IONS (the Institute of Noetic Sciences) was founded in 1973 by NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Pioneering in the work of human consciousness research — exploring ancient wisdom traditions, supporting experiential learning, and engaging in modern scientific inquiry — IONS is the home of EarthRise. In a truly magnificent natural setting, EarthRise at IONS is the ideal venue for our Ecstatic Living seminars.
EarthRise is a beautiful setting to commune with nature and experience ecological awareness that fosters self-reflection and personal growth. The campus is a place where we integrate theory and practice, science and spirituality, renewal and retreat.
EarthRise at IONS is located just 30 miles north of San Francisco (nestled in the mountains between Novato and Petaluma). It is easily accessible from the East Bay and North Bay, as well as from San Francisco, making it one of Northern California’s premier retreat sites. If you are flying into San Francisco or Oakland, you can either:
- rent a car and follow GPS directions
- arrange a ride with one of your fellow participants through carpooling (after you have registered, email us if you would like to choose this option; a list of others available to carpool will be sent to you separately so that you can contact each other directly to arrange your ride)
Dr. Edgar Mitchell landed on the moon as one of the Apollo 14 astronauts. On the trip home, Mitchell saw Earth rise in the vastness of space and was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness.
“On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity. We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians.”