itself.

Thursday evening, following dinner, we shall gather to become (re)acquainted and share. Friday morning will begin with a dream circle, and Saturday morning a tarot circle. Bring a dream that you feel is spiritually significant to you, or to the group—especially one that Jung would call a Big Dream.

The program will include discussion of selected quotations from Franklin Merrell-Wolff—a significant departure from discussing readings from Experience and Philosophy. However, please bring your copy, if you have one.

Saturday evening we will have a special program, followed by a candlelight ceremony.

The traditional Sunday morning meeting follows the format that Franklin and Sherifa used for many years. (Many dress more formally.) It will include Franklin’s recording of “The Unconscious,” followed by discussion—then, the Closing Ceremony (Baiba Strads) and a noon potluck.

As usual, we shall enjoy communal meals and stimulating “round table” discussions. Doroethy will arrange for meals during our program, but this year we ask for volunteers to provide a meal, if possible; Sunday lunch is potluck.

Cost: $195 (trying to cover expenses), includes room and board. There is a $25 reduction for camping here in the Great Space, using portapotty & outdoor shower—now by propane “on demand” (Reports are that it works great!) or for staying elsewhere. Some scholarships are available upon request.

A $50 deposit confirms your space ASAP; please send checks to Doroethy Leonard at: P.O. Box 758, Lone Pine, CA 93545. Detailed program and/or map is available upon registration. We will help to coordinate transportation if possible. For information, email Doroethy@cox.net.