Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is Director of Educational Programs at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. With an academic background in psychology, Mark has worked for 35 years in adult education related to consciousness, holistic health, and personal transformation. He is author of numerous books related to personal spirituality, dream psychology, meditation, and the transformation of consciousness. Mark’s research interests include mindfulness, conflict transformation, the role of intentionality in groups, and aspects of consciousness which can be experienced in the dream state. His courses at Mason have recently included “Conflict Transformation from the Inside Out,” “Practices for Reconstellating Conflict,” and “Consciousness, Meaning, and Life Purpose.” His current courses for Fall 2014 are NCLC 595 "Leadership and Mindfulness" Wednesdays at 4:30 - 7:10 pm and NCLC 355 "Consciousness, Meaning and Life-Purpose" Wednesdays at 1:30 - 4:10 pm.